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Weekly horoscopes: April 28 - May 4

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com which is his idea of an on-line, subscription-based, interactive Astrology Magazine. It is based on his bestselling book Ruling Planets, which was published by HarperCollins in 200...

Stand your ground

The solar eclipse in Taurus on April 28 is all about turf. This could portend a territorial dispute at work, someone coveting something you have (like your boyfriend) or the need to re-establish boundaries in order to protect what's yours. In any case, you'll want to take this seriously because if you don't, then you will surely be overrun by those with more predatory instincts. Thankfully, all you have to do is stand your ground. You don't have to fight, struggle or make a scene. Possession is nine-tenths of the law, both legally and cosmically. Affirm your rightful claim and you'll see those who are hassling you move on to easier prey.
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ARIES (March 20 - April 18)

If there were ever a time to plot a new course in your career, then it would be now. For years, Pluto has weighed heavily on the top of your solar horoscope — stifling your independent streak and making you doubt your abilities. You've felt stuck in a rut and like you were going nowhere fast. This week, however, Pluto switches from being an obstructive planetary force to being an empowering one. But this energy will only work if you seek out new situations in which to showcase your talents. Boldly go where no Aries has gone before!

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TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)

April 28 is the last solar eclipse in Taurus for years to come, and that will be a relief since the Stars have been upsetting the equilibrium of your life like clockwork every May and November since 2012. On the one hand, it means that if you've been moving with the current of events and embracing personal growth, then you will see that one chapter of your life is coming to an end while a new and exciting one is just getting underway. On the other hand, if you have been refusing to budge, then the next six weeks could be rough.

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GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)

Come across the same obstacle enough times and you start to ask what you're doing wrong. This is very different from blaming Fate for your misfortune. By taking responsibility for your actions and acknowledging that you're the author of your own decisions, you begin to see where things go off track and why. This is the special gift of the Mercury/Saturn opposition on May 2. You may not like what you see (these sorts of truths are often unflattering), but you will gain insight into how you can change things for the better moving forward.

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CANCER (June 20 - July 21)

You need to be careful about that star you're wishing on, because the solar eclipse in Taurus on April 28 shows that you may get more than you bargained for. If you're targeting love, money or health, then word things specifically. The cosmos tends to be quite literal when answering these types of requests. You may discover that your good fortune winds up costing someone else theirs or that too much of a good thing can exact a price of its own. If that's the case, then find a way for others to benefit as well.

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LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)

The solar eclipse in Taurus on April 28 shows you riding a wave of success. And if it's not cresting now, then it soon will be. This might be hard to square with the challenging circumstances that you face now, but the truth is that you've reached the summit and nobody can mess with you. Expect to face turf wars from May 11 to 18 because this is when rivals will try to unseat you. Stare them down as only a Leo can and you will see them scurry back to their corners.

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VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)

It will be hard to give credit where credit isn't due on May 2, when Mercury opposes Saturn. You worked hard on a project or endeavor, and it's a success only because of you. However, it wasn't really yours to begin with, and therein lies the problem. Even if you're the one who made this all possible, the fact that it stems from somebody else's brainchild, property or funding ultimately gives that person final bragging rights. Let this be a lesson to you for next time, when you must insist on equal pay and equal say.

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LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)

Venus is the ruler of the eclipse, which means that you will be embroiled in a dispute over property, joint holdings or an inheritance on May 2. This all could have been avoided had a certain someone kept his part of the bargain, but he didn't — which is why you're the one left holding the bag. To add insult to injury, it looks like you'll have to pay for his delinquency. Rest assured that things will work out in the end as long as you go through the proper channels. This matter should be resolved by May 24.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)

We all adopt roles to navigate our way through the day. We might puff up our chest when we feel the need to impress, or we might pretend that we're more helpless than we are if we want to elicit someone's aid. You like to project a cool and controlled facade. This worked when you felt like you had to protect your vulnerable side, but now that people have bought into it, they treat you more like a machine than a person. Make a point of showing fans and critics alike who you really are underneath.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)

Warning signs can't do their job if you don't heed them. A solar eclipse on April 28 in the part of your solar chart that pertains to work, health and service shows that you need to check up on certain things. This could range from scheduling a physical to putting out feelers at work to making sure that the office gossip isn't buzzing around you. You might also review contracts and billings to be sure that you aren't getting overcharged. Consider this your heads-up to nip a potential problem in the bud.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)

You invest far too much energy in tedious tasks that you think will allow you to do what you really want to do one day. This might include doing a second job to supplement your income, formulating a contingency plan or taking courses on a subject that you already know like the back of your hand. In some ways, these things that you think are helping are actually acting as deterrents. It's time to toss the crutches on May 2 and go it alone. You may discover that you can stand on your own after all.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)

There's been a lot of focus on accomplishments recently. Saturn in your solar midheaven has forced you to take on a leadership position, and though you were doubtful at first, you have come to discover that you are better at this than you thought. However, this has stolen focus from the more personal areas of your life, and those are what you need to concentrate on right now. The solar eclipse on April 28 directs your gaze back to your hearth and home. This is where you begin and end each day, and you need to reclaim it.

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PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)

Be careful with the way you bend that rule this week because it could snap back and hit you in the face. You have exacting Saturn in Scorpio forming an opposition to Mercury on May 2. Mercury is the planet of buying and selling, deals that you shake on and paperwork that you file. You always want to dot every i and cross every t when these two planets take up adversarial positions in the sky, and that's because you're at risk of being penalized over the smallest technicality. Do things by the book and you can't go wrong.

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