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The days that precede and follow a planet's change of direction are the ones when most of the shit hits the fan. Not to scare you, but because Mercury turns retrograde on the 2nd and Jupiter flips on the 4th, you need to be really careful this weekend, especially while traveling. On Sunday value-conscious Venus finally leaves Capricorn where she's been stuck, as well as sucking up to authority figures, since early November. A month in airy Aquarius, the sign of a protesting proletariat, could make a difference. The most forgiving of aspects, a rewarding trine between the life-giving sun in idealistic Pisces and optimistic Jupiter in intuitive Scorpio occurs early next Thursday morning. Use it.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
The last weeks of winter often turn into a period of reflection so that Rams can prepare to spring into action once Aries arrives. Probably because your Mars ruler recently spent so much time stuck in one sign, it appears that some of you are already leaping from pillar to post. While Mars travels through dualistic Gemini, doing two things at once will be a snap. Just take care that you don't crash or burn during the weekend of the 11th when Mars provokes sometimes madcap, sometimes hopping mad Uranus and creates a situation beyond your control.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
While it's not exactly a new lease on life, you're likely to feel liberated once your Venus ruler launches her flight through airy, independent Aquarius instead of being tied to earth-bound Capricorn for so long. No doubt you've learned a lot more about being organized, responsible and consistent, but now it's time to apply those lessons to your career. After you confront another reason to pay more dues on the 10thVenus runs into opposition from restrictive Saturnyou should be free to experiment to your heart's content
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Like your Taurus neighbor, you'll also benefit from Venus' move into Aquarius, a quick-thinking air sign like your own. Even though your Mercury ruler, retrograde in Pisces until March 25, may set little traps to trip you up, Venus will take your mind off the peculiarities and petty annoyances so that you can concentrate instead on what is currently making life a pleasure. Before long, probably around the spring equinox, as the goddess rewards horny Mars in your sign, you'll get another shot at a fine romance. Until then, curb your aggressiveness, your enthusiasm too.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
While other signs may be stymied by the roadblocks that are being randomly erected this week, Crabs receive a choice opportunity to go with the flow. Water, whether in the form of fresh snow, heated pools or tears of joy, is the element you should immerse yourself in. Since the rewarding liaison between the imaginative Pisces sun and lucky Jupiter (in your Scorpio house of romance and recreation, no less) won't last, better act sooner rather than later. Certainly before the Virgo lunar eclipse on the 14th diminishes the Moon Child's appeal.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Despite a potential reversal of fortune while Jupiter is retrograde in your Scorpio house of real estate and family values, there is still reason to rejoice. Loving Venus will nestle in Aquarius, the sign of your cosmic complement this weekend. Although the goddess might have to clear a hurdle when she confronts Saturn in your sign on the 10th, she is determined to make your mate make you happy, at least for another month. Information regarding taxes or investments can surface while your sun ruler and Mercury meet on the 11th. Listen up.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
You may insist that you don't want to know any more than you already do, nonetheless while your Mercury ruler is retrograde in your house of significant others, gossip about a past or present partnership could pop up. Especially while Mercury cozies up to the sun the weekend of the 11th. That's also the time when irascible Mars challenges unpredictable Uranus. Walking on eggshells is nothing new for a circumspect Virgin; just make sure there are shoes by your bed, gas in your car and cash on hand. Earthquake weather.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
In the spirit of "love conquers all" you might be tempted to spend more than you should; however, it's in the spirit of fair play that you probably will. While expansive Jupiter in your Scorpio money house is encouraged by the Pisces sun, paying someone else's dues may seem perfectly natural, the only thing that makes sense. Thankfully the situation that coincides with this planetary configuration doesn't occur often enough to drain your bank account dry. Once every 12 years is manageable, particularly since Jupiter will eventually repay your kindness.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Until the brilliant Guinness guys declared it, who knew St. Patrick's Day lasted for an entire season? So if you're already celebrating the wearing of the green, keep in mind that on the day itself, a challenging square between your Pluto co-ruler and the Pisces sun could put you in a dangerous situation. Too far in the future to be concerned? Well, on or before the 11th, as Mars, your other co-ruling planet, and willy-nilly Uranus form their square, you might also get in trouble. Or, if you can control your temper, merely be irritated by a surprise at home.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Although the Scorpio forecast will affect you differently, the planets that govern that sign can apply to yours as well. Read it so you won't weep. The bit of nastiness due to erupt by the 11th is the result of Mars in your Gemini house of partnership attacking an unstable situation at your house. Try to diffuse it before it ignites. And when the Pisces sun sheds light on your dark side (Pluto in your sign) around St. Patrick's Day, you might not be able to hide something you're not particularly proud of. Crying in your green beer?
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
For a welcome change, this week your friends might not try to separate you from your money. A supportive trine between the Pisces sun and generous Jupiter suggests that instead of paying for the privilege of being a member of that august group, the group is willing to reward you. Ask for a favor and there's a very good chance you'll get it. This welcome sense of camaraderie should help you deal with feelings of rejection while famously fickle Venus opposes your Saturn ruler. Ask yourself, "Who you gonna call?"
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
Jupiter turning retrograde in your Scorpio midheaven could put career concerns on ice for the next four months. If you're not actively pursuing immediate advancement, consider taking a sabbatical or studying for the next rung up your ladder of accreditation. Meanwhile Mercury's retrogression in your Pisces house of assets suggests that making money won't be much of an issue either. Now if only you could cancel the fireworks set to go off when abrasive Mars in talkative Gemini challenges your Uranus ruler on the 11th, you should be okay.
As we approach the Ides of March, you may again feel the need to reach a higher ground. Perhaps simply to reach for a higher ground. You're well aware that during ordinary times Pisces is the most spiritual sign in the zodiac. Well, double that inherent quality while Neptune and Jupiter, your modern and ancient planetary rulers, perfect another of their provocative squares and replicate a situation similar to what happened at the end of January. Their third and final go-round is set for September 24. Yes, your faith is being tested.