Love Spelled Backward

By Holiday Mathis

May 12, 2020 6 min read

Take off the last two letters of "evolve" and you have "love" spelled backward. No matter how much we adore an entity as it is, we must also embrace that as a temporary state. Venus retrograde calls us to extend love into the past and the future, accepting and embracing the many incarnations a relationship can take.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll maintain an air of mystery, surprising the people around you with a new side to your character. This keeps them doing the best kind of wondering about you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will drop ideas like seeds. They are not meant to take root immediately. Rather, they are going to take a while to become embedded in minds, where they will eventually have a life of their own.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You make people feel better about themselves and want to be around you. There are those who will come to depend on you for the ego boost, and the position this puts you in is not so bad at all.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Whatever is keeping you from maximum enjoyment of life can be dissolved with a plan and an excellent attitude. Daily life can feel hurried and improvised unless you think ahead and offer yourself something different.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You don't have to be looking for problems to see them. You'll rename the issues things like "challenges" or "opportunities," and you'll find and leverage all that's good in the situation.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). How do you feel about your own enjoyment? Do you allow yourself life's pleasures without comment from the peanut gallery of the mind? To delight with others is to unite with others. Why should this be wrong?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There are those who make unwise decisions that affect you. In the past, you have gone along with them. Now, you're starting to wake up to the fact that you have greater influence than you once believed.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've talents unexplored, and you are capable of things you never would have guessed you could do. To dedicate even a half-hour a day to this exploration will enrich you beyond measure.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Things break; you fix them. They break again... When is it right to cut your losses and start fresh? The answer is: much further down the road. For now, keep fixing, as this will last a good while longer.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Change is the only constant of life. Write about what's working and what's not and resolve to make a change regarding the parts that are lacking.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). By using words that are honest, balanced and kind, you will make discoveries about what everyone needs and wants. You will put yourself in a position to create fortuitous bonds and arrangements.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Ideally, all of the conversations you take part in will be compassionate and truthful. However, you will be dealing in different interpretations of the truth, and ideas as to the form compassion takes can vary widely.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 12). You'll be often motivated by a strong sense of responsibility and be richly rewarded for your loyalty. Though your vigilance will net you a degree of security and the attainment of goals, there will also be stretches of leisure in which you can explore hobbies, talents and relationships that fortify your heart. Gemini and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 20, 18, 40 and 3.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "Don't you think this is weird, even for a Pisces? I've had three different psychic readings in the last month (tarot) and in all three of them the queen of swords came up. Once it was reversed. What's hard to figure out is why the interpretation was so different each time. What do you think it means?"

For the psychic who is truly connecting with you, the fates and the moment, no two readings will ever be the same. If the reading were the same twice, you'd probably feel that something was wrong, like you were getting a canned response that had nothing to do with your specific situation, time and being. As for the queen of swords as a prominent and recurring star of your reading, I'd say it signifies the need for self-care, trusted friends and confidantes. A massage would be nice, too. To be honest, usually, when I look at the queen of swords, I get a sad feeling of someone who has been cut off from her emotions, probably out of self-preservation. I gather she's been through an awful lot — a woman trying to keep up appearances, acting as if everything is just fine. There is strength, confidence and wisdom here as well, to carry you through.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy birthday to Burt Bacharach, an acclaimed master of pop music who has penned no less than 70 Top 40 hits. His melodies are unmistakable and his style timeless. Taurus artists are known for longevity and lasting relevance. This sign has the determination to break into highly competitive arenas and the work ethic that keeps them turning in quality goods.

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