For All Signs: Mercury, ruler of business, communications, and everyday routines, turned direct on April 15, 2018. This planet’s retrograde period appears to last about 3.5 weeks. The truth of the matter is that the period lasts an additional 2.5 weeks on either side. Prior to the exact retrograde, Mercury gives the appearance of slowing its motion before actually becoming retrograde. The same thing happens after the direct motion begins. Mercury requires about 2.5 more weeks to return to its natural speed. The whole process is a little more than 8 weeks altogether. We are now in the clean-up phase after the literal apparent backward motion. This will be fully complete by May 5, 2018. It is a good time to finish projects and prepare for the next phase.
Aries: Listen closely to your inner self. If you have tolerated a rule well beyond its time, you may rebel and demand to do something different now. Plan a few hours of refreshing change. Try something new. Allow your restlessness to steer you in the next direction.
Taurus the Bull: (Apr 20—May 20) On April 24, 2018, your ruling planet, Venus, enters the second house of income and self-worth. She will remain there until mid-May. Your concerns about finances will feel lightened. Debts owed to you may be paid. Meanwhile others will let you know how much you are appreciated.
Gemini: Venus enters your sign this week and will be traveling “with you” until May 19, 2018. Her presence gives you an air of poise and people will simply like how you look. Often when Venus is prominent we become more interested in art forms and want to make things in the environment more attractive. We are also more interested in beautifying ourselves.
Cancer: You may feel out of sorts for a couple of weeks. Your feelings are in conflict with your ideal self and your values. You want to put your best foot forward, but circumstances do not feel quite right. If the conflict is deep, it is usually best to wait and not yield to whatever pressure is around you. You will soon sort it all out.
Leo: There is a surprise to meet in your ninth sector of legal interests, higher education, travel, and church affiliations. Open your mind in these arenas so you will gain a bigger picture. The surprise may be coming from yourself and your changing attitudes. Don’t hesitate to explore whatever seems at hand.
Virgo: You have a desire to reach outward to others. You want to share ideas and express yourself in a larger framework. Circumstances on the romantic front are favorable with one who shares intellectual interests. Activities involving teaching/learning are favored, along with good aspects for travel.
Libra: For the next 4 weeks your attention is focused in the areas of travel, education, publishing, teaching, the law and the internet. Venus, your ruling planet, will generally smile upon you when you work within these borders. People will want to support you here, or you may be helping them.
Scorpio: This is an especially favorable time to be on vacation. Cosmic aspects favor travel, social life, and educational interests. You may want to go for short distance travel over the weekend. Activity increases with respect to siblings and neighbors. Contacts there will be pleasant.
Sagittarius: An inspiration that began near the first of this year is beginning to show one or two signs of growth. This is likely to be in the arena of financial resources. Your product is gaining a small following. Keep it on track and you will see greater rewards in the future.
Capricorn: From now through next week your attitude may be somber. Perhaps you are thinking about your primary relationship and what could be done to improve it. Usually this comes from a bump in the road between you. We need to experience such times so that we can make necessary corrections in our thinking. If you think your partner is at fault and needs to be corrected, take another look. You aren’t all sweetness and light either.
Aquarius: Your partner may surprise the dickens out of you early this week. Drive and handle tools carefully. Your reflexes may be off center. You may be taking a sober look at one or more relationships. Even the very closest friends cannot know each other from the inside. Give everyone a break, including yourself.
Pisces: You have a desire to celebrate. The temptation to overspend is strong. Consider what would be fun and interesting that doesn’t require a big expenditure. Activities concerning education, publishing, the law, and travel have positive aspects. You are talkative and in an exploring frame of mind.
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