The Old Farmer’s Almanac for March 8: TIME TO SCRAP DAYLIGHT SAVING? 28 COUNTRIES MAY END DST.

 

TIME TO SCRAP DAYLIGHT SAVING? 28 COUNTRIES MAY END DST.

NEW PROPOSALS TO END DAYLIGHT TIME
By Catherine Boeckmann

It’s a popular myth that Daylight Saving Time is for farmers—a myth that some of us were taught in schools. This practice—which only became regular in 1966 (which may also surprise you!)—was challenged by farmers and is increasingly being challenged by modern society. Last month, Europeans changed their clocks back to standard time, possibly for the last time. Some states have also questioned the practice. Read on …

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IN THE 1970S

When I grew up in the 1970s, I remember Daylight Saving Time (DST) being popular. The government and schools seemed to promote it as a positive and beneficial force. When the clocks moved forward an hour in March, my mother would get a grumpy me out of bed and say, “Look! All you kids have more time after school to play outside!”  (As I consider my son’s 7th grade class, I ruefully think that this was a time when more kids played outside.)

Interestingly, DST wasn’t a regular “thing” until April 12, 1966 when President Johnson signed it into law. The Uniform Time Act established a system of uniform (within each time zone) Daylight Saving Time throughout the U.S. and its possessions. States were allowed to opt out (and some did).

Before then, DST was briefly used during World War I and World War II to conserve fuel—and then there was a short stint during the oil crisis of the early 1970’s under Nixon. (Read more about the checkered history of Daylight Saving Time.)

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING IS NOT FOR FARMERS

The myth is strong with this one. DST has nothing to do with farming.  In fact, farmers have often been the strongest lobby against the change. Farmers didn’t like DST when it was first introduced and don’t like it to this day.

During the first World War I experiment in 1918, farmers were extremely opposed to having to turn back and forward their clocks. Not surprisingly, it disrupted their schedules and made it more difficult to get the most out of hired help.

Imagine telling a dairy cow used to being milked at 5 A.M. that their milking time needs to move back an hour before the milk truck is coming to do a pickup. For the farmer—and the plants and animals—it’s the sun and the seasons that determine the best times to do things.

After the war ended in 1918, the DST law (which lasted 7 months) proved so unpopular with our agrarian society, the federal law was repealed (in 1919). Some state and localities continued the observance.

In the early 1960s, observance of DST was quite inconsistent across U.S. states. Businesses and transportation companies pushed for standardization. The farmers, however, were opposed to it.

DAYLIGHT SAVING EXTENDED IN 2007

In 1986, DST began at  2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of April and ended at 2:00 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.

Beginning in 2007, Congress extended DST with the assumption that energy consumption would be reduced.

In the United States—as well as Canada—Daylight Saving Time:

  • Ends at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday of November (November 4 in 2018)
  • Begins at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of March (March 11 in 2019)

SO, WHO BENEFITS FROM DAYLIGHT SAVING?

Some constituencies profit from changing our clocks.

  • For example, today, we drive our cars everywhere. The lobbying groups for convenience stores know this—and pushed hard for daylight saving time to last as long as possible.
  • Extra daylight means more people shop in retail environments. Outdoor businesses such as golf courses and gardening supply stores report more profit with more daylight hours.

Does DST really conserve energy? According to Congress, this is the main reason for the switch. When the Energy Policy Act extended the hours in 2007, Congress retained the right to revert back should the change prove unpopular or if energy savings are not significant.

  • A Department of Energy report from 2008 found that the extended DST put in place in 2005 saved about 0.5 percent in total electricity use per day. However, the closer you live to the equator, where the amount of daylight varies little, actually increased after the clocks were switched.
  • In Indiana, where I currently live, the change to DST in 2006 actually cost us. Matthew Kotchen, a Yale economist, found a 1 percent increase in electricity use in Indiana. Due to higher electricity bills and more pollution, Indiana’s change ended up costing consumers $9 million per year.
  • Further studies in 2008 showed that Americans use more domestic electricity when they practice daylight saving.

