Your Horoscope This Week — May 08 2016

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Photographed by Christine Hahn.
Two steps forward, one step back? It's been like that ever since expansive Jupiter turned retrograde in detail-obsessed Virgo on January 7. But this Monday, Jupiter corrects course and puts an end to all these frustrating obstacles and slow-downs. Until September 9, Jupiter will barrel ahead through Virgo, putting rocket fuel in our productivity tanks and helping us set systems in place that make our lives more efficient. Jupiter's zero-tolerance policy for bullshit is exacerbated in the sign of picky, purist Virgo though. If you cut corners, took shortcuts, or tried to build something with shoddy integrity this retrograde may have forced you back to the drawing board. Starting this week, you can start building again, but don't forget that every little thing counts! Quality ingredients, care, and attention to detail will yield a masterpiece, so don't compromise standards — elevate them!

On Tuesday, Jupiter forms a lucky triangle with love planet Venus opening hearts and minds. Out-of-the-box attractions could bubble up, and no one will be shy about letting feelings be known. This is one of 2016's most auspicious days for taking a chance on romance. One caveat: Make it a calculated risk. It's important to look before leaping into the arms of "love" to make sure there aren't any legit obstacles in the way, like, say, a preexisting girlfriend or a shady past. Friday's quarter moon in romantic Leo can help us stay grounded in the face of passion, even when our hearts are fluttering like monarch butterflies.
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Taurus
April 20 to May 20
The talent scouts could come a-calling this week — so make like signmate Gigi Hadid and get into red-carpet mode. On Monday, daring Jupiter wraps a five-month retrograde and powers forward through your fifth house of fame, creative expression, and romance until September 9. A love affair, passion project, or bold initiative that got sidelined in early January could pick up steam again. With jet-setting Jupiter on point you could make your mark on the world stage! Shameless self-promotion will get you ahead as long as you give people more than just a good show. What’s in it for them, Taurus? If your efforts help people evolve and expand, you’ll know you hit the target. Romantically, your Summer of Love has officially begun. Load up the shared calendar with dress-up dates or take a gamble on some new right-swipes. Baby fever could strike with Jupiter in this fertile zone of your chart (double-protect if you're not down for that right now). Or you could birth a creative idea that brings you major street cred.

Cupid could already start zinging arrows on Tuesday when Jupiter forms a lucky trine (120-degree angle) to ardent Venus in Taurus. This is one day when attracting attention is a snap — so much so that you could have your hands full of fanboys and -girls. But save your final rose for the admirer who appreciates your true power, not just your game. On Friday, you might even talk about moving in together or meeting the parents during the Leo quarter moon. This is also the perfect day for feathering your nest with a few more creative touches.
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Gemini
May 21 to June 20
Home on the road? Jet-setting Jupiter has been touring your domestic fourth house since August 11, making it hard to plant your Vans in one place. But since January 7, the red-spotted planet has been retrograde, either making you feel completely untethered or utterly stuck in the maybe, possibly, wrong place. Take heart. This Monday, Jupiter pivots into forward motion, recalibrating your compass. Until September 9, you could redefine your idea of a home base. Maybe you’ll rent an RV for festival season or bounce between two cities. If you want to put down roots, Jupiter could reveal a lucky real-estate listing — for rent or maybe your starter home buy. Working with women will bring you tons of good fortune for the coming four months. Make it a sister act, Gemini — or join forces with your enterprising relatives for a family or home-based biz.

Your sentimental side is showing on Tuesday when love planet Venus swipes right for Jupiter. Go out of your way to share your appreciation for your fam, shared DNA or no. Public accolades on social media will be appreciated. This romantic combo could also bring a "mom-approved" type into your world; or, a female friend could introduce you to someone sizzling. Just make sure she hasn't called dibs on them before you dial up that irresistible Gemini flirtation!
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Cancer
June 21 to July 22
Still seeking your soul twin, Cancer — or a partner for a dream project? That kindred spirit could arrive this week, reminding you that despite your mercurial moods and need for space, you are not meant to walk this earth alone. On Monday, lucky Jupiter snaps out of a retrograde and zips ahead through your social third house until September 9. Hello, popularity spike. You’ll be quite in-demand and may have to turn those one-on-ones into group hangs just to accommodate everyone. Free-spirited Jupiter's pivot could make you fall in love with people again. Don’t get sucked into a clique or feel responsible for dragging your socially awkward friend along to every event. Writing projects take off at warp speed. If you are a teacher or work in sales, luck is on your side. This intrepid Jupiter cycle is perfect for road trips, festival-hopping, even bi-city living. Apartment swapping with long-distance friends for a few weeks here and there can freshen your perspective on the world.

