Horoscopes (May 1-7)

ARIES: March 21 – April 20

If you feel like you're between a rock and a hard place, I would not be surprised. The frustration level is high. The next few months will test your ability to keep it under control. Many of you are wondering, "Why me?" In some cases the question sounds more like, "Will this ever turn around?" At times like this, the lesson is always about redirecting our energy and aiming ourselves into areas that will better serve the interests of our higher self. If you think you know what's going on, you'd do well to give thought to the idea that maybe God has other things in mind.

TAURUS: April 21 – May 20

The people in your life have always relied upon you for strength and support. God knows where you pull it from. And who knows what you'd find if you had a little time to look at your own stuff. Making things work is about to involve you slowing down long enough to tune in to the real truth; because things have changed and it's time for you to step away from being the rock of Gibraltar for everyone else. Weaning yourself from the need to watch over everything is part of this. Who knows? People just might grow up and figure out how to take care of themselves!

GEMINI: May 21 – June 20

The old approach to things has gotten stale. If it feels like you've outgrown things it's because everything has a life span; we get to do X, Y, or Z for just so long and then our higher self pops in to let us know that it's time for something new to kick in. You keep getting hung up on ideas that yoke you to whatever you think a person like you "should be doing." This traps you and obscures possibilities that are much more interesting than standard norms. Getting over the need to be "normal" is where it's at right now. You didn't come here to live a simple or trivial life.

CANCER: June 21 – July 20

The best thing about what's going on right now is it's giving you the opportunity to reclaim yourself. All of the water that's passed under the bridge has taken away the bigger part of what makes you who you are. Accommodating people, giving everyone but you space to figure out what they want out of this, and adjusting your whole persona just to make it work has taken a toll on more than your freedom. The need to come back to center, along with a willingness to really look at what you're trying to create will remind you that your pictures of perfection need to include you.

LEO: July 21 – August 20

Recent encounters with people who are new and different have opened the door to possibilities that could take you anywhere. At the very least, you are feeling more alive and excited than you've felt in a long time. With this jolt of enthusiasm, other areas of your life are lighting up. The desire to create, the willingness to explore, and the feeling that everything is opening up is part of the deal right now. This has come as a blessing after a period of wondering where your reason for living went. Surrender to the experience. For the time being, let joy be the operative word.

VIRGO: August 21 – Sept. 20

You keep trying to keep your head above water by focusing your energy on endless activities. This would seem to make sense were it not for the fact that there are times when the soul needs to fall apart in order to reclaim itself. Whistling past the graveyard, putting on a happy face, and keeping busy no matter what doesn't do the trick when the greater need requires us to go pearl-diving into our deeper stuff. Life is made up of darkness and light, or equal parts of Yin and Yang. You would do well to stop the madness long enough to look at what runs you from within.

LIBRA: Sept. 21 – Oct. 20

The writing on the wall has gotten lost in translation. That's OK; there are plenty of signs coming in from other sources. Your intuition is loaded with details that you can't afford to miss. If you're worried about someone, or something, and the feeling recurs at least three times, pay attention to it. When someone shows their true colors, believe it the first time. If anyone is going nuts trying to keep you in your place, don't be stupid about it. You didn't come here to play step and fetch it. Your current situation won't improve until you decide to change the rules or change the scenery.

SCORPIO: Oct. 21 – Nov. 20

You aren't too sure about what's going on, but you're doing your best to keep things afloat. It's hard to say how much longer you're going to have to hold space for all this stress, but give it at least six months to unravel. The need to remain prudent in all of your interactions can't be overemphasized. There's no need to sell yourself. You can do more with less, and you can get further with whoever you're dealing with by waiting for them to ask for your input. At the moment, your lessons involve learning how to get your fingers out of the machinery and letting life lead the way.

SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 21 – Dec. 20

You've finally seen the light. After a long stretch of thinking you had it all figured out, you've gotten out of the box far enough to have a more objective sense of where you stand with the past. This in no way implies that you know what to do next — but at least you're clear about what you don't want. Trying to get back what you thought you lost, or had to give up has been a constant obsession up until now. Think about that. And think about how long it takes for any of us to release what no longer serves us. Be patient, stay in the moment, and let "what's next" unfold naturally.

CAPRICORN: Dec. 21 – Jan. 20

Things have panned out in ways that have made you truly glad you didn't lose track of your faith. It's been a true test of your willingness to let things be. If the last few months have been rough, the corner you just turned is about to show you that life goes better when we let our experience teach us what works and what doesn't. No amount of forcing your will on this situation could have improved it. When it comes to other people and their ideas about where you need to go from here, you knew enough to shut off your control trips — don't succumb to theirs.

AQUARIUS: Jan. 21 – Feb. 20

Things are intense. Holding your own at times like this takes more than the usual amount of strength. It will be a while before you get to take a breather. As one thing after another demands your attention, the deeper part of you is still alive and well. In some cases, this is just about too much mundane BS going on all at once. The rule of thumb is to "take one thing at a time." For others, major life milestones are hitting you like a ton of bricks. Remember that all of it has a purpose, and treat yourself gently. Draw your strength from nature, and be ever mindful of the God within.

PISCES: Feb. 21 – March 20

If you only knew. It's too bad you can't see around the corner, because it's all good, as long as you know that every blessed thing is subject to change. This includes your mind; it too is as subject to change as anything else. At the moment, your fixed ideas are the central issue. The intensity of your focus is riveted on a condition or situation that has at least 50 solutions. While I admire your belief in the manifestation principle, don't let the power of your intentions get stuck in a pinhole and obscure the fact that there's more than one way to skin a cat. Stay open to anything!

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