Leo monthly horoscope

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May

Lucky Days: 2, 3, 12, 13, 22

Yucky Days: 9, 10, 17, 18, 23

Colour: Rhinestone

Celebrity Icon: Charlize Theron

May is here to rescue you from planetary stress, Leo. The cosmos have been pretty bonkers since March, as eclipse season morphed into a maddening retrograde season. But now things are looking up – way up. That's because the slowdowns and breakdowns are about to end: Mercury goes direct on the 3rd. This will free you in so many ways – starting with your overseas itinerary. If you had to put a trip on hold, either for business or pleasure, you can resume planning now. If you did make it out of town but something weird happened on the road, you'll be able to resolve it in the coming days and weeks. By mid-May any recent professional mishaps should be cleared up too. The Full Moon arrives on the 10th, promising intrigue and mystery. You might not be much in the mood for socializing, however – you're more into spending time with your closest friends and family, preferably at home. Domestic dramas are possible now too, so deescalate tensions when necessary. After the 20th you're totally ready to mingle with your fans again, as the Sun moves into your networking zone for the next thirty days. The highlight comes at the New Moon on the 25th, when focusing on your future brings big-time blessings. In the days and hours leading up to this powerful lunation, meditate on your goals for the next six months – especially the ones that require collaboration. The last few days of the month could bring some heightened intensity thanks to Mars and Saturn: try to avoid conflict and let love rule. 

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April

Lucky Days: 4, 5, 14, 15, 24

Yucky Days: 11, 12, 19, 20, 25

Colour: Rhinestone

Celebrity Icon: Madonna

Sometimes even fire signs need to take a break, Leo. Apply this logic to April and you'll sail through the messy miasma of retrogrades just fine. The stars are at something of a standstill this month, with Jupiter and Venus already moving backwards, Saturn joining the party on the 6th, Mercury on the 9th (that's the one to watch for), and Pluto on the 20th. Even though Venus will turn direct at midmonth, the overall sensation is that of a stoppage. In the midst of it all there is a deeply romantic and dramatic Full Moon on the 11th. This is your ideal "express yourself" moment – don't hold back, Ms. Lion. The Sun (your ruling luminary) shifts into your career zone on the 19th, but since this is the part of your horoscope that Mercury is currently playing around with, it's a bit of a sticky wicket. In some respects you'll be like a professional rock star, sussing out ambitious goals like a laser beam. On the other hand, thanks to the retro, you'll have to remember to take it slow and pace yourself – and wait until at least the first week of May for any major launches. Get your professional ducks in a neat little row at the New Moon on the 26th – this is when you write down your plans for the next six months. Whatever you do for a living, envision yourself in a red power suit now, because when there's a will, there is a way for you to be CEO. 

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