This is not an ordinary year. The last time Saturn and Pluto lined up in Capricorn was 500 years ago in 1518. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was during the American Revolution. The last time Mars was retrograde in Aries was 32 years ago in 1988. Currently, retrograde Mars is sowing seeds of havoc, worry and doubt from Sept. to mid Nov. However, when Mars stops being retrograde in Nov., things will improve. When Saturn leaves Capricorn in Dec., things will improve. When Mars is past its “shadow” in early January, things will improve. This is what we need to know! Until then, remember the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Four signs have the worst of it this year (everyone has the worst of it!) You are one of them. Initially, when your ruler Mars entered your sign, this was great! (Mars is in your sign every two years for six weeks.) But this year, Mars is here for six months! In one way, this gives you energy, drive and confidence! And now for the small print. When Mars is retrograde, the very opposite occurs. You have doubt, worry and question things. Your energy will be hard to control. You might lash out at others in anger and then feel lacklustre and depressed. Relations with partners and authority figures will be testing. Tune in next week to find out — will John leave Marsha? And is Marsha’s baby his?
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
All this energy in Capricorn is tough for many signs but for you, it’s weirdly supportive because it’s happening in your fellow Earth Sign. Primarily, you feel the fallout from everything else happening to everyone around you. However, Mars is “hiding” in your chart for this six-month window, which is a tad uncomfortable. This creates frustration and self-denial. It definitely makes it hard for you to get credit for what you do. It also makes you give the wrong impression at times, which you find mortifying. Your best bet is to work alone as much as possible. Fortunately, issues related to home and family are supportive; plus, partners are on board. Be the voice of reason in the confusion around you.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
This continues to be a playful time! Whether it’s sports, social occasions, fun with your kids or just good times – you are making things work for you! Bravo! Of course, nothing is perfect, which is why you might be at odds with a friend or a group this week. Very likely, these arguments will relate to disputes about shared property or shared responsibilities. Whenever you try to solve this problem – you meet with obstacles from someone. Yikes! Fortunately, Venus is in your House of Communications right now and this will sweeten your words and make you charming and reasonable with others. Which, of course you are!
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are the four signs that are having extra challenges this year. You have been determined to achieve your goals, which is why you are focused and ambitious. (Although lately, that ambition has been wavering.) The biggest hurdle you face is dealing with partners and close friends. At times, it’s wonderful; at times, it’s horrible. Things are blowing hot and cold. This is because while Saturn and Pluto oppose you, lucky Jupiter is there as well, softening everything and at times, breaking through with laughter and delight. Avoid power struggles with parents and family members this week. You don’t need this. (Nobody does.)
Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)
The demands on you every day are substantial because you are busy with errands, appointments, increased reading, writing and studying, plus conversations with siblings and relatives – and more! Plus, you have to meet the demands of your everyday world. Family discussions and home repairs are likely. Despite disputes that might be health-related or related to your job, you will be charming because Venus is in your sign. (A blessing.) Actually, this is a good time to buy wardrobe items for yourself. Fortunately, Venus softens your words and takes the edge off your irritation with others. (Even in bad times, good things can happen.)
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
You have money on your mind as well as assets and possessions. Because this is your focus, this will be where you have difficulties dealing with others. Whether it’s shared responsibilities or shared ownership, there will be glitches and challenges. This week, expect disputes about who is responsible for what or who owes somebody or who owns something. It might involve your kids – their care and education? It might also involve sports or a vacation or a social occasion? The placement of Mercury will keep you fast talking and fast-moving. Don’t let arguments with others ruin your life (and theirs). Find that olive branch. (Check under your bed.)
Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Four signs have it extra tough this year, and you are one of them. It’s true. For six months, Mars is opposite Libra, while all this heavy-duty stuff takes place in Capricorn, which is a 90 degrees relationship to Sun. Not good! (Well, not easy.) I’m not going to say the good thing about banging your head against the wall is it feels so much better when you stop. (Oops I just did.) What you have to keep in mind this week is that any challenges that you have with others are probably power struggles. Is it that important to have the last word? (Of course, it is.) Is it that important to be in charge? (It feels good.) As I’ve said before, you can be right – or you can be in the relationship.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
This week you are best served working alone or behind the scenes. It’s also a very good time for you to define goals about what you want for your new year ahead. When you have goals, it makes future decision-making much easier! (“No, I’m not going to Fiji. In fact, I’m never going to Fiji.”) See how easy that is? Be patient with people you meet because this is where you will encounter some snags, which are really a battle of egos. You must remember that you are powerful, strong-willed and scary when you’re upset. (You don’t think you are – but others do.) Be nice! And remember the password for when things are tough: “Dark chocolate, now!”
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
This week, relations with friends and groups are challenging. It might come down to, “Who’s in charge?” “Who’s on first?” You might also have challenges with kids or a romantic partner. What are you fighting about? Or is it a power struggle that is subtle but it makes you grind your teeth at night? Remember that optimism and a positive frame of mind are food for your soul. More than any other sign, you thrive on optimistic hopes for your future. Ben Franklin said, “Trouble knocked at the door but hearing laughter – hurried away.” It’s also important to get physical activity outside every day. What you want overhead is sky!
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
This year has been life-changing because all the big stuff has been taking place in Capricorn. Pluto has been in your sign since 2008. (First time in your life.) Saturn has been in your sign since 2009, (first or second time in your life). Jupiter has been in your sign all year. Well, in Dec. 2020, both Jupiter and Saturn will leave Capricorn. Lucky Jupiter will then enter your House of Earnings! (Yay!) Pluto will stay in your sign until 2024, then leave, never return again in your life. Them’s the facts! Meanwhile, Mars, which is normally in Aries for six weeks, is in Aries for six months! This is challenging, especially from Sept. to Nov. Robert Schuller said, “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” It’s hard to see the picture when you’re inside the frame.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
You need to get away from all this! Unfortunately, it’s not easy to travel. Nevertheless, what you want is adventure and an exciting distraction! Perhaps you can create this? It simply requires an inventive mind, something you have in abundance. (Hey, nowadays, a person can have an adventure just stepping outside their front door!) However, your challenge will be to avoid arguments about politics, religion and racial issues because these are passionate, important matters, which you care about because you want to make the world a better place. Instead of focusing on differences, look at what you have in common and start from there. Everyone wants to be happy.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
Money squabbles and worries might take place this week. You might be at odds with someone in discussions about shared property, inheritances or insurance issues. You might also be at odds with a group or a member of a group who disagrees with how a certain amount of money or funding should be allocated. Step back and try to see the bigger picture. Perhaps you can heed the advice of Billy Connolly? “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares? He’s a mile away and you’ve got his shoes!” There is nothing wrong with a little levity when things get tense. Fortunately, issues related to your job and your health look positive.