Moon Alert

After 4:30 a.m., we have the all clear to do business. The Moon is in Gemini.

If Your Birthday Is May 18

Actress/writer/comedian Tina Fey (1970) shares your birthday. You are an idealist who likes to shake things up. You often protest injustice or unfairness. You are hard-working in anything that you embrace. This is a testing year of growth and building. This growth will occur beneath the surface. Do not make major changes yet — wait until next year. Strengthen your financial position by reducing your overhead.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Even though we have felt the effects of Mercury retrograde, today it officially goes retrograde. But hey — I started to feel this about 10 days ago. Aagghh! Confused communications and transportation breakdowns are likely. Good news: You can finish writing projects.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Although you have already noticed that financial matters are dragging or confused, especially checks in the mail being late and that sort of thing — today, Mercury officially goes retrograde. Be aware of your money scene, cash and possessions.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

No doubt, you have already suffered from silly mistakes, lost items and delays, to say nothing of confused communications in the last week. Nevertheless, it is today that Mercury retrograde officially starts in your sign. Aaaggh! (Riff of The Ride of the Valkyries here.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Quite a few signs, will suffer with the Mercury retrograde that begins today. Ironically, you are not one of them. Well yes, you will have some silly, little errors that plague you. However, for the most part, you will excel at research and finish old business. You can’t really complain.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Friends from the past as well as acquaintances and old faces are back in your world for whatever reason. Now we see how others are aging or gaining weight. The real litmus test. But it’s also a chance to catch up on the history of what is happening to everyone.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your ruler Mercury officially goes retrograde, even though you have already felt its influence in the last week. This will cause confusion in your conversations with authority figures — parents, bosses, teachers and the police. Be aware of this and be extra clear in your communications.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Transportation delays and canceled trips are just some of the minor headaches that Mercury retrograde has in store for you. The last week has been a preview of what is to come. However, you can use this same energy to finish studies, or term papers, or that dreaded thesis.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Although you are already probably aware of this, you have to be vigilant about matters related to banking, taxes, debt, inheritances and shared property because there will be errors and mix-ups. Today Mercury technically goes retrograde, which will compound this insanity.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today Mercury technically goes retrograde and this happens directly opposite your sign. Among other things, it will attract ex-partners and old friends back into your life whether you want it or not. However, this also means the next month is a good time for closure.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Now and in the month ahead, your job will suffer from delays, mixed up communications, equipment breakdowns, wrong deliveries, canceled meetings, and silly, little errors that are confounding and frustrating. Just deal with this with a positive attitude. At least, fake it.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Many of you will hear from old flames, if you have not heard from them already. Of course, one’s list of old flames can be extensive depending on who you are. (You are the friendly sort.) Look for opportunities to finalize business connected with children and their care and education.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today Mercury officially goes retrograde, which means relatives you haven’t seen for a while will be on your doorstep. In all likelihood, they’re already there. This also means that you will tackle home repairs with a vengeance. You’ll feel great when it’s all done because these things don’t go away, they only get worse. Aaghh.