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April 24-April 30, 2003


For All Signs
Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday this week. The Mercury retrograde is intended to be a time of quiet thinking and reflection, gathering (but not acting upon) information, and finishing old or forgotten projects. Most of us have a hard time making final decisions during these periods because we know instinctively that conclusions are premature, requiring more data or gestation time. But our hard hitting, always forward moving, culture demands business as usual, regardless of the natural rhythms of life. So we are "destined" during this time to experience temporary snags, hang-ups and detours.

Venus has entered your sign and will be traveling "with you" through March 15. Her presence gives you an air of poise, and people will simply like how you look. When Venus is prominent we become more interested in art forms and personal appearance.

You may feel a great desire to get away for some R&R at this time. Even if you can't travel elsewhere, you can have a fine time at home, maybe with someone special. You are interested in whatever feels luxurious, looks beautiful, or tickles the senses.
During this Mercury retrograde period, you may be thinking far more about the past than you normally do. Now is a good time to organize and sort out your past history. This could be metaphorical or concrete, such as cleaning out old files and getting rid of paper.

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. Others are thinking about you, too, but you are a sign with more initiative than many, so pick up the telephone.

A quiet, new beginning of last summer blossoms now in view of everyone. It is like the engagement that follows a long courtship. Career and life goals are bright and shining. Aspects favor travel, legal interests, publishing, and education.

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 indecision.

Venus, your ruling planet, has entered the 7th house of relationships and will be there until mid-May. She brings improvements in clientele, social life, and partnerships. You are especially able to balance with others during this period in order to achieve win-win solutions.

You may be irritable and find yourself hard to live with through this week. It is difficult for anyone else to satisfy your needs, but of course, the child inside of you wishes they would. Work on your own as much as possible right now.

If you are looking for romance, this just might be your lucky week! Regardless of whether your relationship is like soft, worn leather or brand new and fresh, you are enjoying this spring immensely. This is an especially good period for artists and for finding things of beauty to adorn your life.

Mercury is turning retrograde in the territory that rules children, creative efforts, and love life. Anything on your radar screen that is related to these territories is subject to turnaround, review, deceleration, rethinking for a few weeks.

Mars, the red planet of war, enters your sign this week and will be traveling with you until mid-June. This energy is best used to handle physically heavy projects or to take challenging initiatives. You must deal upfront with this assertive energy.

A creative venture or an opportune beginning from last July comes now into full blossom and you are now enjoying the results of that expansion. At minimum, what you do will look great and people will admire or applaud your work.

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