Your Horoscope This Week — May 29 2016

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Photographed by Christine Hahn.
You're here, you're there, you're everywhere! This week could be more randomizing than Trump's campaign "plan." This week, five heavenly bodies get in formation and mess with our minds. How? They'll pull us in so many directions. This Grand Cross, as astrologers call it (because if you drew lines between the planets, it would literally make a cross shape), involves a battle between the sun and Venus in flirty, flighty Gemini versus uptight Saturn in high-minded Sagittarius; plus, a showdown between go-getter Jupiter in Virgo and worrywart Neptune in Pisces. Should we surge forward or stall? Tease or withhold? The way to make it through this jumbled energy is to stay flexible and "in the now." The only thing constant will be change this week, but this fast-moving energy can also be exciting — especially for anyone who's been stuck in a rut. But don't jump to step G before finding the path between steps A and B.

On Saturday, cooperation returns as a guiding principle, thanks to the annual new moon in Gemini. Get the #twinning game going, too! Finding common ground and kindred spirits will be a snap; and joining forces could turn strong individuals into a triple threat by the corresponding full moon on December 13. Gemini governs communication, information, and transportation, too. Get vocal about ideas, start writing that novel, or dive into a research mission. Whether you’re test-driving electric cars or researching stats for a PowerPoint presentation, it always helps to start on an informed note, right?
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Gemini
May 21 to June 20
The #twinning thing comes naturally to your sign, but how much togetherness verges on "too close"? Lest you start walking in Gemini Kanye's Yeezy Boosts, the planets set off the alarm bells. Pull back a little and find your balance. With the sun and creatrix Venus in your sign, tapping into your own creativity is where you'll blossom. Don't get us wrong, the power of partnership is still potent. You'll just need better boundaries and clearer lines, so that nobody steps on your couture-clad toes — or shows up at your door with a six-pack just when you got into your songwriting flow. This goes for business and pleasure, too, especially on Friday, when the planets lock into a combative Grand Cross formation. Trying to make everyone happy — family, coworkers, romantic interests, and (yes!) yourself — is going to mean doling out your precious attention very carefully all week. Set a start and an end time for all that you do. If all you have is 30 minutes for a hang, be real about it, so people's expectations are kept in check.

Saturday's new moon in Gemini kick-starts your cosmic New Year and brings another PSA about the importance of doing you. You've never been — and never will be — basic, so if you've been coloring inside the lines a little too often, this is your cue to break out. Reserve time this weekend to make a six-month wish list. What powerful intentions can you set for your life, ones you can pull off by the Gemini full moon on December 13? From getting signed to a major label to taking a semester abroad, do yourself a favor and think big.
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Cancer
June 21 to July 22
Fling open your closet doors and empty out the junk drawers. This is the week for cleaning house and freeing yourself from excess. With a clusterfuck of planets mobbing into a Grand Cross formation, you could get the overwhelming urge to downsize. Objects carry a charge and having too many of them can literally make you feel weighed down. You might follow Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo’s sage advice and only keep objects that “spark joy.” Just don't go to the opposite extreme, hastily trashing things that are actually useful — or valuable — like books and family heirlooms. And before you drop them all off at the Goodwill, pull out pieces you can sell on eBay or swap at Buffalo Exchange. A few trips to the post office may be all that's standing between you and your summer festival budget.

Saturday's new moon in Gemini lights up your magical, mystical 12th house. Pay attention to serendipities this weekend, like repeating mentions of the same reference or a number showing up over and over again on the clock. These can be guideposts of sorts, signaling that you're on the right path or that you need to pay closer attention to what you're doing. If you've hit a wall, seek guidance. This new moon could bring in a stellar mentor, coach, or therapist to act as your guide for the coming six months. Since the 12th house rules the subconscious, create practices that get you more in tune with your own, like journaling, meditation, and yoga.
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Leo
July 23 to August 22
Stand your ground this week, Leo — but not so firmly that you fail to be flexible. Yes, that sounds like a paradox and it definitely is. But with a posse of planets locked into a Grand Cross formation, you'll have to play all sides of the fence. First and foremost, listen to your intuition before you start negotiating and compromising. Ask yourself: "If I could have it my way, what would I really, really want?" If the answer is not screaming at you, do some journaling. With some uncensored free writing, you'll get to the core of your desires and beliefs. Then, ask questions and hear what other people have to say. Some compromising will be unavoidable under these stars, but it's important to know where you draw the line with that. If you start to feel like you're making sacrifices, you'll know that you've gone too far.

