April, 25 2016
Tarotscope: April 25th - May 1st

This week on Tarotscope: Beware of the Mercury retrograde that can create quite nasty effects on your communication channels, but watch out for some lessons to learn from your setbacks.

by Atanti Widyadhari, Columnist
Lifestyle // Horoscope
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In addition to the four planets retrograde discussed last week, this week we will welcome all astrologers’ arch-nemesis, the Mercury retrograde. Last week we learned to revitalize ourselves by putting an end to a negative cycle or situation. We also learned that it’s completely okay to slow down for a bit and reassess our choices and our idealisms. With Mercury retrograde being the last piece of the puzzle, I’ll say, buckle up and get ready for tumultuous yet enlightening weeks ahead.
 
Mercury rules communication, electronic devices, travel, and commerce. During its retrograde, expect problems such as miscommunications, travel delays, technical difficulties, or technology breakdown to happen in your daily life. Fret not, like all retrogrades, Mercury retrograde’s inherent purpose is not to stir up problems without presenting any positive outcome in return. It teaches us to be careful with the way we communicate with others, including people from our past, present acquaintances, or our future lovers.

We are also encouraged to be careful in making important decisions in our lives, particularly in cases such as purchasing new technological device and making new commitments in our career. If anything, Mercury retrograde helps us to predict the worst-case scenario and to do a thorough fact-check before we take any seemingly intriguing opportunity.
 
Aries
Five of Cups
If life gives you lemon, make a lemonade, Aries! Things may seem tough nowadays, but it doesn’t mean that you should be drowned in your misfortunes. Life is too beautiful to be missed. So swim up, look up, and be grateful for what it has given you.
 


Taurus
Princess of Cups
When you smile, don’t think about how others will love your smile. Think about where the smile comes from. Is it from your heart? Is it from pure joy and happiness? Or is it from the pleasantness of pleasing others? True happiness can only come from what makes you genuinely happy.
 
Gemini
Queen of Wands
When ambition knocks on your door, remind yourselves that you don’t have to meet all of its demand. It’s okay to take a break and rest once in a while. Relax, take all the time you need. Next time it comes knocking again, put a “Do Not Disturb” sign if you really need to.
 
Cancer
Princess of Swords
Not all the problems in the world should lie on your shoulder, Cancer, if you really care about someone, it is best to let them solve their own puzzle. Even if you have the last piece, don’t give it easily, unless they’ve earned it. I understand that you mean well, but nobody loves a spoiler whisperer.
 
Leo
The Magus
You have done it all, through it all, and now your hard work is finally paid off! A great opportunity is coming your way, like soft feathers that magically land on your cushion. You’ll get the attention you’ve been craving for, if you sacrifice more of your personal time. Are you ready for another challenge?
 
Virgo
The Priestess
What is the worst thing that could happen if you choose to let yourself go? To be ourselves, as it is, is the most comfortable feeling in the world. Speak your mind, wear your boots, and run through the forest like you’ve always wanted to. Don’t be afraid to come home to yourself, Virgo.
 
Libra
Six of Cups
When infused with love and passion, work and career comes off as an easy matter for you. This week you will finally reap the fruit of your labor and you’re excited to follow your heart to the “promised land”. Keep an open mind that all good things are temporary, so be grateful and enjoy this moment while it lasts.
 
Scorpio
Three of Swords
Sometimes the worst foes are the ones who are closest to you. They could be someone who cares about you the most, only to hurt you unknowingly. If this happens, be the bigger person and choose forgiveness over anything. Only with love you can see a clearer path for you.
 
Sagittarius
Eight of Disks
Too much secrets and discomforts have been kept in that little heart of yours, Sagittarius. What is the worst thing that could happen if you open it to your closest ones? Let your heart breathe some fresh air from truth and honesty. You deserve it.
 
Capricorn
The Emperor
Ambition may get you so far, but only love can ignite your spark. With power on your hand, it’s easy to forget those who have rooted for you all this time. Cherish your loved ones and listen to their concern while you can, before regret comes and replace your love with guilt. 
 
Aquarius
Prince of Swords
We chase money and treasure it like our infant, but it will not be able to replace what’s lost. Money consumes our innocence, like the night that swallows our day — often without mercy. What is it that you're looking for? If it’s money, it'll always be here for you, but it may not be seasoned with contentment.
 
Pisces
Fortune
Keep an open mind to any experience that breezes through the wind, because one of them may lead to an exciting adventure. Creativity will bloom on your fertile brain and with a little bit of hard work, you’ll reach there with ease. Good luck and God speed! 
Çanti is a free spirited tarot reader and astrology writer based in Bali. She founded Foxglove Tarot, an online tarot reading service for the spiritually curious. She uses Thoth Tarot to decode your weekly astrology findings and Bohemian Cats Tarot for her daily heart-to-heart session. Say “hi” to her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website