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Is he playing games with your heart? It will be hard to tell when Venus forms a square to Neptune this week. Then again, he might be asking the same question of you. Motives are never easy to discern when Neptune, the planet of illusion, is muddying the waters. We may think that we know our own minds, but who's to say that that isn't a form of self-deception? You don't have to be consciously lying to yourself to lie to yourself. That's why it's best to take everything with a grain of salt this week.


ARIES (March 20-April 18)

You always want to watch out for mind games when Venus, the planet of love, is traveling through Gemini. People assume that guys don't play them, but guess what? They do. In your case, it looks like he will be hiding behind his psychological past — leading you on with hints of a rosy future while pinning the blame for his commitment phobia on unfeeling parents and mean-spirited ex-girlfriends. It's hard to tell if you're dating or going to therapy. You might want to ask on May 18.


TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

Beware of false advertising while ruling planet Venus forms a square to Neptune. Usually you're more skeptical about pretty faces and the cheesy lines that accompany them, but those critical faculties of yours will be asleep at the switch this week. This could result in some very questionable (and regrettable) choices on Tuesday and Thursday. Obviously the wisest course of action would be to avoid shopping for love all together, but if you're going to venture forth, then familiarize yourself with the return policy ahead of time.


GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

Loved ones and friends will wonder what side of the brain you woke up on this Monday. Typically clipped, shrewd and sarcastic, you'll be full of mush and gush and heavy sighs. Is it something in the water? Actually it's Neptune. Named after the Roman god of the sea, Neptune is the planet of glamour in astrology, and when it's powerful (like it will be this week), then you can find yourself falling under other people's spells. Enjoy the magic while it lasts, but don't commit to anything.


CANCER (June 20-July 21)

You can't save somebody who doesn't want to be saved. It doesn't matter how much you love him, will care for him and know that you'll make his life happy. If he hasn't freed himself of that miserable relationship, thankless burden or love affair with addiction by now, then he probably won't any time soon. Just because someone says he wants to change doesn't mean he will. The proof is in the pattern. Don't you think you deserve better? It's time for you to go out and find it.


LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

It never fails. All it takes is one person to fall in love with you and then suddenly the entire world takes notice. Part of you will be asking where all of this attention was months ago when you needed it, but that was then and this is now. Have fun with the flirty glances and cooing exchanges. The best part about being spoken for is that it saves you from the worry of taking this fickle flattery seriously. You get to enjoy it for what it is.


VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

A partner is reverting to his old ways which begs the question of whether you will revert to yours. The two of you made a bargain. Maybe you agreed to live within a certain budget, to maintain a gluten-free diet or to limit your wine intake. Now you could badger him or you can redouble efforts. He doesn't have to throw you off your game if you don't let him. Your commitment to staying on course may be all it takes to get him back on track again.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

You and your lover need to take a break. This doesn't mean a break in your relationship. It means that he needs to go do his own thing for a while — or you do. Hopefully this will coincide with him taking a business trip or beginning some new project where he will be burning the midnight oil. If not, then you might consider booking a trip for parts unknown or visiting a friend for a few days. Spaces in your togetherness are key to keeping relationships fresh and lively.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

You thought that your beau was on the up and up, but the Venus/Neptune square on Monday will raise doubts. This is when information comes to light that will leave you wondering if you weren't better off being kept in the dark. Well, there's no do-over when it comes to opening Pandora's box and now that you've taken a peek under the lid (e.g. rummaged through his emails), then you really must get to the bottom of things. But don't assume the worst. Looking isn't the same as touching.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

Take a look at the person you're seeing right now because this is who you will be spending the rest of your life with. Well, maybe not the rest of your life, but at least the foreseeable future. If this is someone that you're already committed to, then great. You already know that you did well. If this is someone who is not what you want, then you need to get out while there's still time. And if you're single? You won't be after the next six weeks.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

It would be nice if you were one of those people who could just turn off her emotions and have sex with whomever. Unfortunately you're not. You take romance very seriously and often feel responsible for the other person's feelings. So will it always be all or nothing with you? Not necessarily. The Venus/Neptune square this week introduces a brief fling into your life. Chances are that it will be a friend of a friend or someone who hangs out with a colleague at work. Your inclination will be to skip it, but don't. You may find that there really is a healthy medium between married-for-life and booty call.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

Venus is at her most playful and spontaneous when she's traveling through the zodiac sign of the twins. She likes to mimic, tease and poke fun. Venus in Gemini also likes to do things in twos, so don't be surprised if you find yourself flirting with two guys at once or facing a predicament where you are torn between two lovers. But don't be in a hurry to make up your mind. There's a way to have your cake and eat it too if you look hard enough.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

Just about every man you talk to this week will fall under your spell thanks to the Venus/Neptune square. This hypnotic combo turns you into a psychic hook. Just one come hither glance from you or softly uttered word and that guy is yours. But you also have to be careful about who you reel in because neither Venus nor Neptune is particularly discriminating. What this means is you're just as likely to hook a Zac Ephron type as you will someone who looks and sounds like Carrot Top.

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