03/12/2012 07:30 am ET Updated May 12, 2012

Astrology Now: Love Vibes Abound, But Don't Assume a Thing

This week has some very pleasing vibes for romance, love and other relationships. Venus, the planet of love, is meeting up with fortunate Jupiter. This heightens hopeful, sensual energies that can enhance our pleasurable enjoyment of life and one another. Success can also come easier this week. These harmonious energies encourage us to open our hearts, reach out to one another and take our loving to a new level.

Tauruses will be especially blessed by this week's expansive love energies. Virgos and Capricorns can be uplifted as well, perhaps because a positive solution to a problem appears. Scorpios, Pisces and Cancers will benefit too, especially if they are willing to consider the value of other's points of view. Geminis and Aries might enjoy enhanced finances or security. Aquarians, Leos, Sagittarians and Libras might find this week's earthy energies help them make their relationships and plans more concrete.

Even as all this loving and success is going on, we still might want to be extra careful in our communicating, planning, agreements and travel. That's because Mercury goes retrograde this Monday, March 12 and stays retrograde through April 4. (See slideshow below for where your sun sign might experience the integration, reflection and review, communication sensitivity, and possible reversals of this Mercury retrograde.)

Mercury retrograde is famous for little problems, reversals and delays. It's especially known for disruptions in decisions, contracts, technology, schedules, and interpersonal understandings. So take care to make sure that you and others really understand each other. Leave extra time for schedule or travel mishaps. Back up your technology. And don't assume a thing.

Some people avoid finalizing important decisions and projects while Mercury is retrograde, hoping that would save unnecessary hassles. That can be a useful strategy. But life doesn't stop while Mercury is retro, nor should you.

If you do decide, commit to or begin something between now and April 4 be flexible and alert as it may go a bit differently than planned. Or you might need to tweak it later.

The beauty of Mercury retrograde is that it gives us time to integrate our recent decisions and commitments. It encourages us to take a moment to go inside and reflect to evaluate:

• Is this what I really want/think/love?
• Is there another way things can work out?
• Does anything need any finishing steps?

Phyllis F. Mitz, M.A. is an Astrologer in private practice.
Phyllis's books, Astrology's Secrets to Hot Romance: How to Find True Compatibility and the One Who's Right for You reveals hundreds of useful tips on how to attract, love, and get the loving best of all of your relationships. You're Every Sign! Astrology Keys to Create Success, Love and Happiness shows you how to bring out the very best of your personality, and achieve the highest purpose of your life.

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Love Vibes Abound, But Don't Assume A Thing