Mercury Retrograde is technically over; however, Mercury because has not caught up to where it was when it first went backwards, it will be wise to hold off on buying big-ticket items (cars, trucks, computers and cell phones) until June 7. This week, Venus joins the Sun in Gemini; and Mars slips back into Scorpio. The influence of Venus in Gemini will last for three weeks; and the influence of Mars in Scorpio will last until early August. Let's see what these changes mean for each sign. Obviously, it is wise to dig a well before you are thirsty. This is how astrology can help. It shows future directions and opportunities, which then help guide our behavior so that we can so what is most appropriate. Astrology helps us look ahead! (Note: It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
When Venus and Mars change signs this week, it suits you quite well because fiery Mars will slip back into your Eighth House, which means disputes about shared property, inheritances, taxes, debt and insurance issues are likely. These confrontations might linger until August. However, Venus will be in your Third house, making all your everyday encounters more charming, more diplomatic and more pleasant. This will greatly soften any antagonism. Furthermore, fiery Mars is going to stimulate your sex drive and create a desire in you for an intense, transforming relationship. (Gasp.) And of course, fair Venus, will help you sweet talk your way into or out of anything!
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
The movement of Mars, slipping back into Scorpio to stay until August, will probably create a few problems for you because this means Mars will be opposite your sign for the next couple of months. This can only happen every few years; and when it does, it means there will be more tension in your life dealing with partners and close friends. You might even have to face an open enemy, as it were. As these conflicts occur, compromise is difficult. Just make sure that what you're fighting about is worth fighting about. Meanwhile, fair Venus will urge you to buy beautiful things for yourself and others in the next several weeks. Venus will also attract money to you! Ka-ching!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
An interesting contradiction for the Gemini twins! Fair Venus is in your sign until June 17. When Venus is in your sign, you become impossibly charming and adorable. You want to schmooze with everyone. You also want to make a great impression on others. (This is the perfect time to patch up misunderstandings.) It's a great time for socializing and enjoying a vacation with someone. It's also an excellent time to buy wardrobe goodies. Basically, it's fun city and you will rank pleasure above work. However, Mars will introduce a big contradiction because Mars wants you to work hard and be as efficient, effective and productive as possible! Whaaat? Please note: The energy of Mars will not negate Venus. It just means that both of them are at play. Yup — you will work hard and party hard!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)Venus and Mars will now send you a contradictory message in one way — and not at all in another way. (Read on MacDuff!) Fiery Mars will positively urge you to have fun as much as possible in the next two months. Yay me! You will want to play, cavort, take a vacation, and in general, make work take a backseat to fun, amusing diversions! Yay me again! Meanwhile, Venus wants you to hide and enjoy solitude in beautiful surroundings. That is the contradiction. But the obvious fit is this: Mars will definitely pump your sex drive and your interest in love affairs and romance; while hidden Venus encourages secret trysts and clandestine relationships. Naughty you. (Two's company, three is an orgy!)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
In the next couple of months, your household will be active and busy! This might be because of visiting guests (highly likely); however, it might also be due to renovations, residential moves, or some kind of change taking place. Naturally, this increased chaos will be a beautiful opportunity for you to practice patience, no? (You never get the chance when things are hunky-dory.) In addition to this insanity at home, you will be much more social than usual. You will seek out friends. Many of you will join clubs, groups and associations. You might also take classes because you will likely be more involved with artistic, creative people. (Right up your alley because Leo is the sign that rules the arts, the entertainment world and show business.) «Gotta dance!»
