By Jack Fertig
Mercury and Venus are in harmony, boosting everyone’s charm; Jupiter and Eris are also making nice, opening political opportunities. Alas, these pairs are at odds against each other, upping chauvinist competition. If you can’t reach across tribal lines nicely, stick to your own folks. Food and culture are good. Putting down others is not!
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): You have a lot to offer in community politics, but try to focus on the grunt work, the task at hand. For all you have to say, keeping your nose to the grindstone will sharpen your wit and remind you to respect other views.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Efforts to charm superiors can go overboard and backfire. Use that sugar as energy for your creative efforts, and as for the boss, let him or her in on a secret or a complicated project that you may need help with.
GEMINI (May 21- June 20): The trick to managing home finances is not to get competitive. Basic practical stuff is just one foot in front of the other. Keep it simple! Liberate your busy brain on philosophical questions where it can fly freely.
CANCER (June 21- July 22): You’re looking more magically delicious than a bowl full of leprechauns. Your charm and confidence can help you get whatever you want in love or work, but don’t overdo it with bosses. They may see you as threatening competition.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Trust your instincts handling money. Letting others second guess you can throw you off. Their ideas may be fine for philosophy and ideals, but in the real world you still know best.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Your tongue is like a knife, but whether it’s for spreading honey or cutting deep is up to you. Focus on your own health and hygiene to distract you from being overly critical of colleagues.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Trust your own insights and instincts when dealing with authority figures. Resist suggestions from others and your own impulses to get too clever. Save the fun and games for your partner and your peers.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Opening your home to your inner circle will guarantee your spot on the team. Be a creative host. Fancy pastries or imported cheeses will win influence. Or maybe a new love is the creamy, exotic sweet that will impress your friends.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): A critical eye and maternal concern will help you spot and nurture opportunities. Clever observations are most helpful if you don’t actually say them – especially at work! Let that wit quietly sharpen the aforementioned critical eye.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Go out of your way to do something unusual for your partner, or a prospective partner. A small gift from far away would be very charming. Keep it inexpensive. Extravagance could be overwhelming and scary.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Efforts to be helpful and supportive at work may carry erotic overtones. Be careful to keep it clean! Even innocent remarks may carry unwitting doubles entendres that can be taken the wrong way.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Fun and games in the kitchen, whether that’s collaborative cooking or getting hot and wild on the butcher block, can spice up your partnership, but could also bring up surprising old memories.