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Horoscopes April 30- May 14 — Extra! Extra! : The Bovine Meets the Starry Shore

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The Sun is again in Taurus, friends, the bestial sign of animal nature, unlike any other in the zodiac, for no other sign is represented by a mammal such as this. What does that mean? Apply metaphors and analogies about bulls or cows to life in general, let's say, and voila, you've got some miraculous insight. For example,  "To laugh is human but to moo is bovine." "Greatness alone in not enough, or the cow would outrun the hare." (Proverb)

Mercury also finds himself coming to hover over the fields of Taurus in about a week, and the higher he soars into May, the more spectacular the view becomes. We will all find ourselves sinking into the starry shores of communication, if you will,  populated by vast amounts acquaintances, especially work or commerce related associations, friends and family. So, pop open your parasol and head in to get your feet wet under the sky, as the on-lookers look on.

These next few weeks will bring lots of this type of social context. We will learn to truly sit back and enjoy the finer things in life, with the ones we enjoy most, and how to refine communication with those we possibly enjoy the least. "All that is not given is lost." - Indian Proverb.

This year's brightest and closest "super" full Moon occurs on Sunday, May 6, just so's you knows, and being in Scorpio, it will come on intensely. Full Moons are a time when our inner emotions are stirred. The moon controls the tides, and we are 80 per cent water; You can put two and two together, hopefully.

As the Sun is in Taurus, the Full Moon will be in its opposite sign, Scorpio, as mentioned. The Full Moon will always be in the opposite sign that the Sun is in. The Moon is in its fall in Scorpio, which means the proverbial rain will come, so expect a rockier road heading back up to the cottage come that time.


Mercury also opposes Saturn... It's a make or break ourselves time as far as tightening our own societal reins. We are all personally responsible for the situations we find ourselves in, and we will be called to either face that fact, or head back into the rain of pleasantries, without real regard or depth. This can be summed up in the phrase, "The right way is not always the most popular and easy way." (Margaret Chase Smith)

Neptune is still in Pisces, where frankly, it loves to be. Local artists will be collectively buzzing as a thriving hive in those there pastures of Taurus and for months to come.

Here, a little Hermes inspired background music, while you digest your scope: 

Aries - Mercury Rising

March 21-23 to April 20-23
Mercury is still in your sign for another week and three days, heading for the territory of Taurus. You're riding the goat still, not the bull, and you're much more familiar with scaling mountains than traversing plain old plains. You may find yourself gearing down, the full moon providing a sudden propulsion of fiery impulse, again, before finally touching down in full. You will most definitely find yourself quieting down internally, despite it possibly being a busy time socially.

Taurus - Your Territory

April 21-23 to May 20-23
The pastures your sign brings to the general environment are green and ripe with an abundance of flowers and active flourishing wildlife. Taurus is all about an appreciation for when things flow easily, materially, even indulgently so and with two signs in Taurus, in the Second House which resembles the sign also, your themes are amplified as if your essence were being blown through a swiss Alphorn! Sit back and you'll be surrounded by beauty. Being a channel for starry-eyed Venus, all I can ask is for you to try not to lay it on too thick, ok? And have fun; You are truly in your element.

Gemini - Happygasm

May 21-23 to June 20-23
There seems to be so much going on with Mercury at the moment that you are highlighted in this week's horoscopes, being ruled by the planet. Hermes ushers in a steady trafficking of communications and social associations. The cosmic phone should be ringing off the hook, or so to speak. You will be feeling deeply grounded by next week and the full Moon should heighten a sense of happygasm. Your only opposition, quite literally, will be in choosing not to make the same decisions you have in the past. You are faced with a very direct choice to either move on, which means actually letting things go, or to go back to old obviously not yet outgrown habits of dealing with others. Whichever decision you make, you will feel its backlash right away.

Cancer -  It Dwells Between Us and the Sun

June 21-23 to July 20-23
Your tides are a shifting, as they usually do,and you feel each secret movement of the undercurrents propelling them. The Moon and Taurus get along well, I would say but their power is not lasting.  There is so much going on right now in the social and material realms, that the onslaught of people (and those feelings they have, that you feel too) has your head spinning a bit. You can ride the wave for a while, but you will have some heavy drenching downs near the full Moon on Sunday May 6 and the next Monday. You must learn to consolidate your negative emotions, with the other happier things going on around you. Though more tempted than usual in the coming times, do not dwell on less than ideal situations or circumstances.

Leo - Smoke Pit of SHAMMMEEEEEEE

July 21-23 to Aug. 20-23
It's not often you swing this way my dears, but this time will be rubbing you slightly the wrong way. The social upswing in communications of all kinds will be grating to your personality and not necessarily complimentarily-so, as far as its effects on your ego. As much as you love to entertain, are you not comfortable in a social environment for some reason? And how can this be feeling be resolved? The answer is booze. It's always booze.

