By John Nash
Friday, May 11, 2012

Find out what the stars have in store for you this week...

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 19)

With cynical sarcastic Mercury going retrograde in your own sign, you may be tactless this week. It’s one thing to want to call the shots, but quite another to expect others to dance to your dark tune. You may be impatient with people permanently donning rose-tinted spectacles, but it’s never a bad thing to look on the bright side. With the Sun moving into your own sign on Monday, your powers will be increased and you can be more generous and less sceptical. Try not to smash other peoples’ hopes with cruel criticism.

Taurus (Apr 20 - May 20)

You seem to have decided that good things are never going to happen because it feels like nothing good has happened in a long time. With this pessimistic attitude, you’re asking fortune to pass you by. Remain alert for opportunities and you’ll make your own luck. You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket. If you believe that things will work out, you’ll redouble your efforts rather than be daunted by failure. The Cosmos will supply the lucky break. You just have to supply the optimism.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

‘No news is good news’ they say and until you hear differently, carry on as normal. There’s little point in constantly looking over your shoulder expecting an accident. Your ruler Mercury is locked in energetic Aries and you really are in a strong position to get things moving on course. Your only problem will be dealing with discourtesy. Be charming — attack is not always the best means of defence. You are teflon-coated and nothing gets under your skin. Showing what a dude you are will deflect any cheap criticism.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22

Awkward lunar confrontations with the outer planets occur this week, but don’t let distant events dampen any stirring enthusiasm. Lately you’ve tended to get yourself far too close and personal. Concentrating too hard on minute details means you fail to take in the whole picture. No one is trying to undermine your position; stay focused on the horizon, where the sea is clearly calm. The faults and flaws you imagine at your feet are mere froth and foam — the imaginary creations of self-doubt and shortsightedness.

Leo (July 23 - Aug 22)

The passage of your solar ruler into adventurous Aries this week could stir your hunting instincts. You’ve been longing to get your teeth into something challenging and you should respond to the urge to get free from the restraints holding you back. An unexpected meeting with the types you don’t normally associate with could lead to a successful joint quest or partnership. Make sure that you’re the leader and not the one being led. Also, you need to resist the temptation to make impetuous grand gestures that you might later regret.

Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22)

Current planetary activity this week releases the impetus needed for the realisation of the Virgo’s hidden desires. If you want to pursue what you’ve long thought out of reach, the goal is nearer now than it’s ever been. Put aside your feelings of doubt: you’re much more capable than you think. With Mercury in a secretive mode, you can afford to be unusually cheeky and get away with it. Your own instincts will steer you along the subtle approaches without treading on anyone’s toes. Just take that first little step and you’ll find the rest easy.

Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22)

The stouthearted Libran will find himself having to deal with the weak of spirit as Venus clashes with nervous Pluto this weekend. Somebody desperately needs your shoulder to cry on. Relationships can be easily resolved with the hands-on attention you can give. Act as the kindly family doctor to get to the root of the problem. A little ego-massage will reassure your patient that everything is in order and the ailment is minor. A reassuring bedside manner plus an injection of hope and optimism can cure almost anything.

Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21)

This week’s misalignment between your ruler Pluto and Venus could herald the breakdown of a close relationship. This might occur due to obsessive feelings of jealousy. It could be you or the other party who is at fault here. To avoid an argument becoming a walk-out, you need to bite your lip and count to 10 before you say something offensive. Be quick to apologise if you wound someone, and magnanimous in forgiving anybody who says they’re sorry. However, if there’s little love lost between you then a parting is not a sorrow.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21)

Whatever happens this week — just be yourself! You don’t have to mind your ‘p’s and ‘q’s for anyone and you don’t have to put on a show to impress either. You’ll get on much better and go much further with the ‘natural look’ and without slap, lippy and hair gel. Show them you’re the real deal and not some painted, over-dressed clothes horse. The Sagittarian is a big-hearted, warm-blooded creature and the right sort of people are drawn to you because of these qualities. If you pretend to be someone you’re not, you attract the insincere, synthetic, selfish individuals without souls. They might lead you along paths where the only kinds of pleasures to be had are artificial and expensive. Don’t go there!

Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19)

A cosmic compromise is reached this week between the Moon and hardworking Saturn. This should provide the breathing space needed to get away from the grindstone and live a little. In addition, unexpected good news should lift your spirits, fatten your wallet and allow you to be more self-indulgent. In short, you’re off the hook and not needed to keep things ticking over at present. There will also be time and opportunity to do something about furthering a certain personal relationship. All you have to do is postpone your agenda and stop worrying that things will fall apart without you... they won’t! You’ve been on duty for so long that it’s hard to recognise that happy days are here again.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18)

Compassionate lunar influences this week could prompt you to dig deep into your hidden emotional resources and come up with sympathetic solutions to another’s problem. You’ve had your fair share of sorrow, but know that good times follow bad as day follows night. Your experience has never dampened your optimism. Just by listening, you can transmit your inner strength to someone in need of comfort and consolation. Don’t worry that you’ll come across as soft and sentimental or that you’re an easy touch for any old sob story. Everybody knows you don’t suffer fools gladly and are quick to spot any kind of deceit. In cases of genuine grief and suffering, you’re the last person in the world to turn a cold shoulder. Don’t do so now!

Pisces (Feb 19- Mar 20)

The transit of the Sun from Pisces into active Aries indicates a time to lighten up and stop taking yourself so seriously. Your present diet of responsibility is admirable, but off-putting. Others may have found you a bit too obsessive. If you feel any personal isolation, it’s up to you to clear the path to your door or make the first approach. Little comes to those who wait. With Mars moving into sociable Aquarius, you should be making friends and enlarging your social circle. The possibility of a brand new relationship is on the horizon. However, if you’re not quite ready for a significant life change, linger over the wine list — there are plenty of fish in the sea!



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