[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign and will be more likely to affect your daily affairs than many of the other signs. This represents a change of gears, a shift of attention, and redirection of your energy until early June. Use the energy to research information and gather resources for better decisions later.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Memories from your life history may surface for examination at this time. Old friends or acquaintances who return for a short time could be the trigger for this life review. It is possible you may have a greater than normal need to reflect, to write, and otherwise give attention to your inner self. For that reason circumstances will slow down in your outer life.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You are likely to find yourself thinking a lot about old friends and may want to get in touch with one or two of them. This is a time for nostalgia and reminiscence. Others are thinking about you, too, but you are a sign with more initiative than many, so pick up the telephone.

[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your reputation goes before you. Others in the world hear about your accomplishments and offer you compliments and the potential for financial rewards. One whom you consider your authority sends blessings your way. Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your ruling planet is changing directions in the territory which deals with education, publishing, travel, public speaking, the law, and philosophy. Therefore any of these activities are subject to shifts, changes, or sudden deceleration due to lack of decision. Maybe the right solution just is not available yet. Have a sense of humor. This, too, shall pass.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You will need to check and doublecheck financial records for possible errors.

Perhaps you are rummaging through the archives for lost data and/or receipts. Maybe your tax return is the issue. Don’t panic. Whenever a piece of paper has gone missing during a Mercury retrograde, it will always turn up again near the next change of direction (May 22nd).

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Over the next few weeks you may need to contact people who have been significant in your past. It is time to dig deeply into yourself so you can be as fully honest as possible within important relationships. Speak from your heart and do not allow your ego, which wants only to look good, to take your words hostage.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) This is a period in which your physical cycle is on a deep low. You know the drill: get plenty of rest, drink a lot of fluids, take your vitamins, etc. You may be isolated by your circumstances. You could be feeling sorry for yourself. Health issues are not at all fun, but if we do not fight them it is easier to cope. Let the body handle it.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) It may feel as though circumstances have you trapped in a situation that you can’t exit. There are rules in all directions. Perhaps you have made one step too far. You want to challenge the rules or the authorities and this is not the time to expect success, regardless of the topic. Make an effort to back away without fanfare.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Your attention is on moving forward in your life direction, but various rocks and pebbles are in your way. One of them has to do with financing the budget for your plans. This is a challenge that won’t go away, although you can ultimately resolve it with a determined mind.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) New media or a renewed form of communication will bring refreshment to your daily life. Aspects favor adding a roommate or visiting with siblings. Short trips could be revitalizing. It seems you need greater exposure to the natural world. Go for the sunshine!

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Concentrate on strengthening the scaffolding of your latest project. Those plans that totally vaporize probably should not have been part of the system anyway. Waste little energy on grief. Seek the most practical solutions to repair what can be repaired and let go of the rest.

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