When you look to the year ahead, Taurus, one thing is for certain: you want to conquer your own personal realm - and maybe the rest of world. You'll stop at nothing to reach your goals, so when the sun bursts into your enduring sign at the end of April, you become focused, driven, and security minded. With long-term goals in mind, you may want to rearrange your priorities so that personal success is at the top of the list.
When Venus, your beautiful ruler, glides into accommodating Virgo in early July, you live to help others. If a friend or family member needs a favor, you're their go-to contact. Having specific jobs to do for loved ones keeps you focused and centered and makes you feel like a valuable addition to the pack.
By the time rebellious Uranus turns retrograde in your sign in early August, until January 2019, you should be armed and ready to venture out of your comfort zone. You're one of the most traditional signs of the zodiac, but even you realize the need to change with the times. Mix things up, try something new, and don't be afraid of progress. Now that you have the necessary climbing tools, you are well on your way to the summit.
They say love conquers all, Taurus, and you tend to believe wholeheartedly in that statement. Usually. So when caring Venus floats into dreamy Pisces in early February, you turn into quite the idealistic romantic for the next four weeks. If you've been struggling with a relationship, you're ready to set aside your differences and give things a go one more time. Flowers, chocolate, and handwritten poetry can work in your favor if you're looking for an “I'm sorry” gift for your partner. And if you're still searching for your one true love, your intuition can be a great guide. Your heart holds the map to your next great romance, so trust yourself enough to follow it.
An amiable Venus-Uranus trine in early July reminds you to expect the unexpected, and while that's become somewhat of a trite or generic statement, it does ring true. You know that party you weren't going to go to? You could be missing out on an important conversation with a former or future lover. This transit reminds you not to rule out any possibilities, because the universe has some great things in store for you in the romance department. Trust in the process of love. You aren't the biggest risk taker in the Zodiac, but this aspect encourages you to go out on a limb. Sure, it might snap, but it also might lead somewhere wonderful.
When Venus is retrograde in Scorpio for about six weeks starting in the beginning of October, a past romantic conquest may come back around looking for vengeance - or not. When secretive Scorpio is involved, you won't be sure what to think at first. This person's cards won't immediately be laid out on the table, which could leave you feeling suspicious (at best). When it comes to past affairs of the heart, it's better to proceed with caution. Once true motivations are revealed, it may be possible to get some much-needed closure, but that will probably come much later. For now, try to ignore the intense physical or sexual attraction you may still have to this person while you sort out the details of what transpired between you. It's never a good idea to try to start something new while past issues linger.
A semi-restrictive Saturn retrograde period starts mid-April and ends at the start of September, giving you some doubt but also plenty of time to take in the insight and wisdom of what's happening around you. To say this can be a big learning experience is a huge understatement, Taurus. Keep your eyes and ears open for the brilliant advice that's passing by you every day, and have the insight and wisdom to adapt it to what you need in a professional sense. Don't dwell on your past mistakes, but rather learn from them. If you've been dealing with issues related to your basic skill set or work tasks, take this opportunity to expand your knowledge base. Take stock of what you've learned up to this point – and what you still need to learn to get to the top of your chosen profession.
An important Mercury direct cycle starts in late August, sending communications back to normal and letting you breathe a sigh of relief. Unchecked or unexplained typos and bizarre miscommunications should be a thing of the past, so you can finally concentrate on more pressing matters. For job-seeking Bulls, this is a great time to tighten up your resume and submit it to potential employers. For those of you who are already working in your dream job, it's safe to initiate new projects and sign extension contracts.
The beginning of November finds unpredictable Uranus backing up from your stable sign into aggressive Aries, which could bring job setbacks and other situations that don't work out in your favor. You may not be able to stop unexpected changes from happening over the next five months, but you can make sure that you have the right tools in place to deal with them when they pop up. The main object of this transit will be to try to harness that fiery Aries temper and turn it into something more positive. Choose your battles carefully. While fighting for your cause is admirable, it might not be the best thing for your career right now.
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