The first day of May is when Irish farmers would send their cattle out to pasture to fatten up. It was a frightening prospect, sending one's livestock/livelihood into the open where they were vulnerable to hungry predators and nature's whims. Beltane included rituals to summon the protection of the gods, including a great community bonfire.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). As an adult, you have a lot of choice about who you're around. Though it doesn't always seem that way. That's why, with new people, the standards should be high. Cheerfulness is a must.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You get pleasure from novelty in small measurements. You seek a situation that feels fresh, but not so new that it disorients or destabilizes. It's also what you want to create for others.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You appreciate when others trust you enough to be vulnerable. You also appreciate when they respect you enough not to flood the conversation with big emotion at the wrong time. You're strong. You need the same.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Pick your guitar and fill your fruit jar. The work will get done, eventually. In the meantime, having a good time is as productive, if not more, than your workaday tasks.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll be as magnificent as the purpose you choose, so set goals that empower you. This is no time to put yourself in a position where you're likely to be giving and giving without the promise of a return.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). This is garbage day for emotional baggage. There's much to take advantage of once you've freed yourself of the waste. All you have to do is direct yourself to drop it at the curb.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll mentally dance through precarious lines of reason and whimsical patterns of thought, making balletic leaps into possibilities you hadn't considered before.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll stumble across a piece of loaded information. Should you discuss it or sit on it a moment? There's more power in keeping it to yourself until you know exactly how to file it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Restlessness is an energy that's hard to fight. The desire to take action feels urgent and will override the usual criteria checklist you run your decisions through.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A little bit of risk goes a long way today, especially of the financial variety. Dollars and adrenaline go hand in hand. Decide ahead of time how much you're willing to lose.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll sprinkle in the extra spice that keeps things interesting. This is not just about cooking. Familiar things get forgotten. Fascinating things get remembered. Nothing can be fascinating and familiar at the same time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's an impassioned day when your heart will lead and your head will convince you to follow. Serving your feelings matters more to you than serving other practical interests.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 1). You're in the driver's seat of your dream this year, and you'll have co-pilots who get on and off, depending on where they are headed with their own ambitions. There will be beautiful instances of timing when providing and receiving help is gloriously easy. Feasts and festivities of fall will be epic. Scorpio and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 28, 1 and 45.
WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Take a chance on someone who doesn't present themselves in the typical way. TAURUS: You need a hit of adventure or a physical challenge, and you'll get it. GEMINI: You could surprise yourself at how directly you approach others as you go forward in confidence. CANCER: Close relationships are in a state of flux, and that's good. If they were always the same, then you'd spend most of the relationship asleep. LEO: People with few troubles and lots of time can afford to be more thoughtful and attentive. When a busy person takes time for you, that's saying a lot. VIRGO: Your ideal is one equally adept in the public and private spheres. Try to get to know people in many environments. LIBRA: Casual people use language of ownership casually. You'd rather hear a genuine compliment than, "If only you were mine..." SCORPIO: You'll create a serene, restorative refuge for yourself and others — an act of true love. SAGITTARIUS: Your sensitivity gives you a window into what people need and crave and whether it's something you can give. CAPRICORN: Timing matters in love, but strong intent can make up for bad timing. AQUARIUS: You're enough on your own and because you know that, you're all the more dazzling when you're with others. PISCES: To be keyed into another person's rhythm is a kindness that keeps people from assuming too much familiarity too quickly.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Virgo and Taurus are among the zodiac's best matches — two earth signs with high integrity who can help one another in both practical and mystical ways. Their attraction hits on levels that range from the deeply spiritual to the enormously convenient. It's a legacy bond that can carry on through the ages because of what and whom they might build together.
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