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The weekend gets off to a fine start when beneficial Jupiter rewards constructive Saturn at the same time that loving Venus is favoring passionate Pluto. Money, progress, good luck and sex. Plus, and this is special for St. Patrick's Day, Mercury's gift of gab. The Pisces new moon Sunday night is a partial solar eclipse that we won't see. Plenty of shifts in attitude and consciousness as amenable Venus enters tactile Taurus, Mercury returns to poetic Pisces and the sun crosses into Aries. The vernal equinox, the astrological New Year begins on Tuesday at 5:08 p.m. PDT.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
To belittle or not to belittle? That is the question the Ram should be asking while your acerbic Mars ruler confronts Saturn's tedious regulations. Because, astrologically speaking, your irrepressible curiosity opposes that immovable mindset only once every two years, decide whether you need to make a dramatic scene or whether Father Time will provide a solution. Also this week, a matter of faith bordering on fanaticismin your team or a charismatic leader?can get blown way out of proportion.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
No matter what is going on outside your door or in your head, you can take comfort in the fact that your Venus ruler has come home to roost. With the goddess comfortably lodged in Taurus, you won't encounter many problems you can't charm your way out of. This includes resolving any mixed feelings about actively pursuing a career goal or fulfilling a family obligation that would give you great satisfaction. Although the odds seem stacked in favor of the gig and the glamour that surrounds it, remember: it is a perception, not a sure thing.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
So much for clarity, i.e., the weeks that your Mercury ruler spent steeped in the rational Aquarian thought process. Now that the Messenger has reentered supersensitive Pisces, the sign that governs the people you answer to, decide which role you should take up now the rebellious artist, the innovative technocrat or the bridge over troubled waters. Once you realize that reasonable behavior is no longer appropriate let alone appreciated, navigating your way through the chaos at work shouldn't be that big a deal.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
The Pisces new moon/solar eclipse last Sunday could have shown you how a Moon Child can control a scene by the force of personality alone. You didn't have to raise your voice or promise the moon; you simply had to be your own hyper-aware self. Understanding the historical roots and present day intricacies of a situation, as well as sensing how the people involved will react, is an innate gift you must not take for granted. By the way, try to avoid getting dragged into a tug-of-war between two opposing financial interests.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Even if she's not calling the shots, as long as Venus is at the top of your solar chart, a woman will figure prominently in your life. For some, she'll be a client or boss, for others, a bossy relative. If you're lucky, art will replace gender and you'll happily call yourself a slave to it. The arrival of spring, i.e., your sun ruler's entrance into daring Aries, brings a full month of benefits to Lions lying in wait for the fulfillment of a promise made while Mercury was retrograde in your Aquarius house of significant others.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
The last thing a health-conscious Virgo needs to read is attend to your bodily concerns. Nevertheless while Mars, ruler of infections and injections, joins forces with imaginative, but occasionally delusional Neptune in your Aquarius house of health, you're liable to convince yourself that you're sick. You could also misinterpret the signs of an illness or become so inundated with information that you overreact. And because your Mercury ruler is in Pisces, the sign ruled by Neptune, these tendencies become magnified.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Bring on the crowds or at least a few more folks than the one or two you've been focused on. Now that your sociable Venus ruler is in sensual Taurus, the pragmatic earth sign it also governs, you could crave a wider range of people and pleasurable experiences; you could also recognize their potential for profitability. Remember that there's still plenty of activity in your Aquarius house of romance, recreation and risk, although the riskiest thing might be to fall for the fantasy that glamorous Neptune is offering.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
A cherished ideal you've held about family or more likely, the houses you've lived in, could become a much bigger deal when your energetic Mars co-ruler meets up with visionary Neptune. Enough daydreaming about how things might be, Mars will provide the motivation to make these pictures materialize. Should you encounter opposition from a stodgy source, such as grandpa, assertive Mars will attack that as well. Make the most of any opportunity that arises; it'll be another two years before the Warrior visits your domain again.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Gather your forces, e.g., your most cogent arguments before challenging a long-standing tradition or, just as likely, a tenured professor. The bi-annual opposition between courageous Mars and calcified Saturn takes place across your axis of education and communication. But if you're not an academic and you have no axe to grind, then you might experience their problematic polarity when you're on the road or on your computer. Even if push does come to shove, this time around neither outcome will take a measurable toll on you.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
Keeping the dream alive (and making it pay off) may be the hardest thing you've had to do in a while. Because macho Mars is opposing your cautious Saturn ruler, there's a chance that the atmosphere surrounding a financial matter will become strident. But once the god of war enters empathetic Pisces on Good Friday, all will be, if not completely forgiven then forgotten for a while. The fantasy (Neptune in Aquarius) will regain its premier position, and you'll continue to dream up ways to spend the money when you finally get it.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
Take the time to scan the entire column for references to Mars and Neptune in Aquarius to learn how this dynamic duo will affect assorted signs. Also see if Saturn in Leo is curbing anyone else's, besides your partner's, style. Since confrontation seems to be the order of the day, you might prefer to give your partner the upper hand, while you remain secure in the knowledge that having macho Mars in your sign will kick anybody's ass. Partial solar eclipse notwithstanding now is a pretty good time for a new financial venture.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
This is another of those periods when the Fish and the Water Bearer are on a similar course. That's because energetic Mars is adding oomph to your Neptune ruler as together they transit Aquarius. If you're athletic, you'll benefit from the surge of Mars' physical power; if you're artistic, then Martian single-mindedness can help achieve an aesthetic goal. In either case, even an innocent bystander may have to deal with, more likely ward off, the restrictions Saturn has devised to impede your progress. Use the annual Pisces new moon to start something new.