Love Alert! Get Ready for Romance in Retrograde

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Just when you thought your love life was in the clear, the universe casts yet another sucker punch. Yes, Venus turned direct on January 31, and this week she'll truly begin to regulate her orbit. The trouble is that on Thursday communication planet Mercury turns retrograde in sensitive Pisces. There might be love in the air until February 28, but there will also be a distinct problem conveying your feelings or thoughts to your sweetheart in the way you hope to.

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Aries Horoscope (March 21 - April 19)

The good news is that the ruler of your partnership sector, Venus, is now moving forward. This will allow you to make progress in your relationship if things have been sluggish between you and your mate. The Moon in your sign will help you reveal your emotions easily on Monday and Tuesday. By Thursday, however, you might not want to talk about your innermost feelings as much. In fact, you might prefer extra alone time to think, dream and fantasize. Honor it.

Taurus Horoscope (April 20 - May 20)

Now that your ruling planet, Venus, is waking up from her short winter's nap, you might feel as if you're gaining more perspective around your moral requirements in matters of the heart. If you've been cheating yourself on some level by staying in a dead relationship, you might begin to take steps to end things. What may confuse you, however, is the opinion of friends in the background. They might mean for their input to be helpful, but it'll only muddle things even more. You'll need to figure this one out on your own.

Gemini Horoscope (May 21 - June 20)

The ruler of your romance sector is strong and direct now, allowing you to enjoy the physical and emotional qualities of a love relationship more. The only rub? Your mind may not receive the same stimulation. Emotions will be out in the open on Saturday and Sunday, but mixed messages to your lover might only leave both of you feeling deflated. Be as clear as you can in all communication after Thursday, and if you're not hearing what you hope to from your love give him or her the benefit of the doubt.

Cancer Horoscope (June 21 - July 22)

You likely spent the last few weeks re-evaluating the status of your marriage or close relationship. Now that you've processed these thoughts you may feel as if you're ready to make a firm decision. Should you stay? Should you go? Should you insist on changes that will make you feel more valued in the relationship? While you'll want to press ahead with changes, remember that communication may be on shaky ground starting Thursday and until February 28. Your mind could change quickly, and you won't want to lock yourself into something you can't undo later.

Leo Horoscope (July 23 - Aug. 22)

If you're involved in an office romance, you may notice that you can finally breathe easy again this week, and enjoy dating this person without all of the gossip or recrimination. If you're married or in a committed partnership, a conversation with your mate about joint finances might cause confusion. Now is not the time to pool your resources if you haven't already done so. Wait until after February 28 for all major decisions about your shared resources.

Virgo Horoscope (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

Love is good for those of you in the fresh and fun dating stage right now. In fact, it's great now that Venus is moving forward once more in your romance sector. You might meet someone very special over the next couple of weeks if you're single. The only trouble is that your ruler, Mercury, turns retrograde on Thursday, and that is not a good time to make firm decisions about life and love. If you meet someone new, take things slow. If you're married, you and your mate may have trouble reaching a mutual agreement. Be patient.

Libra Horoscope (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

Now that your ruler, Venus, is moving direct once more, it's likely you're feeling more attractive and less socially awkward than you may have felt since December 21. With sexy Mars moving through your sign you are in a good place now to go after who and what you want so be sure to act now while you've got strong support from both cosmic lovers. Next month Mars will turn retrograde in your sign, and this will be a temporary game changer for your love life. For now, have your cake and eat it too.

Scorpio Horoscope (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

If you're married or in a committed relationship you might feel as if you can make progress once more as you work on your union. Partnership is certainly more effort than play these days for you, but it's also likely you've learned that anything worth having is also worth working for. If you're single, however, now is not a good time to begin a love affair. Mercury will turn retrograde in your romance sector on Thursday and your judgment may not be the best.

Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

Romantic prospects will be strong early in the week -- especially on Monday and Tuesday. You'll be in the mood for fun, and it'll be a great time to go out after work for cocktails or dinner with friends. You might even meet someone who captivates you! If you're in a committed relationship, however, there might be extra confusion between you and your mate about a domestic matter after Thursday. You may not find it easy, but if you work together a resolution is possible after February 28.

Capricorn Horoscope (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

Your attractive quotient is off the charts this week now that Venus is once again strong and direct in your sign. Not only will you feel a boost in self-esteem, it'll also be easier to convey the very best qualities you have to others. This makes you impossible to ignore, and it'll be easier than ever to snatch up that special someone you've had your eye on. Sleeping beauty is officially awake. Make the most of it!

Aquarius Horoscope (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

If you've felt unsettled about a private love matter over the last several weeks, this week you'll begin to let go of any anxiety surrounding it. Perhaps you've been involved in a clandestine relationship, and although it feeds you on some level, it leaves you feeling empty in other ways. We attract the love we think we deserve, and now is the time to figure out why you feel you deserve only to love someone in the dark. Guess what? You don't.

Pisces Horoscope (Feb. 19 - March 20)

As the week begins, you might feel less sure of yourself and any decisions you need to make. On Thursday, Mercury will turn retrograde in your sign, making mix ups in communication more of a hassle. This may be particularly troublesome when it comes to love and partnerships. Your sweetheart might insist that what you say you don't mean and what you mean you don't say. Remind him or her that you're a lover, not a fighter.

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