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Weekly horoscope (May 7-13) 

Challenges and opportunities

For All Signs: I write the phrase, "your planetary rule" because astrologers have long used this expression in relation to a condition of sun signs. Each sign has a planet in the solar system that represents it. In today's digital world, the planet is analogous to an avatar. The planet's travel symbolizes the conditions through which an Aries or a Libra is traveling this week, month, or day. It so happens that some planets, such as Mercury or Venus act as avatars for more than one sign. This week Venus, the permanent planetary ruler of both Taurus and Libra is moving into the sign of Cancer. So for the next 4.5 weeks Venus will also act as a temporary avatar for Cancerians. Conditions are smooth or rocky for a time. Think of it like a monopoly board. Once the game is rolling, certain properties that are owned by other players will become costly as your board piece intersects them. Other properties offer free passage or opportunity.

Aries: Mars shifts attention on the 11th to fresh territory. During the next six weeks, your activities will be intensified in the life sector related to travels, politics, communications, education, your neighborhood, and siblings. Use caution while driving, especially between the 11th and the 15th.

Taurus: Your ruling planet is Venus, goddess of love and the arts. "She" moves into a new sector now through June 4. Your attention will be drawn to parties in neighboring areas and with those of your usual environment. Those with siblings may enjoy an improved relationship during this period. You'll be drawn to purchase a new vehicle but Mercury turning retrograde soon suggests the timing is poor for now.

Gemini: Make a special effort to keep up with keys, tickets, and other small items. Your feelings are easily injured right now. On the other hand, you may be the offender, hurting someone else. Think carefully before you speak. If you feel "hurt," don't leap to a conclusion before you ask what the meaning is of a behavior or a comment.

Cancer: Venus enters your sign this week and will be traveling "with you" through June 4. Her presence gives you an air of poise and beauty, and people will simply like how you look. Often when Venus is prominent we become more interested in art forms. She has the power to turn introverts into extroverts for the short period of her journey. We have a greater need and desire to be with others, or they with us.

Leo: Aspects particularly favor career and work life. You are in an effective position. Others agree with your leadership. A project begun near the New Year is showing signs of promise now. At the very least you can see that it is on track to turn out well.

Virgo: A false accusation or a rumor about you or your partner may cause you to worry. The probability is that it is based only upon the assumption of a third party. The reason you worry is that you and one or more significant others are not communicating well. Concentrate on productive communications and don't carry this "fact" around in your heart.

Libra: For the next four weeks your activities are on display. Others are noticing your performance, so make it great. You may be standing in the limelight. Your leadership gifts come to the foreground at this time. Caretaking of others becomes more prominent.

Scorpio: You will be concluding a cycle of several weeks. Your attention will begin to shift toward issues of intimacy and partnership, joint and corporate financial matters, taxes, and/or estate and business planning.

Sagittarius: Your mood is expansive and optimistic this week. It is one of those "good luck" times that occasionally happen to the Archers. You have a grasp of the big picture and could use this energy to promote your projects and gain support. Or you could simply kick back and enjoy the good feelings.

Capricorn: Aspects favor love life and romance. A word of caution: your optimistic attitude and belief that you are right could cause you to become arrogant. If you want others to join your ride, give them a special place on the wagon and share the glory.

Aquarius: This is not the best week in the romance department. One or the other of you could be ill or unavailable in some way. These things happen sometimes. They rarely represent the end of the relationship. Maintain a positive attitude. There are better times ahead.

Pisces: A misunderstanding could develop between you and a close friend or family member. The blame game is useless. Do your best to unwind the thread to the point that it began and start fresh.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at (704) 366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments . Website: http//

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