By Holiday Mathis

May 12, 2012 6 min read

Saturn is retrograde, and in a few days, Venus will follow suit. In the meantime, a luscious tension builds as these cosmic forces conspire to concoct a planetary love potion to intensify crushes and crystallize affectionate feelings. The Aquarius moon presides over the action, posing this option: Maybe we should just be friends?

ARIES (March 21-April 19). With all that you're learning lately, you can't very well expect yourself to understand instantly what your next move should be. You'll need to process an issue, and this will take time.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your instinct to sketch out your thoughts on paper will lead to clarity on a matter that's been bothering you. Make a list of known factors, and then make one of unknown factors. You'll quickly sort this one out.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your family structure seems to require constant tending lately. Luckily, maintaining relationships with a steady flow of supportive communication is one of your specialties.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You've been driving yourself hard. Soon this rhythm will become comfortable to you. But now it's important that you make every effort to ensure that you get the rest you need.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll get a mixed bag of advice and will be slow to act on any of it until you get a gut feeling about how to proceed. In the end, as usual, you'll only do what you decide you want to do.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll enter into a rather stuffy environment. You'll have a way of loosening up the room. You are apt to share with others, and even those who are terribly shy will open up to you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Every choice comes with a tradeoff. Money, time and energy will be rather obviously exchanged, but that's not all. Get tuned into the hidden costs that are difficult to calculate because they will add up over time.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll be deciding what to do about a certain relationship. Build on the belief that you're better off with this person in your life than you would be without him or her.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're not always your own best babysitter. Enlist the care of others. The influence of someone you admire will keep you accountable to goals that would not be reached otherwise.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Explore your options, and keep them open. There are some conversations that will stretch on for months, and everyone will be better off for not jumping to hasty conclusions.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have a big heart, and you're ready to forgive, no matter how many times you have already. Relationships will be healed. Love and forgiveness will weave together like the entwined fingers of prayerful hands.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll deal with well-meaning and possibly clueless people. You're just the one for the job since you're so unfailingly patient now. And hopefully others will be wise enough to heed your low-key guidance.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 12). You have lofty goals and an abiding faith to match: Everything is doable. In June, you'll be exceptionally lucky in love. People treat you the way you'd prefer without prompting from you. You'll make the most of connections in July and will see lifestyle improvements in August. In November, you will compete and win. Gemini and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 2, 38, 14 and 18.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "Years ago, I wrote you about my relationship with a Pisces. Your response was right on, and I am still with him a decade later. I've grown to resent his inability to make a lasting commitment to me, among other issues. We have a home together and get along so well, and he's the most upstanding, kind, honest human being I have ever met. Ultimatums are not my style, but I just cannot reconcile my resentment that what our relationship is now is probably what it always will be. Any advice for a Virgo?"

Structured and traditional, Virgo likes knowing where things stand, while Pisces can remain quite comfortable in a dreamy state of limbo.

My sense is that this one is up to you. Wanting to be married when he is indifferent may be your "break up" excuse because you love him too much to reject him outright or leave him without good reason. If you like living together, release your resentment and create the relationship the way you want it. Marriage will come as a natural outgrowth of that. Now it's time to be honest with yourself: After 10 years, do you still enjoy it? Or has he, and your resentment toward him, worn you out?

CELEBRITY PROFILES: From "American Pie" to "American Reunion," Jason Biggs has ridden his quirky, over-sharing sense of humor to fame and fortune. The determined Taurus actor was born when Mars and Saturn were both in Leo, so he's predisposed to make entertaining choices. His moon and Jupiter in Cancer shows a sensitivity that is probably the deeper source of the comedy he creates.

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