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RussellGrantSMALLTOP astrologer looks at what’s in store for you during April and May . . .

ARIES March 21st – April 20th

Your employer will become less demanding during the second half of April, allowing you to catch up on household or family responsibilities. On the 26th, you’ll see a big improvement in your income. Having more money will give you more time for relaxing activities. It would be a good idea to take a solitary vacation by the sea. You’ll welcome this opportunity to reconnect with your spiritual side.

You should consider putting a stalled plan back into motion at the beginning of May. Promoting an idea or pressing an agenda will result in a raise or a better paid position. The Full Moon on the 10th draws you close to someone with a powerful personality. Letting down your guard with this charismatic individual will be empowering. Two heads are definitely better than one at this exciting time. Toward the middle of the month, you’ll get a chance to sign a contract or enter into a business agreement. If you’re not satisfied with the initial terms, lobby for better ones. Your powers of persuasion are strong. On the 25th, you’ll get good news about a romantic or business prospect. You’ll have to fight to get more time away from work. Although your employer’s need for you is pleasing in its own way, it’s better to pour most of your energy into personal relationships as June draws near.

TAURUS April 21st – May 21st

Launching a self-improvement programme will be successful on the 26th, thanks to an empowering New Moon. Turn over a new leaf.

Surrounding yourself with creative people is a good idea during the opening days of the month. Take this opportunity to develop an intriguing idea that’s been tugging at your subconscious for the past few weeks. If you play your cards right, you’ll be able to travel overseas. Experiencing a different culture will inspire you. On the 10th, the Full Moon will assist you in wrapping up a partnership matter. Signing papers, submitting work or fulfilling the last part of an obligation will be liberating. Don’t be surprised if you’re offered a very different role once this arrangement is finished. Toward the middle of the month, it will be much easier to get an audience for your ideas. Take this opportunity to go on a job interview, ask for a date or submit your work for review. The New Moon on the 25th attracts an exciting moneymaking opportunity. Be totally forthcoming with any prospective employer.

GEMINI May 22nd – June 21st

The New Moon on the 26th offers a welcome opportunity to rest, relax and recuperate from your labours. Head for a private retreat.

The first days of the month will find you working behind the scenes for an extremely creative person. Put your assumptions aside for the sake of absorbing new information. Look, listen and learn. The Full Moon on the 10th will finally begin to show results from a health regimen. Give yourself a handsome reward for strengthening your system. Resist the temptation to get pushy with an authority figure at the middle of the month. Be a team player instead. The second half of May could find you steering a friendship into romantic waters. If you’ve already got a steady partner, encourage them to pursue a lifelong dream. On the 25th, the New Moon will inspire you to adopt a new look. Changing your style, splashing out on clothes or even undergoing a cosmetic procedure could underscore your natural good looks. The final days of the month will find you in the arms of an adoring admirer.

CANCER June 22nd – July 23rd

On the 26th, a sociable New Moon will draw you out of your shell. It’s a great time to attend or host a gathering. Splash out on an eye catching outfit. You’ll have a great time playing the host or hostess with the mostest.

The early days of May could potentially bring impressive career breakthroughs. You’ll finally get the attention of someone who can increase your budget or green light a plan. Working with a partner will be the way forward during the first half of the month. Don’t be afraid to challenge your colleagues when you feel strongly about an issue. News of a birth, engagement or marriage will arrive on the 10th, when the Full Moon sets off a string of festivities. The second half of the month will find you very busy at work. Taking an original approach to your duties will win the attention of those who can give you a career boost. The New Moon on the 25th finds you moving into a more spiritual dimension. Devoting more time to solitary activities will cultivate contentment as May turns into June. When you start feeling stressed, head for a quiet haven where you can hear yourself think. Slowly but surely, your muscles will unclench.

LEO July 24th – August 23rd

The New Moon on the 26th will put you squarely in the spotlight, where you belong. You could assume a political office or be given an impressive promotion.

Taking on a more prominent role will be rewarding. There will be many perks associated with this position and you should take full advantage of them. On the 10th, the Full Moon will give you a chance to wrap up a property matter. Buying or selling property will be profitable. This is also a good time to new place or sign a lease. At the middle of the month, you should attend as many parties and casual get togethers as possible. Talking with friends and meeting new people will give the intellectual stimulation you crave. On the 25th, the New Moon will inspire you to pursue a lifelong dream. With the help of a relative or neighbour, you will gain access to the resources you need to succeed. The final days of the month are ideal for assuming new job responsibilities. The more skills you acquire, the greater your value will be to your employer.

VIRGO August 24th – September 23rd

The New Moon on the 26th is ideal for expanding your horizons. Seize this opportunity to put yourself on a steep learning curve.

At the start of the month, you’ll feel a powerful, potent connection with someone close to your heart. This is a great time to ask someone for a date or plan a luxurious outing for the one you love. If you’re asked to go on an important business trip, accept. Getting paid to see the world will be highly enjoyable and great for your career prospects. The Full Moon on the 10th will find you passing a test, graduating from a course or relocating to a fun neighbourhood. Toward the middle of the month, you’ll get a chance to move up the ladder of success. Don’t be afraid of the competition. You’ll easily outperform your rivals. The New Moon on the 25th will put you squarely in the spotlight. Take this opportunity to show off your abilities, make a presentation or go on a job interview. As May draws to a close, you’ll be torn between professional and personal responsibilities. Err on the side of family.

