By Jack Fertig
Calm down, Taurus!
Mars in Capricorn focuses our efforts and ambitions. But now that he’s square to Jupiter in Libra, personal aims and cooperative efforts can inflame each other, blowing things up into the proportions of an “I Love Lucy” episode. Neptune offers harmonious aspects, so count on intuition and empathy to help maintain balance.
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Relationships should support ambitions, and vice versa. Your independent, assertive manner may be putting too much emphasis on getting ahead. You’ll progress better if you’re more focused on getting along. If being a good partner is too tough, be a good friend!
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Calm down, baby! Nowadays you’re likely to charge angrily into arguments, especially with colleagues. Keep an eye on your long-range ambitions and the importance of making nice.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): Whatever sexual limits, ideals, or standards you have, be open to exploring or pulling back. Trying to get along or fit in can cost you your integrity. You have to be properly centered in yourself to truly be with your partner.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22): Sex is not at the heart of your current domestic stress, but it could offer a great solution. You’re just working too hard to make things as they “should” be; relax and make the most of how things really are.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Working too hard to express yourself leads to odd mishaps. Relax and bring your attention more to listening. Emotions are stronger than logic now, so listen with your heart as much as with your brain.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): It seems backwards, but for now apply discipline and focus to your play, and intuition and creativity to your work. Somehow this topsy-turvy approach will improve your performance at both.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Invite some friends over to your place for fun and games. (I’m thinking cards or Scrabble, but whatever games you like are fine, too!) Give yourself a couple of days to clean and decorate. Your home doesn’t need it, but, for peace of mind, “you” do.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): You’re supposed to be good at keeping secrets. This week, however, you need to explore and express yourself. It’s a good time to share info with close kin and uncover family secrets – but watch what you say and to whom!
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Being generous with your friends is laudable – but is it being reciprocated? Problems ostensibly about money are really problems in communication. Focus on either, but work on both.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): You know about “working smarter, not harder,” but sometimes you need reminding – like now! Remember that your boss is also a colleague. Work together to uncover new resources, and you’ll surely get ahead!
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): You’re usually surer of yourself, but current uncertainty opens up room for internal exploration. Indulge self-criticism only as a step to self-improvement. Any spiritual text or tradition can open up new perspectives.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): You’re testing your friends’ limits, although it may seem to be the other way around. Everyone wants to feel more deeply connected, and your depths get rather extreme. The real trick is to challenge yourself to be a better pal and give your friends a break!