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The Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars will all pass through the zodiac sign Gemini this month, pushing communications, finance, and travel to the fore.

Prepare for a busy time involving these key areas in the first fortnight of May, at the least. Mercury in Gemini will begin a retrograde phase on the 19th, suggesting that communications will start to settle into place in the latter part of the month; or at least, that the high-tempo pace of the first two weeks of May will begin to slow down. Plans can materialise, as long as they’re built on firm foundations, and are not just pie-in-the-sky, and the first two weeks are ideal for setting in motion carefully structured projects.

So much activity in the mercurial sign of Gemini can be advantageous, especially for the air signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, and for anyone with strong air themes in your birth chart. But for some, this much heightened planetary activity in Gemini can prove distracting or even de-motivating, as restlessness and the inability to concentrate can lead to careless errors. If you feel you're being easily distracted, extra focus will be necessary in the first half of the month, at least.

Luckily, the New Moon on the 18th will be in Taurus, which is an earth sign, and this will help to anchor your more restless thoughts and plans in reality, and turn your mind to practical endeavours rather than mere intellectual or abstract thought processes or impulsive actions.

And, if the month begins on an intense or extreme note around the Full Moon on the 4th, rest assured that Mercury turning retrograde on the 19th will help you to review circumstances. Avoid committing to decisions early in May unless you're quite sure, or unless you’ve done adequate research and you have your hopes and fears are in perspective.

Information, research and people skills are the keys to upbeat transactions and interactions this month. The more you can adapt to fresh circumstances in your life this month, the better it will be for you and for those you love. The truly upbeat news is that, despite the flurry of activity at the beginning of the month, the chance to re-think and re-organise circumstances will be welcome. If nothing else, this month will provide a snapshot into a new reality which could, with effort and diligence, create spectacular results.

Patsy Bennett is a leading Australian astrologer. Visit her at www.astrocast.com.au