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The days get warmer as the Sun moves through Taurus and we're all delighted to watch the trees fill in and flowers bloom. Mercury travels retrograde until May 14 creating communication mix ups, delays and minor hassles in its wake. Remain aware during the lunar eclipse on May 5 as tensions can run high and overreactions are likely. Be patient with others, especially in traffic or when running errands. (Accidents often occur when we're rushing or distracted.) Jupiter the great bearer of gifts and opportunities changes signs and moves into Taurus mid-month where it will remain for the next year. The good life beckons to us and we all crave our own brand of creature comforts, even-keeled days and lasting stability.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

As tension builds leading up to the lunar eclipse on May 5, be careful not to get caught in the shrapnel of others. Resist knee-jerk urges to say something you might later regret. Keep a healthy focus on the quality of your work as the Sun activates your House of Wealth and Security. With Mercury Retrograde until May 14, communication mix-ups can occur causing snafus, which is why it's important to double-check your efforts and be patient with yourself and others. Wait until after this time to ink any deals or make major purchases. It's a good time to get your financial ducks in a row and consider where you can cut back on expenses so your real needs are met. Mid-month, Jupiter joins the Sun in your Second House of Wealth and will remain there for the next year. This boosts your money-making ability giving you a greater sense of security and abundance! Yahoo! Look to long-term investments that can really benefit your overall quality of life.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

It's your Birthday Season, Taurus! Soak in the love and open yourself up to the fresh chapters that await. Mercury is retrograde in your sign until May 14, so be patient as mix-ups and delays can easily occur now. Caution against taking on too much or overextending yourself. The lunar eclipse on May 5 is occurring opposite your sign. This is a particularly activated time and you might feel a build-up of tensions. Be respectful to yourself and others and give yourself extra time between appointments so you don't feel harried or rushed. Channel excess energy into physical movement, gardening or craft projects. Mid-month, Jupiter moves into your sign for the next year and brings with it a fresh set of opportunities for growth and experience. Your confidence and self-expression are at an all-time high and you'll be more assertive in pursuing your goals and dreams. Focus on yourself, your needs and what makes you happy. You will manifest positive change and your unique light will shine!

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You might find yourself feeling more sensitive and introspective now, Gemini. The Sun is activating your 12th House of reflection, dreams and the deep subconscious. This is a potent time for spiritual healing and self-reflection. Tread carefully around the lunar eclipse on May 5 because tensions can build making you feel more thin-skinned, so be patient with yourself and others. Getting time on your own can be beneficial as you can observe the thoughts and emotions that are just under the surface. This is a good time to release yourself from mistaken belief systems that limit your perspective. Mid-month, Mercury moves direct and Jupiter changes sign ushering in a new phase of personal development. You might feel drawn to spiritual teachings and mystical studies since you're eager to discover more about the subtleties of human nature. Relationships with others can take on a new dimension as your intuition is powerful now. It's important to be with positive people who genuinely support you and the way you express yourself.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

As Mars moves through your sign, you are encouraged to take charge of your life and focus on your future goals, Cancer. This will give you a strong sense of self, and you'll be able to tackle any challenges that come your way. Speaking of challenges, the lunar eclipse on May 5 can pack a punch, so walk softly and don't take the bait if you feel like someone is antagonizing you. Be patient and keep in mind Mercury is also retrograde until May 14, creating mix-ups and delays. Channel excess energy into creative pursuits, DIY projects and physical movement. You're likely to get some clarity about an issue that's been bothering you. This month, Jupiter enters your 11th House of Friendships and will remain there for next year boosting your overall morale and your vision for the future. Friendships and new connections are blessed particularly if your connections are because of a common interest or an important cause. As sweet Venus dances through your sign, you're feeling more at ease and this attracts others to you like bees to honey.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

All eyes are on you this month Leo, while a number of planets cruise across the top of your chart. Others are looking to you for leadership and guidance making this a potent time for your career to develop. Be patient because Mercury retrograde can cause delays or miscommunications with others. Plus, the lunar eclipse on May 5 might rub some people the wrong way. Channel your energy into constructive projects or blow off some steam at the gym. It's a good time to revisit old initiates and breath some fresh life into them. Mid-month, Jupiter activates your 10th House of Career, promising you a prosperous year ahead of harvest and bounty! This is an excellent time to expand your career or take a new job offer as you're ready for a fresh challenge. Success and recognition for your work and perseverance are in the stars. Positive career changes and new options are coming your way!

