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This year St. Paddy's Day may be somewhat hellish because the liquid-loving Pisces sun tests just how dark the dark side of Pluto can get. Besides, a Scorpio moon on an ordinary TGIF night, and under the best of circumstances, will challenge our powers of resistance and recuperation. Aggressive Mars isn't supposed to provoke retrograde Mercury until Saturday evening, but we all know that Mars tends to jump the gun. Spring arrives Monday, the 20th at 10:26 a.m. PST as the sun crosses from Pisces into Aries. If you intend to balance an egg to commemorate the equinox, make sure it's a fresh one.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
The spring equinox can be the shot in the arm that'll cure whatever winter ailment got you down. If you're celebrating a birthday this week, your recovery will benefit by the fiery Aries sun forging an alliance with sure-and-steady Saturn in Leo. This renewal of high-spirited fire power could be just what the doctor ordered. Because Mercury is preparing to come out of retrograde on the 25th, you may already have an idea of what lies ahead for you and your colleagues. Plus, the long-awaited spring romanceloving Venus favors your Mars ruleris slated for that weekend as well.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Reconcile yourself to the fact that restrictive Saturn in Leo will continue to make real estate and family matters problematic. Not that you won't assume whatever responsibility is necessary and, as you may find out this week, benefit every now and then from doing so. But you shouldn't let Saturn get you down or get in the way of the generous amount of good fortune and affection directed to you via your Venus ruler. Despite lucky Jupiter being retrograde in your partnership house, someone will come through for you.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Take the initiative. One of the advantages of having courageous Mars in your signif only every other yearis that you're tempted to go ahead and "Just do it!" Afterward you can rationalize to your heart's content. Since your retrograde Mercury ruler turns direct on the 25th, (just as Mars captures the attention of glamorous Neptune and affectionate Venus) there'll be plenty to think and talk about. March may have come in like a lion but it's going out like a lamb. Will you be its sacrifice or its hero?
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
The lives of all the cardinal signsas the primary forces in the zodiac, you know who you aretend to revolve around solstices and equinoxes. Therefore the arrival of spring and the astrological new year on the 20th can have as strong an effect on a cautious Crab as it does on a rambunctious Ram. Add the powerful feeling you'll get when the Aries new moon on the 29th introduces a fresh lunar cycle. The total solar eclipse, which we won't see here, marks the end of the 19-year cycle that dates from March 29, 1987 (Where were you?) and the beginning of the new one.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
The arrival of spring brings different things to different signs. For sun-ruled Leos who felt energy-deprived, it means that daylight will soon overtake darkness and that your seasonal funk will disappear. But first you'll have to endure the first solar eclipse of the year without sensing that you could lose something precious. Read for Cancer for pertinent dates and cycles. Meanwhile amorous Venus and artistic Neptune meeting in your Aquarius marriage house are offering an array of sensual and spiritual highs. Sweet.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Since Virgins are super-sensitive to the movements of Mercury, their ruling planet, try to remember that even though Mercury is coming out of its three-week retrogression on the 25th, it won't advance past the degree in Pisces at which it flipped until April 13. That also happens to be the date of the Aries-Libra full moon, Passover and Holy Thursday. Until then, basically you'll be playing a refined game of catch-up. Let's pretend that you appreciate the time to reflect and revise these retrograde sessions afford you.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Spring can really hang you up the most. No kidding. The sun's crossing into Aries, the sign of your cosmic partner, puts a lot of pressure on the "couple" aspect of Libra and your innate desire, not to mention your ability, to achieve and maintain harmony. Luckily you'll get a boost from the glorious meeting between your Venus ruler and ethereal, idealistic Neptune in Aquarius, the sign of your cosmic "bit on the side." Add the passion Mars brings to the party and by the 25th, you could be head over heels.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Money might not buy you love but it could get you out of the jam you find yourself in around St. Patrick's Day. Plus, shortly after Mercury turns direct on the 25th, more money may find you. That's when Jupiter in Scorpio attracts the opportunities lucky, lovable Venus is offering. You could feel doubly blessed that weekend because your ballsy Mars co-ruler is protected by the benign vibe of Neptune. Play your cards right and another of those romantic Venus-Mars liaisons will be just around the corner.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Like Rams and Lions, the other fire sign creatures, Centaurs can't wait for the spring equinox and the high spirits that the Aries sun infuses us with. Especially because Aries governs our house of romance, recreation and the risks we relish taking. Before long, a good time will be had by all. Although it might not affect us directly, having sexy Mars in our Gemini marriage house, particularly while it's being befriended by affable Venus and artistic Neptune, can't help but make the atmosphere at home lovelier-looking and perhaps more loving, too.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
It's taken most of the winter, but your stalwart Saturn ruler will finally get the positive reinforcement it (and you) deserve when the Aries sun trines Saturn on the 24th. As we get further into spring, more planets will be transiting Aries, so the word-of-mouth will improve as well. Window shop to your heart's content, but put off buying what you think looks good until Mercury turns direct on the 25th and the gorgeous Venus-Neptune conjunction heightens your awareness of beauty. Their merger can also illuminate your spiritual side.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
We all know that Aquarians are very popular people. Look at Ellen and Oprah. However, this weekend as Venus and Neptune, the higher octave of the goddess, meet in your sign, we will see just how beautiful and talented you are. If ever there was an ideal time for a stylist and a makeover, this is it. But with lascivious and energetic Mars in your Gemini house of romance lavishing his attention, you might not have time to buy, much less wear, clothes. If romance doesn't consume you, a spurt of creativity will.
Consider the consequences when speaking your mind. While Mercury is retrograde in Pisces, careless words could come back to haunt you. After Mercury turns direct on the 25th, there's still a shadow period to get through. Continue to be circumspect until the great gossip monger advances beyond the degree at which it flipped when March began. Once Mercury clears its shadow on April 13, you'll be in the clear as well. Right now, however, your Neptune ruler is reflecting how great you look and how desirable you are.