Vision Quests, Sexual Urges, and Time Distortions 

For the week of April 29-May 5, 2009.

Don't be dismayed if you can't find a clear signal or thread to guide you through this week's wormholes of moods and attitudes. The sky is an odd hodgepodge of astral interactions. On one side of the celestial sphere, the decisive trend toward hard but efficient work continues, while on the other side, passionate yet compulsive sexual urges delight and distract. And in yet another not so distant galaxy, Mercury prepares for its second retrograde of 2009, and as its preparations decrease the "normal" speed of light, the pace of daily life here on Earth begins to decelerate. But that's not all. A Jupiter/Neptune conjunction continues to inspire vision quests, personal and collective, aimed at true transformation. These disparate patterns could be disconcerting or discombobulating, but that doesn't mean the picture is necessarily negative. Set your internal compass on positive, and that conscious intention will lead you through the maze.

The source of strength is a trine between the Sun, in Taurus, and Saturn, in Virgo. This positive combination tends to lean heavily in the direction of solitude and self-reliance; its potential for determination is undeniable. And even though it feels as if this is the place for me to add a disclaimer or qualifier, there simply isn't anything "wrong" with a Sun/Saturn trine. Use its power wisely and you'll access the potential to steady and stabilize the week's wobbles.

A Venus/Mars conjunction, in Aries, continues to fuel amorous appetites as well as passionate pursuits. When Venus and Mars share the same space, they give birth to sexual and sensual urges, as well as to intense emotional expressions. Anticipate declarations of adoration and affection, and while those pronouncements may come mostly from the heat of the moment, others come straight from the heart and are likely to cover a wide range of love interests, from the personal to the political.

Mercury goes Retrograde on May 7, and as we approach the turnaround, time distortions could make routines feel increasingly disorienting. Mercury will stay retrograde until May 30, which means the entire month is going to have a rhythm all its own. For those of you new to Mercury Retrograde, this phase tends to interfere with everything related to communication and travel. So start your backup hard-drive engines, now. Also, if you are making travel plans, book those reservations before Monday, May 4, and you'll have an easier time navigating the delays and detours of a retrograde.

Fortunately, a Jupiter/Neptune conjunction turns the air considerate, and while this configuration is no panacea for all that ails, it definitely takes the edge off by providing the potential for idealism and genuine concern for humanity. Just be aware, this conjunction is not a perfect union, especially if you're struggling with addiction as a way of coping with stress. But if you can corral this optimistic energy and aim it at a good attitude, you'll find real support for active compassion. And that would be a welcome addition to any week.

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

ARIES Opportunities to improve your financial situation abound, but taking advantage of those openings requires the ability to say "yes." So stay in the moment, and maintain your enthusiasm, by continuing to show up for the possibility of success.

TAURUS You're still in the leadership role, which means your example continues to be important. Make every effort to be consistent, and you'll generate the good will and enthusiasm of others.

GEMINI Despite the external tumult, you have the capacity to maintain a strong internal calm, especially if you refuse to engage in a negative mind-set. Stay positive and you'll neutralize almost every "drama."

CANCER Tangible career gains can be made, but to take advantage of these opportunities, you have to be active rather than passive. Accept the challenge of success — you just might enjoy the attention.

LEO There is money to be made, but only if you stay focused on the tasks at hand. So no matter how tempting it may be to slack off, maintain a steady pace, and you'll enjoy the fruits of your labor.

VIRGO You're still in the process of gathering confidence and building self-esteem. So even if it seems tedious, continue to pay attention to what needs to be learned. Remember, experience is the mother of wisdom.

LIBRA It won't be hard finding solid internal ground, but what might be difficult is integrating that stability into your relationships. If you let the situation unfold on its own, you'll have an easier time managing the intensity.

SCORPIO You may find yourself sharing more personal information than usual. And while these disclosures may be worrisome at first, it's simply part of an equal exchange of information among friends.

SAGITTARIUS Seize the moment, and take advantage of an opportunity to stabilize your work situation. Even if you don't get the bonus you want or deserve, you can still make solid progress.

CAPRICORN Give yourself permission to relax, if just for a moment. There will always be more work to be done, but that's no reason to ignore what you've already accomplished. Allow a wholesome pride to bolster your confidence about the future.

AQUARIUS While conversations with significant others, personal or professional, might be uncomfortable, certain revelations could ultimately improve the situation. Remember, you gotta feel to heal.

PISCES Try not to let financial worries corrupt your view of the future. There may be obstacles to overcome, but you have the strength and stamina to do what's necessary to transform your circumstances.


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