There's a lot of stimulus in something as complex and nuanced as a face-to-face encounter and many have at least some degree of anxiety that makes such a social interaction challenging. With this in mind, give everyone, including yourself, a pass for any awkwardness that might ensue as the young Aries moon aligns with Mercury.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). As the warrior of the zodiac, you're very careful to determine what's really worth fighting for before you even think about suiting up. Your time and effort are valuable commodities.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Shadows of the soul are easy to clear. You don't have to scrub or organize or manage anything. All you have to do is turn up the heart light (or just generally lighten up) and the darkness disappears.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Whoever told you that making yourself happy was selfish was sadly mistaken. It is, in fact, your job to make yourself happy. And when you follow your bliss, you inspire others to do so, too.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Relationships change in tone as you get to know people better. This will be a good thing — a delightful thing — as comfort breeds fun, laughter and interesting developments.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The problem with chasing rainbows is that you can never get to where they are. You arrive and they either disappear or move. It's the same with chasing other lovely illusions, but there's still a lot of fun to be had in the pursuit.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You may not be an instantaneous fit for a situation, but that doesn't mean it's not for you. Try it on. There's some tailoring that could be done, so to speak.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There are many reasons why a person might earn the label of "difficult." A lot of times it's just because that person isn't conforming. And maybe the norm isn't worthy of conforming to.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your skills are getting sharper in the way that most things do — through friction. It's why you don't bemoan the challenges. They give you the practice you need to become great.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Things are being worked out behind the scenes while the stage appears to be nothing but a blank space in front of a curtain. Keep watching. You're going to like what happens when that curtain opens.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your feelings will change quickly and completely, so it's better not to air them straight away. Give it time. Don't send the first email, text or letter. Sleep on it. Come back and look at it tomorrow.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). After a time of being indecisive and not very excited about your choices, suddenly something new drops in. You want it. You throw your best energy after it. Your aim is true.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Because you've been so warm and inviting, new relationships spring up like green shoots from the ground, a fresh change of your emotional landscape.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 3). Make big plans because your projections and calculations will be extremely lucky over the next 30 days. It's like you're writing some kind of computer program that reality will follow along and flesh out as it runs. A change at work will have you adding new skills. There's a test in September, and then you'll advance quickly. Cancer and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 7, 13, 19 and 44.
WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: The three things that matter most in choosing who to hang out with this weekend are: attitude, abilities and track record. TAURUS: You're not interested in empty compliments, you want to know the bottom line — what people want from you and why. GEMINI: Your scene could use some new blood. Friends know people you need to know. Ask to be introduced. CANCER: In the name of love, you will break down barriers that have kept less persistent people apart. LEO: You'll pair best with the adventurous. In fact, nonadventurous need not apply. VIRGO: All it takes is one move to bump friendship to the level of romance. LIBRA: Nothing will be as fun as dancing. SCORPIO: You'll be most intrigued by the one who brings out a new side of you. SAGITTARIUS: The more creative your dates are, the more fun you'll have. CAPRICORN: No feeling, good or bad, lasts forever. For better or worse, let emotions wash over you like a wave. AQUARIUS: You don't need to prove how smart you are. The smart ones got it immediately and the clueless ones never will. PISCES: You'll need to know your friends and family are happy for you to relax and have fun yourself.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The new moon in Taurus asks if two Taureans can live happily ever after. Certainly, there's enough tenacity in this connection to go on and on indefinitely. However, if there's something they're not seeing eye-to-eye on, then that same stubbornness can work against them in the form of a grudge or unwillingness to compromise or acquiesce. Not this weekend though, which is all romance and fresh starts.
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