Reciprocity is the key to healthy relationships. Good humor, good times, and mutual interests help, but at the end of the day it comes down to you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. So when’s the last time you got your back scratched? It’s a question worth asking on May 16 when a loved one, a friend or sibling hits you up for another “favor”. It’s time to tell this person that there needs to be more give and take in your relationship because so far you’re doing all the giving while this person is doing all the taking.
What have you
done for me lately?
ARIES (March 20-April 18)
You will have to depend upon the kindness of strangers as they will be the ones who decide if you will get what you want. This could concern a legal matter, an application, or a favor. People born under Aries have few friends and your inner circle is bound to each other by blood oaths – or at least the modern day equivalent. Nevertheless it’s good for you to practice your people-pleasing skills. You may find that you’re better at this than you think on Tuesday and Saturday.
TAURUS (April 19-May 19)
Taureans don’t share very well. If someone asks to borrow a sweater, you’d rather buy them one just like it than spend sleepless nights fretting over when you will get it back. Nevertheless you were born under Venus, the planet of sharing, and therein lies the contradiction inherent in your zodiac sign. This week you will be forced into two situations where you will have to share – or even give away – something you own. It won’t be easy, but it’s meant to make you a better person.
GEMINI (May 20-June 19)
You have this weird tendency to become close friends with people who are no good for you. It doesn’t happen all the time, but when it does it winds up costing you emotionally, socially, and financially. It’s called Evil Twin Syndrome and you’re at risk of repeating the pattern on Saturday. Loved ones and friends will try to warn you about this person and you’ll likely shoo them away, but think twice. You really do have a blind spot when it comes to this sort of thing.
CANCER (June 20-July 21)
Yours is a deeply instinctual sign. Like animals that can sense the seismic vibrations of an approaching tremor, you react to the shift in planetary energies days before they occur. This explains why you will alternate between feeling edgy and expectant all week. You long to break free of the daily grind, but don’t want to jeopardize the security you worked hard for. Don’t worry. You’re one week shy of a total reshuffling of the working pattern of your life that will bring the best of all possible solutions.
LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)
You will feel the return of your self-confidence on May 17. This is when the first quarter Moon in Leo will restore your strength, vitality, and audacity. It’s a good thing too, because you were beginning to wonder if you had lost your touch. You haven’t. But it should be abundantly clear that you cannot afford to check out physically or psychically. You are surrounded by people who – given an inch – will happily take a mile. It’s up to you to keep them in their place.
VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)
Personal boundaries always get blurred when Venus forms a square to Neptune. Typically you’re pretty guarded about who you allow into your confidence, but for some reason you will invite just about anyone in on Monday and Saturday. These are the days when you are most likely to divulge too much, so be proactive and avoid people you know don’t have your best interests in mind. This will cut down on the damage you will have to control when the influence of the square passes on May 26th.
LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)
It’s hard to say no when your Ruling Planet Venus forms a square to Neptune. The need to please will be overwhelmingly strong — especially on Monday and Saturday. Venus/Neptune squares are like those low energy moments that hit around three or four in the afternoon. They can make you feel wishy-washy, sleepy, and confused. You don’t want to lower your guard because you’re at risk of getting taken for a ride. It’s also not the time to change your hair color or hairstyle. Your taste is highly questionable.
SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)
This time of year when the sun is in Taurus (April 19 thru May 19) is always tricky. You want to approach things slowly, weigh options carefully, and endeavor to off-load rather than take on new responsibilities and obligations. This may prove difficult on the 17th when you are being pressured into making a decision that you’re not that comfortable with. And the fact that someone’s playing the guilt card doesn’t make it easier. Stall if you have to because the situation will change dramatically on the 24th.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)
New associations and friendships will start to enter your life on May 15, and you could see your roster of who’s who change over the next five weeks. But are these true blue or fair-weather friends? It’s a legitimate question given what you’ve been through recently, however the real problem may be with the people you currently surround yourself with. To paraphrase Janet Jackson: What have they done for you lately? These new involvements may be set to replace those ties that have proven too unreliable or one-sided.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)
You have to give to get — which is never an appealing idea for a Capricorn. You feel like you already give far more than others do. However this is your secret formula for success while Mercury is passing through the zodiac sign of Gemini. Combining efforts, pooling resources, and working towards mutually beneficial goals is the way to go, because you will accomplish twice as much and for half the effort. You’ll also have to share the spoils, but that’s something you can hash out as you go along.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)
You need to run the numbers a couple of times, because the Venus/Neptune square on Monday followed by the Mercury/Neptune square on Saturday could leave you a victim of fuzzy math. One is often more wishful than calculating when Neptune’s influence is strong, and the possibility of making this all work doesn’t necessarily mean that you should. In fact you could be overreaching and thereby jeopardizing what you have. Wait to see what happens on the 24th. You may see a surprise reduction in price or cost.
PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)
Others may feel lost at sea thanks to the influence of Neptune, but you will be in your element. That’s because Neptune is your Ruling Planet. Their altered state is your reality, which means that you will have the upper hand. What you say goes — especially on Monday and Saturday. Just remember that people won’t be under your spell for long, so don’t be too outrageous in your requests. You’d only regret it. Just make a suggestion here and there and watch its ripple effect spread far and wide.