General Planetary Forecast

This month is a pretty big one for all of the signs. With one planet moving forward after a long retrograde stretch and three planets going retrograde, it's going to be a time of firming up things you started a while back and correcting any courses you may have set out on in the past.

First things first. Saturn moves direct on the 2nd. Saturn is viewed as the planet of limitation but also as the planet through which we learn the most lessons of life through concrete, solid, forward moving action. If things have felt stalled on the career front for everybody, progress is about to be made. Energy channeled into action will bear fruit.

Next up, Jupiter is going retrograde on Friday, May 9th. When Jupiter retrogrades, think of it like that extra hand of fate that guides you along on the right course as pulling away some of its power. What you create now will be guided internally. Jupiter represents a certain battle between fate and free will. It's considered the luck force. But, it's an exterior force, so now, channel your attention inward and gather your own luck from inside. Retrograding in Capricorn, everybody is best served by focusing on the facts of business rather than on one's hopes and wishes. It's great to be optimistic, but as we can all see with the general trends of markets, optimism must always be tempered by reality. For the next couple of months, during Jupiter's retrograde cycle, keep your business in check.

Neptune will then retrograde at the end of the month of Monday, May 26th for five months. We all wish for success and money and health and wealth and happiness. Now is more of a time to determine how to get to the happiness within the confines of the rest.

Finally, Mercury goes retrograde on May 26th. I'm not one of those people that speaks of Mercury retrograding as being such a terrible time. Sure, there are miscommunications and technological breakdowns for everybody. There will be delays for about three weeks in getting where you want to be on time and transportation glitches. But, the truth is, it's also a time of friend's from the past reappearing, missed communication from the past being reestablished and courses being corrected.

So, all in all, a month of pretty big changes. Go with the flow. That's the best way to be.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Taurus!
(April 20th-May 20th)

Venus is back at home in Taurus this month, so you are certain to be the belle of the ball. Whenever a sign's ruling planet comes back around the zodiac, it's time for that sign to shine. Your power of attraction and persuasion is heightened this month. The possibility of accumulating wealth is increased at this time as well. With Mars moving into your fourth house of home and family on the 9th, there is an increase in dynamic energy associated with those matters. If you invest in those things, you can't go wrong. If you have a contract to sign with a contractor or investor, try to do these things in the first three weeks of May. If you do it after the 26th, you'll probably have to revisit your agreement. In any case, make a note that whatever becomes your focus this month will come back into play in August.

Gemini
(May 21st-June 20th)

For the past year or so, it seems like money has been going out the door, but this month, Mars is going to be working in your favor once again. On the 25th, that will be multiplied as the planets of money and drive become energized for you. Be careful once Mercury retrogrades, because you are one of the signs most averse to its effects, but with the proper planning, you could float through unscathed.

Cancer
(June 21st-July 22nd)

We all have moments in life where money comes into our coiffeurs followed by moments where it goes out. Such is the cycle of life, the latter of which you are about to feel. But remember, with every dollar you put out into the universe, you establish the possibility of more coming back in. You're on the threshold of a period of investment. Try to make your deals before the 26th. They will offer you your best bet.

Leo
(July 23rd-August 22nd)

What a month for you! May 9th and onward, your drive and ambition should take you to the top of any career-related matter. With Mars on your side, you have the will, determination and force to be successful, so roar ahead courageous lion! Promote yourself now. If you don't do it, who will?

Virgo
(August 23rd-September 22nd)

Now that you're through the thick of things, all of the preparations you have made in your career will be coming to a head. We astrologers believe you work the hardest of all dear Virgo, but rarely do you get the accolades you deserve. Call it modesty, but don't let it prevent you from getting what you want. Give yourself this last month before making the moves you need to, but then strike out and grab your gold!

Libra
(September 23rd-October 22nd)

Remember the teamwork I was talking about last month? Well, hopefully you made good use of it because by the 19th, you should see the benefits of all your hard work! Get your financial affairs in order at the top of the month. When you roll in to the back end, you're sure to see your dividends pay off in spades.

Scorpio
(October 23rd-November 21st)

Now that all of the chatter has died down, career matters will begin taking flight in the second week of the month. It's your time to shine, so breathe it in and enjoy it for the coming weeks and next month ahead. Seek your passion! Express your inner chi outwardly.

Sagittarius
(November 22nd-December 21st)

Last month, you should have taken a nice break from the hectic pace of life, because if you didn't, this month is sure to be hectic times two. That's okay though, because you're ready for something new. Keep the fire inside you burning for at least the next couple of months. In climbing the ladder to career success, you must keep the fan flamed. You're probably feeling a bit drained, but that's okay. No pain, no gain.

Capricorn
(December 22nd-January 19th)

Can I ask one thing of you Capricorn? Stop and smell the roses. Every once in a while, I ask one sign to take a break from financial worry. Do yourself that favor now. There is always a time to worry about career and finances and success and achievement. Put that into perspective with the rest of what life has to offer. You always get to where you're supposed to be. Who's more determined than you?

Aquarius
(January 20th-February 18th)

Relationships, both professional and private are sure to come into play in the next month. While the energy channeled into them is sure to be dynamic, it's also sure to create tension that will need to be resolved. In the end, you'll have established a stronger business tie, but I can't say it won't hurt to get there. Don't worry. You'll make it through. Do what comes naturally. Be a friend to all.

Pisces
(February 19th-March 20th)

Ordinarily, you allow yourself to swim with other's currents. This month, go with your own flow and promote your own ideas. Friends in high places will be looking out for you. There could be a partnership concern later in the month, but if there is, don't be so quick to appease. You're very easygoing by nature Pisces. You don't have to be.

Aries
(March 21st-April 19th)

Ask for a raise at the top of the month. You just might get it by the full moon on the 19th. The planets are aligned for you with positivity, so speak now or forever hold your peace. Better yet, don't hold your peace. It's always better to act at the right time. Do you feel it being the right time right now? You should. Get with it Aries.

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Astrologer Greg Tufaro appears on What's Your Sign? Design for HGTV. Having appeared on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, Rachael Ray, Glenn Beck, IVillage Live, and Entertainment Tonight and written featured articles for numerous publications, Greg makes astrology accessible by explaining his scientific approach in simple terms. Greg is single and lives in Manhattan. For more information, visit gregtufaro.com