Astrology GIFs for the Week of April 4, 2016

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Last week, Mercury might have brought more objectiveness and coolness to our minds, but now the vigorous sun in triumphant Aries connects with other planets to make our hearts stouter and wills more robust. This positive expression of energy might come with a compulsion to express it in some active and powerful way, whether that’s training for a marathon or trying the latest HIIT class you’ve been seeing all over Instagram.

Beautiful Venus shimmies into lively Aries on Tuesday to intensify our interest in good looks, whether you’re doing the checking or getting checked out. She definitely amps up your spring fever and improves activity on dating apps. So make sure your profile is up-to-date.

On the determination front, the sun digs deep within us as he struggles with forceful Pluto on Wednesday, directing us to stand our ground and follow through with our intentions. However, perseverance can easily transform into the kind of silly stubbornness that inspires you to cut your nose off to spite your face, if you’re not careful. Put that power into what improves your life, not what keeps you in a rut.

However, self-improvement doesn’t mean that you have to follow someone else’s methods. The sun’s high-powered meeting by conjunction with off-beat Uranus on Saturday means you’ll have to find your own way of making something funky. This hookup might make it difficult if you want people to conform to a set plan. One way around that is to add an element of surprise.

The planetary weather report: Use these guidelines to unlock the stars, not to be locked down by them.

The new moon on Thursday adds a lot of energy to the pot since, after all, it promises renewal. Nurture the bud of your intentions by getting out to make them happen. The sun shines with enough energy and will to boost you.

Read on for your sign’s Sky Code.

Aries (March 21 to April 19)

You often end up at the top of the pile because you know how to get to the bottom line quicker than most. You should be prepared to hang tough to see your perseverance pay off with a thorny issue. However, don’t give all your attention to these difficult situations. With Venus entering your sign, you have a chance to draw attention while also making your amorous intentions known. Don’t hold back because it’s your original sense of style that will make you nearly irresistible.

Taurus (April 20 to May 21)

Sometimes a quick jaunt down Memory Lane is the fuel you need to focus on your future. Recently you might have been inclined to remember something as better than it was, perhaps a relationship or job. Fortunately, someone or something comes back like a Walking Dead zombie to set the record straight. Don’t try to salvage much from the past or doubt what you’re feeling or thinking now. You’re probably right. Savor the present, and press forward. You’ll have plenty of time to check out what you thought you missed in life’s rearview mirror.

Gemini  (May 21 to June 20)

Build more trust and openness among colleagues or friends by finding something exciting and novel to do together. Pioneering new territory won’t happen by doing the same ol’. You don’t have to sign up for an extreme-sports challenge, but doing something original quickly levels the playing field with people in your life, especially new ones. You don’t have time to do years of vetting and a casual lunch won’t scratch deep enough for you.

Cancer (June 21 to July 21)

You’re not often on the precipice of neglecting anyone, but you might run that risk this week. Someone needs your help and you might not hear his or her shouts because you’re fully focused on a career goal. You should recognize, though, that this person is also part of your mission. After all, you’re likely striving higher because you want to do and have more for others. You have to be careful of what you sacrifice along the way. It’s awful lonely at the top if you forget all the people who inspired you to be there in the first place.

Leo (July 22 to August 21)

As a sign of royalty, you have two ways you can satisfy the feeling of regality in people’s lives: You can help them feel special or you can make them feel like shit, whether because of their own offenses or your own mood fluctuations. The problem with the latter choice is that you can never be sure if your estimation of another person is correct. You might encounter someone who puts on airs because she wants to feel more important than everyone. Let it happen, because you have enough specialness to share and there’s nothing gained by shortchanging others.

Virgo (August 22 to September 21)

Sharing your hidden talents and abilities is only the first step to improving your fortunes. The next one is to invest further in them so that they can net more for you, either in gratification or gold. Unfortunately, you might try to tell yourself that you’re not good enough or you won’t get much out of the investment. Okay, you’re not as good as you could be and money isn’t the best reason to develop what you got. Can we move on now? Remember: Sometimes the pleasure of providing your best for others is reward enough.

Libra (September 22 to October 21)

An Aries new moon is a reset button for your one-on-one relationships, like clients, significant others, and your therapist. As you’ve done the work to re-prioritize how others fit into your plans, now you have to listen and think about how you fit into theirs. You’re likely ready to give, but they also might be inclined to take more than their fair share. The key thing is to figure out what’s fair and not to assume that you have to accept anyone else’s initial offer. Be open to negotiating a better deal.

Scorpio (October 22 to November 21)

Although you’re often reluctant to change, welcoming it in your daily life might be just what you need for more motivation. Even if you followed through with putting a little more magic in your life last week, you need to dig deeper to step up your overall plans to kick ass, whether that’s fiscally or physically. You’ve been pulling metaphorical punches, partly because your technique has been sloppy. It’s time to let that go. To get more, you’ll have to give more.

Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)

As the Bible says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In case, you’re not clear, it’s passion and big dreams that get your heart pounding, not minutiae and chitchat. No more excuses, Centaur. It’s time to hit more big targets, one step at a time, and that might scare you. However, there’s no denying that once you look closer at what you got and dare to envision what you can have, your heart can have more pleasure and treasure.

Capricorn (December 22 to January 20)

You probably won’t believe that gravity doesn’t have more of a hold on you this week than most others. If you can crawl out of bed, it might feel like you need jet propellers to achieve escape velocity from your apartment. Don’t fight it too much. Give in to the need to “nest” and ground yourself, especially if you can spend more time with people who delight and excite you. The number doesn’t matter. A happy and comfortable home can feel that way whether there are 10 people there, or 1.

Aquarius (January 21 to February 18)

You might speak truth to power so much that you feel like it’s become a full-time job. So this week take a vacay from sending thunderbolts of real talk. There are only so many ways you can tell people about what’s wrong with their lives before you sound like a broken record. Keep your precious sense of urgency and stay focused on only the most pressing things you have to say.

Pisces (February 19 to March 20) 

Think-and-grow-rich types have a saying: “Pay yourself first.” The idea is that you invest in yourself before anything else, even if you only get a dollar before you dole out bigger bucks to others. What counts most, however, is the practice of thinking about your own value first rather than what you owe to other people. You’re a better catch than you realize and it’s high time you start acting like it. Might not be a bad idea to look like it too. Purchase a big-ticket item that makes you look and feel good.

Samuel F. Reynolds is a professional astrologer in New York City and the founder of the Zodiac Lounge.

GIF reporting by Leah Rodriguez.  

Astrology GIFs for the Week of April 4, 2016