LIBRA September 24th – October 23rd

On the 26th, you’ll get a chance to create long term financial security. Make out a will, take out an insurance policy or start a retirement fund.

The opening days of May will make it much easier to work with a partner. Take this opportunity to sort out misunderstandings or misconceptions and build a plan for moving forward. Big improvements will occur on the domestic front; use the first half of the month to launch repairs and rearrange rooms. On the 10th, the Full Moon will bring a boost to your bank balance. Spend it on furniture, artwork or appliances. This is your big chance to create a home that uplifts and inspires you. Toward the middle of the month, you’ll find yourself facing off with someone who insists on always taking the lead. It’s important to assert yourself instead of getting pushed aside. The New Moon on the 25th invites you to expand your horizons. Going on an overseas trip, starting a writing project or attending an advanced professional course will be extremely stimulating. Push yourself harder than usual as June approaches.

SCORPIO October 24th – November 22nd

The New Moon on the 26th could mark the beginning of a fruitful business partnership or passionate romance. This alliance will cause your creative juices to flow freely. Take this opportunity to revisit a creative project you abandoned some time ago.

May begins with an astral emphasis on all health enhancing ideas and strategies. Taking up a fitness regimen, changing your diet and getting more sleep will increase your stamina. Encouragement from an attractive person will prompt you to work even harder and dramatically improve your health. The Full Moon on the 10th will put you squarely in the spotlight. Take this opportunity to promote your agenda or showcase your creative work. The second half of the month is best spent with an intimate partner. Working together will result in some dramatic breakthroughs. On the 25th, the New Moon brings a financial windfall in the form of an inheritance, insurance refund or royalty payment. Spend this money on a spiritual pilgrimage you’ve been yearning to take. Visiting a place known for its beauty and culture will give you a new lease on life. You’ll start seeing possibilities where you once only saw brick walls.

SAGITTARIUS November 23rd – December 21st

On the 26th, the New Moon will prompt you to hold a far reaching lifestyle check. Improving your diet, exercise and sleep regimens will yield impressive results. Breaking a bad habit will be liberating; get professional help if you need it.

The start of May makes it easier to finalise arrangements for an upcoming vacation. The delays and snags that held you back will magically disappear. Your home life will be rewarding during the first half of the month. Spend as much time in your domestic comfort zone as possible; it will help you cope with stress from public life. The Full Moon on the 10th brings the end to a period of seclusion. You’ll welcome the chance to make more money. Check out opportunities involving sports, entertainment and leisure in general. Getting involved in a serious romance is possible during the second half of May. There may be a big age difference between you and your amour. On the 25th, the New Moon will prompt you to enter into a serious partnership. Although you’ve always prized your independence, you’ll feel very comfortable working as a team with someone who is cultured, polite and artistic.

CAPRICORN December 22nd – January 20th

On the 26th, the New Moon will prompt you to take a financial or emotional risk. This gamble will pay off handsomely.

It will be easier to smooth out and defrost family relationships at the beginning of May. Getting a loan or signing refinance papers are other possibilities at this stage. On the 10th, the Full Moon will allow you to finish a group project. Those you work with will be so impressed by your work that they’ll give you even more room to take the initiative and make unilateral decisions. Don’t discuss the details of your private life in mixed company toward the middle of the month. It’s best to be discreet, especially with colleagues. Try not to neglect your family during the second half of your month, even if exciting career opportunities beckon. Be sure to attend a game, recital or performance. The New Moon on the 25th marks a job offer that sounds too good to be true. Accept it anyway; this will put you on a positive professional path. Don’t let friends discourage you from going in an unconventional direction. Break out of your shell.

AQUARIUS January 21st – February 19th

The New Moon on the 26th is perfect for buying or selling a piece of property.

Working from home will be genuinely pleasant and productive in the early days of the month. It’s much easier to develop ideas when you’re in familiar surroundings. The Full Moon on the 10th will bring about a changing of the guard at work. When an executive leaves, you’ll feel able to take over their duties with ease. At the middle of the month, you could travel for pleasure. If you’re single, you could meet someone special on this journey. Do you have a partner? It will feel like you’re having a second honeymoon. Good news about a lifelong dream will arrive during the second half of May. Take a bold risk of some kind. On the 25th, the New Moon will attract opportunities for love, romance and adventure. Take a break from your work to have some fun. Head for a private retreat as May winds to a close. You’ll really need and enjoy the seclusion.

PISCES February 20th – March 20th

On the 26th, the New Moon will give you a chance to acquire some valuable skills. Learning how to make furniture or repair equipment will give you a great feeling of satisfaction. If you play your cards right, you may even be able to use this knowledge to increase your income.

In the opening days of May, finances will flow more freely. It will be a relief to have more income at your disposal. Being with a group that is happy to share ideas and discuss theories and prospective projects will set your brain buzzing with new initiatives. You’ll enjoy picking the brains of people who share your artistic, cultural and political interests. On the 10th, the Full Moon will be a time when legal and official matters can be wrapped up and put to bed. It will be a relief to have a case decided in your favour. Home improvement jobs will go smoothly toward the middle of the month. Upgrading a kitchen or bathroom will greatly improve the value of your investment. If you don’t own your home, approach a lending institution for money; you’ll get terrific terms. The New Moon on the 25th could find you relocating. Moving into a beautiful place near lots of cultural diversions would be your best option.