Your Horoscope This Week — Apr 10 2016

Designed by John Lisle & Christine Hahn.
Stop being so cynical about love! This Tuesday, celestial sweethearts Mars and Venus sweep into an auspicious 120-degree angle, also known as a trine. This spicy alignment — which is basically like Valentine's Day on steroids — hasn't happened since July 2014. This time around, both planets are in bold and creative fire signs: Venus is touring Aries while Mars is blazing a trail through Sagittarius. If we're feeling the love, this planetary pair pours us a cup of courage. Express those emotions — boldly and fearlessly. Hey, if Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna can make it work, why not us...right?

Make sure to get it all out on the table before Sunday, though. That day, passionate Mars slips into retrograde mode until June 29, backtracking first through Sagittarius then plunging down into Scorpio's mysterious waters on May 27. With the aggressive red planet in reverse, we could come on a little too strong and even wind up pressuring people inadvertently. And while Mars is backing through candid Sagittarius for the next six weeks, our truth bombs could do major destruction. When it comes to addressing touchy subjects, timing is everything and tact is an absolute must.

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March 21 to April 19

Cupid's got an order for you this week: Ask, believe, receive. Venus (in Aries, no less!) and your ruler Mars are working in perfect harmony this Tuesday, so the universe could deliver your desires faster than Amazon Prime. But let's have an honest moment here, Aries: You love to keep the upper hand in relationships, being mysterious about your affections until you're 100% sure that bae respects you. But too much of the Olivia Pope schtick could throw a good one too far off your trail. This week's Venus-Mars magic demands honesty. Get vocal about your desires and you'll quickly see who's legit and who's playing games.

On Sunday, your ruling planet Mars turns retrograde until June 29, a lower-power phase that could stall plans for world domination — or even that backpacking jaunt through South America. Mars is the planet of passion, drive, and motivation; you'll have to dig a little deeper to get pumped now. Consider it a worthy challenge. Although results may not come fast and furious, you have time to slow down, experiment, research, and study. Since Mars is mainly backtracking through your travel and education zone, this would be the perfect spring-summer to take the conversational Spanish class, sign up for teacher training, or revisit a destination that holds special meaning to you.
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April 20 to May 20

Resistance is futile, Taurus, so surrender and feel the love. This Tuesday, Venus flows right into the arms of her dance partner Mars, making a total softie out of you. Pay attention to those intuitive hits and gut impulses. You might get a "feeling" that you need to talk to someone, only to discover that they grew up near your hometown or share your passion for 19th-century French literature (hello, Romanticism era). This heart-opening energy is sublime for coupled Taureans, too. Unlock that chamber of secrets. Everyone has a past, so stop judging yourself. Letting your full self be known will bring you closer to the one you adore. Vulnerable equals adorable.

But not everyone should be handed the keys to the queendom, Taurus. This Sunday, aggro Mars turns retrograde in your eighth house of sex, money and mysteries. Until June 29, you'll need to vet people a lot more carefully before letting them into your life. And when it comes to the erotic, you'll need both lust and trust in equal proportion. Slow down, take your time, and get to know what people are REALLY all about.
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May 21 to June 20

Would you care to add a benefits package to that friendship, Gemini? This Tuesday, cosmic couple Venus and Mars glide into a harmonious angle and lovin' feelings could bubble up in the most surprising ways. Don't brush them off, Gem, even if you've only thought of this person as one of your homies before. In a relationship? With Venus in your house of wishful thinking, open up about some of your bigger desires for the relationship. An adventurous, co-created plan could be sparked — moving to Venice Beach for the summer, starting a business or band together, exploring Peru on motorcycles. Even if it's "just talk," exploring these visions will add some juice to your bond. And hey...ya never know.

Certain partnerships could hit a rough patch, however, when stressful Mars turns retrograde from Sunday until June 29. The agitating energy of this planet's reversal could churn up issues that have been bubbling below the surface. Forget about sweeping them under the rug or making compromises that feel more like sacrifices. The time has come to be honest and seek a happier medium. Or, take a break. Not every relationship or friendship is meant to last forever, but a little space can do wonders to help you determine what's best. Since retrogrades bring back the past, you could also reconnect with an old flame for a sexy second act before the summer is half through.
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June 21 to July 22

It's all about who you know, Cancer, and that expression is ringing oh-so-true this week. On Tuesday, charming Venus and motivator Mars make a rare and auspicious alignment in the career zones of your chart. Got a deal to clinch or a proposal to pitch? Go for it. You'll have the gift of gab and the ability to sell pretty much anything. Or, just focus on meeting the influencers in your office and your field. Send a genuine message to someone you admire via social media. Under these lucky stars, you could very well get a reply. Since Mars and Venus are also associated with love, sparks could fly with your office crush or someone you meet through a work function. Coupled Cancerians might try teaming up on a business idea.

