Your horoscope for April 27 to May 3, 2017

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      There are just six more days of Mercury retrograde. While the end of the cycle is usually less of an issue, don’t expect the Quick One to wrap this one up without fanfare. He’s saved the best for last.

      Before giving you the scoop on Mercury, let me give you the scoop on Venus. Her retrograde cycle ended last weekend, and, as of Friday morning, she’ll again pick up the pace in hot-stuff Aries. Venus started the retrograde cycle getting stoked in this go-for-it sign, but she swam back into the Pisces ocean for most of April. She hasn’t been idly treading water, though. She’s kept us totally immersed. What’s real; what’s not? Is it really worth it? Should I; can I; will I? Will it/they, and when? It’s been a month of feeling our way along.

      Shortly after Venus treks into Aries, Mercury retrograde links up with Uranus in Aries. This hot-flash duo is a cut-to-the chase, flash-of-genius, and breakthrough pairing. When they are working at their best, synchronicity, spontaneity, and opportunity are too. They can awaken, enlighten, inspire, liberate, or gift you with something out of the blue. It must be said, they are also a high-stress, volatile, radical, lighting-strikes combination. Things can break or tempers can suddenly go snap. See the clearing away as a plus or not, Mercury/Uranus well aligned with Saturn makes the timing right to take your best shot and to get the job done.

      Mercury ends retrograde on Wednesday morning. The day runs well; the evening does too. Start to finish, it’s all systems go.

      March 20 - April 20

      She’s been dallying elsewhere for this past month, but as of Friday, Venus fires up in again in Aries. Along with Mercury/Uranus, watch for a sudden hit to front-load your day. They don’t call you hot stuff for nothing! Whether inspired, provoked, or surprised, expect to hit the ground running and to keep going strong through mid–next week. Wednesday is your best day.

      April 20 - May 21

      Don’t expect a slow start Friday; expect to hit it full tilt right from the get-go. Mercury/Uranus can start the day with a jolt. Accidents and mishaps can happen when you go too fast. Feeling restless? In want or need? For the next month, Venus in Aries keeps you preoccupied with an internal dialogue. Through Tuesday, Mercury retrograde keeps it all on edge.

      May 21 - June 21

      Mars in Gemini isn’t the only reason for the speed track. Friday’s Mercury/Uranus nixes the need for your morning caffeine. This jump-start duo will spring you into action before you can think twice. An early head start is the wise one’s way. Venus into Aries gives you something new to consider, say, or do. One thing leads to another. Wednesday, reward yourself.

      June 21 - July 22

      Off with the old; on with the new. Whether you are actively working on it or Mercury/Uranus springs it on you, now through mid–next week jettisons you through bust-up-the-concrete time. A whole new reality is in the works. The uncharted can be stressful, but Venus, freshly into Aries, adds benefits and helps you to make better inroads where you need it the most.

      July 22 - August 23

      Friday, Mercury/Uranus makes for the exciting, the unexpected, and the eventful. You could hear news. Don’t take an unnecessary risk but ride the good wave when you see it/feel it. The spontaneous and new could be great. Innovate; follow instinct and intuition. Friday through Tuesday keeps you clipping right along. Next Wednesday’s stars are yours to own. Seize the day; enjoy the reward!

      August 23 - September 23

      Mercury/Uranus can kick-start your Friday with an unexpected reason to hit it earlier than usual. They’ll continue to keep you well stoked and in hot pursuit for the next couple of weeks. Venus, freshly into Aries, could fire up a new financial prospect, passion, or love interest. Wednesday is a great day to dream, say, and do. Spontaneity and creativity are a winning combination.

      September 23 - October 23

      You can now get back to it or you can get pulled into it. Either way, you’ll hit rapid fast-forward regarding a key relationship, a contract revisit (karmic or actual), or a money matter. Additionally, Venus into Aries boosts social opportunity. On another note, your inner rebel wants a say; your inner genius wants to play. Wednesday, go for it.

      October 23 - November 22

      Disruption can kick-start your Friday. Mercury/Uranus can dish up something that requires fast thinking and/or immediate attention. On another note, a break in the routine or something new tossed into the mix hits it just right. Venus into Aries suggests there’s money to be made or money to be spent. An improvement or an upgrade is your net gain. Wednesday is a smooth sail.

      November 22 - December 21

      Game for anything goes/spur of the moment are your best plays Friday. Whether you are on first or second go ’round, know you are at the start of a good run. Mercury/Uranus will continue to keep that fresh spark lit for the next couple of weeks. Watch for your best choices, options, and avenues to become more obvious and straightforward. Wednesday is your best.

      December 21 - January 20

      Renovating, moving, adding, subtracting, or making some other major change? Whether by choice or necessity, it’s action time! Control or emotions can be hard to maintain once Friday puts pedal to metal on matters to do with the home front, family, or personal reinvention. Mercury retrograde ends next Wednesday, but you are wise to get a head start now.

      January 20 - February 18

      Venus into Aries dishes up something fresh and new for you to try on for size. Stimulation and conversation are easy to come by. A brainstorm, conversation, surprise news, or unexpected moment could stir up the excitement on Friday. A repeat or revisit could deliver even better than the first time. Wednesday delivers the goods.

      February 18 - March 20

      You are especially quick on the uptake Friday. Let intuition or the moment dictate the play. A fresh insight could give you a whole new take on something or someone. Venus into Aries enhances financial prospects but it can also see you spend! Keep it simple Saturday/Sunday. Monday through Wednesday, good/positive strides can be made.