Weekly Horoscopes for April 30 to May 6

Aries

Don't be too hard on yourself early this week. The monotony of routine might bring you down, especially by Wednesday, but try not to let it have too much impact on your mental or physical health. Don't worry -- action is coming your way very soon. You'll need to think about your organization or industry as a whole on Thursday and Friday. Initiate new projects with the big picture in mind. Work worries might consume you over the weekend if you haven't confronted all your problems head-on this week, so be proactive.

Taurus

From Monday through Wednesday, you'll feel like you've won a contest of some kind -- and your clients and coworkers will see you in the same light. Popularity might not be its own reward, but it should bring plenty of fringe benefits. Expect more invitations and compliments than you have time for. Routine tasks will seem more interesting later in the week, and can even be made fun with some creative effort. You'll be in demand over the weekend, and might find yourself being intensely recruited by someone unexpected.

Gemini

There will be too many people poking their noses into your business during the first half of the week. If you lie low and attend to taking care of basic tasks, especially those requiring trips outside the workplace, you should be able to keep your productivity high. You'll perk up on Thursday, and really hit your stride with office mates and customers. Watch out for contradictory instructions, but don't panic when you find them. It will be a very slow weekend -- or at least seem that way, especially if you're in a service industry.

Cancer

The first half of the week is great for planning and large-scale thinking. Your grasp of the big picture might be at odds with coworkers; detail-oriented perspectives, but if you persist they will defer to your judgment. That harmony might start to fray a bit later in the week, as partnership issues rise to the surface and you find yourself reliving conflicts you thought you'd resolved. You'll feel great over the weekend, but your decision-making powers will be somewhat diminished. Try to put off making any agreements or choices until next week.

Leo

The first few days of the week bring new financial opportunities, but they'll require new plans and adjustments to longstanding strategies. You'll be expected to put it all together for your supervisor or client, and will have to go it alone this time. By Thursday you'll be back in the mix and collaborating on new projects with your favorite people. Technology will play a role, especially the cutting-edge gadgetry you've been lusting after. Take time out over the weekend to look at your career from a long-term perspective.

Virgo

You'll be filled with strong energy for the first few days of the week, and could spur your colleagues to get organized and boost production. You'll certainly be a powerhouse, and it won't go unnoticed by the right people. Late in the week you'll have a hard time making decisions, but resist the temptation to just junk the process and settle for something quick and easy. Stretch your mind over the weekend and re-prioritize your career goals. It could be that some are more easily attainable than you'd previously thought.

Libra

Your observational powers will be ascendant for the first half of the week -- it's a better time for watching than for acting. You'll work best on your own for now, but expect others to come to you for advice or help sorting out details. Take your time and make sure everything adds up. Thursday and Friday are perfect for you -- you'll be filled with good energy and able to balance all your needs effortlessly. Your innate sense of other people's needs will help you tremendously. The weekend is a great time for purchases and other acquisitions. Your eye for a good deal will be sharp.

Scorpio

Good energy flows your way for the first three days of the week, especially if you spend extra time with customers or clients. You'll have to stretch a little farther to get it all done, but it'll be worth it. Any additional service you can provide will come back to you redoubled. By Thursday you'll need to retreat a little and consider your next few moves carefully. Decisions will be hard, but you can come up with something you'll feel good about by the end of Friday. Your confidence will get a huge boost over the weekend, and it might inspire you to take a big step. Now is the time.

Sagittarius

There will be low-key but persistent issues with supervisors through the end of Wednesday. Try not to stick your neck out too much, and don't expect any favors or requests to be treated favorably until this period ends. By Thursday, you'll be back in everyone's good graces, so much so that you might be able to pull off that idea you've been dreaming of. Clients will love your charm, and peers will respect your leadership. Expect a quiet weekend; you may want to spend time working on your resume or thinking about future career moves.

Capricorn

You'll come to work Monday with a strong sense of power and direction. It's a great time to plan for the future. The first half of the week will be consistently good for you, and you can expect steady relationships with customers and colleagues. You'll be extraordinarily focused later in the week, though it might not feel like you're making much progress. Interruptions could become a problem. You'll need to turn to friends or coworkers over the weekend for help with a thorny problem. One or more will have the perfect solution.

Aquarius

If you can lie low early in the week and avoid putting off any important deals, you'll be better off when they come to pass in the future. Hidden agendas are lurking everywhere, but most will be hidden in your blind spot until at least Thursday. By that time your perceptions will be much sharper, and you'll be ready to move ahead and try something totally new. It might be as small as changing your workspace or as big as jumping over to a new career path, but the urge will be irresistible. Seek out a receptive audience over the weekend to talk over your new ideas.

Pisces

Partners or close customers will be especially important early in the week, as you struggle to figure out who you're really dealing with. Don't spend too much time worrying over inessentials; you'll need to take decisive action by the end of Wednesday. If problems arise later in the week, stick to your guns as diplomatically as possible and you'll see definite improvement. Financial issues will be difficult, but of great importance to all parties. You'll be seen as a doormat if you let folks drag you into negotiations, especially over legal documents. This weekend, lie low.

Weekly Horoscopes for April 2 to 8

Aries

Sometimes the wisest business move is also the boldest. On Monday, someone is going to approach you with a particularly inventive idea, and you'd be wise to see the value in it. For most of the week, Tuesday through Thursday especially, you're going to be focused almost exclusively on the mundane details of your current projects. But on Friday, an interesting challenge in the office is going to allow you to exercise some underutilized muscles. You are more charming than most - a master diplomat. You've been thinking about work nonstop lately, and you'll probably continue to think about it all day Sunday, too.

