April 26 to May 2, 2012     Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury  Evening: Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn

It’s off-season in Telluride and that means a long-needed and well-deserved break for everyone in San Miguel and Montrose County. Let’s face it, whether it’s actual employment or Reagan’s infamous “trickle-down” economic paradigm, we who live here depend on or are affected by what goes on in that magnificently beautiful valley. When off-season rolls around, things slow down. We can relax and breathe a little deeper, sleep a little longer; indulge in a quieter, more peaceful way of life and living. Whether it’s a vacation away from home or simply a vacation away from work and stress, it’s a time to embrace those simple pleasures we so often ignore or don’t have time for. Clean fresh air, longer walks, increasing light, new life pushing up and roots down in to the fertile tierra of the Mother Earth. Once again, ahhhhh, Taurus.

Here in southwestern Colorado we are facing serious drought conditions – 27% of normal – and an extremely warm spring. Snow on the peaks is melting super-fast and it looks like the run-off will be at least a month early. I’m busy with tomato, basil and ornamental flower starts in window boxes; raking leaves, preparing soil and putting pots together in our greenhouse. I watch baby lambs and calves in greening pastures, budding aspen, oak and spruce, puffy white clouds and the most brilliant display of Venus in twilight that I have ever seen. Dazzling and downright breathtaking, this stellar goddess of love and sweet seduction seduces me each evening.

Venus rules Taurus and here we are, living and breathing, relaxing…it’s off-season.

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) Anger is not your ally and getting mad because things don’t go your way is a dangerous waste of time and energy, actually preventing you from getting what you want. This is an important time to practice programs of self-improvement and cultivate humility, especially regarding people in positions of authority, laws, rules and legal systems. Simply do your best.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) You may feel flirtatious and in good humor as romantic Venus moves through your solar 2nd house of personal charm and talent. Express personal creativity via the written or spoken word, share ideas and visit people and places you find attractive. The ongoing process of personal self-improvement continues as you do the work and get the job done.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) Family conditions and relations continue as a major theme, but the tide has turned for the better. Mars now direct in your solar 4th house of domestic concern shifts the focus from what you cannot do to what you can. A more positive, pro-active energy regarding parents, caretaking and nurturing takes hold. Meanwhile, you are beautiful and sweet. Nice!

Cancer (June 21-July 22) With the Sun in your solar 11th house of collective inspiration and Venus in your solar 12th house of dreaming and dream-states, you may experience a sense of other-worldliness, idealistic vision or artistic fantasy. Creative visualization, meditation and quiet, peaceful environments are favored. Surround yourself with beauty and relax.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) The Taurus zodiac month illuminates issues of professional ambition and success. And with good luck planet Jupiter also moving through the achievement sector of your solar chart, you may be collecting accolades or getting recognition for a job well done. In any case, it’s an excellent time to expand and explore career options. What you conceive, you can achieve.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Ride the wave and go with the motivational power of Mars now moving forward in your sign. This translates as a time of increasing self-confidence, positive action and personal productivity. Good results come by way of beneficial character and behavior. Focus on progress, remain optimistic and know this is a time of great potential growth and success.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) The symbiotic relationship between Venus-ruled Taurus and Libra makes this time of year one of inner peace, tranquility and grace. The earth’s natural beauty and regenerative power nurtures and heals, comforts and encourages growth – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Take advantage of this special window. Touch the soil, embrace the love.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) The earth is always there for us, it doesn’t throw us off or away. From dust to dust…we are born and die upon this magnificent, beautiful planet. A true Mother and nurturer, we must honor the gifts we are given by the miracle of our birth here. Drink in the sunshine, embrace the rain, touch the soil, smell the roses. Feel nature’s power and let it heal you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Dealing career choices and professional responsibilities is par for the course this week and zodiac month. Focus on facts, assess situations, identify resources and balance equations. You are totally immersed in and transforming the way you earn a living, utilize personal talents and provide security for yourself and others. Harmonize values with actions.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The ongoing process of career evaluation continues as Saturn remains retrograde in your solar 10th house of professional achievement and recognition. Cultivate patience when it comes to work-related concerns. If you feel over-burdened or unhappy here, simply focus on doing your best. Prepare for a professional change this summer. For now, simply learn.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Vixen Venus in Gemini uplifts your spirits and entertains your heart with whimsical fun and creative ideas. Get out and explore the neighborhood, take short trips to exciting places and let go of worry – it never solves anything! Look around and identify what’s right in your life and relationships. It’s time to feel good. Happiness is an inside job – make the choice.

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Home life is the best life now.  Busy with the yard and garden, touching the earth, planting and planning are favored activities and pastimes. Brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends, projects and parties remind you of your roots. Tap into childhood memories and connect with the sweet innocence of youth. Feel the goodness and know you are blessed.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @












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