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WHAT does May have in store for you?

RUSSELL_GRANTTOP astrologer RUSSELL GRANT with news about what the stars have in store for you . . .

ARIES March 21st – April 20th
Money from a scholarship or grant will become available as April turns into May. Take this opportunity to expand your horizons. This is a great time to learn a craft, like landscaping, making furniture, or designing clothes. The Full Moon on the 4th May forces you to juggle your finances. A big bill must be paid and won’t leave you with much spare cash. Fortunately, a fresh source of income will arrive soon after. This new opening or opportunity will draw upon your leadership skills. Be very direct and precise in your communications to avoid confusion. By demonstrating a clear vision, you will win the loyalty of the entire team. The New Moon on the 18th brings more money and just in the nick of time. This is a good time to create a budget so you can make the most of your increased income. Organisation won’t be your strongest suit around the end of the month. Make sure to check and double check your work before handing it in. Above all, don’t send emails until you are sure exactly who you are sending them to. You wouldn’t want confidential information being broadcast to an entire mailing list.

TAURUS April 21st – May 21st
May’s Full Moon on the 4th forces you to make some radical changes to a close relationship. You simply can’t keep giving everything to a demanding partner. It’s time to carve out more time for your favourite activities. Stop apologising for having different wants and needs than those of your closest friend. If you’re single, it may be because you are too closely involved with your family. Create a separate identity from your kin. Taking a short trip for pleasure is strongly advised for the first half of May. This journey will allow you to get your priorities straight. The New Moon on the 18th is perfect for improving your appearance. Change your look or update your wardrobe. The results will be very impressive. Don’t get in a power struggle with a religious or academic leader in late May. You can’t afford to make an enemy of such an influential person.

GEMINI May 22nd – June 21st
A fantastic idea for conserving resources will occur as April comes to a close. This concept can be spun off into a profitable business or product. The opening days of May find you going against the grain. The establishment won’t be receptive to your radical ideas, so you might want to keep a low profile. Then, when all other methods have failed, you can come forward with your suggestions. The Full Moon on the 4th brings an end to a difficult work assignment. This job will probably cost more than you anticipated. It will be difficult to make a logical decision on the 9th; choose your heart over your head on this confusing day. The New Moon on the 18th invites you to rest, relax and rejuvenate. Spend some time by yourself, enjoying solitary activities that give you joy. If you have to take a day off from work or hire a babysitter, so be it. It will be impossible to get a straight answer from a government agency or bureaucratic institution in the final days of the month. Wait until mid-June for clarity.

CANCER June 22nd – July 23rd
An executive will entrust you with a secret at the end of the month. Mum’s the word. Don’t discuss your private life at work in early May, or a hidden enemy could spread some terrible rumours about you. The Full Moon on the 4th marks a turning point in a romantic relationship. Arguments about money are putting undue strain on a relationship. The two of you need to have a serious discussion about your individual attitudes in regard to spending and saving. You won’t get much help from colleagues during the first half of the month. If you need to do something, you’d better tackle the project yourself. The New Moon on the 18th is ideal for social pursuits of all kinds. You’re sure to meet a powerful executive at a party or professional gathering. Keep some business cards on hand, as you’ll want to pass on your contact information. Don’t let your best friend or lover push you around during the second half of May. You have a right to your tastes and opinions.

LEO July 24th – August 23rd
Your career gets a big boost as April turns to May. Be ready to apply for a promotion or high-powered position. The fringe benefits of this job will be significant. The Full Moon on the 4th forces you to take care of some domestic problems. You can’t afford to spend all of your time at work any longer. Be honest in assessing the changing needs of a child or parent. Your boss will have high praise for you during the first half of the month. Your willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty will result in a raise or promotion. If you’re unemployed, take this opportunity to apply for work. Go for positions that will put you in the spotlight, like public relations. The New Moon on the 18th will find you assuming a different role than you have played in the past. You’ll enjoy implementing efficient systems and organising a chaotic situation. Use the second half of May to work towards a cherished dream. Friends with good connections can help you reach this goal. Don’t hesitate to ask for their help.

VIRGO August 24th – September 23rd
Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to collaborate on a book as April turns to May. This project will bring you plenty of intellectual stimulation. It will also allow you to make a name in your desired field. The first days of May find you over obsessing over your career. Don’t neglect your family during this busy time, or you’ll drive a wedge between you and a relative. The Full Moon on the 4th finds you pressed for time. It will be hard to finish all of your errands on time. This may result in a fine for a late payment. Keep a careful eye on the time as you go about your tasks. You’ll be in great demand at work as mid-month approaches. Juggling your personal and professional lives will be a continued source of strain. The New Moon on the 18th is ideal for scheduling an overseas trip. If you’re single, you will find love on this exciting journey. Don’t be surprised if you have to revise a legal agreement in the second half of the month, when unforeseen circumstances change your situation. A wonderful work assignment arrives as May turns to June.

