Man giving woman piggyback ride

With or without you

It's hard to tell if things are simpatico or not when Venus, the planet of love, forms a square to Uranus, the planet of unexpected twists. Then again, that might be the point. Your agenda-driven mind is bound to be frustrated, but your romantic heart will be all kinds of exhilarated as it pants with anticipation. Get into the thrill of this cosmic joyride and let yourself love a little dangerously. It's not every day when you meet someone who turns your expectations upside down and your jaded view of men inside out.


ARIES (March 20-April 18)

What was off is back on again. And perhaps the most surprising thing about this development is that you didn't expect to be such a pushover. Well, these sorts of things are known to happen when Venus, the planet of love, forms a square to Uranus, the planet of surprise twists. These two energies will be stirring up all of your “can't live with him; can't live without him” feelings on June 12. It will be nice to see that “with” will win out over “without” in the end.


TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

You really did the best job you could. You're willing to bend over backwards to a degree, but you're not a contortionist. Nobody's going to fault you for saying that enough is enough on Thursday — least of all the person who has been making your life miserable. It will be strange to see this understanding side of him. He's been so demanding and now he seems so compassionate and reasonable. Just remember that he's only behaving like this because he realizes that you're probably better off without him.


GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

Give your lover forewarning because you are going to be otherwise engaged from June 11 through June 17. You have so many irons in the fire business-wise this week that it will take everything that you can do just to keep them from going up in smoke. It's an exciting time for you and unfortunately it's times like these when men start acting out because they're not getting enough attention. Tell him that you'll make it up to him shortly and that the wait will be worth it.


CANCER (June 20-July 21)

You say you're nobody's doormat, so why do you keep saying “welcome” when what you want to say is “get lost?” Well, you will have your opportunity on June 12 when Uranian energy forces you to speak your mind. You're bound to be as shocked and surprised as the person you're talking to. Uranus is famous for abrupt breaks, splits and departures. He'll probably leave the conversation thinking that you'll contact him whenever you get over yourself. Little does he suspect that the self you are over is him.


LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

Venus likes to love dangerously when she's traveling through the 12th house of your solar horoscope. Be on the lookout for liars, cheaters and heartbreakers. They've got your number and they know where you live. You don't have to go undercover. You could have a lot of fun as long as you don't take things seriously and practice responsible sex. Sometimes nothing but a bad boy will do. It's like biting into a juicy cheeseburger while helping yourself to a greasy bag of fries. Lasts through the 27th.


VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

Virgos have a hard time with acceptance. Part of this stems from your critical mind (sorry it can't be helped) and part of it comes from the fear that if you say yes to love, then that will be all the love you get. This anxiety that love is in short supply is what keeps you from reveling in romance and living for the moment. The Saturn and Neptune trine on Tuesday will water down your defenses. It's time to live from the heart instead of from the head.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

Your love life is anyone's guess when Venus opposes Pluto and then squares Uranus this week. What's up is down and what's down is up. It's like taking a wild ride on the Wheel of Fortune — without seat belts. Since your stomach will be in your throat most of the time, it makes sense to postpone any major decisions until things stop spinning — which will be after June 25. This is when you'll have a clear idea about whether you even want to deal with this guy or not.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

You're not so easy to please. You probably already know this about yourself, but you might want to ask: Would you date you? Sometimes in our efforts to protect ourselves from being hurt, we can go too far in the opposite direction and keep people at a distance. Right now the Saturn/Neptune trine energy is working to get you to lower those psychic deflector shields of yours and to move a little closer on the 11th. He's not going to bite — unless you want him to.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

Your love life is like a French film. It's imbued with romantic atmosphere and innuendo, but you're also getting a headache from reading all those subtitles. It's the Neptune energy that makes things hard to pin down, and since Neptune turned retrograde last Friday, you've probably felt even more adrift. This will last until November when Neptune comes out of retrograde. Bad news if you're in a hurry for him to put a ring on it — but great news if you enjoy sneaking out to make love in the afternoon.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

When you have Pluto passing through your corner of the sky, then you're the one that people feel like they can't live without. Pluto radiates a gravitational energy and pull. Yet this kind of intensity can also make people uncomfortable, which is why they hesitate. If you push him to commit to you now, then he will, but you will always feel like you made the decision for him. But give him his time and space and you will know that when he says yes he means it.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

Demands at work are affecting life at home, so listen up when your lover or spouse points it out. As an Aquarian, you pride yourself on compartmentalization. Work stays at work and home stays at home. But recent pressures show that the lines are blurring and just because you think you've got everything under control doesn't mean that that's true. Nobody's asking you to not talk about work. That's an impossible request. But you might want to redress the balance by reintroducing some quality time back into your private life.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

Some of your most passionate romances were with men you couldn't have cared less about when you were dating but began missing desperately when you broke up. This can lead to mythologizing the past so that what you have in the present never quite measures up. Is this self-defeating? Maybe. Or it could be a form of self-preservation. You can't be hurt if your heart isn't available. Make the switch from that-was-then to this-is-now on Tuesday. You don't want to keep the guy who's into you on hold.

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