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Neptune turns retrograde on June 7. The planet of visualization, Neptune works in harmony with our dreams of a better life to make them materialize. However, a retrograde Neptune reverses the cosmic flow, and this is when we become vulnerable to wishful thinking and self-delusion. The irony is that you may come to discover that it was your vision that was faulty and your fantasies that weren’t so farfetched. In fact they may be more on target than you know. This kind of inside-out reorientation is typical of retrogrades, so be ready for turnabouts and about-faces. Neptune comes out of retrograde in November.


ARIES (March 20-April 18)

Be careful about rushing to the rescue of a sibling or friend on the 3rd. It’s clear that this person has been wronged and is being treated shabbily. However, there is another side to the story. It won’t excuse what’s happening, but it will certainly explain how she or he arrived at this juncture. This information will bring light rather than heat to the situation so that you can give the most effective advice. Meanwhile be ready for a surprise development relating to home and/or property matters on the 8th.


TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

There’s a lot to be said for being the better person. Rivals and exes will always try to bring you down to their level. It’s how they keep you wired into the conflict of their lives. Yet once you refuse to play that game, it’s amazing how all the jibes and pokes that used to press your emotional buttons just don’t matter any more. So let the baits and provocations go in one ear and out the other this week. You’re bigger than that — and they know it.


GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

There is a sea of change taking place in your life as a result of Neptune’s reigning influence in your solar midheaven. One phase is coming to an end as another is beginning, so you would be well advised to go with the flow. These sorts of changes will be fluid, not catastrophic; organic, not forced. There will be days when you don’t like everything what’s taking place (June 8 and 12), but the watery energy will soothe and calm frazzled nerves so that you won’t feel so freaked out.


CANCER (June 20-July 21)

It took a while to formulate the new life plan, but now that it’s clear you’re ready to go. Unfortunately the people around you aren’t convinced, which means that you will have to do some one-on-one campaigning to lock in support on Monday and Friday. Keep in mind that they’re not adverse to what you’re proposing; they just don’t get it. This requires you to walk them through your process a few times. Keep at it, because they will eventually come around to your way of seeing things.


LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

Lions stand at the top of the food chain, and life at the top makes you acutely aware of all the hyenas lurking beneath. You can never show weakness, which is why you must be on 24/7. But pride doesn’t mean you’re infallible, and that realization will be your saving grace this week when you see that you overreacted to a friend’s misstep. You probably won’t say “I’m sorry”, but you can signal that you want to make amends on the 7th. The gesture alone is worth a thousand apologies.


VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

It’s time to trust that the people in your life have your best interests at heart. Easier said than done when you’re born under one of the most skeptical signs of the zodiac, but if Neptune in Pisces has taught you anything it’s that there’s no shame in turning to others for love and support. No man — or woman — is an island as far as the planet named after the Roman god of the seas is concerned. We all draw from the waters of the same emotional wellspring.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

Some time around Monday or Wednesday you’ll notice that people want to give you things. It may start off with a piece of clothing that doesn’t fit them anymore, or perhaps they bought two of the same item. As the week progresses, you’ll see more gifts materialize in the form of money, favors, and even ex-boyfriends. You have ruling planet Venus at the apex of your solar horoscope to thank for all of this good fortune. Never let it be said that she doesn’t watch out for you.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

In ancient times Venus was the goddess that sailors prayed to when they were lost at sea. They asked her for safe passage and to point them in the direction of home. After weeks of pitching between the Scylla and Charybdis, you will finally see your way clear as Venus forms a trine to Saturn and Neptune on June 7. Trines bequeath good fortune in the element that they appear, and this trine will be a grand trine in water. You can look forward to peace, calm, and emotional healing.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

Don’t let yourself get talked into giving away the store on June 7. Usually you’re a pretty shrewd customer, but Mars in Gemini shows that you will be the favorite target of silver-tongued seducers and scheming telemarketers. Don’t believe the hype, because they are playing on your love for speculation with the aim of separating you from your heart and/or savings. Enjoy the attention (that part is free), but say no to the “ask”. Meanwhile you will receive good news over the weekend about a refund or reimbursement.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

Good things come to you through others when Venus is traveling through that part of your solar chart that relates to partners. It’s a bit of a mixed bag, because Capricorns prefer to go it alone. That won’t be the case for the foreseeable future, because no sooner does Venus clear out on June 28, then Jupiter moves in for a year-long stay. Translation? Get used to the idea of buddying up in love and business. And if you’re not buddied up now, then you soon will be.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

Every zodiac sign handles money differently. Some signs have a natural affinity for the market while others stuff their mattresses with every dollar they earn. You’ve never been a bean counter, which is why you will never be the coupon-clipping type. However you do have a head for formulas and once you’ve figured out the system that works for you then money woes disappear overnight. Planetary energies show you coming up with a design for living that won’t crimp your lifestyle and will even put money in the bank.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

Ruling planet Neptune turns retrograde on June 7. Retrogrades are connected to regressions, relapses, and backslides, so you will want to be on guard against being led back into situations that you just struggled free from. You don’t want to undo the progress you made recently. A Neptune retrograde can also bring the return of a familiar face or an old flame. What didn't work before could make for the perfect fit now. There’s something to be said for age, experience, and the fact that hindsight is always 20/20.

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