On Sunday, however, you'll want to pause before you push ahead. Mars turns retrograde until June 29, insisting that you put some savvier systems in place. Working smarter, not harder, is the goal here. Install helpful apps, research hacks, and consider outsourcing a few tasks instead of going the DIY route. With Mars in reverse, legit help may be hard to find, so check people's backgrounds thoroughly before handing them important assignments to fulfill. Plan to stay on top of them, too, so you can ensure that the job gets to your exacting standards.
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July 23 to August 22

Love is happening, Leo. And this week, it could heat up faster than even YOU are ready for. But don't even bother hitting the brakes. On Tuesday, lovebirds Venus and Mars hold a meet cute in the most adventurous zones of your chart, spurring you to take a chance on romance. With Venus in your global ninth house, you could swoon for a cutie from a different culture or someone who definitely breaks from type. In a relationship? Get travel plans on the books right away; even an overnight trip will do. A change of scenery, plus a shared expedition, will revive the good vibes between you.

On Sunday, passionate Mars dips into retrograde until June 29, backtracking through your fifth house of romance, starpower, and self-expression. Some interactions could take a turn for the dramatic. Monitor your reactions so you don't fan the flames. A past love could pop up on the scene or you could find yourself inviting trouble back into your life. While this is not the best time for major style changes or promotion, work you do behind the scenes now could bring major recognition after June 29.
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August 23 to September 22

Subtle signals and unspoken're not imagining them, Virgo, so tune in. This Tuesday, cosmic couple Venus and Mars flow into a dreamy alignment that could bring major downloads about a love interest. Body language says a thousand words, so check it: Is the object of your affections leaning in or leaning back? If you sense that something isn't being said, set up time for a heart to heart. You may have something to get off your chest, too. And with graceful Venus and ballsy Mars in the mix — that won't be a problem. Have the discussion in privacy, though. Under these stars, that real talk could be an aphrodisiac that leads you straight to the bedroom.

On Sunday, aggro Mars turns retrograde until June 29 in your home and family sector. If you've swept issues under the rug with relatives and roomies, you'll need to address them now. You'll require more privacy to decompress and be with your thoughts. Take extra care to make your life comfortable and peaceful (you could live in these casual summer dresses). Retrogrades are positive periods for turning to the past and this one could bring an influential woman back into your life. Reach out to the powerful ladies who have shaped you along the way.
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September 23 to October 22

Flirt alert! Your ruling planet Venus sways in perfect harmony with her dance partner Mars — and early this week, you'll just radiate romantic vibes. Beam those charms selectively, Libra, so you attract the one(s) you want. Surprise! This could even be someone who's been hovering in the friend zone. Already attached? Break out of Netflix-and-chill mode and satisfy your culture vulture yearnings with some nights together on the town. With both planets in your communication houses, you'll have quite a way with words. If you've been waiting for the right moment to have The Talk, Tuesday (or a day close to it) would be ideal. Venus lends charm while Mars doses you with courage. Speak your truth!

After Sunday, getting your point across won't be quite so easy when Mars falls back into a low-power retrograde until June 29. This retreat takes place in your third house of peers and platonic partnerships — and those relationships could get rather strained. Compromising could be difficult. If you give an inch, people could try taking a mile. You'll have to be more assertive about your limits, Libra, but not so much that you fall into the "my way or the highway" mindset. As is always the case for your sign, balance is key.
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October 23 to November 21

Set your intentions and manifest! Cosmic co-pilots Venus and Mars are working together this Tuesday to help you bring your most creative, romantic dreams into form. Why keep it random, Scorpio, when a little more mindfulness could draw in exactly what you desire? Spend a little time making lists near Tuesday: What I want from X and what I don't want from X. By holding a clear vision of your wishes, you're far more likely to notice and attract an amazing option instead of one that's merely satisfactory. In love, it's the little things that count so pay attention to the details and make a point of really listening to the object of your affections.

