All Aries, All the Time 

For the week of May 4-10, 2011.

Minds are bold, hearts are strong, and vision is clear this week, so don't hesitate to put everything, including your body, into motion. The planets are aligned in a powerful formation that supports decisive action and rapid yet clear-headed responses. All of this translates into success at almost every endeavor, especially if you're willing to commit the muscle — physical as well as spiritual — toward whatever it takes to get the job done. There are no obvious obstacles other than the potential for over-extension, so don't take on more than you can handle just because you are afraid your opportunities will disappear. They won't. What's more, taking on too much could weigh you down. And it would be a shame to squander the week's brilliant astral energy with unnecessary baggage.

Once again the astral story is all about Aries — but this week Saturn loosens its grip, and as it lets go, that Aries fire is free to follow its bliss through an uninhibited Venus/Mercury/Jupiter/Mars conjunction. This is a powerful configuration that allows Aries the freedom to be direct and candid, two of its most prominent features. Bold, opinionated, and maybe just a little rash, Aries can always be counted on to make its point. Occasionally Aries errs on the side of subjective opinion, which skews its perspective toward the purely personal and renders it irrelevant. But absent individual bias, nothing beats the Aries knack for cutting to the chase with uncanny clarity. As Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars refract Aries' candor, we can count on plenty of personal opinion. But we can also expect foresight and forethought. Use this signature to make plans that will bear fruit in the future.

Oddly, the combination of Mercury, Jupiter, and Mars often indicates the contemplation of marriage, so those of you on the fence about tying the knot might be moved into decisions about your amorous future. Those of you who are only thinking about making "the call" could find the urge for contact too strong to resist. Add Venus to the mix, and you may find yourself lost (or should I say found) in the presence of an irresistible attraction of mind and body. For those not inclined toward romance, Venus also provides the potential for artistic expression. Don't hesitate to put this energy to good use through a variety of creative modalities.

It's a good week to be completely honest with yourself about what you truly desire: not what you should want, but what makes your heart sing with joy. You could have a life-changing vision of what that bliss might be, or you could discover that where you are and what you are doing is exactly where you belong.

If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.

ARIES This is a rich opportunity to gain insight into what you really want to accomplish, so don't squander it by focusing on what you don't have. Concentrate on what you want to create, and be sure to include what's needed to actualize your vision.

TAURUS Your personal pace is about to shift, dramatically, and because it's faster than you can imagine, you need to prepare. Make sure you know where you are going, why you've chosen that direction, and how you want to get there.

GEMINI While the intensity of your commitment seems overwhelming, it doesn't look as if you will abandon your participation anytime soon. So rather than resist, relax into the flow and allow yourself to be moved by the collective stream.

CANCER You can win, but before you celebrate your victory, be sure you want to be the boss. There's nothing wrong with being the leader — it's actually an honor. But you must be available for the increased responsibility.

LEO Your relationship status isn't an issue. Focus on the idea of love in all its forms, by having the courage to live from an open heart, and you'll discover what you need to be truly happy.

VIRGO Make a list of every necessary and unnecessary expense, so that you can see what you need and what you want. If you are completely forthcoming, you'll begin a process that will eventually lead to greater abundance.

LIBRA It's a two-piece consciousness puzzle: (1) Recognize your limitations — know what you can and cannot handle; and (2) Turn your known world upside down, drop your defenses, and acknowledge what you long for.

SCORPIO The workplace pace cranks up to an even higher level, which means you must make some very necessary adjustments in your personal stride. Just remember, rest is a necessary part of any training program.

SAGITTARIUS Put aside your anxiety — yes, I know that you worry, even if no one else does — and decide to focus on happiness instead. This is not an idiotic pursuit; you're expanding your capacity for joy.

CAPRICORN You're in the process of making several significant decisions, and while you're not in a hurry, you feel an urgency to get it done. Take life a day at a time and you'll make all the right moves.

AQUARIUS What would happen if you created an alter-ego that could write down all the things you think you can't say? Knowing when to hold back is an important skill, but it is also important to know when to speak the truth.

PISCES Buy a Lotto ticket ... okay, buy two. But also know that your financial well-being isn't based on luck. It is founded on your ability to know your true value in the world — a value that cannot be measured in dollars and cents.

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