Weekly horoscopes: May 5 - May 11
Things will appear to be impossibly out of reach when the Sun is opposite Saturn (May 10). You're apt to feel depressed, overwhelmed and defeated. It's like that moment in a superhero movie where Superman, Batman, Spider-man or whomever has fought his way through all of these trials and tribulations only to find himself faced with an obstacle that is even more intimidating and powerful. These are the dark moments when everything feels hopeless. These are also the game-changing moments when the hero draws upon strengths he never knew he had — like resolve, faith and ingenuity. Dig deep inside yourself on May 10 and you will discover the answer or solution that you are looking for.
ARIES (March 20 - April 18)
Why is it that whenever you try disentangling yourself from a thankless situation, you only make matters worse? The problem is you're trying to tell yourself that you don't care when in reality you do. You'd be much better off taking the bull by the horns on May 9 and doing whatever it takes to clean up the emotional mess that you've been left with. It didn't start with you, but it will end with you — so the sooner you resolve matters, the sooner you can go back to living your life in peace.
TAURUS (April 19 - May 19)
Colleagues may have given you the impression that they've got your back, but you could discover that you've been left to fend for yourself by week's end. This is what comes of fighting other people's battles for them. If they haven't got the resolve to stand up for themselves, then what makes you think that they'd stand by you? This is something that they will have to figure out by May 19. Meanwhile, look after your own interests because it appears as if you're in good standing with that very same management that your co-workers are vilifying.
GEMINI (May 20 - June 19)
You may feel like the mythical Tantalus nowadays. The gods punished him by placing him in a pool of water with fruit-laden tree branches overhead. When he bent over to drink, the water sank lower, and when he reached up to eat, the branches recoiled. In other words, your goals are tantalizingly close but remain beyond your grasp. Mercury is squaring Neptune — the planet of illusion — right now, so you aren't the best judge of matters. Wait for the effects to clear on May 15. You could discover that you're closer than you think.
CANCER (June 20 - July 21)
Your heart and your head couldn't be more at odds, but that's what happens when dealing with issues that hit close to home. It looks like a months-long battle is finally coming to a close. It won't end with a bang, but a whimper. This could concern a property matter, a dispute with a loved one or difficulties with a parent. In any case, it's time to resolve differences, because what you're fighting about is a nonissue — a substitute for hurt feelings underneath. You can only address those after you put this situation to rest.
LEO (July 22 - Aug. 21)
On May 10, the Sun opposes Saturn for the last time in that part of your solar chart that pertains to "the end of the matter." This is when you'll finally ink that deal, fulfill a longstanding obligation or wrap up a final piece of business regarding an estate or property matter. Your life will feel like it's yours again. The downside is you could get drawn into an escalating battle of wills. Avoid it at all costs. This isn't the time to issue ultimatums — because people will take you up on them.
VIRGO (Aug. 22 - Sept. 21)
Mercury enters Gemini on May 7. This is when you can expect to get a sneak peek at a highly valued item or hot property. You may even be given the insider's price or first refusal. Usually, this would be a no-brainer. You'd put your money down and walk off with the prize — except that Mercury squares Neptune, the planet of illusion, on May 11. The general rule for this planetary square is that if something looks like it's too good to be true, then chances are, it is. Don't agree to anything before April 15.
LIBRA (Sept. 22 - Oct. 21)
The Sun/Saturn opposition on May 10 falls right across the money houses of what you own versus what you owe, and it looks like you'll be getting the short end of that particular stick. It appears as if you got some really bad financial advice or that someone who pledged to come through will turn out to be a no-show. Thank heavens you'll recover from this stumble after April 20, but next time, don't be so quick to hand over the financial reins to people who aren't as on top of their game as you are.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22 - Nov. 20)
It feels like you can't win for trying — and you're right. Win the hand of that eligible bachelor and you discover why he was single for so long. Score a success at work and co-workers become bitterly jealous. Get a pay raise and you inevitably incur a new expense that costs the same amount. Are you doing something wrong? No. It's just Saturn eating your lunch like he has been off and on for the past two years. Just give the old devil his due and rest assured that this trend will be ending soon.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 - Dec. 20)
Pay attention to that lucky break on May 6. It will materialize as an invitation, an opportunity or a request. It will be delightful and flattering. It will also be overshadowed by trials and tribulations on May 10 and 11. It's important to be mindful of your good fortune and to embrace it. It may feel like you're following the thinnest of leads, but this is the way that Sun/Jupiter sextiles work. The planet of good fortune lays a trail of breadcrumbs leading to that pot of gold, but it can only lead if you follow.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 - Jan. 18)
You said yes to a lot of different people, so you'll be surprised when they all come looking for you this week. They'll range from competitive clients and desirable dates to needy loved ones and directionless friends. This is unusual for you. Typically, people say they want to get together but rarely follow through. Evidently, Mars retrograde has given you an unexpected bump in the polls that will put you at the top of the "most desirable" list. Do what you can to please and appease, and don't make the mistake of undervaluing yourself again.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 - Feb. 17)
Divides grow wider as Venus approaches her opposition to Mars on May 11, and you can expect them to become even deeper next week. You'll wonder if friends and colleagues have suddenly taken leave of their senses — and the short answer is yes. Don't try to reason with them or to talk them down from their various podiums, where they will be thundering all kinds of accusations and condemnations. It will feel like the lunatics are running the asylum, so keep a low profile until this energy lifts, which will be on May 20.
PISCES (Feb. 18 - March 19)
You'll wind up seeing certain people, whom you thought you knew well, in a totally different light. The reason for this change of perspective will be based on the way they face their particular moral dilemmas. One friend will take the easy way out by passing the buck, while another (and this will be someone you never really respected) will surprise you by stepping into the breach. This will make you revisit past assumptions and muse on the fact that there but for the grace of God go any of us.