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your intellectual nature is heightened as a number of planets activate your ninth house, Virgo. You have a strong desire to broaden your awareness about the world around you. This can manifest in making travel plans, pursuing courses and attending workshops, as well as self-lead study. Take a breather near the lunar eclipse on May 5 as tensions are running high and people are a bit reactive. Mercury retrograde (until May 14) thrown into the mix can create snafus and communication mix-ups so be patient and double-check your information. Channel pent-up energy into taking care of old business that needs to be wrapped up. As Jupiter moves higher in your chart over the next year, you're eager to build on your career making this a fabulous time to seek additional training or applied studies. Meeting people from different backgrounds who have a unique view of the world will delight. You're opening yourself up to new perspectives and your curiosity draws others to you.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Key relationships can blossom into enriching experiences over the next year Libra when Jupiter activates your 8th House of personal power, shared experiences, and rebirth. You're opening up to deep transformational growth on a personal level that can bring about positive changes in your relationship dynamics with others. It's a good time to get in touch with your emotional nature and provide yourself with more constructive means of expression. (Tread carefully around the lunar eclipse on May 5, when your sensitive side might pick up the tensions around you.) Mercury moves direct on May 14, which is good news regarding shared finances, loans, or insurance issues can result. Nonetheless, take extra care counting your pennies so you don't overextend yourself with debt or promises. As Mars moves to the top of your chart, you are ready to take the reins and plough through tasks. Your style of oversight and leadership will attract others to you. You can make an impression now!

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The Sun is moving opposite your sign, potentially making you feel more tired than usual, especially around the lunar eclipse on May 5. Gear down and take some 'me time' to rest and replenish. Mercury retrograde (also opposite your sign) can create mix-ups in communications making it tough to navigate. Nonetheless, it's a good time to revisit unfinished projects or old business that needs extra attention and wrapping up. When Mercury moves direct on May 14, you're back in the swing of things! It's a good time to put energy into your key connections as Jupiter moves into your House of Relationships for the next year. Existing relationships (both personal and professional) can grow and flourish under this influence. It's also a wonderful time to attract a mate or partner. You're feeling more in harmony with your desires and needs and those of others making this a favourable time to fortify bonds. It's a good time to get out there and meet people!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

A number of planets are activating your 6th House now Sagittarius, making this a wonderful time to revise your daily routines and work-life habits. You can analyze your current set of needs and determine what life areas need some tweaking and refining to bring about optimum performance. You might also feel motivated to return to a previous routine, diet or wellness plan that worked for you in the past. Don't be discouraged by minor setbacks or mix-ups, especially with regard to communications and travel. Mercury is retrograde until May 14, so snafus and minor challenges can arise. (The lunar eclipse on May 5 can also cause extra tension -- so be patient with yourself and others.) Your natural talents and creative gifts are set to improve when Jupiter activates your job sector for the next year. Yay! You're keen to stretch your abilities making this a wonderful time to improve upon your job, or seek new employment. Starting your own business or striking out on your own is favoured now as well!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

As a number of planets are moving through your 5th House of Creativity -- your playful nature is activated, Capricorn! It's time to celebrate your uniqueness and express yourself through creative projects. Mercury is retrograde (until May 14) making this a good time to go back to unfinished projects and polish them up, or revisit a hobby or creative outlet you've been meaning to get back to. Play it cool during the lunar eclipse on May 5 as tensions are building. You don't need to get caught in the drama of others. Channel your energy into sports or recreation instead, and avoid impulsive purchases. Jupiter activates this area of your chart for next year making this a great summer for a special vacation and playful outings. Romance and flirtations are in for a boost as well making this a wonderful time to rekindle the sparks in your relationship. Single? Time to put your best foot forward and flash your smile as you can easily attract others to you now!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You'll be craving easy comfortable experiences with your nearest and dearest, Aquarius as a number of planets activate your 4th House related to home and family matters now. It's a good time to nurture your closest ties with others, especially the one with yourself. Is there anything you need to take care of that you've been putting off? With Mercury retrograde (until May 14), it's an excellent time to repair, revamp and reorganize at home. The lunar eclipse on May 5 might cramp your style, so laying low can be a good option. Be tender and kind with yourself and others should emotions get high. On the other hand, it can also be a time for important breakthroughs and insights that lead to healing and growth. Jupiter moves into this chart area and will be there for the next year making it a lovely time for family experiences. Celebratory occasions, entertaining and spending time with loved ones are on the menu. Home improvements and upgrades to your living conditions are highlighted as well.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You'll find yourself feeling more curious, talkative and social over the next while, Pisces. A number of planets are activating your 3rd House associated with communications, learning, travel, outings and connecting with your community. This is an excellent time for networking, collaborating and sharing ideas with others. As Mercury is retrograde now (until May 14), this is an excellent time to reconnect with people you haven't seen for a while, or return to a project or area of study you want to delve further into. Research is particularly favoured right now. The lunar eclipse on May 5 might cause some snafus and miscommunications with others, so be extra patient and careful, especially when driving or operating machinery. Jupiter moves into your 3rd House this month, and will remain there for the next year making this an excellent time for focused study and training. You will find it easier to express yourself, not only in your day-to-day communications with others, but creatively too. New friends and connections with people who share your interests are favoured now as well.