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What a busy time this spring has been! So many of the planets are bunched together, making everything more intense with no allowances for compromise. We should see some of this hard-headedness lighten up after May 11, but look for some of the intensity to resurface near the end of June. Security issues are still on the table for everyone. • The first half of the month is a lot calmer, with just a bit of tension resurfacing May 21–23. But even that doesn’t last too long. The next Mercury retrograde is July 28–August 31, so plan ahead. • As the month opens, the sun is in Taurus, sign of luxury and sensuality. May 15 is the midpoint between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. The sun enters Gemini on May 21. Mercury and Venus are spending the first half of the month in Aries before entering Taurus together on the 15th. Mars also starts out in Aries, but joins the crowd in Taurus on the 11th. The rest of the planets are staying where they are, and that helps.

ARIES (March 21–April 19). Time to put your plans into action this month. This is an excellent time for all of your new projects. Changes are occurring at your workplace, but your more positive frame of mind lets you see ways to get around any developing problems. Some of you are restless in your career and are seeking a new path. Relationships are still the stable point in your life. You are building on that this month, but problems and resolutions must be addressed there as well. Pay attention to your money, your self-worth, and how well you use your talents.

TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Happy Birthday to the Taureans! Your month is getting off to a slow start. You are in a period of retreat that started last month and continues until Mars enters your sign on the 11th. After this period of incubation, you will be much more energized. As the month progresses, you will get busier and busier. Be prepared—Jupiter enters your sign next month for a year-long stay. Jupiter is a positive influence, and you are feeling some of that now. So take your time as the energy builds. Relationships improve considerably, and if you are single you will definitely feel like getting out and being seen.

GEMINI (May 21–June 21).  This continues to be a good month for you to mix with friends and associates. This can be a great way to market yourself, both for work and extracurricular activities. Make the most of this time—as you get closer to mid-month you’ll begin a period of rest or retreat prior to your birth month. This can be a good time for behind-the-scenes work and creating some new alliances. If you are in a relationship, things continue to improve. If you are single, this is a great time to meet new people, especially in the first half of the month. Take some time for yourself this month.

CANCER (June 22–July 22). With so much activity in your career sector, this is certainly going to be a month for confrontation and decision-making. For some, this is a time of reinvention. For others, this is a time to start something on your own. You are not content with the way you have done things in the past, and you are working very hard to change those things. Some of this change is aimed at creating a better emotional and financial base. You feel somewhat cut off from the supportive people around you, but this will change after mid-June. Focus more on networking after mid-month.

LEO (July 23–August 22). This has been an upbeat time for the Lions. You are feeling more positive about doing some different things in life—going back to school, taking on a hobby, or even shifting your career direction entirely. This will take on even more momentum as the month progresses. Career-wise, things look much better. Relationships need some new momentum, or maybe a new person needs to be in your life. By mid-month, you are ready for some social activity with your friends and associates. You keep this upbeat view for the whole year.

VIRGO (August 23–September 22). The focus this month continues to be on your shared resources and financial matters. You should be motivated to get debt problems out of your life. If you’ve been waiting a bit too long to do this, the bill collectors might be contacting you. You are also seeing more problems in your relationships that you would like to address. Relationships are still a bit confusing. You aren’t sure what you want, and you give out mixed signals. Come close, but not too close. By mid-month you are ready to relax some, and the end of the month should be better for decision-making.

LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Such a time to focus on relationships! Most of the planets continue to be in your relationship sector. This is forcing you to be more direct and often more confrontational. Relationships that are too binding may be right at the edge of breaking up. You have probably given your relationship as many second chances as you can. Take a hard look, and make sure you are clear about what you want and what you can commit to. Keep your focus on the future—that is where you will find resolution.

SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). Health and work habits are still the primary interest during May. You are really ready to change bad habits. Your tolerance of bad working conditions is one bad habit that may be ending. You have to have some order in the workplace or you will be out looking for another job. The drama has become too much for you. Relationships demand your attention toward the end of the month. This will be a good time for people who are single and looking for a new romantic interest. Fireworks could be sparked for everyone involved. Get away from your routines.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). You have been in a very creative and inwardly focused time. It is best to continue making sure that your needs are taken care of first. This is a good social and romantic time, and being with groups, friends, or organizations can be very helpful for the career and security aspects of your life. By mid-month, your health takes the spotlight as you work to make that part of your life better. You’ll be looking at some long-term habits that need to be changed. Co-workers could be tense, so don’t brush them aside.

CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Family, home, and emotional security issues have your attention again this month. On the most mundane level, this is about getting your home more safe and comfortable. This can mean remodeling, moving, or even buying something on your own. You are still in a downsizing frame of mind, and there is a lot you are trying to get rid of either by choice or by necessity. It’s a good time to have guests in to focus attention on your home and family. You can breathe easily toward the end of the month. “Me” time is on the way.

AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You have been speaking your mind, and it all seems to come out in succinct and direct ideas. This is a great month to get your projects started. You are ready with plans and the know-how to implement them. This is a great month for writing or speaking. Much of your conversation seems to be about the day-to-day aspects of your life. After mid-month you are ready to get your home and family in shape. There could be some confrontations with family after the 6th regarding things that need to be said.

PISCES (February 19–March 20). Money has held your mind and heart at bay for the last two months. You should see some end to this focus by mid-month. For some, this is a time to start your own business. For others, this is a time to retire from things you have been doing for a long time—perhaps the last 20 years or longer. Watch your impulsive spending—your desire for more things is very strong. Relationships get better as well. Start looking in new places for friends and potential lovers.

Read Lilly Roddy’s forecast for all of 2011 at OutSmartMagazine.com. For more astro-insight, log on to lillyroddy.com.

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Lilly Roddy

Lilly Roddy has been an Astrologer for the last 25 years. She counsels individuals in personal, business and financial matters as well as teaches classes in Astrology. She is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.

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