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Weekly horoscope (April 16-22)

Period of hesitation

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For All Signs: Our most remote planet, Pluto, changes directions on April 16th, moving into "retrograde" (backward) motion. I have written about the god of the Underworld often in recent months. Pluto's motion is related to vast power and social/political judgments which affect the masses. It is well for all of us that a period of hesitation (retrograde) precedes these decisions. Pluto turns direct with its locomotive-like force on September 24/25. This is the body that symbolically opened the 2008 can of horrendous fiascos in banking and the rest of the corporate world as it entered Capricorn. It remains in Capricorn until 2024.

Aries: After a long period of general drama, things are looking better for your sign now. Activities requiring physical energy are accented and favored. You have a need to get out and about to refresh your spirit. It is possible that you will overextend your financial limits. Leave the credit card at home if spending is an issue.

Taurus: Refresh your memory on Shakespeare and repeat the old adage three times per day: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be...." This needs to become your byword for the next two years. Do not lend resources if you can't do without them. Focus primarily on getting out of debt. This may seem like general advice, but it is specific to you at this time.

Gemini: You and your partner are in a difficult place. One or both of you is "shoulding" on the other. Put the critic out of the relationship and work on making improvements together. Maybe you will need to agree to disagree and give each other some space until there is better energy between you.

Cancer: Your romantic side is cooperating well with your nurturing side at this time. This is especially good for female friendships. Make a date for lunch and reconnect with people you like. Meanwhile, you may find that travel plans are not what you expected. They might even be disappointing.

Leo: You may be experiencing a limelight moment in which you are presenting a bright idea or even a finished product. Your enthusiasm will be palpable. However, it is important to plan what you want to say carefully, lest you go overboard with promises. The tendency to be impulsive is with you now.

Virgo: You may be overloaded with ideas, plans, and inflated expectations at this time. Talk over important changes with a trusted friend or a counselor. Take your time and make careful plans. Virgo is a sign that ordinarily does this, but right now it appears you need a reminder.

Libra: It is possible you will feel a sense of fatigue this week. Maybe something has caused you to be disappointed with yourself. Beware of critics, whether internal or external. This part of your mind exaggerates. It takes small things and makes them bigger than they are. You have overcome many disappointments in your life. You can get past this one, too.

Scorpio: It appears that one relationship is emerging from your inner turmoil over a significant other. Your mind is settling into a solution. Since you are more at peace, you have a lot of energy to share and likely will be involved in activities that help you burn up some of that excess.

Sagittarius: You and a partner (business or personal) are experiencing conflict. First you need to know that this is a misunderstanding from the beginning. If the issue is just too hot, take a breather from it and return later when the heat has cooled. You are likely to be leaning on the judgmental side.

Capricorn: See the lead paragraph, which particularly speaks to you. This is a time to believe your dreams and make that push toward success. The force is with you now. Activities requiring strength and/or endurance are favored. A transformation is at hand and available if you will reach for it.

Aquarius: Necessary expenses may develop this week. If not that, you could be just having a little blue mood. It is one of those times when we operate better in solitude. In fact, you may feel better if you do withdraw. Notice a tendency toward paranoia and don't take action until the reason is verified.

Pisces: It is imperative that you monitor your communications at this time. Telling the absolute truth, as you see it, could ruffle a lot of feathers and tarnish your reputation. Remain flexible and avoid opinionated attitudes. Keep a balanced focus and say nothing if you must to avoid damage.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at (704) 366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments . Website: http//www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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