Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.
April 20–May 20
You could be in stubborn mode this week if you feel like your self-worth, your values or your finances are at stake. Friends, professional contacts or a group you belong to clash with something you hold dear when Neptune in your network sector butts heads with Venus in your personal-resources house. Extravagant spending based on fear or denial is a danger, so watch the urge to treat yourself. Comparing yourself to others or thinking that they’re obstructing you or withholding from you will make you dig in your heels about getting what you want. But you’ll attract what you need and have positive transactions if you trust your intuition and think more flexibly about what you’ve got going for you and what is worth the most to you. Ask yourself if you’re holding onto and letting go of the right things. Do you have your priorities straight? The difficulty of partnership and your evolving beliefs and uncertainty about where you’re headed are all potential issues now, as your desire for freedom becomes increasingly evident.
May 21–June 20
With Venus in your sign, you’re feeling more flirty, charming and attractive, and you have the ability to pull people to you. And with your ruler Mercury entering Gemini this week, you’ve got the gift of gab. But both of those planets will clash with a few others, causing your thoughts and desires to get a mixed reception. What you say and want may not go over too well with your boss or coworkers or with someone close to you, but try not to get too thrown off by how you’re received. You’re likely not to be in sync with your daily responsibilities and office life, but if you follow your own runaway train of thought, it could lead to great ideas for your next move. You want to do things in your own way now and may be able to get the cooperation of a team, especially if you’re inspiring people with talk of needed change in your community or the world. Brainstorming about reform is one thing that should go very well now.
June 21–July 22
Unconscious or secret thoughts and desires rule your week, as mental Mercury and covetous Venus lurk in your subliminal zone and dodge awkward encounters with several other planets. It’s only through these conflicts that you’ll begin to grasp what you’re thinking and wanting. Potential areas of disconnect: your yearning for travel and adventure; creative work; spiritual beliefs; parenting responsibilities; a love affair; people who hold power over you; a changing relationship; anger with someone close to you; confusion about the future; a desire for faith. Whatever is bubbling up from your subconscious now is likely to clash with at least one or two of the above, but try to bring it to awareness rather than letting it worry you. Explore your unsettling thoughts and desires by asking them questions and listening for answers rather than expecting them to blend better with other aspects of your life. The urge for change and freedom in your career and your desire to put your unique stamp on the world can offer clues.
July 23–August 22
You’re in a social mood this week, with chatty Mercury joining amiable Venus in your network zone. Your popularity with friends is high, and you’re interested more in group activities than one-on-one. Although people will be drawn to you, a feeling of closeness eludes you, and you may wind up confused over an issue of trust or jealousy. Domestic duties or family; a health issue; work responsibilities; and your underlying serious mood could be out of sync with your sociability, but it’s important to be around plenty of people in order to place yourself in a wider context. You’ll find it tough to communicate about personal stuff if you’re not sure who’s safe to confide in, but you do have a strong desire to connect. If you can move past the doubts lingering in your psyche and call on your spirit of adventure, you’ll touch upon a fount of freedom and spontaneity. Doing something impulsive that takes you out of your element (like a trip) will restore your satisfaction.
August 23–September 22
You’ve got goals and career on the brain, with your ruler Mercury crossing your ambition angle this week. But a relationship is making it harder to concentrate on achieving what you’re after. And it’s challenging to communicate what you’re hoping to accomplish or to make sound decisions to that end. Try to adapt your thought process and dig for a deeper, hidden truth. Practical thinking is not matching up with your current desires, so you’ll need to get more innovative. You can appeal to higher-ups now by reading between the lines and paying attention to flashes of intuition that will help you to understand someone’s hidden agenda. You’ll get an a-ha understanding of the unspoken if you’re open to it, and an intelligent peek into an authority figure’s psyche is worth gold now. Although you’re trying to attract success, heavy changes in your love life or childrearing or an intense drive for pleasure and creativity may distract you from that track momentarily.
September 23–October 22
Your ruling planet Venus is transiting your expansion sector, giving you a taste for freedom and adventure. But that itch will conflict with your job, daily duties, your money situation and domestic or family responsibilities this week, making you feel like your wings have been clipped. If the reality of your finances brings you crashing back down to earth and your family or turbulent emotions seem to be controlling you, don’t get discouraged. Although travel is a possibility, try not to focus too narrowly on literal freedom. You have a chance to attract people who possess a different perspective that you can gain a lot from now. Your greatest learning opportunities will be through one-on-one encounters, so be open to everything and everyone different from yourself now. A person or idea could free your mind, offering you a more lasting adventure than you were originally after.
