Your Daily Horoscope for Friday, May 4

Aries

March 21- April 19

It's important today to know your limits. At work, this helps you push far enough without overdoing it. In personal relationships, it helps you respect boundaries between yourself and another person. Keep a sober attitude as you tackle projects and interact with other people. Silly behaviour just isn't favoured right now, and doing anything on a whim isn't a good idea. Instead, stay serious and respectful as you go about your duties.

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Taurus

April 20-May 20

Your long-term goals are highlighted today, and the current energy is perfect for fine-tuning them. Perhaps your plans are outdated, and no longer match the life you're creating for yourself, or the goals you truly want to reach. Or maybe you're still on the path you've been following for some time. Either way, focus on strategies to save time without cutting corners. Every step you take should be sensible as well as meaningful.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

Life could get a little heavy today. Most people are in sombre moods, and everyone seems utterly humourless as they go about their duties. That's no fun at all! You would much prefer lighthearted interactions and enjoyable diversions. Still, you have to admit that sometimes, you just have to buckle down and get to work. This is one of those days when your willingness to apply yourself counts for a lot.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

Taking care of business takes the spotlight today. You're making every effort to stay focused on your goal — finishing a project, perhaps, or getting all your work completed in time for dinner with your family. This could be tough, since you're setting high standards for yourself. But you're also accessing your inner strength, which is considerable. You know your own limits better than anyone, so push yourself, but not too far.

Leo

July 23-August 22

It's a good day for taking a long, hard, honest look at your present work and your future prospects, and make sure you're still on the right track in terms of career growth and other long-term goals. Sometimes, when you get caught up in day-to-day work and other concerns, you lose sight of the big picture. The current influence urges you to make sure you're still honouring your true ambitions.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

Living up to your responsibilities is even easier today than usual. Work goes smoothly. Your mental and physical strengths are integrated, focused together on a particular goal: reaching the finish line and patting yourself on the back for a job well done. But this isn't about recognition. It's more about your personal sense of honour in being the kind of person that fulfils their duties and stands by their promises.

Libra

September 23-October 22

It's a good day to correct any imbalances you may have allowed to develop in your life, in terms of your spending and saving habits, your diet and exercise regimen, or anything else. It's probably clear to you where you've grown a little too lax in your commitment to a certain program or routine, or where you tossed caution out the window altogether. Now you can reset your goals and redouble your efforts.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 22

Today your shrewd mind focuses far ahead of the here and now. You're thinking about the future, and how to make your path from here to there more direct. The current cosmic energy can assist you in this ambition. It's easy now to become an efficiency expert, emphasising practicality just as much as quality in your efforts. If you can create a stable future in fewer steps, isn't that a good thing?

Sagittarius

November 23-December 20

Idealism is part of your nature, but it won't serve you well today. The current cosmic influence emphasises a sensible perspective and a realistic approach to any project or problem. It's important now to stay grounded in the real world. You may not enjoy thinking about money, for example — it's so tacky, not to mention dull! But if your finances need attention, it's a good day for it.

Capricorn

December 21-January 19

Your innate sense of caution is especially pronounced today. It's smart to avoid risks that aren't prudent, but you may take this a little too far and end up missing out on an opportunity that you should have taken advantage of. There's a difference between reckless moves and calculated risks. The latter depends on proper forethought, planning and research — all of which are highlighted under the current influence.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18

Plans and procedures are highlighted today. Right now, process matters as much as the end result, so put in some time and effort at the beginning of a project to ensure that things will progress smoothly. After all, following through is your strong point. If you emphasise solid plans from the get-go, you'll make things much easier on yourself, and make it more likely that you'll reach your goal.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

Your thoughts and feelings are grounded today, which may be a nice change from your usual, subjective experience of life. Now it's easier than usual to stay disciplined when you're trying to concentrate on work or other duties. Perhaps this is because you aren't simply putting in the effort for a paycheck or some other external gain. Everything you're doing is rooted in building greater stability, both now and in the future.

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