05-23-2016 to 05-29-2016
Bring on the hand-loomed rugs, high-end "parfumes," and haute cuisine. Culture-vulture Venus slips into Gemini and your sensual second house from Tuesday, May 24 until June 17. While you won’t feel quite as randy as you did while Venus was in Taurus these past few weeks, the desire for skin-to-skin (or -silk or -cashmere) contact is still strong. Your senses are heightened during this three-week cycle, making you crave life's finer things. Pick up some massage oil and stop to smell the roses, even if they’ve been exquisitely bottled and sold at Barney’s or Bergdorf’s. When it comes to love, slow and steady is the groove you’ll prefer—but that doesn’t mean boring! Do some decadent date planning: fancy restaurants, front-row seats to a concert or play, even a gourmet picnic in the park. If you’re “just meeting for coffee” then find the house known for its artisanal, small-batch roasting. Cupid, not the devil, is in the details now. To score points with bae, pay attention to their preferences and speak up about your own. Knowing how to please each other is part of the adventure, but you will also need to slow down if you don't want to miss these cues and clues.
But Tuesday does come with a twist, as red-hot Mars, which is retrograde in your erotic eighth house, will directly oppose Venus, bringing anything from a ripple of electricity to a temporary power outage. In some cases, this can stir up the perfect amount of tension with your love interest. Cancel evening plans so you can enjoy some private "just the two of us" time! But has a certain relationship grown a little TOO comfortable, Taurus? As much as you crave security, too much of the "yes dear" energy can seriously dull the sparks. This cosmic clash could be a much-needed reminder of the importance of connecting to your own individual interests and passions. Absence CAN make the heart grow fonder and the chemistry hotter, so pull back a bit and give your libido a chance to regenerate. Warning: Under this opposition, you could be uncontrollably drawn towards the dangerous type, even the toxic and taboo. Thrills will only be temporary here, soon after morphing into addictions and obsessions. Avoid the first self-destructive slice, sip or sexy Snapchat and surround yourself with positive people who will hold you to your highest self!
On Thursday, it's ready, aim…hold your fire? Enthusiastic Jupiter is chomping at the bit in your excitable fifth house, eager to get going on a professional or passion project. You’re pumped and ready to roll! Yet if you look around, Taurus, you’ll notice a flashing yellow light—meaning don't alert the media about your big debut just yet. For the second time since March 23, the jovial planet is stuck in an action-blocking square with restrictive Saturn, which urges caution and stalls all forward process. That’s like Kryptonite to your race-for-the-red-cape sign: You want what you want when you want it! Rather than get frustrated, though, try to see this as a potentially positive development, something that might just prevent you from making a mistake or help you catch the perfect wave when it comes to timing. Remember, patience is a virtue. Use the slowdown to dot every "i" and cross every "t" so that you can bring your A+ game early next week!
On Friday, pot-stirrer Mars retrogrades back from Sagittarius and your seductive eighth house into Scorpio and your seventh house of relationships. Suddenly, you'll find yourself obsessed with fairness and equanimity in all your partnerships, from business to pleasure-based. If you discover an "injustice," take a deep breath. Mars can make one rash and hot-headed, and during a retrograde it's a lot easier to burn bridges. Look at the role you played in setting up this dynamic. We teach people how to treat us, so you may need to retrain your community in being more generous with YOU. How? By making clear requests and saying no when you don't want to do something instead of going along out of misguided guilt and obligation. (Check out this audio course, A Great Ask, by communication guru Alison Armstrong if you need some help in this department.) Practice makes perfect! And you'll have plenty of time for that as Mars will hover in Scorpio until August 2. And the good news is, the retrograde period, which lasts until June 29, will help you review, reflect and revise. If you're patient with people—and this process—you could experience an exhilarating new chapter with someone you adore, and quite possibly revive a flatlining duo that you thought was done and dusted. It's rarely too late, Taurus: remember that.