“These are the shadows of things that have been.” Charles Dickens wrote these words in 1843. By the end of this week, four planets will be retrograde – Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto. (In reality, they always move forward in space; but in astrology, relative to Earth, they appear to be moving backwards.) Until Nov., there will be a sense of the past influencing our lives. Remember that everything that happens has both negative and positive aspects. One positive reality about these hard times is there are many more opportunities to practice kindness and generosity. And isolating at home has given new meaning to the idea of dressing for dinner.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
This week you continue your focus on money, earnings, possessions and your assets in general. This is because despite the fact that you’re an adventurous warrior, you are always concerned about your security, which is a good thing. When you get down to basics, the most important thing to know is where your bed is at night. Because lucky Jupiter is at the top of your chart now, you have divine protection! Therefore, do not worry. This particular blessing comes along only once every 12 years and for you, it’s for this whole year! Enjoy a chance to reconnect with siblings, relatives and neighbours because this will give you a warm feeling in your tummy.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
This continues to be a powerful time for you because the Sun is still in your sign, where it will stay until Wednesday, May 20. This is nothing to be dismissed. The Sun is in your sign for only four weeks each year, and this is always your best chance to re-energize yourself and feel rejuvenated. Meanwhile, two planets are in your Money House. It looks like you might decide to purchase something beautiful that you have been thinking about for a while. Some of you will also have a chance in the near future to explore travel that was delayed or postponed. Looking good!
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Until Wednesday, May 20, when the Sun enters your sign for the first time in a year, you will continue to be low profile and stay in the wings. You’re happy working alone or behind the scenes; but you’re no shrinking violet because your ruler Mercury (plus Venus) are both in your sign now, making you talkative and sociable – even charming. Meanwhile, Mars is moving to the top of your chart, arousing your ambition! This is a strong influence and it occurs only once every two years, and when it does, it lasts for six weeks. Therefore, act on your aroused ambition. Get something done that matters.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
You are warm, emotional, nurturing person. And lately, you have a stronger than usual desire to reach out and contact with friends or members of groups. Act on your instinct to talk to others whether in person, by phone, online, Facebook or zooming because you need this emotional reinforcement right now. Maybe you need to nurture? Maybe you need to comfort someone? You like to be needed. Some of you might be in contact with a secret love from your past. (You devil.) Enrich your involvement with others because as much as you need to be in contact with them – they will feel happy and gratified to be in contact with you.
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
You have 10 more days to enjoy the Sun at the top of your chart. (This happens only once a year for four weeks.) It’s a blessing because it creates an illusion whereby others see you in flattering terms! They do not see your failings or flaws. Quite the opposite. They admire your talents! This means you don’t have to work to live up to anyone’s expectations because from their point of view, you have already succeeded. Obviously, this is the time to advance your agenda and make your pitch! Go after what you want because doors will open for you because you look like success waiting to happen. (Applause sign.)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You are a fact junkie. (Who knows more trivia than you?) In some ways, you have enjoyed the last few weeks because there’s been so much buzz about so many things – so many opinions – so many insane ideas – jaw-dropping events and the adventures of coping with a new way of being. This is all grist for your mill. You have 10 more days of having the thrill of discovering new ideas and meeting new contacts. The only downside is that with Mars moving opposite your sign for the next five weeks, you will be easily annoyed with partners and close friends. If you express your criticism – things will get worse. (You know this, it always does.) Consider this a personal challenge for cultivating patience, which is a virtue.
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Good news! While some of you are busy with essential jobs, and others have their hands full with kids and homeschooling; nevertheless, many of you are schlepping around home in your robe while in isolation. And even though you are such a social sign, you find it easy to lay around for three days doing nothing. The good news is that this week Mars will start to energize you and inspire you to work hard and get all kinds of things done. Oh yeah! You’ll be PowerPoint on steroids until June. Not only will you be busy, efficient and productive, you will strive to get better organized in every aspect of your life. (Gasp.) Marie Kondo ain’t got nothing on you!
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
You must deal with your low-energy factor for about 10 more days, and then it will disappear and you will rise like a phoenix from the ashes. Oh yes. In fact, your creative urges are starting to percolate on the back burner, which means that until about mid-June, you’ll want to express your creative talents! Set up that easel. Pick up that guitar. Grab those knitting needles or do whatever it is you do to feel your creative juices flowing! In this same window of time, you will enjoy fun activities with kids. You will also want to explore sports in any way possible. You will also find it rewarding to be in contact with relatives, siblings and neighbours. Yea, get the scoop.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
For the next 10 days, your energy to work hard and get better organized will continue. It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished! Do be aware that this week, as Mars changes signs, it ushers in a new kind of increased activity and chaos on the home front. Visiting relatives or residential moves or repairs or renovations will suddenly make demands on your time and your patience. This unexpected activity might also create tension with family members. Fortunately, with Venus opposite your sign now, you will handle this with aplomb. You’ll be so cool, you’ll even where your shades in the shower.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This lighter, fun-loving, more playful time continues for the next 10 days, which is great for you. This same influence makes it easier for you to relate to kids and romantic partners. Meanwhile, Mercury and Venus promote warm relations with coworkers and colleagues, so in this respect, you are blessed as well. Nevertheless, a subtle shift begins this week. Mars moves into the part of your chart that influences your everyday life and especially your communications. It will encourage conflicts because you will be opinionated! It makes you want to “sell” your ideas to everyone. Lighten up. (This influence lasts until mid-June.) Oy! But you will be productive doing mental work.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Home, family and your private life continue to be your focus for the next 10 days. This influence, which has been at play for almost a month, has helped many of you who are working at home. It’s been easier for you to accept the “confinement.” (Which is a lot considering how freedom loving you are.) Starting this week, a new influence will creep into your life that makes you want to work harder than ever to earn money. And for many, this same influence will make you want to spend money, because you feel that what you own represents your personal worth. Don’t go crazy with this impulse and do keep your receipts and paperwork. Meanwhile, both Mercury and Venus sweeten your life in a playful way, which is a blessing.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
It’s been frustrating in some ways for you if you have been confined at home because in the last month, you’ve been more restless than usual. You want to get out and about. You want to interact with others and ideally, you want to travel or take short trips – all of which might be impossible. Beginning this week, Mars will be in your sign until June, which is a mixed blessing. The upside is that it boosts your energy in an amazing way. It will make you work hard to further your own interests and assert yourself with others. You will definitely be a fighter for your own rights and even the rights of others. You’ll have more physical energy and zest for life! But — you could be too pushy and come on too strong. Keep this in mind. Be nice to the little people.