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When in doubt, look to the stars to help you figure your wedding plans out. From what projects to tackle to when to get them done, astrologer Joan Porte offers up her celestial guidance for the week ahead. Brides, listen up!
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Mars, your ruling sign, is edging closer to taciturn Saturn and this clash of your hot Mars temper with the coldness of Saturn can cause some heavy-duty storms. You might be more on edge and your temper too close to the surface so do what you can to breathe and try to relax. This is a good week to take a spa break before delving back into planning.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Venus, your guiding planet, is in conjunction with motherly, nurturing Ceres right now. This makes your already mild temperament even more relaxed. Use your creativity to pick out (or DIY!) your favors, bridal party gifts, and other keepsakes. Ceres will help you find just the right memento that will bring lifetimes of warm memories.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Mercury is about to swing into Taurus. This will enhance your normal magnificent communication skills with extra beauty and grace. There is no better time to write your vows, create your invitations, and get the save the dates done. The words will flow easily and beautifully.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Your ruler, the Moon, has just made it into quirky Aquarius. Since your emotions are often on the surface anyway, this can be a highly touchy time. Avoid any looming confrontations with vendors or future in-laws. It's best to lay low and wait until the end of the week when the Moon enters more placid Pisces.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
The Sun, the ruler of Leo, is opposing big, outgoing Jupiter right now, and this can make you feel sapped of your normal energy and drive. Don't make any decisions, particularly those that deal with finances or your wedding budget, when you're in this state, and don't make promises you can't keep just to end a conversation. Jupiter has a way of making everything more grandiose, and you might just wind up getting in over your head.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Vesta, the asteroid that rules your sign, is opposing another powerful asteroid, Juno. Traditionally, Juno was the goddess of marriage and the loyal consort. When these two pull against each other it can raise red flags about your decision-making. With your natural Virgo self-doubts you can worry yourself into a tizzy about imagined marital problems. Just chalk it up to the opposition and put those fearful ideas out of your head.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
With Venus, your ruler, coming near the Sun your creativity and energy is in overdrive. Have you been thinking of doing that one thing that will make a dramatic impact on your big day but scared you can't pull it off? Put any reservations aside, and go for it! Now is the time to manifest that dream into reality.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Pluto, your ruler, will be within reach of the Moon's orbit this week. That's a recipe for enhancing your normal intense emotional response. You might have uncustomary feelings of self-doubt and believe that you're on the wrong path. Fortunately, the Moon moves quickly so retreat into your Scorpio cave and it will soon be gone and you'll be back to your usual dynamic self.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
With Jupiter still in retrograde, you can get a lot done by balancing your normal enthusiasm with a bit more prudent planning. Take a serious look at your budget. Do you really need fire dancers or late night food trucks at the wedding? Sagittarius likes to think big, but you may need to pull back and reevaluate.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Saturn has turned retrograde. This will bring out your usual Capricornian reserve and moroseness. Don't take this time to decide that you're spending too much, doing too much and cancel plans that you actually can afford. You'll regret any reactionary decisions made when you're feeling a little lethargic now.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
You're the energizer bunny now that your ruler Uranus is full steam ahead in Aries and hanging close to chatty Mercury. This just puts your natural quirkiness into overdrive and can make you a bit too zealous in planning the wedding. If you feel people pulling away or if their eyes start to cross as you fire off ideas, you might want to take a deep breath and slow down; you're losing them!
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
Neptune is squaring Vesta right now. This asteroid puts roadblocks in your way and forces you to work extra hard to make your dreams a reality. No one dreams bigger or better than Pisces, but you can get discouraged about Vesta's brick walls in your path. Don't get frustrated — instead, keep at it. Once Vesta is defeated, she allows your dreams to materialize. She just asks you to work for your goals.