On Saturday, the new moon in Gemini and your influential 11th house puts you on the path to Hadid-level popularity. (Well, in your corner of the universe, at least). But to really make your mark, collaborating with the right people is key. The joy will come from winning as a team, not standing alone in the spotlight. When casting your crew, don't judge a book by its cover. Your squad may be a band of outsiders as you assemble the brilliant freaks, geeks, and activists along with the catwalk-ready fashionistas you know. Got ideas for a YouTube channel or an online venture, like an app or Etsy store? Start developing those dreams now and you could see success — and even profits — by the corresponding full moon on December 13.
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Virgo
August 23 to September 22
System overload! This week's crazy-making star map could stretch you thinner than a plate of angel hair pasta. Alas, your desire to be all things to all people — or in three places in the same wee window of time — could explode into an epic fail. Thunk. But maybe that's a good thing, Virgo. It's time to streamline, simplify, and prioritize. When it comes to your career, let go of a certain task that's just zapping your energy. Let your inner circle — and your love interest — know that you are no longer available to be the crisis hotline and on-call problem solver. Because if you don't scale back, your personal ambitions will suffer. These "demanding people" in your life may simply be spoiled. Start the re-training process ASAP! If you do, Thursday's Grand Earth Trine — a lucky triangle of planets in earth signs — could deliver huge rewards, like a dream travel opportunity, divinely inspired creative downloads, or one of the most romantic days of 2016!

Keep your goal sheet handy on Saturday, when the new moon in Gemini electrifies your 10th house of ambition and prestige. This is day one of a six-month cycle that will push you up the power pyramid...if you're willing to roll up your lace-trimmed sleeves and take some risks! Maybe it's not all about who you know but having the right people in your corner can certainly speed your ascent. Start nurturing your relationships with the industry insiders and influencers. Circle December 13, the date of the corresponding full moon in Gemini, for a powerful milestone, like, say, locking down the executive title or launching Virgo, Inc.
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Libra
September 23 to October 22
Finding your equilibrium won't be easy this week, Libra, but maybe that's not the point. Instead of looking for that sense of comfort or security, try surrendering to the unknown. It's not as scary as you think! When you feel a sense of fear rising up, do a little digging. Is the aggravating person or situation really a threat? Or do you simply need to find out their true motives and ask for a bit more information? Speak up instead of playing CSI. Think of this like shining a light on that monster under the bed: Maybe there isn't actually a monster hanging out there at all. Also, take the pressure off of yourself to know it all — or have the right answer. It's fine to admit that you aren't sure; it's fine to be unsure, too. Pressuring yourself to be "perfect" could leave you zombie-walking through your days. Copping to your uncertainty could have the opposite effect, attracting helpful mentors and supportive friends who can show you the ropes or lend their wisdom.

Ready for a change of scenery? Another dose of wanderlust strikes with Saturday's new moon in Gemini and your ninth house of worldly adventures. Put together your summer travel playlist! Whether you're driving up the coast to Big Sur or doing yoga in Bali, now's the time to get plans in motion. This new moon arrives with a planet on each arm: artsy Venus (your ruler) and serious Saturn. Your trip might include soaking up haute culture or getting a teacher or business certification. You have until the corresponding full moon on December 13 to manifest this magic, but do start taking baby steps — if not bold leaps — towards your growth and expansion now. Close to home, cross-cultural connections heat up. The "differences" are what make everything so dynamic this weekend. Branch out!
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Scorpio
October 23 to November 21
The green-eyed monster may be one of your alter egos, Scorpio — but that doesn't mean you have to let her hijack your love life. This week, a complicated clusterfuck of planets called a Grand Cross could send your emotions spiraling out in some crazy-intense directions. Consider yourself warned. Now, take a long, deep breath. Because honestly: This is life, not a Lemonade visual album. And if life is imitating Bey's recent art, you'd be wise to disentangle yourself, STAT, so you don't lose your own center! Taking a time out will be your best approach, because it will be hard to think rationally until next week. If you're just a bit jealous, consider using it proactively, as a guide to your buried desires. Instead of hating on people for having what you supposedly don't, get to work on inventing your own remix of their success...with an original, Scorpio spin, of course.