On Sunday, Mars busts a U-turn until June 29 and slowly retrogrades through your financial house. The urge to splurge could lead you down a slippery slope. Before you blow a paycheck on shortalls and Gov Ball tickets, map out a budget and make sure you're setting aside enough for that emergency fund. Being overly aggressive or competitive at work could alienate you from coworkers to tone it down and be more of a team player for a while.
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November 22 to December 21

Calling all Sagittarian shameless flirts and attention whores. This Tuesday, Venus and Mars — the Kim and Kanye of the zodiac — are lining up in the most theatrical and passionate zones of your chart and there's no holding you back. Take the lead in love and stop doubting yourself. If you sense someone's into you, ask them to hang out. Your confidence is a total turn-on and the right people for you will see that. Coupled Archers may feel ready to take a bold, romantic leap, like adding an exclusivity clause to a casual dating situation, proposing to The One, or even talking babies. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, this is the week to wear your heart on your sleeve.

On Sunday, however, Mars turns retrograde, retreating through Sagittarius until May 27 and slipping back through Scorpio until June 29. You may have to put a couple of your ambitious plans on hold; or at least run them through a smarter reality filter. As someone prone to taking on "too much, too soon," this can be a blessing in disguise...even if you ARE totally annoyed by the slower pace of productivity. Careful about how strong you come on after Sunday, too. It's one thing to be assertive, but Mars retrograde can push you into the aggressive zone and leave people feeling pressured by your hard sell. Just. Breathe.
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December 22 to January 19

While you love empirical data, Capricorn, the wisdom of the heart can't always be proven, measured, or explained on paper. This Tuesday, Venus and Mars — the zodiac's dance partners — flow into an enchanting two-step that could get the fantasies a-whirring. Someone could literally sweep you off your feet. Or, you could feel the rush of an overpowering attraction to someone who doesn't fit the mold of your usual type. Caps in love should spend more time IN: Cook dinner together, Netflix and chill, host a small gathering for your closest friend group. Talks could even turn to meeting the parents or moving in together, at long last.

On Sunday, driven Mars plunges into retrograde until June 29, making it harder to focus on your career aspirations and goals. How about having a summer vacation for a change, Capricorn, instead of making life all about work, work, work? What you'll find during this phase is that relaxing actually makes you MORE productive. Creative, too, so pause from pushing ahead to download fresh inspiration. Art, music, culture, and travel will refuel your tanks and make you a total machine after June 29. Go play!
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January 20 to February 18

PLUR, Aquarius! (That's Peace Love Unity Respect, for those who need a refresh.) This Tuesday's rare-but-dreamy alignment of Venus and Mars opens your heart to basically anyone who smiles in your direction. Can we get a group hug here...or even a cuddle puddle? A new squad could form with you as the nucleus; and there are few things you love more than bringing great people together. As you gather the tribe, you might even realize that your feelings for a "friend" are growing stronger. Explore! There's a thin line between "buddylicious" and "bootylicious" for your laid-back sign, and this could be the start of a beautiful relationship, if not an easy, enjoyable spring fling.

On Sunday, however, Mars slips into an agitating retrograde that lasts until June 29. As the red planet backpedals through your 11th house of teams it could become obvious that you've outgrown a certain group. Or, you could get a wakeup call about your open-door policy. One rotten apple CAN spoil the barrel, Aquarius — and just because YOU are chill with a certain someone's disruptive manner doesn't mean that others in the entourage should have to suffer. Choose your associates wisely and with care.
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February 19 to March 20

What are your #LoveGoals, Pisces? You love to drift and dream, but where is it all heading? This Tuesday, cosmic coquettes Venus and Mars fall into a motivating alignment, helping you clarify your romantic vision and bring the courage to ask for what you want. If that's no problem for you, go big with your requests this week. Planning the future with bae could be a total turn-on, even if you don't put those milestones into action right away. With both planets parked in the work-related zones of your chart, single Pisces could be attracted to the successful type or even meet your match through a career function.

On Sunday, Mars backtracks through your career house, turning retrograde until June 29. As spring flows into summer, you may feel as if a few of your ambitious plans are stalled — and that can be frustrating. But it's also a blessing in disguise. You'll have a chance to streamline your strategy and refine your objectives...not to mention, squeeze in time for some festival-hopping. You might even work with a career coach or join a mastermind group to get your dreams into a rock-solid plan of action. A relationship could go through some turbulence — maybe you shouldn't be SO understanding, Pisces. Draw your lines and be firm.