With Tuesday's trine between Venus and Jupiter, someone could make a leap from the friend category into a potential love. Or you could meet someone so interesting that you stay up 'til dawn texting and talking. If you're already attached, make a point of getting out together on Tuesday night for some culture-vulturing or even just meeting mutual friends for a concert at a dive bar. It's all too easy to nest when you're a Cancer, but that's how love loses its spark. Make the effort. Once you drag yourself off that Papasan chair (rainbow eye shadow optional) you'll be so glad you did!
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Leo
July 23 to August 22
Who wants to be a millionaire — or at least bump on up to a higher pay grade? We certainly hope you’re raising your hand, Leo. This Monday, lucky Jupiter snaps out of retrograde mode and races ahead through your financially savvy second house until September 9. The next four months will be killer for making bank. But that’s not going to happen if you’re quietly slogging through the status quo. Jupiter governs our gambling instincts and also governs higher education. Instead of plunking down at the roulette wheel, how about poring through a software tutorial or signing up for specialized training that can round out your skill set? You might enjoy working as an independent contractor or helping a start-up company get off the ground. Traveling for work is also possible with Jupiter’s jet-setting fingerprints here. Bottom line: Be flexible, and entrepreneurial too. Your willingness to pitch a project or great idea could bring a tidal wave of prosperity.

The stable type could woo you on Tuesday when Venus and Jupiter tango in sweet harmony. You might even meet at a work function! Basic is as basic does, so hold off on the eye rolls if you're approached by that Oxford-wearing, corporate type. A little conversation could reveal layers and layers of intrigue. Friday's quarter moon in Leo will find you longing for more predictability to match the excitement, and people who can walk their talk will be refreshingly appealing.
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Virgo
August 23 to September 22
Lots has been going on behind the scenes for you ever since honest, open Jupiter turned retrograde in your sign on January 7. (Can you say Virgo, Beyoncé?) But the likelihood of —and budget for — dropping a redemptive visual album is a privilege few have. But this Monday, Jupiter corrects its course and powers forward through Virgo until September 9. Any truths you've bottled will bubble out like a wildly shaken kombucha. Just try to use a touch of tact so you don't decimate anyone in the process…even if said decimation is deserved. And hello, high-key living! Risk-taker Jupiter pushes you out of your comfort zone and toward your truest potential. You could make a huge leap, like going back to school, relocating to a new city, or stepping forth as a teacher or expert in your field. If you’ve been caught in a bad romance, indie-spirited Jupiter helps you cut loose. Even the lovestruck Virgos out there could benefit from a little more “me time.” Cultivate your dreams and nurture your talents. The world is clamoring for what you have to offer.

Flaunt your talents on the world stage on Tuesday when glamorous Venus flows in a supportive angle to Jupiter. You could make a viral video or Insta-meme, or just screw up the courage to perform at open-mic or karaoke night. Sparks could fly with a cutie from a different culture or you could find the place to go for your summer vacation with your girls or your sweetie. Set a spa date for Friday when the quarter moon in your rejuvenating 12th house sounds the call for deep relaxation. Side benefit: The chillaxing will open your creative channels and call in the muse.
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Libra
September 23 to October 22
Flower-crown filter? Check! This Monday, bohemian Jupiter rouses from a five-month retrograde and powers forward through your festival-obsessed 12th house. Escaping off the grid and chasing your favorite artists and DJs? Sounds like a damn fine idea, Libra. And you might as well enjoy the celestial sabbatical. On September 9, the red-spotted planet will cruise into Libra for the first time since 2004, giving your ambitions wings. You'll be far too busy to slip off for a spontaneous glamping trip or couch-surfing adventure then. Even if you’re not going to surrender to the boho-chic lifestyle, you’ll crave more stillness and spirituality over the coming four months. Start your mornings off with journaling, a guided meditation, and a few yoga stretches. You might even work with a holistic practitioner like an acupuncturist or shaman to get your chakras rebalanced. This is the time to detox and clean house, too. Add more clean and green foods to your plate and consider getting tested by a doc for food allergies. A decluttering mission could lighten your psychic load. Take it slowly. You don’t have to give away your grandmother’s priceless pearls and tea set in the heat of the moment.