Today, as modern society marches forward, the energy argument may become obsolete. In terms of work, we’re not really a 9 to 5 society any more. Factories have different shifts. Office workers use the internet. Farmers will use daylight hours, no matter what. At home, our electricity demand is no longer based on sunrises and sunsets. We drive instead of walking which means daylight saving actually increase gasoline.

It’s quite possible we are now wasting energy.

And with computers, TV screens, and air conditioning using more energy, more Americans find switching clocks increasingly unpopular.

OUR BODIES, OUR HEALTH

Energy isn’t the only thing to be considered. What about our health? Polls show that the switch between Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time each year is miserable for most humans.

Clocks are man-made. Changing the time disrupts our body clocks or circadian rhythm. For most people, the resulting tiredness is more of an inconvenience twice a year. For many folks, however, it’s a more serious issue.

  • Studies show it leads to more car accidents and heart attacks—the latter by as much as 24 percent.
  • Studies link the lack of sleep at the start of DST to workplace injuries, suicide, and miscarriages.
  • In the workplace, studies have found that there is a decrease in productivity after the spring transition.
  • What about November when you get an extra hour of sleep? The reality is that most people don’t sleep extra. And the disruption in the body’s daily sleep-wake cycle can affect sleep for several days.

You could argue it’s better for school children (not going to school in the dark); however, I’d disagree.

  • Teenagers definitely don’t do well with DST during the spring change when they lose an hour of morning sleep.
  • And consider the parents with small children; the kid that gets up a 5 A.M. will now be getting up the equivalent of 4 A.M. Parents will certainly lose sleep and spend weeks adapting twice a year—and studies show that their happiness levels are lower.

A MOVEMENT TO ABOLISH DST

Congress allowed states to opt out of Daylight Saving Time—though they they did not allow states to make daylight saving permanent. Either option would mean no clock changes.

  • Most of Arizona does not change its clocks. Perhaps this makes sense given Arizona’s desert climate with hot temperatures and cool evenings.
  • Several states in New England — Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island — have created commissions or introduced proposals to have year-round DST. These areas deal with very early winter sunsets. In New Hampshire, where The Old Farmer’s Almanac is based—the Sun sets at 4:14 P.M. on December 1.
  • California has also considered abolishing the practice.
  • This fall, the Florida Legislature passed the Sunshine Protection Act to make DST all-year-round—with overwhelming public support. That means no time changes with later sunsets (and later sunrises) all-year long. However, Congress has not approved Florida’s bill. (Remember: States can opt out of DST but they can’t go 100%.) When I think of my state of Indiana, which didn’t adopt DST until a decade or so ago, being out of sync with other time zones did create some problems attracting businesses to the state.

As history tends to repeat itself, this issue of time zone coordination across the country is a clearly a factor.

OUR EUROPEAN COUNTERPARTS

This brings us to our European contemporaries. They also practice Daylight Saving Time. For most of Europe, DST:

  • Begins at 1:00 a.m. GMT on the last Sunday of March and
  • Ends at 1:00 a.m. GMT on the last Sunday of October

However, Europe recently proposed ENDING the clock-changing. This past September (2018), the European Commission proposed scrapping DST altogether for ALL of the European Union. That’s 28 member countries! If approved, the last EU-wide clock change would be on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (In reality, it will take some time for this legislation to get approved.)

Other countries have ended DST. Argentina stopped daylight saving in 2009. Russia ended its daylight saving in 2014. Turkey ended DST permanently in 2016.

Just as is the case with North Americans, the EU population overwhelming wants to abolish DST.  A poll was conducted in which 80% were in favor of eliminating it.

The head of the European Commission, which drafted the directive to end DST, said, “It would be pointless to ask for people’s opinions and not act on it if you don’t agree with them.”

I find it interesting that the Europeans—who first started DST (with North America following)—are now proposing the end of moving clocks twice a year.

 

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac for March 8: SEE WHEN DST STARTS AND ENDS, PLUS THE HISTORY OF DST

 

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 2019: WHEN DOES THE TIME CHANGE?

SEE WHEN DST STARTS AND ENDS, PLUS THE HISTORY OF DST

When does Daylight Saving Time 2019 begin and end? Find dates here—as well as the history of Daylight Saving Time, which highlights the seemingly endless debate about saving daylight and changing our clocks.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac (around since the beginning of time or, at least, Benjamin Franklin’s day) answers your frequent questions …

WHAT IS DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of moving the clocks forward one hour from Standard Time for the summer months, and changing them back again in the fall. The general idea is that this allows us all to make better use of natural daylight. However, DST has many detractors.