But for those of you Leo's who are trying to quit drinking, remember that smoking, a popular stress reliever is also a social habit, so that could work in your favour. It's not that I'm advising you to take up smoking, it's that you ought to be in the smoke pit, with the others, if you do already....... Learn to be who you are in all circumstances, without shame, cool guy.

Virgo - The In Crowd

Aug. 21-24 to Sept. 21-23
Hey Virgos, it's been a while since we've talked... In fact, I don't think we've touched base since Mars came out of its retrograde in Virgo. I bet you've been feeling a whole hell of a lot better with that nit-picky weight off your shoulders! Not the nit-picky weight you normally have, the one that was there for the last couple of months that was a lot more annoying than the old weight. Suddenly, vistas of communication are opening up in front of you, freeing your decisive viewpoint, allowing it to escape into the crowded masses. You find yourself, and your opinions seemingly socially acceptable, once more.

Libra - Does That Make Me Crazy?

Sept. 21- 23 to Oct. 21- 23
Your biggest challenge at present, over the next fortnight, will be in balancing all of the social constrictions, restrictions and opportunities coming your way. In essence, you will be caught between the things that you cannot do, and the things that you wish you could do, and also, the ones that you can very easily do, but for some agonizing reason, chose not to. You may think what keeps you sane is actually what keeps you crazy. You may be putting false impressions on others, but times of indulgence with the ones you love will surely bring you closer to yourself. The night of the full moon on Sunday< May 6 ought to be revealing and excessive.

Scorpio - Hindsight is 20/20

Oct. 21-23 to Nov. 21-23
Venus in Gemini has your empathic nature going a little schizo, with you watching yourself so clearly bobbing up and down and not necessarily in a good way. One minute, you love them, and the next, you're raging at their face. But with all these planets in Taurus right now, including the communicator, Mercury, you should be able to bring back into focus what's important; Not stinging the people you love to death, with your "love." Is it possible that you've been wayyyy out in right field, and this zoning back down into so much of your opposite sign, Taurus, has you looking back at what you've done while Mars was retrograde Virgo, shaking your own head. The super full Moon next Sunday has your power regained, thankfully for you, and the feeling of ego boost therein may act as a tremendous lifesaver in the midst of your own past, present and future silliness. 

Sagittarius - Story Tales and Fairy Tails

Nov. 20-23 to Dec. 20-23
In the love department, you may be feeling some old wounds opening up, and a little off balance. But no worries, the love may be there, if you only look for it. All this Tauren influence has you indulging up a storm, enjoying fine food fest frenzies, goings out with friends, family and perhaps even your sweetie or potential wink, nudges. Tons of gallivanting around in the theme of social activity that we will all be surrendering to this next fortnight. You will definitely observe a sharp contrast in the two sides of everyone's personality, but don't worry, there are two sides to every story and you have the power of picking which ones you want to stick with.

Capricorn - Relax

Dec. 20-23 to Jan. 18-21
You should be feeling fairly lazy over the next little while, coming down from a bit of a spike in the testy tubes. The last few months contained within them some downright nasty bits of Earthen experience for you Capricorn, but it's all over now, for the most part. In the love department, things are fluctuating, and connected to old issues more than usual, and communication heralds the message of slow and steady winning the race. You'll find yourself a little overwhelmed with all the people coming around in the next two weeks, but should adjust quite patiently and nicely to it all around.

Aquarius - In Its Right Revolving Place

Jan. 18-21 to Feb. 18-21
Everything is suddenly making a lot more sense to you than it did a few weeks back. It's like you can finally see without glasses, or like realized that you can breath underwater, when you thought you might drown. Oh! Look! This makes things way easier!! You can really appreciate the influences of Taurus coming into being over the next two weeks, as it calms you and centres you in the material place. You can concentrate on work, and vicariously live through this generally socially bountiful, and centred time; However, you may be prone to relaxing so much, that your eyes will be going out of focus before you know it, and you'll be wondering why that last breath of water went straight to the lungs, if you aren't careful. It can all change on a dime, so come next Sunday, make sure you're staying straight and not too narrow.

Pisces - Bewronging Is Better than Being Wronery

Feb. 18-21 to March 18-21
Swim, fishy swim. That really had nothing to do with the horoscope, but it's late at night and there are fish swimming around in my heart. Something about you just isn't comfortable while the Sun is in Taurus, though it's hard to put a finger on exactly what. It's not just one “thing,” in particular, but more like a group of little things coming at you as imps might, to consume your tasty, raw, scaly flesh... Like the rest of us, you'll be enjoying more time away from home and with the people whom you socialize with the most, consolidating your close group of friends, and yet, still feeling like you are somehow on the outside. It's never an easy thing to pinpoint, that one, but it's true. And you know it. The best you can do is get drunk and remember that you do indeed belong exactly where you are.


- Horoscopes by Iris E. (Becky Johnston) special to L.A. Beat.
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