LIBRA September 24th – October 23rd
Resist the urge to rush a physical relationship in the closing days of April. Patience and understanding will help your partner overcome some childhood taboos. The Full Moon on the 4th brings disappointing news about money. You won’t be paid as much as you thought for a demanding job, or a steady source of income will come to an end. A good job is within your grasp, so long as you are willing to play second banana to a seasoned expert. You will hear more about this position on the 18th, when the New Moon prompts you to have talks with an authority figure. If you aren’t able to get the salary you want, negotiate for more annual leave or reduced hours. Find a way to make this job work for both you and your employer. It will be necessary to get additional training as May turns to June. At times, you will feel as if you’ll never master a skill. Give yourself permission to make mistakes at first. Don’t worry; your diligence will eventually pay off.

SCORPIO October 24th – November 22nd
Let your best friend or partner talk you into making a personal transformation as April turns to May. The Full Moon on the 4th forces you to do battle with a relative. You need to set stronger personal boundaries with a family member who keeps invading your privacy. Your personal pull is at an all time high on the 6th. Take this opportunity to ask for a favour, apply for a grant, or go on a first date. The New Moon on the 18th finds you celebrating an engagement, wedding, or commitment ceremony. Alternatively, you might become business partners with a powerful executive. The road to romance will be rocky in late May. Arguments over money, intimacy and obligations will threaten your domestic tranquillity. Don’t resort to personal insults when you’re fighting, or the damage will be permanent. If you’re single, it will be impossible to find a person who shares your interests. Be content with going solo. You can’t afford to lower your standards when it comes to love.

SAGITTARIUS November 23rd – December 21st

Avoid going to extremes as April turns to May. Practice moderation in all things. Don’t inflict pessimistic thinking on your best friend or lover in early May. The Full Moon on the 4th brings an embarrassing secret to light. If you don’t have as much expertise in a certain area as you pretended, go ahead and admit it. Move quickly to close a deal in mid-May or a rival will steal your thunder. The New Moon on the 18th is perfect for landing a steady job. This job may not be especially stimulating, but it will improve your financial situation. Be more attentive to your best friend or lover as May draws to a close. You might have to assume some of their responsibilities or help them through a difficult emotional situation. It is possible your loved one will have to relocate during this time, due to flood damage or an unforeseen natural disaster. Just remember that when one door closes, another will open.

CAPRICORN December 22nd – January 20th
Don’t be surprised if you’re asked to write a book or teach a class in the closing days of April. There is a considerable market for your expertise. May finds you in a rather gloomy mood, possibly because you feel isolated and alienated. Reaching out to friends will relieve this depression. The Full Moon on the 4th prompts you to leave an organisation that no longer reflects your values. Fortunately, your love life will shimmer with excitement on the 5th, when someone confesses a crush on you. Do you already have a partner? Take this opportunity to show your devotion with a beautiful gift. A holiday package to a country known for its natural beauty will be a high spot of your year. The New Moon on the 18th is ideal for launching a creative endeavour. Give yourself permission to experiment with paint, fabric, wood, or any other material of your choosing. Jealousy could rear its ugly head at the end of May, when a rival tries to steal your amour away. This is a potent reminder to keep the passion alive at all costs.

AQUARIUS January 21st – February 19th
You’ll be very flirtatious in the final days of April, thanks to an attractive newcomer to your social circle. The two of you have similar tastes and dislikes, which makes for hilarious conversation. The Full Moon on the 4th brings about an aggravating situation at work. You’re tired of being passed over for a flashier colleague. The only way to put this trend to an end is having a talk with your boss. If you’re self employed, there will be difficulty with an employee who continually defies authority. You’ve got to issue an ultimatum and be willing to follow it through. Money for a household purchase becomes available on the 6th, thanks to a powerful benefactor. The New Moon on the 18th is ideal for buying a home, signing a lease, or expanding your current abode. You’ll resent a loved one’s attempts to make you settle down on the 25th. The two of you need to have an honest discussion about the future. Don’t mince words. Confusion over finances at the end of May forces you to review bank accounts with a fine toothed comb.

PISCES February 20th – March 20th
You will feel on top of the world when someone you respect singles you out for praise and attention at the end of April. Don’t waste your time trying to change your employer’s mind at the beginning of May. They won’t be willing to accommodate technological innovations. The Full Moon on the 4th forces you to cancel a trip or settle a lawsuit. Try not to dwell on your disappointment. There are better days ahead. For instance, the 16th will prove wonderfully romantic, when your amour gives you a beautiful token of their appreciation. The New Moon on the 18th will be equally gratifying, thanks to good news about a class or writing project. You’ll feel pressured to spend a lot of money on home improvements during the second half of May. Go ahead and do some emergency repairs. Postpone a redecoration project for later in the year, when you’ll have more funds. Seemingly inexpensive purchases will add up to a tremendous amount. Sit down and make a list of your priorities. Plumbing and electricity should trump new sheets and towels.

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