By Jack Fertig
Mercury turning retrograde in Capricorn reveals systemic errors great and small. Look for flaws in hierarchies and collect info to solve problems next month. Mercury’s conjunct Pluto and sextile Venus so challenges in relationships seem to be everywhere. Sexual tension is often, but not always the issue. Be careful!
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Assertions of authority can go overboard too easily. No matter who’s at fault, you may need to back off. Think ahead very carefully. Giving up a battle may be necessary to win your long-range struggle.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Once you accept that your partner is always right, life will be much easier. Yeah. OK… Reasonably nobody is always right, but being open to new ideas and rethinking old ones will help you to be much more correct in the long run.
GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): New sexual directions can help motivate you to exercise more (or more intelligently) or attend to health matters. Long simmering problems with colleagues are likely to explode. Focus on listening and laying the groundwork for future solutions.
CANCER (June 21 – July 22): The bedroom is as good a place as any to resolve partnership trouble. Talk about anything you’ve been frustrated with, starting with sex. Just getting out together and having some fun will also help get you back into sync.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Awareness of your physical limitations is important for knowing how best to shape up and stay healthy. Dig into the family history to see what strengths and problems you may have inherited.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Welcome criticism to help you solve creative blocks. Even a good argument can open terrific new ideas and perspective. You’re coming off a bit sexier and more challenging than usual. Be careful where you aim that!
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Challenges that put you up against the wall will bring out inherited strengths that you have yet to acknowledge. It may be painful, but admitting your parents were right about something could save your ass!
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Take up a new study to challenge your brain. It may take something as deep and complex as archaeology or surgery to keep you out of trouble. If you can’t get out of your obsessions, at least take a good hard look at them.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): If you must argue over money, at least keep it inside your own head. Any problems you have with other people is a reflection of your own internal conflicts over values. Some introspection will save you trouble and embarrassment.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Daring outspokenness could be polarizing, but it will also win more friends than enemies. Sitting quietly on problems will only be worse, promoting resentments and continued tension. Better to have it out in the open at least.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Finding out what people have been saying behind your back can help you strengthen your own reputation. Fighting some lies might make them seem truer. Be careful what rumors you fight – and how.
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Explore some dark, scary or erotic art – maybe a film by Pier Paolo Pasolini or Takashi Miike – to challenge your imagination. Be willing to be shocked or scared. Let new images open new ideas. It’s time to break out from unconsciously held dogmas and prejudices.