By Jack Fertig
Accept criticism graciously, Cancer!
The Sun squaring Pluto inflames the ego and pushes you towards confrontation and conquest, perhaps too quickly and – especially with the Sun in Pisces – relying too much on instinct and intuition, and not enough on clear strategy.
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Something’s bugging you – perhaps the approach of another birthday? Getting older should make you more mature, so stop being cranky and argumentative! Find a retreat, a library, or a place of worship where you can look within to identify and solve the problem.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Mixed signals from friends suggest that some may want a friendship “with benefits.” If there’s any doubt, ask them to be very clear about what they want – and be clear about your intentions, too!
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): You are now challenged to prove yourself. Whether you take authority or deal with authority, be very careful that your actions aren’t sabotaged. Don’t back down. You need to do be strong and competent.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22): Remember that grand ideas and plans are built on small details that need to fit together logically. Accept criticism as graciously as you wish others would, and offer it cautiously, too!
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Investments and loans are problematic. It’s too easy to overextend yourself and get into trouble. The same danger lies in your love life, although that offers surer returns and fewer penalties.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Efforts to clear up domestic confusion will backfire. Try to be flexible and to think through a solution. Before you even open your mouth, listen carefully to your partner’s ideas and give them equal weight to your own.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Intuition will help you at work, although balancing that with logic will prove challenging, even to the point of distraction. Is it necessary to reconcile the two? Discuss the problem with a colleague only if you can accept strong criticism graciously.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): The trick this week is to have good, cheap fun – in the economic sense! With your imagination and insight, you know how to entertain while hiding the fact that you’re hardly spending a cent.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Confronting parents about family secrets will create awful resentments. You should be shrewd enough to gently get them to open up and reveal the truth. The revelation will be empowering – once you get over the shock.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): You need an outlet for your profound insights. Just be careful where you let them out! That’s what journals and therapists are for. Friends aren’t professionals when it comes to keeping mum, and your secrets are too good to be trusted to amateurs.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Stay clear on your personal values, and keep independence and foresight at the top of the list. Entanglements, especially those involving money, can get very nasty. Consider long-range investments of money, time, and spirit, but don’t make any commitments now.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): You will be seen at your most powerful and/or most erotic in ways that will amaze you and others. If there is any scandal involved, just maintain calm confidence. As long as you are in the right, simple honesty should be enough. If you “aren’t” in the right, the truth may still get you through unscathed.