Note that the term is “Daylight Saving Time” and not “Daylight Savings Time” with an “s” at the end of “Saving.” (The word “saving” is singular because it acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb.)

WHEN IS DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IN 2019?

To remember which way to set their clocks, folks often use the expression, “Spring forward, fall back.”

DST begins on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2:00 A.M. Remember to “spring forward” in the spring and set your clocks forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour).

DST ends on Sunday, November 3, 2019, at 2:00 A.M. At this time, we “fall back” in the fall by setting clocks back one hour (i.e., gaining one hour).

Note: Since the time changes at 2:00 A.M., we generally change our clocks at Saturday bedtime.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME DATES

(The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)

Year Daylight Saving Time Begins Daylight Saving Time Ends
2019 Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 A.M. Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 A.M.
2020 Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 A.M. Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 A.M.
2021 Sunday, March 14 at 2:00 A.M. Sunday, November 7 at 2:00 A.M.

THE HISTORY OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Does changing the clocks really provide benefits? We’ll let you be the judge.

BLAME BEN?

Benjamin Franklin’s “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, is the earliest known proposal to “save” daylight. It was whimsical in tone, advocating laws to compel citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight:

Every morning, as soon as the Sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually… . Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable that he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening.”

DST’S TRUE FOUNDER?

The first true proponent of Daylight Saving Time was an Englishman named William Willet. A London builder, he conceived the idea while riding his horse early one morning in 1907. He noticed that the shutters of houses were tightly closed even though the Sun had risen. In “The Waste of Daylight,” the manifesto of his personal light-saving campaign, Willet wrote, “Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings. Everyone laments their shrinkage as the days grow shorter; and nearly everyone has given utterance to a regret that the nearly clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used… . That so many as 210 hours of daylight are, to all intents and purposes, wasted every year is a defect in our civilization. Let England recognise and remedy it.”

Willet spent a small fortune lobbying businessmen, members of Parliament, and the U.S. Congress to put clocks ahead 20 minutes on each of the four Sundays in April, and reverse the process on consecutive Sundays in September. But his proposal was met mostly with ridicule. One community opposed it on moral grounds, calling the practice the sin of “lying” about true time.

WORLD WAR I LED TO ADOPTION OF DST

Attitudes changed after World War I broke out. The government and citizenry recognized the need to conserve coal used for heating homes. The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915, as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. This led to the introduction in 1916 of British Summer Time: From May 21 to October 1, clocks in Britain were put an hour ahead.

The United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established the time zones. However, this was amidst great public opposition. A U.S. government Congressional Committee was formed to investigate the benefits of Daylight Saving Time. Many Americans viewed the practice as an absurd attempt to make late sleepers get up early. Others thought that it was unnatural to follow “clock time” instead of “Sun time.” A columnist in the Saturday Evening Postoffered this alternative: “Why not ‘save summer’ by having June begin at the end of February?”

The matter took on new meaning in April 1917, when President Woodrow Wilson declared war. Suddenly, energy conservation was of paramount importance, and several efforts were launched to enlist public support for changing the clocks. A group called the National Daylight Saving Convention distributed postcards showing Uncle Sam holding a garden hoe and rifle, turning back the hands of a huge pocket watch. Voters were asked to sign and mail to their congressman postcards that declared, “If I have more daylight, I can work longer for my country. We need every hour of light.” Manhattan’s borough president testified to Congress that the extra hour of light would be a boon to home gardening, and therefore increase the Allies’ food supply. Posters chided, “Uncle Sam, your enemies have been up and are at work in the extra hour of daylight—when will YOU wake up?”

With public opinion in its favor, Congress officially declared that all clocks would be moved ahead one hour at 2:00 A.M. on March 31, 1918. (Canada adopted a similar policy later the same year.) Americans were encouraged to turn off their lights and go to bed earlier than they normally did—at around 8:00 P.M.

