Cancer monthly horoscope

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May

Lucky Days: 8, 9, 19, 20, 27

Yucky Days: 6, 7, 14, 15, 21

Colour: Crystal

Celebrity Icon: Liv Tyler

May is the month you've been waiting for, Cancer! After the last few months of retrograde madness, you're so beyond ready for a break, and the second full month of spring will definitely deliver. Mercury goes direct on the 3rd, freeing you up to jump on any professional pursuits that you've been forced to pause. Wade in somewhat slowly at first rather than diving in headfirst – you need to keep your wits about you while facts come to light. By the 10th, an outrageously romantic Full Moon takes your breath away – don't plan to get much done during the days before and after this lunation, other than obsessing about love and lust. Pleasure is the cure for all that ails you – and your creative prowess is turned to its highest volume. The Sun moves into the quietest part of your horoscope on the 20th, initiating a month of introspection and heightened intuition. The New Moon arrives on the 25th, amplifying this meditative theme. This is your moment to retreat into your own psyche and think about self-care. It's truly essential during the last few days of May, when Mars and Saturn could bring a bit of intense stress. Bonus: your birthday month is coming soon, and a coterie of planets are coming to your corner of the cosmos to deliver some delightful gifts.

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April

Lucky Days: 2, 3, 11, 12, 29

Yucky Days: 9, 11, 17, 18, 24

Colour: Pale Pink

Celebrity Icon: Courtney Love

Retrogrades, retrogrades, retrogrades – that's what this month is made of. April may not necessarily be full of the traditional showers that bring May flowers, but it's ridden with loads of slowdowns and backtracking. That's thanks to a coterie of planets moving in reverse, starting with Jupiter and Venus. Saturn enters rewind mode on the 6th, only to be followed by Mercury, the most important of the lot, on the 9th. This is the second retrograde of 2017 courtesy of the communication planet, and it'll have you looking to tie up loose ends with collaborative projects and friends. The next few weeks, through early May, are an excellent phase for refining long-term goals and wishes. Just be sure not to launch anything major until Mercury goes direct next month. The Full Moon (on the 11th) can bring some family drama or some other development on the domestic front. Try to stay calm, loving and centered and don't let anyone bully you and your sensitive soul. Put your eyes on the prize during the last week of April as you get closer to the New Moon on the 26th – this is ideal for mapping out your six-month strategy. Major goals – your highest aspirations – are coming into focus now, Cancer. Go grab the brass ring and don't look back.

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