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Horoscope for the Week of May 2, 2004

2 May 2004

Tip of the Week

Mercury now direct and Jupiter soon to follow on May 4 are worthy of mention this week. With both these planets retrograde, communications and progress has been slower. At best, this time allowed us to reflect upon what is truly important. In a world that wants everything now, we need such times periods to reflect upon the quality of our actions and direction. However, it may have proven to be a frustrating time in other regards. Therefore, we have reason to flow more smoothly with our duties etc. Venus, Neptune and the asteroid Juno are next in line to turn retrograde and will do so all on the same day, May 17. Venus will be in Gemini, Neptune in Aquarius and Juno in Capricorn on that date. More will be said about the implications of these planets retrograde next week. Meanwhile, enjoy the reprieve and the sunny warm weather!

Aries (Mar 21 Apr 20)

The flirtatious energies of spring should be obvious to you by now. Entertaining new people, prospects and activities is keeping your social agenda full. With Mercury direct again in Aries, you should feel an even smoother overall flow. At deeper levels, you are determined to build upon new foundations. You do not want to repeat some of your past experiences. The key here is to be as clear as possible. Also, recognize that no matter what, you are fully responsible for your part. By acknowledging this fact, you will access the core of your personal power. Further, patience with the process of responsibility, identification and intention to create new perspectives and responses to your life currents is an effective formula. Take your time to understand it well. This formula applies to all situations throughout life. Awareness allows us to make better choices.

Taurus (Apr 21 May 20)

Deciphering the difference between what you need and what you want continues. This process is largely about values and vision. What is important to you? Do you have a vision to guide your choices? Vision is larger than goals and even dreams. Having a vision increases one's ability to exercise discernment. In turn, discernment involves an appreciation of subtle differences that can make all the difference. The putting green in a golf game is a simple example of the importance of discernment. It takes courage to cultivate vision. That is another aspect of your overall process at this time. Ask for the courage and insight to outline your personal vision. Once a vision is clear, it takes action and follows through in ways that symbolize your commitment. Your inner self must be as convinced as your outer. Identify your vision and live with passion!

Gemini (May 21 Jun 20)

Balancing the need for retreat and reflection with socializing and adventure continues. You can have both as long as you recognize that each deserves its place in your life. True security includes love, good friends and harmonious relationships. While is important, it can be the very thing that taints love, divides friends and disrupts harmony with others. Money is an energy that facilitates the currents of exchange and does merit respect. Too much or too little respect for money is a delicate line of balance that we all must achieve. There is more to security than money but it is a part of the game and an aspect of your quest for security. Get ready to exercise more of your skills. Intend to include a full measure of creativity. While diversity is good and true to your style, look to a central mode of expression and let other considerations fall in rank accordingly. Do what you love, practically, and fulfillment, friendship, harmony and money will follow. Priorities!

Cancer (Jun 21 - Jul 21)

Building upon the quality of your friendships and other associations continues. You are on a completely new threshold in your life. Many of your old perceptions, approaches, ambitions and desires no longer excite you. At best, you feel inspired to explore the unknown. At worst, you feel confused, afraid and/or somewhat cynical about it all. The more you can appreciate and accept that this is simply one of life's many phases the better. Success is already yours in as much as you do not take your current situation personally. It is your life and your experiences are personal, however, the phases of life are like seasons and are not meant to be taken personally. You may desire a greater degree of authority and control. If so, start with self-control and recognize that by maintaining balance emotionally, mentally and physically you will feel happy, positive, and productive. This way you will bring peace to your family and friends as well.

Leo (Jul 22 - Aug 21)

A leadership drive backed by ambition is helping you to have a clear focus. Money, authority and improvement of your skills are aspects of your motivation. This trend will continue for the next several months. With Mercury now direct and Jupiter also turning direct this week, inspirations and communications will flow more smoothly for a while. All being on track, you are establishing or adding to your foundation of credibility in your chosen filed or among your piers. Skill in leadership may also extend to sports and/or clubs of any kind. Playfulness mixed with a bold determination can be a winning combination. Letting go of non-essentials continues. However, you may feel the need to purchase particular tools, equipment, furniture and some other such investment. If so, now is the time to do it before Venus turns retrograde in a couple of weeks. Reveal your skills and leadership with a willingness to explore new prospects and territory.

Virgo (Aug 22 - Sep 23)

Searching for higher knowledge and wisdom continues. While you are open to a spectrum of levels of knowledge, practicality is high on the list. Learning and exercising new skills along with obtaining new tools are part of the scenario. Doing some study and research in these regards is likely. You will increasingly demand exactitude from yourself and your teachers or information sources. Your willingness to eliminate vague and/or extreme attitudes will prove helpful. You know that certain things must change. You have earned recognition and authority in certain areas and now you want to change. This means making good of your current skill, knowledge and authority to go to the next level. Fortunately, many good ideas are coming your way. Get ready to take some bold new initiatives. The key is to identify a clear sense of purpose to which you direct your knowledge, wisdom and love.

