Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 12:40 p.m. until 1:20 p.m. After that, the Moon moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn.

If Your Birthday Is May 7

Actor Alexander Ludwig (1992) shares your birthday. You have class. You are dignified and attractive. You enjoy beauty, especially music. You are generous to others and often devoted to a cause. Your willingness to help others will benefit you this year because your success lies with others. Therefore, make friends and join clubs and organizations. Help others because you will also be helping yourself.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

In a week, your daily activities will be plagued with delays, shortages, misunderstandings and transportation breakdowns. Yes, it’s Mercury retrograde, folks. The upside is that you will easily finish old projects, especially writing projects.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

This month Mercury will go retrograde, which triggers delays and problems to your cash flow and finances. Grrrr. Expect checks in the mail to be late. However, you can use Mercury retrograde to your advantage by finishing up work faster and more easily during this time.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

In a few days, the shadow of Mercury retrograde will begin. (The actual retrograde begins on the 18th.) Get ready for a month of delays, misplaced items, mixed-up communications and silly mistakes. Purchase cellphones, computers and cars now or wait until late June.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

By mid month, Mercury will be retrograde. This will actually help you do research or dig into the background of anything. In other words, if you want to go backward, it will be easy. However, if you want to go forward – not so easy.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This month you will run into old friends and faces from your past. Generally, this can be a fun thing; however, each encounter will depend on that particular relationship, won’t it? Enjoy these meetings because it’s good to have history with others.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Like Gemini, the planet Mercury is your ruler, and when it goes retrograde, your life goes sideways. This month Mercury goes retrograde, and this particular Mercury retrograde will put you in touch with authority figures from your past, including parents. Could be good; could be boring; could be scary.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

If traveling later this month, it will be better for you if you go to places you have been before because of Mercury retrograde. In either case, double check all travel plans and expect a few snafus and delays. You will also hear from people from afar. (“Helloooooo!”)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

In a few days, the shadow of Mercury retrograde begins, and by mid month, the actual Mercury retrograde occurs, all of which means this is a good time to tie up loose ends regarding taxes, debt, inheritances, insurance matters and anything to do with shared property. Do it.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will run into ex-spouses, old friends and partners from your past this month. You might want to take a bit of extra care with your appearance because after all, living well is the best revenge. It will also be easier to wrap up business dealings with partners.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Sad to say, your work scene will be dogged with silly errors, delays, misplaced packages, missed appointments, confused communications and possible contact with old employees or co-workers this month and also next month. Allow extra time to deal with the unexpected.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Old flames will be back on the scene this month or perhaps next month. This could be exciting for some and scary for others. (“Run away! Run away!”) However, this particular Mercury retrograde will be a good time for you to finish artistic projects and anything related to sports or children.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

It might be wise to stock the fridge because relatives will be camped on your doorstep this month or next month. This window of time will also be ideal for tackling old repairs and pulling things together. Family discussions might rehash old business — yet again.