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The Stars This Week: May 14-20, 2012

by Amanda Owen May 14, 2012 02:00 AM EST
The Stars This Week: May 14-20, 2012
Take Nothing for Granted!

This week continues the theme of remaining light on your feet as you also maintain flexible thinking. It's time to review your relationships as love planet Venus turns retrograde on May 15. Then, Mars trines Pluto on May 16, when some of your plans will finally fall into place. But with Jupiter and Saturn forming a quincunx aspect on May 16, you won't want to get too far ahead of yourself; rather, conserve your energy and resources! Rounding out this compelling week, a solar eclipse on the Sun's first day in Gemini -- May 20 -- brings plenty of drama!

May 15: Venus turns retrograde
Don't be surprised if someone from your past contacts you today. With its change of direction, Venus not only reconnects you to people with whom you have unfinished business, but also returns you to conversations that require resolution. Use this transit to review all your important relationships so you can either move on or re-invest in them. If this period feels unsettling, it's time to ask yourself if those same relationships are in line with your current ideals and values. Although Venus turns retrograde once every 542 days (approximately one-and-a-half years), it turns retrograde in the same sign of the zodiac every eight years -- and therefore, in the same house in your birth chart. To understand Venus's effects more deeply and personally, think back to May and June 2004. The house in your natal chart in which Venus is retrograde will offer further information about this important review process.


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May 16: Mars trines Pluto
Mars in Virgo first trined powerful Pluto last November, then a second time while Mars was retrograde in March. Now direct, energetic Mars forms this trine for the third time in this series, and the best news is that you'll now be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel! Indeed, all your hard work is about to finally pay off, and people are ready to help you take your projects and plans to the next level.

May 16: Jupiter quincunxes Saturn
Unfortunately, this aspect is not one of those times when you know exactly where you're headed -- or how to get there. Its off-kilter energy demands that you pay close attention to the basics so you can make sensible decisions about the overall direction of your life. Together, Jupiter and Saturn represent your present lifestyle, and in this challenging aspect they remind you to curb your excesses and douse your fantasy thinking. This is no time to overextend your energy and resources! Instead, you need a sensible plan to help your ongoing stability. If events or people throw you a curveball right now, your ability to be flexible in the face of changing circumstances will help you navigate any rough seas you may encounter. Mix optimism with a realistic approach and you're bound to emerge a winner!

May 20: The Sun enters Gemini and encounters a solar eclipse in Gemini
You may have difficulty sleeping this week as the Sun first enters curious, mutable Gemini before encountering a solar eclipse, all within hours. This eclipse occurs at the south node, which means that no matter how many ideas and discussions you have, you're going to experience difficulty reaching a consensus -- or even a conclusion. People may say things they soon wish they hadn't, but you can help yourself now by keeping quiet unless you have something truly worthwhile to add. Spiritual, yet nebulous Neptune squares this eclipse, which adds an element of deception -- after all, a Mercury/Jupiter conjunction is known to exaggerate the meanings of words and events. Be ready for lots of breaking news, and have a backup plan ready!
 
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