Libra (Sep 23 - Oct 21)

According to the stars, you are in a somewhat precarious time in your life. Changes and challenges on a variety of fronts are keeping you guessing. This is one of those life phases that require that you do a significant amount of purging. This includes things and limiting emotional states and mental attitudes. As well, letting go of certain people in your life is likely. All in all this can feel very difficult. However, this too will change. If you are moving along with acceptance and willingness then you may be experiencing liberation from on many fronts. Work with the necessary shifts and adjustments and put in your time. The more you can recognize that whatever is happening is so 'for' you and things are not actually happening 'to' you. This kind of silver-lining attitude can see you through any challenge. What are the advantages? If you choose to play the victim then you will suffer now and later. Trust that life is intelligent and there is purpose and benevolence at play!

Scorpio (Oct 22 - Nov 20)

Establishing new foundations and perspectives on relationship fronts continues as a central theme. You are learning the importance of cooperation. Romantic involvements are probable and so too are more business related ventures. In nay case, there is a need to merge your skills, talents and assets. Once you contribute your part, you will become much more ambitious and focused. The only danger is that you will become controlling and overbearing, especially later this month and through June. At best, you will arouse the spirits of your mate and comrades to break through inertia and opposition. Your willingness to be fresh and open to learn new things as opposed to coming on board as the authority will go a long way in perpetuating harmony. Accept the changes that need to occur and be willing to learn from every person and experience.

Sagittarius (Nov 21 - Dec 20)

Bringing your dreams into reality continues. Dreaming the dream can be easy, living the dream is where the real work comes in. You may have to undergo some very real changes in your attitude and approach in this regard. These changes are already underway and will accelerate over the next couple of months or so. A humble and willing attitude will see you through. Fortunately, Jupiter, your ruling planet, turns direct this week, which will help you to assume a more realistic perspective. This is a good time to brainstorm for creative ideas. Expect that your seed ideas will require the effort to grow into mature realities. The more you can consciously engage in the process of assuming new perspectives and attitudes the better. Intend to merge your efforts and resources with those of others, perhaps your mate, at least. Think about the future and act now!

Capricorn (Dec 21 - Jan 19)

You are in a creative leadership cycle. What is simply needed is commitment. Once you make the commitment, you will feel energized and enthusiastic. This is a good time to entertain new possibilities. Knowledge, tools and/or human resource are probably all on the list. It looks like you are in for a period of important negotiations; some of these stand to be tough. However, there are good signs that once you get going things will take off for the better. In fact, there are strong indications that you will feel confident and expansive in whatever you do. Your perceptions are changing quite rapidly these days and this trend will continue for the rest of the decade! More immediately, this is a good time to brainstorm for new ideas and propose them to the appropriate parties with diplomatic a approach.

Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 19)

Lying low and staying close to home continues. This may also imply holding your center and expressing yourself more quietly and discreetly while in public settings. However, you are in the mood to meet new people. This mix of desires and attitudes may be leaving you feeling somewhat confused and moody. The key is to accept both and take space as needed. You will soon feel particularly industrious and will have to be clearer to create room for socializing, which you will want to do. Establishing a more clearly defined place in the world will take some time yet, about a year or so. However, once your direction is more certain, you will come out of the gates like a racehorse.

Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)

Mixing practicality with social ability is now in focus. Fortunately, you are particularly good at it. However, you are also prone to confusion and disorientation. Consequently, you need to take you space quite regularly, especially these days. A part of your current challenge is to bring your wisdom and insight down to earth. Patience with the integration process is the key. Just keep taking one step at a time and acknowledge your efforts. A slow but sure approach works best for you. Affirm your commitment to succeed 'as long as it takes'! With this attitude, you will be more consistent, persistent and intelligently responsive. Progress will accelerate now that Mercury is direct. For now, launch new initiatives and trust that you will be ready to clean up unfinished business with more focus a little later on this spring.

Michael O'Connor
Michael O’Connor is a professional Astrologer living in British Columbia. He has studied Astrology and associated subjects as they relate to the human potential movement for over 20 years and has been practicing since 1991.

His focus is on a cross-cultural view of Astrology, Numerology, Tarot, Cabbalah, I Ching, Yoga and a unique system of the psychology of ‘Birth Order Sequences’. His perspective includes Chinese, East Indian, Mayan, and European and North American cultures.

Combining the spiritual, religious, mythological and historical backgrounds of these cultures into a rich synthesis of understanding, Michael’s scope and insight proves very healing, directional and inspiring to his broad base of satisfied clients.

Michael O'Connor Websites:

www.SunStarAstrology.com
Michael O'Connor
Michael O’Connor is a professional Astrologer living in British Columbia. He has studied Astrology and associated subjects as they relate to the human potential movement for over 20 years and has been practicing since 1991.

His focus is on a cross-cultural view of Astrology, Numerology, Tarot, Cabbalah, I Ching, Yoga and a unique system of the psychology of ‘Birth Order Sequences’. His perspective includes Chinese, East Indian, Mayan, and European and North American cultures.

Combining the spiritual, religious, mythological and historical backgrounds of these cultures into a rich synthesis of understanding, Michael’s scope and insight proves very healing, directional and inspiring to his broad base of satisfied clients.

Michael O'Connor Websites:

www.SunStarAstrology.com