On Tuesday, your powers of attraction are supernatural as Venus and Jupiter make magic together. No need to search for flowery and poetic words. Unspoken cues, like body language, eye contact, and gestures of support will speak volumes. Pay attention to other people's actions more than their words. If they're leaning in toward you, assume interest and take a step in their direction. Following this intuition could even lead to an exciting weekend invitation with a positive new friend group.
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Scorpio
October 23 to November 21
It takes a village to build your dreams — even a free agent like you has to admit to that. But with Jupiter retrograde in your teamwork zone since January 7, finding the right “village people” to raise the roof on your plans has been complicated AF! Maybe you've been so busy tying up loose ends that you just didn’t have time to gather your tribe for your grand plans. Well, Scorpio, that all changes this week. On Monday, horizon-expanding Jupiter corrects its course and powers forward through your collaboration zone until September 9. Joint efforts get a major boost, and you’ll have an easier time connecting to people who can truly take you higher. Use Jupiter’s wide-eyed sense of wonder to explore new scenes, dabble in group projects, or liberate yourself from a crew that feels claustro. Got designs on signing your own paycheck? Start a crowdfunding campaign to raise the cash for your genius idea. The digital gods are on your side, making the next four months an ideal window for opening shop at Etsy or becoming a YouTuber.

On Tuesday, Venus and Jupiter open the floor for discussions about the future of a relationship. Under this diplomatic and #nofilters starmap, you can pretty much put it all out there. Just make sure you're creating a vision for what's next, not complaining about the past. Not that you should sweep problems under the rug, but this is not the day to go negative if you want to bring about your desired results for togetherness.
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Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21
#MogulMode: You were born to reign, Sagittarius, but for the past five months it's been hard to get that jazzed about your career. Even if you've been slaying, you may feel burnt out or devoid of true inspiration. Good news! This Monday, lucky Jupiter snaps out of sleep mode and turns you back into the mission-oriented mover and shaker you are. Got an entrepreneurial idea cooking? An independent venture could take off at a gallop over the coming four months. Maybe you’re just looking to rise through the ranks within an existing company. With Jupiter’s gambling instincts at your behest, this is the time to go for it. Fortune favors the bold, Sagittarius, even if you’re offering yourself up as the right-hand woman to an industry influencer. Image counts even more now: Forget shuffling into the office in your athleisure. Snazz up your wardrobe with career gear that says, “I’m so money, baby.” If you've been on the outs with someone important, Jupiter's pivot can turn the tide, bringing a refreshing wave of honesty, then renewed affinity, to your bond.

On Tuesday, Jupiter aligns powerfully with Venus, making it easy to talk "next steps" in any relationship. What goals could you accomplish together with a business partner or bae? Think ahead, Sagittarius, because your big ideas could catch on like wildfire. You could also meet a helpful person who takes some of your work off your plate. If you need more assistance from your partner, this is the day to spell it out calmly and clearly. Doing so will recalibrate the romantic vibes by Friday's quarter moon.
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Capricorn
December 22 to January 19
One round of truth serum, on the house! This Monday candid Jupiter snaps out of a five-month retrograde and gets you gushing. Tell them how you REALLY feel, Capricorn. Jupiter’s U-turn will make it impossible to sweep your legit opinions under the rug. Being authentic might not make you the most likable person in the room (at first), but you’ll probably be the most respected. Don’t be afraid to speak from the heart, even if it causes temporary awkwardness (or a little turmoil for a couple of days). Between now and September 9, Jupiter can help you take a gamble on your dreams. Launch a business from your kitchen table or be more “intrapreneurial” at your 9-to-5 by spearheading some start-up initiatives for the company. Wanderlust could overtake you, so figure out which far-flung corner of the Earth you'd like to visit before the summer is through. Even if you don’t hop a plane, extend your reach online. Your work could become really big in Berlin before you know it. Jupiter is the master teacher so enroll in a summer semester course (abroad, even) to sharpen your skill set and raise your pay grade.

