Mercury, the messenger of the zodiac, lines up with Mars, the warrior, to stir the pot and add some zesty spice to it, too. Heated words will be exchanged. Some will dish it out and others will be getting served. But the best person to be is the one who witnesses the controversy and, as seductive and dramatic as it may be, decides to stay away. All should be resolved by Thursday's healing conjunction of Mercury and Neptune.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may be the warrior of the zodiac, but your heart is tender and compassionate this week. You'll wind up in a position to protect others from the harshness of the world. You will shield loved ones from rejection, soften strong news and put a positive spin on everything that unfolds. You and yours are happier as a result.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). So much is going on for you these days, and it will help you learn to make an elegant exit. Whether it's the closing of a deal, a conversation or an entire relationship, long drawn-out endings are uncomfortable. Resolve to make all your endings swift and smooth, ideally without explanation or apology.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You want attention, but not too much attention. Figuratively speaking, the red carpet treatment would be too chaotic — people clamoring to capture what you represent instead of understanding who you really are. You'd rather the world be your stage, where your audience sits politely to take in your performance.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Just as individuals tend to resonate at a particular mood, groups of people radiate a vibration that is more or less the average of the individual tone of each person in the group. Gravitate to the gatherings that seem rich in warmth and lively humor. You belong where there is an abundance of good cheer.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Work is on the upswing. An influx of money brings with it new hope. Friends at a distance will make plans to be with you. You'll soon learn the small things that have changed in the lives of others and be inspired by the way others maneuver life. All the sharing you do bodes well for the future of your relationships.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You've come a long way, and it's time to celebrate your wins. There's a glamour about you as you gather with friends and family this week. Being the center of attention boosts your confidence. Let the high carry you into a new arena. The next 10 weeks show you extending your reach and learning to mingle well among a different set of people. You'll showcase your talent in May, perhaps in the form of a presentation. Financial means are more abundant in June. A July vacation is divine.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There is a never-ending supply of love available to you this week. Sweet gestures from friends, family closeness and romantic intrigue will contribute to your confidence. When your personal life hums a happy melody, the other elements click into place — like fulfilling work and enough money to cover the bills.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your idea is finally getting wings, though it won't fly by itself just yet. Sure, it may be tricky to get this project off the ground, but it's not rocket science. The obvious methods work for the first few steps, and then you'll have to do some research. Assemble the perfect team to complement your talents.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Social graces will help you get where you want to go this week. You teach yourself a little bit more about successful human relations with every encounter. Mirror others. Meet them at their pace. You're a sought-after partner in fun on Friday and Saturday. When a Leo extends an invitation, laughs are guaranteed.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Style matters — not a little bit but a lot. You'll be assessing the impact of your current look and making some decisions about how you would like to be perceived in the future. Put more thought than money into this process. A few strong choices are all you need to achieve your desired effect.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It may seem that people approach from a needy place. Family asks for your involvement in things you don't think have much to do with you. A romantic partner craves reassurance of your love. It's all because you're so strong. Luckily for all, you are also compassionate and likely to help others feel more secure.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have a talent for taking care of business. A deal that didn't work out in the past will get a total makeover. Be willing to change the cast of characters involved. Venture out to different areas. You're wiser now and more able to add value to your offerings. The new way works so much better.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Putting in the extra work hours this week helps you live in the manner you prefer. You don't mind working a little harder to make your surroundings unique. You value the things that are hard to come by, rare or expensive. The same goes for your personal life. Someone elusive captures your attention Friday.
Holiday Mathis is the author of "Rock Your Stars."
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