Saturday’s new moon in Gemini and your erotic eighth house shifts your sex drive into high gear. (Don't hurt yourself, Scorpio!) Refresh your lingerie drawer with some pretty pieces and take off those sunglasses when walking down the street so you can make actual eye contact with the attractive people strolling by. If you’re in a relationship, this new moon brings a milestone moment. Real talk, Scorpio: Can you see the connection going further or is the end in sight? Time for an honest conversation about the future, so you can move ahead securely or move on to greener pastures. A profitable joint venture could be stirred during this new moon, too. In this merger, you won't split everything down the middle. Instead, play to your individual strengths, with each person contributing what they're best at.
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Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21
This week, you want to do, be, and have it all. There's just one problem: You may also be trying to pull off this quest alone, without a solid game plan. Hit the brakes! With structure-obsessed Saturn in Sagittarius, sitting opposite the creative Sun and Venus in your partnership house, the need for outside support (especially tag-team efforts) is a must. You could use a sounding board as you map out things like schedules, timelines, and budgets...or just contemplate making a bold romantic move. Don't go making any unilateral decisions if you're paired up with another person — even if you think you know what's best for you both. There are two of you in this equation, remember? Also this week, your ruling planet Jupiter in your career zone will battle it out with sensitive Neptune in your personal fourth house. Grabbing for the brass ring just won't be worth it if you burn out along the way and have zero time left in your schedule for friends and family. Seek that elusive work-life balance this week, even if that means taking a slower climb to the executive suites or pacing a personal project so it doesn't totally overtake your life.

Another push for partnerships comes on Saturday, courtesy of the annual new moon in Gemini. You could find your missing puzzle piece, but don't go seeking a "sestra" from the league of Orphan Black clones. Instead, go for the attractive opposite to complement your magic. If you’ve been flying solo for a while, your interest in dating will perk up again. Already attached? Talk to your sweetie about a six-month plan. What would you like to manifest together by the corresponding full moon on December 13? Maybe it’s that trip to Thailand or co-signing a lease on a new apartment. You don’t have to leap just yet, but get the conversation flowing. A business offer could arrive on (or shortly after) Saturday. Lawyer up and put the agreement in writing — that's always the best insurance policy for a harmonious, long-term collaboration.
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Capricorn
December 22 to January 19
No resting on your laurels this week, Capricorn. A celestial storm front is blowing in, forcing you out of your comfort zone. Despite your masterful ways, there's always more to learn and higher to climb. Humble yourself and seek out influencers who have mastered a skill you'd love to have in your arsenal. You might even volunteer a few hours alongside them to glean priceless insider-training tips. Look into evening classes and weekend workshops, too. That extra elbow grease you put into everything will pay off handsomely in a short amount of time. Just be patient with the process, Capricorn, which could get a little messy along the way. Your sign is prone to perfectionism and you can beat yourself up for making a mistake.

Sunday's new moon in Gemini sets off sparks in your sixth house of healthy living. You don't have to fall into a deprivation mindset or punish yourself at the gym; please don't. Devise a sane plan that incorporates green smoothies without shunning ice cream sundaes. Kick off a 30-day fitness challenge, like this one, and just make movement part of your everyday plans. Instead of letting autopilot take you to the bar, meet friends for hikes or yoga in the park, and, of course, dancing. This new moon arrives arm-in-arm with Venus, activating your love jones. Don't settle for less than a healthy relationship, Capricorn — with someone who respects you, encourages your dreams, and cares about your emotions. You might even meet while working out or doing something positive for the world, like volunteering at a community organization. Already attached? Break out the shared calendar and coordinate schedules now or you could be like two ships passing in the night.
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Aquarius
January 20 to February 18
Shhhh! As much you want your accolades, Aquarius, keep your fancy moves on the low this week. With planets assembling into a tricky Grand Cross formation, your trade secrets could get into the wrong hands — or worse, a hater could break the news on a big announcement that you wanted to make. Plus, shouting it from the Snapchat rooftops could put too much pressure on you to perform and please. This week, you'll come up with your best ideas when you're simply "making art (or science or music) for art's sake." That said, don't be afraid of a little competition. If someone is nipping at your heels, don't waste time doing battle; just use it as fuel for your own fire. Your originality is what always sets you apart from the pack.