On Tuesday, keep your mind and heart wide open. With Jupiter and Venus strumming a harmonious chord, you could crush out on someone from a different culture or walk of life. If you're traveling, this is especially true; if you're at home base, meet friends for drink at a funky hotel bar and see what happens. Already taken? A change of scenery refreshes your bond and sets the stage for an important conversation you really need to have. Down the truth serum and bare your soul. By Friday's quarter moon, you could achieve a new level of closeness as a result of taking this risk.
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Aquarius
January 20 to February 18
Mojo rising! This Monday, Jupiter rouses from a five-month retrograde in your eighth house of seduction and permanent relationships. After an introspective — and, at times, agonizingly emotional — start to the year, your magnetism returns with a vengeance! (Who needs the Face Swap filter when you can now basically soul swap?) If the status of a partnership has been a little bit nebulous, make time for The Talk. You know, Aquarius, the one that usually starts with, “Where do you see the two of us heading next?” Before you go in for the kill, visualize your ideal scenario: agreeing to monogamy, getting hitched, renting a quarter-share in a beach house. It might be better to present that to your potential other half than just asking an open-ended question. Wait for a time when you're both relaxed and then discuss in a way that is inviting and playful, not rife with fear. While Jupiter makes a minx out of you until September 9 (and beyond), lust and trust must both be present for any relationship to work. Otherwise, you could waste the summer feeling jealous and obsessive. If you’re already attached, keep an open mind and don’t be afraid of a little experimentation between the sheets. Business-wise, Jupiter's pivot could bring some big money opportunities before fall. You could make a bundle from selling products (even real estate) on commission, a juicy tax return, even an inheritance or royalties from your band’s EP.

Tuesday's trine of Venus and Jupiter could bring an #ICan'tFeelMyFace kind of attraction to the surface. How unlike you, Aquarius, to fumble for words, blush, and lose your cool composure. But you could meet someone this week who legit makes you feel that way. Don't run away because you're feeling OOC. Friday's quarter moon in your relationship house brings solid developments, either with this new interest or the one you already adore.
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Pisces
February 19 to March 20
Throw your hands in the air! Cupid is back in your corner once again when this Monday, jovial Jupiter wakes from a five-month retrograde in Virgo and your seventh house of relationships. Your love life may have hit a speed bump since early January. Maybe your mojo cooled or you got tangled up in a little love situation that just…couldn't. Even coupled Pisces may have felt bouts of claustrophobia or frustration with conflicting schedules. This week, the cosmos invite your innate romantic back out to play. If you’re in a secure LTR, that’s no reason to stop making deposits in the emotional and sensual bank accounts. With Jupiter speeding ahead through your love zone until September 9, you’ll benefit greatly from making the extra effort. Get those date nights on the calendar — and an adventurous vacation, too — to revive your bond. Worldly Jupiter could even set a long-distance or cross-cultural relationship in motion. Get your freak on while racking up the frequent-flier miles: double bonus!

Tuesday's harmonious angle between Jupiter and lovestruck Venus reminds you that sharing is caring. The spirit of cooperation returns to relationships that have been under pressure for a while. If you're looking for love, you could find it in the friend zone or while out with your girls, soaking up the springtime culture scene. Stay open! Friday's quarter moon could even reveal an attraction at the gym or yoga studio while coupled Pisces could be inspired to get healthy together.
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Aries
March 21 to April 19
Break out the athleisure; slap on the FitBit. Spring training is in session this week as sporty Jupiter rouses from a five-month retrograde in your sixth house of healthy habits. If you've been skipping Pilates on the regular since January, don’t waste time bemoaning your weaker core muscles. Adopt the “today is the first day of the rest of my life” mantra and just get moving. Take those workouts al fresco: You might even get social with a hiking meetup, all-girls skateboarding crew, or yoga in the park. Start your days off with energizing smoothies like these instead of the coffee-and-muffin spike-and-crash one-two punch. Your work life gets a boost from Jupiter, too, and you might be busier than ever for the coming four months. Got designs on a semester abroad or a transfer to the London office? You could relocate or simply travel more often in conjunction with your job. Is a class calling your name? Sign up for any specialized training that can bump you into a new pay grade or add polish to your leadership skills. Working with a career coach could also be beneficial for your bank account while Jupiter hovers here until September 9.

On Tuesday, Jupiter nuzzles up to love planet Venus and shines a light on someone's hidden gifts. A person who seemed basic last week could suddenly rev your engines. Don't be quick to write them off — especially if they've been showing interest in you. Friday's quarter moon in Leo could also illuminate hidden romantic potential or remind you of why you fell in love with bae in the first place. Get a room!
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