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
As Venus and Mars change signs this week, it heralds good news for Virgos. Mars will give a shot of energy to all your communications with everyone. You will speak with greater confidence, clarity and precision. You will say what you mean and mean what you say! In fact, with all this increased energy to communicate, the next few months will be wonderful for writers, editors, actors, teachers and anyone in sales and marketing. There's more. While your communication skills become stellar, fair Venus at the top of your chart will smooth the way for you to deal with authority figures — bosses, parents, teachers, VIPs and yes, even the police. In fact, Venus will sweeten things to the extent that some of you will have an affair with your boss! More likely, you will fall in love with someone older, richer or more established. , richer or more established. (Hmmm, this could be a wonderful labour-saving device.)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
In the next two months, you will work harder than usual to earn money because you have plans to spend it! However, the recent Mercury retrograde has made you debt conscious, which means you want to get out of debt. Nevertheless, right now you want to travel for pleasure! You want to go to fun places where you can have fascinating conversations in stimulating surroundings meeting exciting, new people. Therefore, your urge to spend more and earn more totally dovetails with your desire to spread your wings and expand your horizons either through travel, education or exploring new avenues in publishing, the media, medicine, the law and higher education. Bon voyage!
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You will be pumped with energy for the next few months because fiery Mars is back in your sign. This can only happen every two years, and when it does, it's an indication of increased activity in your life. But it also means that you have decided that it's time to show the world what you can really do. This is why you're prepared to work hard. It's also why you have a high physical energy level. You will defend your ideas, and will even defend others if they are attacked. Meanwhile, Venus will attract money, gifts and goodies to you. It will also attract mind-blowing sex. (Would I kid you?) Therefore, you can really score with the shift of these two signs right now. What a promising summer ahead! (You devil.)
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Fair Venus will now move opposite your sign for the next three weeks making all your relations with others more pleasant. Basically, things will go well because you find it easy to express your affection for others. You more easily see the needs of your partner and you understand what others want. Your ability to get along with enemies will even improve. This also favours legal decisions that might affect you. Mars, however, will go into hiding for the next two months in your chart. Although you felt this briefly earlier this year — as a rule, you experience this placement of Mars only once in every two years. The way to use this is to be very conscious of those little, self-defeating acts that we all do. If you feel frustrated — and you want to confront someone else — don't do it. Instead, confront yourself. Some retrospection will be illuminating for you. («Turn out that light!»)
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Everything to do with work, your job or the daily tasks that you set for yourself will flow smoothly in the next few weeks. Some of you might get a raise at work or certainly praise. Relations with coworkers will improve. Even your health will improve; however, beware of overdoing it with sweets and desserts. (Yes, it's ice cream cone time!) Meanwhile, fiery Mars will activate a part of your chart dealing with goals. You have a strong drive now to achieve your goals. This is why the next two months are the perfect time to set goals with deadlines and start to actively pursue them. Some of you will also be very active in groups or clubs — physically active. It might even involve physical competition. You want to win!
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
This is a powerful summer for you because Mars will now ignite your ambition, making you go after what you really want. You won't take no for an answer. You won't hesitate asking anyone in power for help or advice. Of course, you prefer to be your own boss this summer. This is why conflicts with coworkers might occur if they feel threatened by you. (Yes, you'll be PowerPoint on steroids!) Meanwhile, fair Venus will reward you with fun, pleasure and sensuous diversions. Many of you will strike up a new romance. The month ahead will be full of entertaining moments with the theatre, musical performances, sports events, creative activities and fun with children. There will be no need to pretend to be what you are not.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Like a few other signs, this week's shift with Venus and Mars brings you a contradiction. Fair Venus makes you want to entertain at home, redecorate your home, invite friends, family and loved ones over and just cocoon in a big Love Sit-In. («Isn't this nice? Did you make that dip?») Do note: The next few weeks are good for real-estate deals and speculation. However, despite your hankering to hunker down at home — Mars wants you to travel! Mars wants you to push the boundaries of life around you so that you can explore new areas, meet new people, discovering new things! Gasp. (In your enthusiasm for politics and religion, be careful that you don't try to coerce others to agree with you.) But the bottom line is you will put all your energy into expanding your mind and your experience of the world. And yet, Venus says, «ET go home.»