Weekly horoscopes: May 12 – May 18

You will be shown the way out of a difficult situation on May 12. It will appear to be the answer to your prayers: a timely loophole or escape clause materializing right when you need it. But don’t take it. Mars doesn’t come out of retrograde until next week, which means that the time to act isn’t now no matter how much circumstances may warrant it. You would only fall victim to a false start or an even more misleading ending. Stay the course no matter how rough things get on May 14 and 15. Not only will you emerge from your trials with something to show for yourself, but you will also successfully beat back an opponent who will never bother you again.

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ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

You’re a fighter — not a peacenik — but you’ll want to think about switching tracks when Venus triggers the Uranus/Pluto square this week. What began as a legitimate grievance is exploding into a heated bonfire, with everyone tossing in their personal gripes, grudges and vendettas. You may feel like you don’t have much clout, but you do. Whether it’s a family matter or a workplace fiasco, people will listen to you. And the fact that you’re the one telling them to dial it down and cool it will be the very thing that gets their attention.


TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

It bothers you that certain higher-ups are questioning your reputation and reliability. As far as you’re concerned, you proved yourself a long time ago and you’re happy to let your track record speak for itself. Unfortunately, what’s going on isn’t about the track record. There may be a hidden agenda at work when it comes to the present assault on your credibility — an agenda aimed at getting you out. Don’t trip yourself up by responding to critiques and provocations. Just focus on doing your job and this maneuver of theirs will quickly lose steam.


GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

You’ll be delighted to discover that someone took your advice and that it actually worked. How will you know? Because this fellow will come and thank you himself on May 12. You’ll be bowled over (and maybe even embarrassed) by his gushing praise and gratitude. Nevertheless, it’s one of those moments that make you love what you do. However, there will be one drawback: You won’t be able to remember what you gave him advice about. It’s a real bummer, too, because it sounds like something you can use yourself right now.


CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

Why is it that everyone else can tell you about their extramarital affairs, their Machiavellian politicking at work and how they siphoned off monies that didn’t exactly belong to them — but when you muse aloud about doing something that smacks of self-interest, they respond with shock and outrage? It’s called a double standard. You may not like how this all plays out on May 14, but that’s what comes of being everyone’s moral compass. It’s your job to always take the high road — which is probably a timely message if you think about it.


LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

A lot of deeply personal things will come out this week as a result of the Full Moon in Scorpio. Abandonment anxieties, feelings of being used and abused and even infantile rage at your parents will rise to the surface. It’s enough to make you want to schedule daily appointments with your therapist. It’s clear you’ve hit a wall. This probably doesn’t stem from an ongoing disagreement you’ve been having with a boss, landlord or lending institution, but that’s still what triggered it. Once you get this matter settled (May 24), you’ll reestablish your emotional equilibrium.


VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

You’ll need to be at your diplomatic best when dealing with a contractual dispute this week. Not only does it look like someone you hired will fail to keep his part of the bargain, but he’ll use the fact that you’re helpless without him to lead you around by the nose. Thankfully, you were born under a sign that can be both pointed and persuasive. Continue to remind him of his personal pledge (rather than what the contract says) and he should come around to doing the right thing after May 19.


LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

You’ll be faced with a series of startling turnabouts on May 14, 15 and 18. These volatile and unpredictable planetary energies involve your Ruling Planet Venus, so expect to be prized one day and then blamed the next as people change their minds about you on an almost hourly basis. Thankfully, the final judge of the matter will be Mars coming out of retrograde on May 19. This implies that despite all the signs that point to you being turned down and rejected, you will wind up getting your way in the end.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

For some time, you’ve had to suck up to a certain cantankerous personality at work. Maybe she’s a superior, a client or the mother hen of the office pool. In any case, she’s made no secret of her disdain for you. Ironically, it doesn’t look like you’ll be the instigator of this week’s scene. Venus in Aries implies it will be someone else who calls her down on her misbehavior. It’s not the way that you would have gone about handling matters, but at least it will be clear to those in charge that something’s got to change.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

Don’t get fixated on the good things other people have, the opportunities that slipped through your fingers or the roads not taken. What’s done is done, and you should make peace with that. It’s never too late to rewrite your life script, but that won’t happen if you keep poring over the previous drafts. The Venus/Jupiter square on May 11 signals the beginning of a trend when things you believed were lost return to your life. It could begin with an estranged loved one contacting you or a prospective employer touching base after months of silence.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

It may feel like it’s you alone against the world on May 14, when the Full Moon occults dreary Saturn. This will elicit all your isolationist tendencies, but the bigger planetary picture shows that nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do you currently enjoy the support of a number of people who are in your corner both personally and professionally, but it looks like you’re about to be inundated by a wave of new faces. Some of these will be passing acquaintances, while others will bring fresh perspectives that encourage you to explore new paths.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

The lives of those around you will be turned upside down (and even inside out) as Venus conjoins Uranus and squares Pluto on May 14 and 15. It’s important that you provide the calm in their storm, as loved ones and friends find themselves at loose ends. There are times when everyone undergoes their life crises collectively, and this is one of them. This will also flush out the identity of that person who was causing you so much behind-the-scenes trouble weeks ago. You won’t be able to act now, but you will eventually.


PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

When choosing between love and money, you always choose love. On May 14, however, it looks like you’ll go with money. It won’t be easy, but you have to because the Stars show that you can no longer bankroll someone who treats you like an ATM or abide a living situation where your spouse doles out funds like a weekly allowance. It’s time for you to regain control of this area of your life. It may seem appallingly materialistic, but our attitudes toward money tell us more about our self-worth than we like.

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