By Jack Fertig
Off and on through the next year Saturn is square to Pluto, signaling profound changes in society and government. As faster planets aspect them both we will see opportunities in this crisis. Venus in Sagittarius shows how to apply new philosophical values to greater practical benefit.
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Work can be overwhelming, and the demands of relationships don’t help. The stars call for an exotic, artistic holiday. A foreign film or art show can offer enough escapism, and perhaps a new insight to put the pressures into perspective.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Intellectual and technical demands can make it feel as if the world is conspiring to make you feel brutish and inept. Sex remains an excellent release of tension. Explore new techniques – or just lie back and ask your partner to take care of you.
GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Relaxing and having fun may seem more trouble than it’s worth, but it is absolutely necessary. Let your sweetheart do all the work. Leaving yourself open to surprises and adventures will do you a world of good.
CANCER (June 21- July 22): The only solution to domestic stress involves real labor. Some exotic “tchotchke” from a rummage sale could become the centerpiece of a new look, providing the fun and motivation for otherwise dreary housework.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Obsessing too hard on details can detract from the big picture and distract you from normal safety precautions. There is a difference between focus (good!) and obsession (bad!). Some playful diversion will help you keep perspective.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Everyone’s worried about money these days; try to keep your own worries in perspective. Taking time out with your family (or origin or of choice) can help you relax and appreciate what you have.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Knowing your place in your family and community is important, but probably not as much as you make it out to be. What’s bugging you? Talk it over with a sibling or a “sister” over an exotic lunch.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Step away from the plastic! Do not go near that cash register! At least stop and think before spending. When you get worried and dithery, focus on your philosophical values. Remember what’s important. “Retail therapy” is not therapeutic!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Put your wallet away. It’s generosity of the spirit that counts. Friends who want your money are not really your friends. Long philosophical chats around a coffee table can be much better than expensive nights out.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): It’s a good time to forge ahead in your career and make big changes, but you can be much too demanding and aggressive, undermining your own best efforts. Pay attention to that little voice inside. Mediation will help.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): In Greek myth, Cassandra’s curse was to see the future – and nobody believed her. Your forebodings may be excessive, but they’re not entirely wrong. Discuss them with friends you can count on to help you make better sense of them.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Your capacity as a mover and shaker among your friends is sure to get noticed, but is it the sort of moving and shaking you want to get noticed? Be bold in politics and work, discreet in the bedroom, and always keep your sense of humor.