FARMERS DID NOT FAVOR DST

Many Americans wrongly point to farmers as the driving force behind Daylight Saving Time. In fact, farmers were its strongest opponents and, as a group, stubbornly resisted the change from the beginning.

When the war was over, the farmers and working-class people who had held their tongues began to speak out. They demanded an end to Daylight Saving Time, claiming that it benefited only office workers and the leisure class. The controversy put a spotlight on the growing gap between rural and urban dwellers. As a writer for the Literary Digest put it, “The farmer objects to doing his early chores in the dark merely so that his city brother, who is sound asleep at the time, may enjoy a daylight motor ride at eight in the evening.”

The Daylight Saving Time experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). No fewer than 28 bills to repeal Daylight Saving Time had been introduced to Congress, and the law was removed from the books. American had tolerated Daylight Saving Time for about seven months.

DST RETURNS

The subject did not come up again until after the attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, and the United States was once again at war.

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Clocks were set one hour ahead to save energy.

After the war (which concluded with Japan’s final surrender on September 2, 1945), Daylight Saving Time started being used on and off in different states, beginning and ending on days of their choosing.

LOCAL DIFFERENCES AND INCONSISTENCY

Inconsistent adherence to time zones among the states created considerable confusion with interstate bus and train service. To remedy the situation, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966, establishing consistent use of Daylight Saving Time within the United States: Clocks were to be set ahead one hour on the last Sunday in April and one hour back on the last Sunday in October.

That was the rule, but some state legislatures took exception via a loophole that had been built into the law. Residents of Hawaii and most of Arizona did not change their clocks. Residents of Indiana, which straddles the Eastern and Central time zones, were sharply divided on Daylight Saving Time: Some counties employed it, some did not.

In 1986, the U.S. Congress approved a bill to increase the period of Daylight Saving Time, moving the start to the first Sunday in April. The goal was to conserve oil used for generating electricity—an estimated 300,000 barrels annually. Still, some resistance remained:

  • In 1997, a bill was introduced to end Daylight Saving Time in Nevada.
  • In 2001, the California legislature requested that its state be allowed to enact Daylight Saving Time year-round in order to eliminate rolling blackouts caused by the electricity crisis in that state.

Neither of these proposed changes came to pass.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TODAY

The current daylight saving period was established with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which went into effect in 2007. As a result, most Americans now spring forward (turn clocks ahead and lose an hour) on the second Sunday in March (at 2:00 A.M.) and fall back (turn clocks back and gain an hour) on the first Sunday in November (at 2:00 A.M.).

However, even today, farmers’ organizations lobby Congress against the practice, preferring early daylight to dry their fields and a Standard Time sunset for ending their work at a reasonable hour. Some farmers point out that the Daylight Saving Time is deceptively misnamed. “It is a gimmick that changes the relationship between ‘Sun’ time and ‘clock’ time but saves neither time nor daylight,” says Katherine Dutro, spokesperson for the Indiana Farm Bureau.

Most of Canada is on Daylight Saving Time; only portions of Saskatchewan and small pockets of British Columbia remain on Standard Time year-round. However, the practice has its detractors. In the words of a current-day Canadian poultry producer, “The chickens do not adapt to the changed clock until several weeks have gone by, so the first week of April and the last week of October are very frustrating for us.” Similarly, one Canadian researcher likened an increase in traffic accidents to the onset of Daylight Saving Time. Other experts insist that the extra hour of daylight reduces crime.

 

–Old Farmer’s Almanac

 

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for March 8: DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 2019: WHY DO WE HAVE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME?

 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 2019: WHY DO WE HAVE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME?

THE STRANGENESS OF DAYLIGHT SAVING

This weekend brings the long-awaited start of Daylight Saving Time, which suddenly fills our evenings with brightness. The way our clocks “spring ahead” is a strange business.

DST begins on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2:00 A.M. We are told to “spring forward” in the spring and set our clocks forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour).

It means that this Saturday night, you cannot have an appointment with anybody at 2:30 AM because that simply does not exist. Or, you could boast that in solidarity for World Peace, you will remain balanced on one leg from 1:59 until 3:01 AM.  Mr. Spock and other logic-loving Vulcans still might not be too enthusiastic, for the way our clocks “spring ahead” is downright illogical.

