Your road hasn't been easy since Saturn the Taskmaster entered your sign on Oct. 29, 2009. You may have already run into your share of setbacks -- and there could be more difficulties ahead -- but your sincerity and consistent hard work should pay off, because karmic Saturn gives you what you earn. There's no time to waste complaining or feeling sorry for yourself. Instead, push through any negativity by meeting challenges and fulfilling your responsibilities. Although Saturn can reveal where you have failed or areas of your life that need serious attention, it also demonstrates where you are on the right track and fully rewards your efforts. Since sobering Saturn remains in social Libra and your 1st House of Personality until Oct. 5, you may be less likely to fritter away your time by playing the role of the host or hostess, unless taking care of others also brings you tangible benefits. In the long run, it's better for those you love if you organize your life now in a way that will allow you to give of yourself more freely over the years to come. Saturn's entry into possessive Scorpio and your 2nd House of Personal Resources on Oct. 5 will thankfully relieve the pressure. Hold on to what is most important to you and let go of the rest. Shift gears and build on what you've already started to better establish yourself in the world.
Your ruling planet, Venus, usually runs through each sign in less than a month, but this year her retrograde period keeps her in easygoing Gemini and your 9th House of Higher Mind from April 3 until Aug. 7. This extended transit activates your idealism, encourages you to think big, and motivates you to learn more about the world through education or travel. While Venus is retrograde from May 15 - June 27, you may find yourself back in contact with an old sweetheart; or you might become interested in finishing a creative project that you had set aside. One way or the other, unfinished business from your past is recycled and brought into your current experience.
Meanwhile, Uranus the Awakener continues a seven-year visit to your 7th House of Companions. Unusual characters enter your life while you find freedom from controlling partners or stagnant relationships. Other people and shifting circumstances may have already begun to shake up your life, because unpredictable Uranus has been in your 7th house since March 11, 2011. However, it's likely that your attraction to the avant-garde will continue to grow as a result of your desire to break out of established patterns. When you take more risks and live closer to the edge of unconventionality, you can actually reduce the likelihood of unexpected surprises. Nevertheless, profound changes in the way you interact with others will make an indelible mark on your personal world as Uranus forms dynamic squares with evolutionary Pluto in your 4th House of Roots on June 24 and Sept. 19 in a series of aspects that recur five more times through March 2015.