By Jack Fertig
Cover yourself, Libra!
Mercury turns retrograde this week, while in quincunx to Saturn. New ideas require testing, and most will fail – but don’t let that deter you! The biggest challenge is to be pragmatic, sensitive, and above all, adaptable.
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Arguments are hard to avoid! Religion and politics always make discussions more interesting than polite. This is especially so now at home and with family. Staying open-minded takes special effort, but if you can manage that, you’ll be ahead.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Expressing grief and frustration is hard, but worth the effort. Those feelings will get worse before they clear away, but opening channels now will help. Confide in a close friend, preferably someone grandmotherly.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): Money problems can strain any relationship. Now the stress is pretty rough. It is very important to discuss these issues. Solutions won’t come this month, but communication shows awareness and willingness to work on things, and that’s enough for now.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22): You’re especially vulnerable now to contagious respiratory problems. Stay warm and dry, and choose your company carefully. Whether or not you deserve blame for miscommunications at work, take responsibility for fixing them.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Creative blocks will pass, but never quickly enough. Dreams, fears, and old family disasters can be sources of inspiration, or can at least help you to understand the blockage. Face the grim and dark – better to appreciate the merry and bright.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): In our communities, how we redefine “family” among our friends has little in the way of rules or precedent. Either category has its assumed obligations – but what are they? You need to adjust expectations there; look for a little turbulence, but nothing serious.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Anything you say can and will be held against you! Cover yourself by consulting with authorities, and double check all references. Things will still go wrong, but make sure where responsibility lies and be prepared to take responsibility as is appropriate.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Financial problems will pop up over the next few weeks. Think carefully about them. Take a long view to what can be done now to ease the cuts. Education and travel plans may have to be reconsidered.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Who are you as a sexual being? That question gets opened up to profound exploration. Reconsider your integrity, limits, and desires. You may back away from some situations, but you will ultimately find something better.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Problems with your partner are largely in your own head, but whatever worries and doubts you have should be discussed. Yeah, it can get pretty messy over the next few weeks, but in the long run it will work out for the better.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Remember that friends and colleagues are all fallibly human. Now they are quite frustrating, pushing you to reconsider social commitments and long-term goals. Think slowly and carefully. It’s time for adjustments, not radical breaks.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Your reputation is about to take some knocks. Accept the challenge to adapt. With a bit of creative hard work, you can figure out a way to establish whatever connections and bona fides you need to get through this.