By Jack Fertig
Mars in Virgo brings out a critical fury excellent for cleaning up messes and re-organizing, if you can resist the tendency to dither. Fault-finding comes easily now, so remember that the most conspicuous faults of others too often reflect your own. Everyone can stand improvement. As with oxygen masks on the airplane, look after yourself first!
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Watch your mouth and your temper! Getting ticked off is a mood-wrecking distraction that invites accidents, and the deliberate damage you wreak is already bad enough! Focus on solving your own problems before you save the world.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Skills that you’ve developed for your own pleasure and entertainment have broader applications that can help you get ahead. Don’t be shy! Your vision and adaptability will earn you great respect.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): You need some new energy in your life, and the best way to get it is to clean house. Be ruthless in clearing out the old, the stale, and anything unused. Does that include your roommate? Maybe!
CANCER (June 21 – July 22): Stop waving that cigarette, Bette! Efforts at clever bitchery can come off as more bitchy than clever. There’s always room for self-improvement. Focusing your wit in that direction will make you all the more attractive.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Any real relationship demands some sacrifice. Call it a trade-off, and it can look like a bargain. At least it will appear a much better deal in retrospect. In the meantime, think about what’s really important, and what you’re really better off losing!
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Exercise and diet are especially important now. Think carefully about your routines and your long-term goals vis-a-vis your health. Make appropriate adjustments. Dramatic shifts are probably not called for, but small important changes can be just as challenging.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Peevishness and anxiety can be turned to your favor. Find an artistic outlet to let it all out, and spare others the aggravation of your temper. You may even find this a key to untapped talents! If your bugaboo is more social or political, try your hand at satire.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Try to balance social and domestic urges by inviting a few close friends for a home-cooked dinner. OK, you can order in or make it a potluck. Conversation will turn critical, so decide ahead of time on agreeable targets.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): The faults of anyone in a position of authority will be painfully obvious to you. You need to tell someone – but preferably not the subjects of your critique, who may want to retaliate. Choose your confidante carefully!
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): New experiences or philosophies challenge you to reassess your priorities. The more outrageous the challenge, the more you should consider it – not for a radical conversion, but for some new insight and clearer understanding of what you value most.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Honing sexual techniques is not the route to true satisfaction, but if you do it right, it will help you find the way. Focusing on your partner’s pleasure is important. Knowing and healing yourself is even more so.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Your need for time alone can make your partner edgy. Can your baby be included in the retreat? Sharing a task, preferably in some charitable service, can help you resolve the problem.