October 23–November 21
Amorous Venus and friendly Mercury in your intimacy zone have you craving closeness, but their tricky brushes with other planets complicate matters. You’re likely to over-romanticize and then give yourself a harsh, cynical reality check. Daydreaming and intense desire may make you feel out of control or may come into conflict with your need to have the upper hand. Don’t get involved in emotional manipulation. You won’t empower yourself merely by disempowering another person. You want to be able to trust someone and confide in them, but you need to change your tactics rather than falling into old habits. You see the dark side of people all too well, and if you can pull yourself back from judging what you see, you’ll allow people more space to just be who they are. Letting them be flawed, unique individuals—at the risk of sacrificing a feeling of extreme intimacy—will ultimately attract to you what you really need.
November 22–December 21
Law-of-attraction Venus and gregarious Mercury in your relationship angle have you jonesing for companionship, but their run-ins with other planets put several wrinkles in your week. You may lack solid judgment if you’re yearning for a feeling of home and comfort with someone. And underlying doubt or practical intuition could conflict with your being drawn to someone. You’re seeking mental stimulation from others, but it’s easy to get your wires crossed now. Money might become an issue in a relationship or someone might shake your confidence, but resist the urge to try to control anyone to regain the upper hand. You could also be tripped up by private worries that go against the message you’re putting out there to others. The easiest way of relating to people this week is through play, creativity, romance, children, hobbies and other leisure activities. Anything heavier is likely to feel problematic.
December 22–January 19
You’ll probably be socializing with colleagues this week, with friendly Venus and Mercury in your responsibilities house. Or you may be dealing with the work of relationships—addressing problems between you and someone else and trying to find solutions that mend fences. But you may not be able to see the reality of how a relationship is faltering or how your coworkers perceive you if you’re glossing over those things in your head. Your rapport with colleagues is likely affected by your drive to head off in a new direction. Network building is a positive thing, but is it having an impact on your office image? Keep an eye on any desire to dominate others, and try not to speak too harshly. Your critical eye and detailed thinking could lead you to miss the forest for the trees now. It’s easy to become prickly, with Venus and Mercury running into several conflicts, but try to detach destructive emotions from already problematic situations.
January 20–February 18
You’re in an affectionate playful mood, thanks to lovely Venus gracing your self-expression zone, but your radar could be off when Venus bumps up against confusing Neptune. You may be yearning to gain a sense of your own self-worth through someone you’re fond of, or you could be overestimating that person’s worth. If there’s a love interest in the picture, your judgment is likely to be fuzzy, possibly because of a confidence or financial issue. You feel a strong desire to have fun, spend time with children, date and indulge in leisurely interests and creative pursuits, but you’re carrying around a heaviness inside you that impedes pleasure. And the pressure to reach goals or a delay in your career trajectory is also weighing you down. Allow yourself to experience some joy! Free your mind with abstract and innovative thinking. And feed your brain messages about your uniqueness and brilliance until you feel your heart warming up.
February 19–March 20
Home and family are tugging at your sleeve this week, with Venus and Mercury in your domestic angle. But their clashes with three other planets could mess with the comfort and homeostasis you’re so craving. Warm and fuzzy emotions will lead you to inappropriately idealize a situation, and you may misunderstand a family member or roommate (or vice versa.) A negative belief, a controlling friend or pressure to network professionally could all stress you out, when what you want is a bit of soothing stability. Your best bet is to find a way to do something truly original at home. Throw an offbeat theme party or dive into a home-beautification project that requires getting creative with the funds and resources at hand. Or have fun coming up with a decorating idea that expresses your unique taste, then grab some time alone to tackle it and enjoy the results.
March 21–April 19
Venus and Mercury in your data zone have you in information-gathering mode. You’re happy now being a student, engaging people in conversations, asking lots of questions, learning from your interactions and keeping in contact with your regular circle of people. You may even be feeling flirty in addition to friendly, but intimacy seems blocked or a close relationship feels extra heavy and serious. And your intuition is sending you signals that conflict with the info you’re getting. It’s tempting to make a strong move that will help you to feel more in control, because you’re driven by a need to have it all together now. You’re pulled in a whole different direction by your career or goals, when part of you just feels like flitting about pursuing fun and satisfying your many curiosities. Short trips, connecting with a sibling, exploring your neighborhood and staying busy in general will make you happiest now. Your impulse to change things up and keep a spirit of adventure alive in your life is in keeping with that.
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