Mercury rules anything that moves from point A to point B like ideas, words, thoughts, packages, letters, papers, cheques in the mail plus cars, trucks and bikes. (Also computers, printers and phones.) That's why Mercury retrograde times have increased transportation delays, breakdowns and silly mistakes. Mercury starts to slow down on April 20, before going retrograde on April 28 to May 23. After May 23, Mercury is no longer retrograde, but it still has to catch up to where it was when it first went backwards. This «catch-up time» is over on Monday, June 6. Therefore, if buying a car, computer or cell phone (something expensive), avoid doing this between April 20 — June 6. The actual retrograde dates April 28 — May 23 are full on Mercury retrograde. «The cliffs of insanity! Hurry up! Move the thing, and, and that other thing!»
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This is a pleasant week. After all, the Sun is still in your sign boosting your energy and attracting favourable circumstances and people to you. Yay! Furthermore, fair Venus is also in your sign giving you opportunities to make yourself more attractive to others. (This is a great week to buy wardrobe items.) Venus also enhances all your dealings with partners and close friends because you are more charming and diplomatic than usual. Meanwhile, you are full of moneymaking ideas! Trust these ideas because whatever you come up this week will boost your job success — no question. Be patient on Wednesday with domestic power struggles and hiccups — then you're home free!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
In many ways, you are still saving your energy for your birthday month. The Sun and Venus are hiding in your chart while you prepare and plan for your new year ahead. However, bright, clever Mercury is in your sign dancing with Jupiter this week, which makes you keen to make future plans and create organizational systems. This favours all business and commercial activity. In fact, it favours every aspect of your life because it basically boosts your «power of positive thinking.» You're learning lots of new information and loving it. Caution on Wednesday which is an accident-prone day both verbally and physically. Ouch!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Enjoy lots of fun popularity this week because others want to share time with you — definitely. That's why many of you will be involved with clubs, groups and organizations more than usual. You will also enjoy hanging with friends and partners because you will be more physically active and vigourous for various reasons. Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes plans will yield positive improvements to your home or a family situation. Continue to be patient with partners and close friends while Mars is opposite your sign. (This lasts until June and then returns for August/September. Courage!) Disputes about money and possessions might arise on Wednesday. Be cool.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)You continue to be high viz., especially in the eyes of bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs. Furthermore, these people are impressed with you! Naturally, take advantage of this and make the most of it. Some of you might strike up a new flirtation with your boss or someone in a position of authority. Others will want your creative input on things. This week you are very rah rah with friends groups because they welcome your enthusiasm and encouragement to think big and go for the brass ring. You might sign contracts with groups and friends or enter into a new level of negotiations with them. Don't get carried away on Wednesday when the Moon is in your sign at odds with Uranus and Pluto. This encourages arguments and accidents, so keep your head down and your powder dry.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Travel for pleasure continues to appeal to you because you want to treat yourself to a lovely trip somewhere. (Yes!) You want to expand your world in a pleasant way so you can enjoy scintillating conversation with others in exotic, exciting surroundings. And why not? Romance with someone from another culture or a different country will blossom for some. However, all of you will impress parents, bosses, teachers and VIPs this week with your enthusiasm and your big ideas! This is a strong time for you to sign contracts or conclude deals with important people. You're dealing with lots of new information and you love it. (Just tread carefully on Wednesday, which is accident prone.)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
This is an excellent week to tie up loose details with inheritances, taxes, debt and anything to do with shared property. Most likely, you will come out smelling like a rose. It's also a good time to go after a loan or a mortgage because the resources of others will be more easily available to you, and this includes banks. Those of you who are at school or studying or involved with the law, philosophy, religion and intellectual concepts will flourish this week because your mind will easily wrap itself around anything intellectually provocative and highfalutin'. Your travel plans are ambitious. Likewise, all your dealings with people from other cultures and different countries will be upbeat and positive. Ole!
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Remember to get more sleep while the Sun is opposite your sign. This is the only time all year this happens and it lasts for about four weeks. (This influence will be over by April 19.) Fair Venus also continues to be opposite your sign promoting and boosting your close relationships with partners and dear friends. Many of you will be more enthusiastic about writing, studying and talking to others because you have so much mental energy. Specifically, your ability to wrap up business deals and handle inheritances and insurance issues is tops this week. Therefore, do the deal! Use your mental energy and daily enthusiasm to your advantage.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Work flows easily now because coworkers are supportive. But in addition, you have high standards for yourself now because you want to do everything possible to become more efficient, more productive and more effective in whatever you do. That's nice. Use this positive energy this week to get things done! Meanwhile, discussions with partners and close friends are great this week. Because others endorse your ideas, your enthusiasm simply grows! The only snag is on Wednesday, when power struggles and the unexpected could catch you off guard. Aside from that, this is an excellent week where you are empowered and productive. And you're happy!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
In several ways, this week exemplifies how I see your sign — you work hard; you party hard. You manage to have it all! And this week, this is exactly what happens because vacations, parties, sports and social events are all promising. In addition, love affairs, romance and saucy flirtations will also blossom. Work-related travel is likely for many of you. This is a powerful work week for you because you are so enthusiastic and positive! This quality makes it easy for you to sell big ideas to others who will then jump on board. Work-related travel is likely, perhaps because you easily convince others to go along with your big ideas. Caution about money disputes on Wednesday. Let sleeping dogs lie.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Continue to focus on home, family and where you live because this is the perfect time to redecorate and tweak your digs. You will also want to entertain at home more than usual. In fact, all these favourable influences also mean that this is an excellent time to pursue real-estate deals or real-estate speculation. Family relations are warm and affectionate. In addition, playful activities with children will truly please you. (Especially Thursday.) Basically, this entire week is a positive experience for you with the exception of Wednesday when you will be challenged dealing with partners and close friends. (Just demonstrate grace under pressure.)
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a busy, social week! Everyone wants to see your face, but this suit you just fine because your social skills are tops. In fact, your communication skills are so excellent at this time that you will make money from your words. Therefore, take note those of you who sell, market, teach, write or act. Relations with siblings, neighbours and relatives will be enjoyable and mutually affectionate. You might be more socially active with others, especially in groups, this week. (You love this stuff.) In addition, plans for your home or something to do with a family member are big and ambitious! Good time to initiate major renovations and repairs where you live. «Drain the moat!»
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Money, possessions, cash flow and earnings continue to be a strong focus for you this week. Fortunately, your moneymaking abilities are strong. Look for ways to make deals or negotiate financial matters because you will be successful. You will also enjoy shopping for beautiful things for yourself and loved ones. Meanwhile, your communication skills are fabulous this week, which means this is a great time to negotiate deals, sign contracts and wheel and deal with siblings, relatives and neighbours. This is a very strong week for those of you who communicate for a living (write, sell, teach, act or promote). Wednesday could be challenging with romantic partners as well as with your kids. In fact, Wednesday is an accident-prone day for your kids so parents should be extra vigilant.