Venus and Pluto provide the backdrop this week as they square off for the second time this year. This time Venus is retrograde, internalizing the effect of the aspect. Dormant forces inside you become agitated. These powerful feelings are difficult to understand. Stay objective and open-minded. There are many versions of the same story, even within your own mind. Choose the version that makes you feel the most optimistic.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Are your goals exciting enough? If you find that you're not sticking to the plan, it just might be that the rewards are not yet desirable enough for you. There are some things you only want because you think you should. Eliminate those from your list and dream up something that's absolutely irresistible to you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll experience a lucky reversal of attitude. Maybe you'll decide that you can no longer accept a circumstance you used to think was just fine. Or maybe you'll decide that something you couldn't accept before is actually not so bad. Either way, your new way of seeing things will liberate you and change your destiny.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your life is evolving, your schedule is changing, and your habits follow suit. A style update serves you well during this transitional period. While you're out Tuesday or Wednesday, you'll see someone who looks great. Regard the elements used to create the effect. Borrow some of these ideas for the new you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Many people will not aim to be patient, tolerant and understanding. It feels to them to be too passive of a goal. You, however, see how life could become a slice of heaven were you to relax and accept others. You get why this is worth working at, and work at it you will. Each day you grow in love and compassion.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have a problem. You approached it the same way over and over and came up with the same solutions, too — they didn't work. Instead of asking yourself how you can make it better, ask how you can make it worse. Thinking in reverse will stimulate your creativity. You'll find a brilliant, workable solution.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You will somehow pack many years of experience into the next 12 months. Put your clever mind to work on a responsible cause in April. You will help a group achieve its goals, which helps you achieve yours. Romantic happenings float you through June. Focus on your professional life in July. You may have to sacrifice vacation time in order to take advantage of a key opportunity, but the resulting windfall will make it worthwhile. You can catch up on fun and adventure in September.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To achieve your dreams you must do two things: understand what other people want, and communicate what you want. This week is about improving your communication skills. Don't pass up the opportunity to connect. Practice with people you meet while waiting in a lobby, walking about or making a purchase.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You're already on the path to great love and compassion. Recognize the abundant good in you and it will grow. You don't need a guru to tell you how to be a better person. Furthermore, you don't have to be spiritually enlightened to get along with others. Down-to-earth simple courtesy works just fine.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Fear is insidious. It keeps a person quiet when they should speak up. It makes a person stay small instead of growing their talents. You have it inside you to teach fear a lesson this week. One courageous gesture is all it takes. Thursday and Friday you will feel especially bold. Show your fear that you're the boss.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're a really good friend. Your relationships are based on enjoyment and not need. You accept that people are busy with their lives, and you don't mind if that business doesn't always involve you. Someone might be leaning heavily on your emotions. Recognize this as something other than friendship.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Getting to know a different group of people will excite your creativity. Pursue new hobbies, games and interests. You could use the additional outlet to release everyday tensions. Also, you are so attractive as a beginner. Helpful people will want to take you under their wing and show you how things are done.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Do what's right and keep an open mind through this wild, eventful week. You may indirectly benefit from someone's seeming misfortune. However, don't be too quick to feel guilty about this. Good luck and bad luck are difficult to tell apart. Also, this turn of events is a co-creation with you and the other person.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You feel free to express yourself. How you spend your money is self-expression, too. As those around you cut costs, you could go the opposite direction. Generosity toward yourself and others is a priority, and your abundance mentality will help others feel flush, too. There is always enough.
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