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Astrology: Free Love Horoscopes for Spring 2012

Spring 2012 Love Horoscopes

Expect sweet surprises in your love life this spring
Jeff Jawer

Spring starts off with surprises as the Aries Sun joins experimental Uranus on March 24, increasing the heart's desire for new experiences. But it's not until passionate Mars finally starts moving forward on April 13 that we'll find the will to act on our romantic impulses.

However, there's another slowdown signal as loving Venus goes retrograde on May 15 to turn back the hands of time. Interest in old lovers and favorite social activities comes back to life, which can either trigger a walk down memory lane or a realization that there's important relationship business to finish.

Aries (March 21 - April 19)

The spring is your season because it starts when the Sun enters your zodiac sign. This is likely to increase your physical energy and motivate you to take bolder action in pursuit of pleasure. You might lose patience with a difficult partner or be ready to commit to making personal changes if you're single. Patience, though, is essential until your passionate ruling planet Mars gets out of reverse on April 13. Connecting with people at work and getting yourself into great mental and physical shape will be on the calendar then.

Taurus (April 20 - May 20)

Working behind the scenes to rest or repair relationship damage makes sense until the Sun enters your sensual sign on April 19. If you are socially active before then, it's wise to be discreet by keeping things private and respecting confidentiality. Your amorous planet Venus shifts into reverse on May 15, initiating a six-week period when you may find yourself backtracking in your personal life. Untangling knots in relationships and making some adjustments in style and values can be challenging, but will pay off in the long run.

Gemini (May 21 - June 20)

If you feel like you're spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere when the new season begins, your time to get moving is coming soon. On April 4 your communicative ruling planet Mercury ends its three-week retrograde period so you can finally put the past behind you. This shift occurs in your domestic 4th House, allowing you to bring peace to your home and reconnect with your inner needs. The Sun's entry into Gemini on May 20 is a major boost in confidence and visibility that is bound to put more spice into your relationship life.

Cancer (June 21 - July 22)

Spring starts with the Sun in your 10th House of Career, gaining you greater visibility through your job and public service. This may cut into your personal time, but can also increase your prestige and visibility. Connecting with groups is a gateway to romance when the Sun shifts into your team-oriented 11th House on April 19. Friends can enhance your personal life, especially when they're solid and reliable. Meeting someone through an organization is another plus until May 20, when privacy and spirituality become keys to contentment.

Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)

Getting away from your regular routine is a great way to open your heart at the beginning of spring. The Sun will be in fiery Aries and your 9th House of Faraway Places until April 19, lifting your spirits when you travel, connect with people from different cultures or commence an educational adventure. Then the Sun, your ruling planet, enters stabilizing Taurus and your 10th House of Career, putting more focus on work than on fun. But this also gives you a chance to earn respect and gain attention for your skills as a leader whose self-confidence and charisma can help to make you a star.

Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

Relationship issues can come to a head when the Sun blasts into impatient Aries and your 8th House of Intimacy on March 19. You may attract an aggressive partner or find that you need more stimulation in your personal life. Taking risks to express your feelings more directly can trigger conflict or lead you to say or do something you might regret. But it's better to charge ahead with imprecision than to wait silently for the perfect moment to act. Assertive Mars will turn forward in your sign on April 13, which is another signal to toss caution to the wind and pursue love with little restraint.

Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

The season starts with the energizing Sun's entry into Aries, which is the door to your 7th House of Partnership. This is likely to increase activity with others, spurring you to shake things up to enliven a current alliance or to find a new one. Don't give in to a bully because it's best for you to take the lead now. While the pace of interactions may be dizzying, there's a slowdown in personal matters starting on May 15. Venus, your romantic ruling planet, turns retrograde then, initiating six weeks of reminiscing about old loves or putting in extra effort to repair a rocky relationship.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

You may have been biding your time in personal matters, waiting for the right moment to make a move toward someone new or to address delicate matters in your present partnership. Mars, your passionate ruling planet, is retrograde until April 13, which can keep your wheels spinning until then. Yes, it's tempting to be very critical of others now, but finding faults does no good without a commitment to fixing them. Expect a break in your social life in late April, when the Sun powers up Mars and your modern ruling planet Pluto. Your skill at handling strong emotions becomes evident then.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

You will probably be ready to take off like a rocket with the beginning of the spring season. That's because the season starts with a month when the fiery Aries Sun lights up your 5th House of Romance. You could be fast on the trigger in expressing your feelings, which might be more than someone else is ready for. If you're going to make a bold move in your personal life, be sure to think it through carefully in advance and rehearse your lines to eliminate mistakes. You could be anxious to play, yet unfamiliar with the rules of the game the object of your affection is into.

Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

Strong feelings could be stirring inside you when the new season begins, but you may not be ready to express them to others for a while. That's because you might need more time and space to work things out for yourself first. Then, on April 19, the Sun leaves your private 4th House and moseys into sensual Taurus and your 5th House of Romance. This begins a month of delicious play that can open your heart and fulfill your desires. The key is to keep things simple by approaching others with innocence. This isn't about conquest; it's about having a good time playfully.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

It makes sense to lead with your head instead of your heart during the first month of spring. The Sun is in independent Aries and your 3rd House of Communication until April 19, which can stir exciting and also combative conversations. Anger and impatience are not sexy, though, and can even seem stupid when cerebral Mercury starts tripping over words while retrograde until April 4. The real fun starts on May 20 with a solar shift into flirtatious Gemini and your 5th House of Romance. Your desire to have fun could mar your judgment, however, so choose your playmates carefully.

Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)

Investing in yourself is an ideal way to start the season. The initiating Aries Sun is in your 2nd House of Self-Worth, which is excellent for boosting your morale. A dash of selfishness is a good thing because it turns your attention inward where it belongs. When you know what you want you're less likely to be manipulated by others. Keeping conversations simple and down to earth builds trust and makes you seem more reliable when the Sun enters stable Taurus and your 3rd House of Communication on April 19. Tender feelings are sweet, but need to be grounded in practical thinking then.