By Jack Fertig
Saturn in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn are hard, mean planets in tough signs. Thank heavens they’re in an easy aspect, and that Mercury is going into Taurus, letting them say more easily what you need to hear. It’s not what you “want” to hear, but learn the lesson now or it will be much harder later!
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Money comes easily to you now, but can go fast if you’re not careful. Focus on resourcefulness and economy, especially at work. Whatever you accomplish (or don’t!) will be noticed and can have a big effect on your career.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Your sense of self-worth is usually measured in strictly practical terms. Give yourself more credit for your mind and your creativity. Explore new, adventurous ways to indulge your playful side. You’ll find that surprisingly challenging, but also very rewarding.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): Take some time to face your fears about old age and mortality. Thoughtful planning can alleviate some of that, and only acceptance can dispel the rest. Sharing some secret fears might help you get rid of them.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22): Talk over long-term plans with your partner. Discuss the most serious issues that you see persisting through the long run. If you don’t have a mate, serious talks like this could help you find one.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Be thrifty, resourceful, and dedicated in your work, and your efforts will be amply rewarded. Discuss goals with your boss or an expert. Revise exercise routines; a slow, steady approach will work best for you.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Challenge your mind with new ideas. Listen to debates, and feel free to join in. You may feel a bit intimidated, but take that as a challenge. You’re selling yourself short, and can prove yourself with just a little perseverance.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Find someone in whom you can confide your darkest, dirtiest secret. Is it about sex? Your family? Both? Letting this out will give you freedom and greater confidence in your sexuality and/or dealings with your family.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Although you prefer nonverbal communication, voice a commitment to your relationship in clear, direct words. That could open up a number of things that should be said to make your partnership solid and strong.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Upper back problems? Take care of them now! Lock in new work habits, or just emphasize the best of what you’ve been doing. Financial problems are in high relief, making it easier to resolve them.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Playful efforts at bitchery could come off brilliantly, but exercise restraint and judgment before opening your mouth. On the other hand, if you really want to devastate an opponent in an argument, your wit is nuclear. Let ’em have it!
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Be mindful of your sexual standards, and consider especially the spiritual rewards and costs of your fun and games. Some enduring truth from traditional wisdom (maybe not your family’s tradition!) may serve as an effective stabilizing touchstone.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Pessimistic feelings about relationships could just be a realistic antidote to dysfunctional romantic ideals. Discuss your issues with a good friend in a brutally pragmatic light. You can take the hard truth especially well now, so don’t pull punches!