By Holiday Mathis

May 16, 2012 6 min read

People seem to have no shortage of opinions during the current Mars transit through Virgo. Critiques abound. The positive aspect of criticism is that it can be the catalyst for much-needed change. That's just what will happen as Mars forms a harmonious angle to Pluto in Capricorn, the effects of which will linger through May 24.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's only fun to take tests when you think you know the answers. With this in mind, you're careful not to challenge others in a way that will make them feel bad or annoyed.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're trying to make people's lives better. Sometimes they cooperate; other times they don't. You won't take it personally either way. Being in the right makes it easier for you to keep your ego out of it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll do quite a lot on your own, but not everything. Before you ask for help, be sure you really need it. Others will find it most satisfying to help you when that is the case.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your positive thoughts are transmitted to the universe. You'll see evidence that your transmission has been received in the beautiful, effortless unfolding of your plans.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're not a miniscule part of the cosmic whole — not according to the trillions of microorganisms living within you, and not to the ones who love you. You'll get a sense of your vital importance today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You made a deal with destiny, and that deal is more negotiable than you might think. Sit down and have a talk with her in your mind. Sure, she can be tough, but she's not unreasonable. Besides, destiny likes you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sometimes you feel as though no one is listening to you. That will be remedied today, as the influence you hold will be obvious. Your suggestions will be taken; your orders, followed.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don't need a phone to connect with the one you love. Even when this person is at a great distance, satellites and wires are unnecessary because you're telepathically connected.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your habits change because your environment has changed. It's a natural result of having to adapt to the way things currently are. You'll like where the new habits lead.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your thought process is like television. You can't control the programming, but you can choose what you'll watch. And if you choose wrong, you can always change the channel.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Emotions trigger your mind to release chemicals in your body, and every cell that is you takes a bath in those chemicals. This is yet another reason why you should do what makes you happy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll weave a lineup of happy thoughts into an overall positive attitude. Who can resist your very attractive and amenable personality? They'll respond positively in return.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 16). You'll love the attention showered on you over the next six weeks. Also note that just because something didn't work out last year doesn't mean it won't work out at all. In July, you get a second chance and make it work for you. A deal closes in August. November and February show domestic improvements. Capricorn and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 1, 24, 38 and 18.

Affirmations by Sign: Positive self-talk is a sure way to fortify your relationship with destiny. To put you in a winning frame of mind, it may help to affirm the hopeful, optimistic statements and to do so with intensity of feeling until you believe the statement at a deep level. Here are three handpicked affirmations that will speak to the particular needs of your sign in the weeks to come. SAGITTARIUS: My habits are in line with my goals and with who I want to be in this lifetime. I attract harmonious relationships and loving, cheerful people. I enjoy what I have and recognize that it's more than enough. AQUARIUS: I give life my best, and that shines through in everything I do. I naturally create mutually supportive bonds with others. Confidence radiates from me because I trust myself. CAPRICORN: I deserve to be happy and can always find a way or a reason to be joyful. I feel better and better every day. I now release any blocks that keep perfect love from finding me. PISCES: The powers that be are conspiring to delight me. My relationships are loving, mutually beneficial and harmonious. My work is a joy that brings much good to me and the world.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Taurus mother of three Tori Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, recently announced that they have another baby on the way. Spelling was born when the sun and Mercury were both in tenacious Taurus. Her Scorpio moon and her Mars in Pisces suggest that she's highly intuitive and may receive extrasensory knowledge in regard to loved ones and her work.

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