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Weekly horoscope (May 2-8) 

Taurus The Bull (April 20-May 20)
Now is a good time to take a creative look at your life. You have a desire to experience that which is beautiful. Perhaps you would like to paint, write, play music or enjoy another endeavor. The time is also favorable for relationship activity of the fun type.

For All Signs: Venus, goddess of love, turns retrograde on the 15th. She is in the pre-shadow of this change now. This event occurs approximately every 18 or 19 months. She remains retrograde until June 27. During her ebb periods we reflect on our personal needs with respect to partnerships. Meanwhile, it is common for ongoing relationships to shift into neutral or even a temporary reversal. The universal message is to think carefully about who you are before making a promise of commitment. For those already pledged, it is a time to go within oneself and discover the qualities needed to improve upon the existing relationship. From the global point of view, these periods often mark times when treaties or agreements between nations are violated or negotiations break down between countries. See more on Venus next week.

Aries: Irritability and a tendency to short temper may be your companions this week. Beware the temptation to obsess over minor issues. Take especially good care of your body at this time. You are in a physically low cycle and subject to accident or minor injuries with tools, or vehicles.

Gemini: You may need to concentrate in order to avoid critics, whether they be internal or external. Instead of blame, use the discipline to tackle a project that requires concentration. Avoid contracts and business negotiations right now because misunderstandings may develop.

Cancer: Your good judgment is in one place while your heart is in another. It could be highly distracting. Concentrate while driving or handling tools. If possible, don't force a decision just now. You might benefit from writing a note to yourself from the voice of logic and a separate letter that speaks for the soul so you can gain a bit of clarity.

Leo: A shift in your attention to the areas of community, contacts and broader social relationships serves you well. You may become more involved with other people's children for a few weeks. This is a good time to develop your network of contacts. You are probably going to be called to leadership soon.

Virgo: Your power of concentration is deep at this time. It is important that you use it for the good in your life rather than in self-criticism and obstructive thinking. If you cannot stop the negative self-talk, then focus on something else that is totally neutral. Walk the dog. Wash dishes. Move your body in order to shift away from a negative thought.

Libra: At this time you may need to review some of the relationship mishaps of recent months. This is a fine time to talk things over and come to a shared point of view. You may also be discussing plans for future travel with another. Set negative self-talk to the side. It is destructive and also not true, as your inner critic believes.

Scorpio: Sometimes we are pressed to see the flaws, even in those things and people we love the most. You are not at fault in this situation, though you may be looking for what you "could-a/ would-a/, should-a/" done. You did the best you could at the time.

Sagittarius: You are restless and want to do anything except the usual routine. Some of you will be looking for a new house, car or an exciting high-tech device. Your eyes may be bigger than your pocketbook, especially if someone offers you a "deal," but it probably won't break the bank if you have used caution in the past.

Capricorn: This is not your smoothest week. Details may nag your mind and your time like pecking ducks. You and significant others are not having the best of communications right now. You may be in the mood to nit-pick others. Probably you will feel generally better if you work alone.

Aquarius: This is a good week to concentrate on a challenging mental project. It will work better for you if you are revising, editing or itemizing details. If you are producing a creative work, you are likely to be overly critical of the outcome. The Critic may advise, but it should not be allowed to condemn your efforts.

Pisces: Your attitude about yourself is not altogether accurate right now. You may think way too much of your ideas, or alternately, you may see yourself as lower than scum. Neither one is accurate and you should probably not make decisions of any importance this week. Spiritual pursuits are given a "go" signal.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. (There is a fee.) www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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