Mercury goes retrograde on Thurs., April 28. Please let me clear up some confusion many have about shopping during Mercury retrograde: Some people think they cannot buy washers, dryers or practically anything during these times. But the only things to avoid buying during Mercury retrograde are items that fall under the bailiwick of Mercury i.e. anything to do with ground transportation — cars, trucks, bikes, motorcycles, scooters and pogo sticks. Secondly, anything to do with communications — computers, printers, telephones, cell phones and fax machines. This Mercury retrograde will be over on May 22; however, for big-ticket items, wait until Mercury catches up to the degree it was at when it first went retrograde, which is June 8. Until then — don't squat with your spurs on.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your focus on money, assets and what you own continues. Basically, it's important for you to know your financial worth so that you can both protect it, grow it and use it the best way possible. After all, what you earn and what you own are supposed to make your life easier, right? Meanwhile, lucky Jupiter continues to offer you fabulous chances to improve your job or get a better job. This blessing comes only once every 12 years and will be gone by winter. Make hay while the Sun shines! Buy lovely wardrobe goodies for yourself while Venus is still in your sign. It stays there until late Friday the 29th. The body part that Aries rules is the head, which is why many of you love hats, glasses, earrings and lampshades.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
The Sun is in your sign; Mercury retrograde is in your sign, and late Friday, Venus will enter your sign. There's a lot going on! But all of this is good news, with the exception of Mercury retrograde. When Mercury is retrograde in your own sign, it attracts ex-partners and old friends back into your life, which can be cool — or not. But it also magnifies the errors and silly, stupid mistakes you make. It creates delays, mixed-up communications and ridiculous misunderstandings where you are waiting at one Starbucks and your friend is waiting at another. «I thought you meant the one on Mainland.» «I'm at the one on Mainland!»
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Things are rather low key for you this week because several major planets are «hiding» in your chart. This means you will prefer to work alone or behind the scenes. It also means you might be involved in some kind of secret activity. Indeed, some of you will dabble in secret liaisons and hidden love affairs. (You have always loved an adoring peanut gallery.) Of course, fiery Mars continues to oppose your sign, which makes you impatient with others. Naturally, from your POV, these people are irritating! (But it all depends on which end of the telescope you're looking in, doesn't it?)
Cancer (June 21-July 22)This continues to be a popular time for you. You will enjoy hanging out with younger people as well as creative, artistic types. It will benefit you to share your hopes and dreams for the future with others because their feedback will help you. In fact, your exchanges with others will be beneficial. (Keep this in mind.) Fiery Mars keeps you working hard this week. And lucky, moneybags Jupiter boosts your optimism and positive state of mind. Keep up this good work because by 2018, you will get acknowledgement and recognition for your efforts. (Praise is wonderful; but even flattery is nice because you know someone cares enough to at least, try.)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
Three planets are at high noon in your chart making this a powerful month for you. More than that, you are noticed! You are even admired! This is good; Leos like to be admired. Obviously, relationships with bosses, parents and VIPs will be smooth; in fact, for some of you, they will be so smooth that you might strike up a cozy relationship with a boss or VIP. (It's true. One of the best labour-saving devices is a rich spouse.) Meanwhile, despite these advantages, fiery Mars wants you to play! That's why many of you will enjoy vacations and party at night, even though you impress work colleagues in the day. Ah yes, you can have it all!
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Your want to blow town so that you can experience something new and different! (That's why this is a great week to travel.) Not only do you seek adventure, you also seek opportunities to learn more because you want more out of life. Discussions about philosophy, religion and important, political issues will intrigue you. Some of you might strike up a love affair or a new friendship with someone from another country or a different culture. Unfortunately, crazy chaos at home dogs your footsteps. Renovations, redecorating, residential moves or visiting relatives are some reasons your home scene is out of control. (My oven is so dirty I only bake cupcakes in it --one at a time.)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
As a rule, you are perhaps one of most diplomatic signs in the zodiac. And yet, you can debate superbly because after all, Libra rules the legal profession. Unfortunately, your tact and diplomacy seem to have drifted south, because you've been coming on like gangbusters with others! (Oh yeah.) And you know it. (But it's kinda fun, doesn't it?) In part, this is because you feel intense about everything right now, especially sex and money. (Both of which involve deposits and withdrawals.) Instead of being so blunt and forthright, use your strong communicating skills for writing, sales, teaching and acting. And maintain your sweet, Libran charm.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Remember to get more sleep now because you need it. No sleep equals a grumpy Scorpio, and certainly a less productive work. Meanwhile, retrograde Mercury will attract ex-spouses and partners back into your world. Or some of you might have increased interaction with an ex-partner. Just grin and bear it. Meanwhile, this week you will work hard to earn money, which is a good thing because you are spending it! Save what you can to establish some security because between 2018—2021, many of you will have residential moves or a job change. Remember: Happiness is having alternatives.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This is a high-energy time for you! Fiery Mars is in Sagittarius boosting your drive to accomplish as much as possible. In fact, you feel almost competitive about doing so. «Look how great I am!» In addition, other planets now urge you to be efficient, effective and productive. When you combine all these influences, you get a hard-driving machine that is bound to be successful. Focus this energy on finishing old tasks and wrapping up old business because you are a dynamo now. In fact, at work, you look so good to others, a work-related romance might begin. (Be careful because this often has a downside. When it's over — you have to watch that person flirting with someone new.)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Lucky you! This is one of the most playful months of the year for Capricorns. Vacations, sports events, the arts, romance, love affairs and fun activities with children are all tops on the menu. And yes, old flames from the past are in the picture as well. Actually, some of you might flirt with a secret dalliance, for old time's sake. If you do, keep in mind that everything has consequences. There's no free lunch. Don't do anything you will later regret. Continue to look for ways to travel and explore new avenues in publishing, the media, medicine and the law because these blessings are here for several more months, and after that, they will not return until 2027.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Home, family and your domestic life are your primary focus now. In fact, many of you are tackling home repairs and things you've been meaning to get you for too long. Naturally, once you start to fix things, this advances into making them prettier, doesn't it? This is why redecorating projects will soon follow. And after that, you have to entertain and show everyone how great your place is. Yes, one thing leads to another. The ultimate, of course, being that once your place look fabulous, you might even sell it! Meanwhile, physical activity with groups and friends appeals now. In fact, some of you are physically competitive about a sport or an event, especially for a worthy cause.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
You're busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. (You can't make this stuff up.) You are juggling short trips out of town, visits with siblings and relatives, conversations with friends and enemies plus increased reading, writing and studying. You are on the go! But the nice thing is that despite your busy schedule, you will take time to notice how beautiful your surroundings are. And not only that, many of you will start to see just how much love there is in your daily world. Sounds corny but it's true. Actually, it is your own positive energy that attracts this energy back to you. Nothing happens by accident. (Except stains from spaghetti sauce on a new shirt — don't you love it?)