Monday is Valentine’s Day. Sometimes astrological influences are lovely for this day; sometimes not so much. Unfortunately, this week, relationships are tense. Leo is the sign that typifies the theatricality of Valentine’s Day – flowers, sentimental cards, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and special gifts. But there is a Full Moon in Leo on Wednesday. Aggh! Take heart. Although problems always intensify as the Full Moon approaches, after it peaks, these same problems diminish or disappear. Meanwhile, this week the Sun changes signs, ushering in a very different vibe. By the end of the week, starry eyed, swooning energy, romance and sweetness will thrive! Therefore, adjust your expectations for the beginning of the week because by the end of the week, all is well. (“Did you want that gift wrapped?”)
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Your personal year is coming to an end, but your new year won’t begin until your birthday. This means that in the next four weeks, you’re sort of in limbo. You will still schmooze with others, especially younger people. Venus and your ruler Mars at the top of your chart will make you look good to others, especially bosses, parents and teachers. And Mars will continue to rev your ambitions. Therefore, you will happily handle this low-key journey. However, be smart and use this window of time to write down some goals for your new year ahead. Goals work! They keep you on track and make it harder to kid yourself.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
In the next four weeks, you’ll be more popular. To the extent that you are able, schmooze with friends and get involved with groups and organizations. (You might do this in person or on-line.) Some of you will strike up a romance with someone “different.” While you’re busy talking to others, remember to share your hopes for the future because someone’s feedback will help you. Meanwhile, you want to travel or make travel plans. Mars and Venus are in a part of your chart that makes you want to expand your world, learn new things and seek adventure. If you can’t travel, then make an effort to learn more through courses, school, reading or watching documentaries. You need a change of scenery!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Ta da! Once a year, the Sun sits at the top of your chart for four weeks, which is a wonderful benefit for you because this thrusts you into a flattering spotlight. This means bosses, parents and people in authority admire you, even if you don’t do anything special. (It’s smoke and mirrors.) Please be aware that in the next four weeks, you have this wonderful advantage! Obviously, this is the time to make your pitch or advance your agenda. Meanwhile, both Mars and Venus are in one of your Money Houses, encouraging resources and money to come your way. You will more easily get a loan or a mortgage. This is a fortuitous window of time for you. Use it!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Grab every chance to broaden your horizons in the next four weeks. Seek out new and unfamiliar experiences. Travel if you can. Explore hobbies. Discuss philosophy, religion and politics because intellectual stimulation will interest you. Obviously, travel will be exciting. With Venus opposite your sign, relations with others are smooth. However, Mars opposite your sign might indicate conflict with others, especially someone who is closest to you. Remember to focus more on what you share with this person instead of your differences. You must share a lot – or how else did they get so close to you?
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You will feel more passionately about everything (including intimacy) in the next four weeks, which is why certain compulsions might surface. You might feel obsessed about something, especially getting your own way. You might also feel obsessed about being right. Well, these are just ego trips, aren’t they? What’s really going on is that you want to experience life at a more feeling, passionate level. Conversations are not enough. Words, words, words. You want to experience something more deeply. Some of you might meet someone who provokes psychological self-inquiry in you. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The Sun is opposite your sign for the next four weeks. This happens only once a year and when it does, it means that symbolically, the Sun is as far away from you as it can get all year, and since the Sun is your source of energy – you will need more sleep. Furthermore, this polarized position of the Sun to your sign will make you focus on your closest one-to-one relationships. The good news is you will have more objectivity about these relationships, which will give you a better chance of seeing how well these relationships fill your needs or the needs of someone else. This is also an excellent time to consult experts. (“What’s the number for Ghostbusters?”)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
For the next four weeks, you will work hard to manage your life. You will focus on tasks that need to be done, and you will do them as efficiently as possible – making every action count. You might have to work on behalf of someone else. Fear not. This is not necessarily a time of self-denial. Ironically, you will derive satisfaction by doing a good job for yourself and others. You will take pride in your work. Because there is increased chaos on the home front, this attitude will serve you well. I remember that my mother-in-law had a white and blue serving plate with the script, “It’s a joy to labour for those you love.”
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Once a year, the Sun travels through the most fun part of your chart and this event begins this week. Lucky you! Your attitude toward your relationships will be lighter and more playful. Your focus will be on amusing recreations, games, sports, social outings, holidays and fun times with kids. Personally, you will feel free to express yourself without fear or apology because you want to be exactly who you are. How liberating and empowering! Some of you might encounter a new romance. If so, it will be a lighthearted relationship. (Let us not forget that you are a playful sign.) Enjoy your good fortune!
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week your focus will start to shift to your most intimate, personal life and the people who affect it the most. This is why you will cocoon at home more than usual and relax among familiar surroundings. Your interaction with a parent might be more significant in person or in your dreams. Meanwhile, welcome any chance to contemplate your navel and profound philosophical concepts, like why kleptomaniacs take things literally. Naturally, as you ponder family and your personal life, memories from the past will bubble up in your mind. This is why psychological self-evaluation will promote personal growth in the next few weeks. Sounds kind of heady, but we are always growing.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Beginning this week, the pace of your days will accelerate because suddenly, you’ve got places to go, things to do and people to see! Fortunately, with fiery Mars in your sign, you have the energy to accomplish all this. Meanwhile, this restless, eager influence will last for four weeks and is an excellent time for you to learn more about how you handle your casual relationships. Examine your style of communicating to others. It will be easy for you to clearly state your wants and needs to others; however, remember to listen as well. Good communications are a two-way street. If you can get out and travel for even a short trip – this will please you, because you’re eager for new knowledge and a change of scenery.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself reflecting upon your values and defining the things that are important to you in the next four weeks. Likewise, you might take a deeper look at what you own, and your relationship to your belongings. Maybe you have to ask yourself, “Why do I keep this stuff?” Obviously, in some way, you feel what you own defines you. Possibly, you want to show off what you own to others? However, at a deeper level, what you seek is a way to gain greater control over your life through the things that you own. But remember – you are the owner. Don’t want them own you. Don’t be a slave to your possessions. Meanwhile, a secret love affair might be bubbling on the back burner.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This week, the Sun moves into your sign to stay for four weeks, which is fabulous news for you! This is your chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of year! After all, the Sun is the source of energy in your chart, and now it’s in your sign! This means you will project yourself more successfully onto your world. You will be more confident, more courageous and more proactive. Naturally, you will feel a great need to express yourself. (This is the one time of year when it is appropriate to put your own needs first.) The Sun will also attract favourable situations and important people to you. Oh yes, this is a winning time for you! Be passionate about your work. Be passionate about your play!