Romantically, Saturday's new moon in Gemini could bring true love in a slightly more serious package. While you're anything but a traditionalist, there's something nice about someone being so certain about you. If no one comes galloping up on that white stallion, take matters into your own hands. Right-swipe liberally or let bae know exactly what your vision of love looks like. Coupled Aquarians could hit a milestone moment in love. Don’t be surprised if talks turn to ring shopping, babymaking, or searching for a cohabitation station. This new moon could also evoke some celebrity for you — and you have the green light to flaunt it, Aquarius. But if you're not feeling ready, no pressure; this new moon is just the beginning of a six-month cycle of fame and attention coming your way. Practice makes perfect and you could plan your big reveal for the corresponding full moon on December 13. Brava!
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Pisces
February 19 to March 20
You only get one chance to make a first impression, Pisces. To be exact, it's seven seconds, which is how long it takes the brain to capture and code information about you. If that's not incentive to step up your game, well, how about this? A galvanizing Grand Cross (four-way street fight) between the Sun, Venus, Saturn, Jupiter, and your ruler Neptune is pushing you to step up your game. When you meet people, take command of the situation. Smile, introduce yourself, extend your hand, ask questions. Work on your "branding," too. Everything from your wardrobe choice to your business cards makes a statement. (Uh, no pressure, Pisces.) And hey, represent true to form! The point of this exercise isn't to be perfect. Showing some vulnerability is equally as charming and may even open doors to a mentorship.

Saturday’s new moon in your house of women turns your attention to the most important ladies in your life. Have you FaceTimed your mother lately? Snapchatted your sister? (Tip: Do it now.) And as much as you love the attention from the guys, don't let your important connections with your leading ladies wither on the vine. Household affairs also fall under this new moon's domain. If you’re in the market for a move — or just some decor updates, like these killer Ikea hacks — now’s the time to get your domestic bliss game on.
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Aries
March 21 to April 19
Aries, interrupted! This week, forget about just going through the motions. When it comes to your work — and basically all your daily routines from making breakfast, working out, even walking the dog — make a point of really being present with what you're doing. With five heavenly bodies crashing into a combustible Grand Cross formation, the devil (plus a chorus of angels) is in the details. Use this as an opportunity to make some long overdue upgrades. Everything from your mobile apps to your workout wardrobe comes under the microscope. And if you're hitting a wall with your career, there's one way to get unstuck: Educate yourself, Aries. From webinars to weekend workshops and summer semester classes, all that's standing between you and a pay hike is a little more information. Saying, "I know that already," however, will be the death of your ambition, so don't be too proud to admit to those grey areas in your knowledge base.

On Saturday, kindred spirits flutter in as the new moon in Gemini activates your third house of partnerships and popularity. You're a solid original, Aries, but that doesn't mean you have to do everything alone. Someone with a similar skill set and attention to style could step forward and the potential for a profitable collaboration is strong. Test the dynamic duo waters with a short-term project before signing on for, say, a three-record deal. This new moon governs transportation. Make your rides more enjoyable, and even productive, by investing in a tablet or a great set of headphones for listening to audio books on the subway. If you're ready for a new ride, spend the weekend test-driving crossovers, convertibles, or cruiser bikes.
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Taurus
April 20 to May 20
Tech savvy is one thing, Taurus, but is your device addiction verging on Ex Machina territory? This week, balance your FaceTime-ing with some IRL face time. Perhaps you've forgotten that cool swipe of a Retina Display screen is no replacement for the warm touch of a human being's hand. Put down that tablet, put on your party gear, and go mingle, dance, and charm your way into the DJ booth. But go easy on the expectations. A complicated cosmic formation called a Grand Cross makes it a little too easy to confuse a fling for the real thing. Sometimes, a kiss really is "just a kiss," Taurus. If you're looking for more than that, be up front, so you don't waste anyone's time — above all, your own. Existing relationships could hit a snag, too, but don't sweep concerns under the rug. Set a time to sit down and talk — when you are both relaxed and not multitasking or in a rush to get to an appointment — because this bump in the road could pave the way to a beautiful new level of understanding.

Saturday's new moon in Gemini could have you dreaming about hundreds and all the beautiful objets you could spend 'em on. But what do you really consider valuable, Bull? There’s always another object of lust to reach for. Instead of trends, opt for timeless classics. You're probably ready for an upgrade here and there, but why rush? Begin a Pinterest board. You might even let your budget build until the corresponding full moon on December 13. And instead of amassing randomly, begin building and collecting, be it an enduring wardrobe or adult sofa to replace that tattered pleather one you "scored" on Craigslist. Get serious about your earning power, too. If you want to make more (and who doesn’t?) what skills do you need to develop? How can you build a more solid professional network? Begin taking concrete actions on Saturday, like updating your LinkedIn profile or submitting your résumé for an internal promotion.
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