It didn’t have to be; In fact Daylight Time starts off being a wonderfully sensible idea.

WHY WE CHANGE OUR CLOCKS

In a nutshell, we modify our clocks so that an hour of brightness that would fall in the generally unusable realm of five in the morning gets transferred to a time when we’re all awake.

  • Changing the clocks does not create extra daylight; however, it causes the Sun to rise and set at a later time by our man-made clocks. When we spring forward an hour this Sunday, we add 1 hour of natural daylight to our afternoon schedule.
  • A century ago, DST was supposed to save energy because it used less artificial light. However, today, the amount of energy saved is negligible or even non-existent, due to modern society’s use of computers, TV, air conditioning units, etc. When the state of Indiana decided to introduce DST in 2006, a study found that the measure actually increased energy use in the state.

But being human we apparently found it impossible to make the project fully rational, so we’ve added a wild, screwy twist.

  • We advance the clocks now, 11 days before the spring equinox. So far, so good.
  • Common sense then demands that we set them back again when the Sun and length of day symmetrically return to their present positions, which will happen soon after the autumn equinox, specifically October 1. Instead, however, Daylight Time is bewilderingly set by Congress to end over a full month later, on November 3.
  • If for some reason we couldn’t bear to give up November’s date, then the start of Daylight Time, for balance and logic, ought to be the first week of February! Nobody has ever offered a syllable of justification for the current system; It just is, like raisin bran and the bow tie.

It used to be worse. Before 1986, Daylight Time began even later, on the last Sunday in April, which made even less sense. Alternatively, one might opt out of the whole thing, the way Arizona and Hawaii do. And Africa. And most of Asia. Or one could keep fooling around with it, the way Russia did when it had year-round Daylight time until 2014, and then switched to year-round standard time.

Odds are, no one’s finished screwing with this.

 

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Today’s Holidays Around the World: International Women’s Day

March 8

 

Not only is this day commemorating women one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin, but it is unusual in that it began in the United States and was adopted by many other countries, including the former U.S.S.R. and the People’s Republic of China. This holiday has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of American women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn’t proclaimed a holiday until 1910.

In Great Britain and the United States, International Women’s Day is marked by special exhibitions, films, etc., in praise of women. In the former U.S.S.R., women received honors for distinguished service in industry, aviation, agriculture, military service, and other fields of endeavor.

CONTACTS:
United Nations, Global Teaching and Learning Project
United Nations HQ, Rm. 931-B
New York, NY 10017
212-963-8589; fax: 212-963-3358
http://www.un.org
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 41
BkFest-1937, p. 284
BkFestHolWrld-1970, p. 73
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 205
OxYear-1999, p. 111
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Magickal Activities for March 8, Mother Earth Day

Magickal Activities for March 8, Mother Earth Day

Gaia Offering

Items needed: One green votive candle and holder; fresh flowers; patchouli incense.

Place all the required items on a table or altar covered with a green cloth. Light the incense. Take a few moments to meditate on the Goddess Gaia, your connection to her, and the earth. In your own words, ask the Goddess to bless and protect you and your family. Light the candle and place it in front of the flowers as you recite the blessing:

To your heavenly vault I lift my eyes,

My hopes fears at your feet are laid.

For you who built the earth and skies,

Shall keep me strong and unafraid.

Leave the candle to burn out. Place the flowers in the main room of your home as a reminder of the power and potential of the Goddess.

 

-Celebrating Wiccan Spirituality: Spells, Sacred Rites, and Folklore for Each Day of the Year

Lady Sabrina

This Day In History, March 8: Mother Earth Day

Mother Earth Day

On this day in China, the Goddess Hu Tu is honored as Mother Earth with parades, fireworks, and feasting. Offerings of flowers, coins, and incense are placed in small holes in the ground, blessed, and then covered with soil to bring prosperity and good fortune to the community. Dating back to the Sung dynasty, the celebration pays homage to the ground itself in the form of the great Goddess of productivity, fertility, and the elements of wind and rain. In many ways this commemoration ration of the earth resembles our own Earth Day that honors the spirit of Gaia.

