To what extent should you indulge your cravings, wishes and longings? On the one hand, it feels like if you don't steal some joy now, it could pass you by. On the other hand, this moment before the Saturn retrograde bumps up the odds that delayed gratification will ultimately bring you what you want, and it will be sweeter for the wait.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have much to invest — heart, time, money, effort, hopes and more. It's not a good day to go all in. Choose two and see what happens. If it's going well, you can double down later.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Soon after you show up, fun starts happening. It has to do with the way you include people. You make everyone a little more alert to their surroundings. You're the definition of "refreshing."
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When people relate to one another, what happens is always greater than the sum of the contributions made by each. Because the relationship itself is always a third entity — a creation born from the chemistry between people.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). A lot depends on how you name the problem. While puzzles and mysteries seem fun, troubles and inconveniences don't. Yet both could be seen from the standpoint of gaming. Stay curious and lighthearted. There's a fix.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll be dealing with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Their values and morals might be similar, but they are not the same. Problem-solving is easier when you keep your mind free of assumptions.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). As per the usual, you've been giving slightly more than you have to give. And though you're better for the effort, you still need to replenish your resources. Time spent with other Earth signs (Taurus and Capricorn) will restore you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you're in the mix, you'll get in step with what's going on around you. But when you're alone, your mind will race to ideas that are ahead of the times.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When a project or goal seems hopelessly stalled, it's usually because there's too much else going on to give it the amount of focus needed to take off. Spend some time prioritizing.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Is it possible for you to elevate the collective spirit of humanity? Whether or not you think so, the spiritual tides rise with every gesture you make to uplift yourself and others.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be looking back. Regret is always an option, but why bother with it? The past is one picture with a million framing options. Choose one you can love.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Pay special attention to the habits you want to keep, and be sure to repeat them as often as possible. The things that get repeated, for better or worse, become engrained and ultimately automatic.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What you thought was the end of a cycle wasn't even the midway point. Because you're committed to getting what you need out of a situation, you'll hang in there, ready to do what it takes.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 28). People will name and claim you if you let them, but this year you have other plans. Now more than ever you realize that you're free to decide who you're going to be. And so begins a steady process of growing into your chosen role. You'll have all the support you need and more, though you sometimes have to ask for it. Virgo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 21, 7, 3, 39 and 44.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Aren't we always doing our best? We use what we know, right? Each moment is different. If we know better, we do better. And usually we cannot know any more than what we've learned.
Then there are the experiential anomalies — those rare moments in which there is no obvious connection between what we know and what we do. We seem to act on higher information, on strange knowledge that we don't even possess, as though we are suddenly helped with a boost from another source. The outcome can be so impactful that we're inspired to believe that hidden forces must surely be in the mix — angels, cosmic winds, magnetic alignments that tug our souls into stronger, more benevolent shapes.
Such magical moments are in the offering during this week that features the Beltane holiday, a Taurus new moon and an important Saturn retrograde. Later you'll look back and marvel at your strange luck.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Taurus Jessica Alba showed her Earth sign spirit when she founded The Honest Company to make safe, innovative products from plant-derived ingredients for a cleaner, safer future for children everywhere, including three of her own. Alba's moon is in Aquarius, the humanitarian sign, indicating that for her, generous and compassionate acts will always start a cycle of good fortune.
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