Taurus

A power struggle on Monday is going to set you back a couple of hours, but worry not. It will be over soon and certainly won't ruin your entire week. In fact, by Tuesday or Wednesday, the emotional tenor in the office is going to be one of perfect ease again. Your confidence and warmth have a strong influence on others. And for some reason, when you're happy, the cash seems to come in the door. Thursday will be particularly flush. A Friday afternoon social hour in the office - or maybe even outside the office - is going to make the routine of work seem a lot less dull. This Sunday? Sleep.

Gemini

One of the reasons to have meetings is to hear everyone else's ideas, and one of the things that happens when everyone airs their ideas is that disagreements arise. It's perfectly natural, in fact, and a healthy component of any business. Use your skills as a facilitator early this week to help everyone toward the perfect solution. And you are a brilliant facilitator. Although, weirdly, you're going to have some communication problems on Thursday. Friday brings a lot of energy and a lot of stress (nothing you can't handle) your way, but worry not - Sunday will be a day of reflection and discovery.

Cancer

It's time to really make a statement with the business. Lights. Publicity. An extravagant campaign. Don't do anything for cheap on Monday when you can spend a little extra for a far more valuable product. And personality-wise, too, it would be good to be somewhat over-the-top early this week, if just to get the juices flowing. It's going to be a great couple of days, although on Wednesday or Thursday you're going to have to stop thinking so big-picture and start dealing with some of the details. A weird issue with a partner might make Friday kind of frustrating, but be active this weekend and let yourself forget about it.

Leo

You knew you were going to achieve what you wanted to achieve, but you never had any idea you were going to feel as good as you do on Monday. You are plainly radiant this week. Although that doesn't mean you're going to be goofy and wild. Quite the opposite. Tuesday through Thursday, in fact, you're going to be thriftier and more financially conservative than usual. Friday might be the day to finally plunk down the funds for a new piece of equipment, however. All weekend you're going to practice looking below the surface of things, sussing out people's motives and following your intuition.

Virgo

Monday is one of those days when there's just so much happening that no one's being particularly productive. Everyone's running around like chickens with their heads chopped off. Find a way to stabilize the situation, and you'll be the star of the office. Although, frankly, you're going to be the star of the office this week no matter what you do. Whenever people have a question, they turn to you. Any project you touch turns to gold. When you have new initiatives in mind, everyone wants to be on your team. Watch out for impulse buying on Friday and spend the weekend in contact with your closest work pals.

Libra

Someone at your company has a wild idea on Monday, and even though you've been thinking conservatively lately, this one is well worth your attention. The entire week, you're best off keeping an open mind and not forming business judgments too quickly. The biggest advances you make are always going to involve the biggest risks. On Friday you may be distracted from thinking about long-term financial investments by an in-the-moment flirtation with someone you've been attracted to for a while. It may make your head spin, but the distraction will be brief. You'll spend the weekend mulling over your career, possible acquisitions, money matters and the like.

Scorpio

You never thought you'd run into another big problem with the boss, but that's exactly what's going to go down on Monday. Like any other environment, the work environment is controlled both by a set of goals and by the personalities of everyone involved. This week you'd be wise to keep your head down and do what you need to get done. Stop rumors before they get out of hand, and listen to other people's gripes without passing judgment. Do what the boss says. On Friday you have a tough decision to make. But rest assured this weekend that, come what may, people respect you.

Sagittarius

Good fortune is smiling down on you Monday. If you're traveling for work, there's a chance that you'll be upgraded to first class. If you're in need of cash, an unexpected bonus might land in your lap. Whatever it is, you deserve it, and you should enjoy it. The rest of the week, things are back to normal. Details, details, details. There's a lot to be done and you don't have much help. It might be a grueling couple of days, at least until Friday, when a sudden outpouring of admiration and respect is going to remind you how much you're valued. This weekend? Take it slow. Sleep. Enjoy doing nothing.

Capricorn

On Monday, a new batch of numbers might suggest to you that a change in course is necessary, but keep this in mind: Those are just numbers. They don't tell you the full story. Sure, analysis is important, but so is actual experience. During the middle of this week, spend time out in the field doing a little research for yourself. The discoveries you make will astound you and give you fresh inspiration. Friday is a day for dreaming up new projects and figuring out the best way to go about acting on them. You might even find yourself working into the weekend. Sunday is a good day for decision-making.

Aquarius

Like any other relationship, happy business relationships require some amount of compromise. You have to make sure this is mutually beneficial to all of the involved parties, or it's likely to fall apart. On Tuesday or Wednesday, it wouldn't be a bad idea to sit down with everyone (or at least have a conference call) and hammer out some of the specifics, just so there aren't any surprises down the line. Everyone is coming to this with their own agenda, after all. Friday you're going to find yourself connecting with a business contact on personal terms, which will be a welcome surprise. You'll spend Sunday thinking about your career.

Pisces

The better you feel, the better you'll do - that's your motto on Monday. You never expected that there'd be such a direct correlation between your personal health and your professional success, but it seems to be holding true. As you try to accomplish a lot this week, remember not to be too critical of your coworkers. Give them the benefit of the doubt and listen to their concerns. On Friday you're going to repair a fractured relationship with a business partner, and everyone's going to be relieved. Sunday you're going to feel like finally making some big work-related decisions, but hold off. You can decide next week.