 

Celebrating Wiccan Spirituality: Spells, Sacred Rites, and Folklore for Each Day of the Year

Lady Sabrina

 

Your Daily Rune for March 8th is Tiwaz

Tiwaz

What is higher than the self is the Self become Higher.”

Tiwaz – “Tea-waz” – Literally: “The god, Tyr” – Esoteric: Justice, Sacrifice

Rune of the balance and justice ruled from a higher rationality. The rune of sacrifice of the individual (self) for well-being of the whole (society).

Psi: spiritual warrior, honour, righteousness

Energy: sovereign order, sacrifice, right decision making

Mundane: the rule of law, fairness, peace keeping

Divinations: faith, loyalty, justice, rationality, self-sacrifice, analysis, victory, honesty, even-handedness; or mental paralysis, over analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance, defeat, tyranny.

Governs:
Obtaining just victory and success in battle, litigation or legal matters
Building spiritual will and development of sound judgement
Develops the power of positive self-sacrifice
Develops the “force of faith” in magic and religion

Your Daily Tarot Card for March 8th is The Lovers

Tarot Card of the Day

The Lovers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally The Lovers Tarot card reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries.

Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures.

Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice — the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship — instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort.

 

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Get A Jump on Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Saturday, March 9th

Moon Alert

Caution: after noon EST today (9 AM PST) avoid shopping or important decisions. The Moon is in Aries.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Don’t get your belly in a rash when talking to parents, bosses, VIPs and the police today because you might be tempted to do this. It will not behoove you to mouth off at anyone. (Believe me.) Therefore, guard against knee-jerk reactions, even if you’re annoyed. Stay chill.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

You might be doing a slow boil about something today. You’re not happy but you feel you can’t speak up because you’ll sound petty or it will be inappropriate. (Yeah, you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.) Fortunately, you are someone who waits to choose your time to speak.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Don’t get embroiled with an argument with a friend or a member of a group today because it’s just not worth it. This is also a poor day to volunteer for anything or to try to redo anything that’s important. Check the Moon Alert above. Easy does it.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Avoid arguments with parents, bosses and the police today because they could be nasty. Furthermore, you will not achieve anything because for most of this day, it’s a Moon Alert, which means whatever you initiate will just fade off into the ether. Be smart.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Avoid touchy subjects like politics, religion and racial issues today because you’ll get in trouble. You might go head-to-head with someone in a nasty way. You might have big travel plans today or be hopeful about a legal outcome.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Disputes about shared property, inheritances and wills might arise today. You might also be tempted to give away too much money. Whatever the case, this is actually a poor day for financial decisions – factoid. Postpone big decisions until Monday.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This is a tricky day because for most of this day, there is a Moon Alert. (See above.) People are excitable and quick to argue, so keep this in mind. It’s also easy to be too optimistic about something or overextend yourself. Don’t promise more than you can deliver.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Do not make suggestions about improvements and reforms at work today. Don’t tell someone how they can do something better because it could trigger resentment or an argument. Avoid big plans today – wait until Monday. Check the Moon Alert above.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Romantic couples must be patient with each other today because jealousy and a tendency to argue is lurking beneath the surface. Likewise, parents must be patient with their kids. And yet, fun times and exuberant occasions are also possible. It’s a tricky day. (See Moon Alert.)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You might have big ideas about how to make home improvements today; however, someone might not agree. Don’t push issues today because arguments can arise. It’s also easy to overestimate something. In addition, today is a Moon Alert! (Wait until Monday to act.) Oy vey.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Do not promise more than you can deliver to anyone today although you might be tempted to do so. Furthermore, do not be quick to jump into an argument to try to prove your point. It’s not worth it. Because of the Moon Alert today, just coast. Restrict spending to food and gas.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a poor day to spend money on anything other than food, gas or entertainment. Guard your possessions and your cash against loss and theft. Don’t make financial promises or agreements – wait until Monday. You’ll be glad you did. Check the Mon Alert above.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Brittany Snow (1986) shares your birthday today. You are intuitive and tuned into the vibrations of the universe. You are also playful and humorous. This year you have responsibilities to family and yourself because service to others is important. Therefore, take care of yourself so that you are a strong resource. Nurture relationships you value. Tap into your personal creativity and hobbies. Make your home a welcome place.

–GeorgiaNicols