Horoscopes by Tracy Allen
February 19–March 20
A new moon in your sign is like the wish you make when you blow out candles on your birthday cake. But don’t expect the planets to start simply granting wishes—astrology never discounts free will. And since mystical Fish are prone to passivity, your challenge is to firmly resolve to make your own dreams come true. The moon links with the charged-up sun, covetous Venus and just-do-it Mars, supplanting Piscean vagueness with desire-driven vision. Your perspective is growing, and your self-image is changing; it’s time to start taking action based on your inner evolution. As Mars segues into your worth sector, think about what you felt impelled to do this past month and how you can walk the talk more, increasing your confidence. Speaking of talk, you’ll be less tongue-tied at week’s end when clever Mercury goes direct. It will feel good to articulate what’s been going on inside you, so express it!
March 21–April 19
The sensitive new moon in your metaphysical sector this week beckons you to honor unconscious feelings that have been making themselves known to you lately. New moons have an initiatory vibe, so—given where this one falls in your chart—it’s a good time for starting a new spiritual practice or making a resolution to serve a higher good. You’re been uncovering deep emotions connected either to a one-on-one relationship or to your relationship with yourself. Think about how you can introduce something new into your life that makes space for what you’ve uncovered in yourself. Mars enters Aries later in the week, mobilizing you for the first time in weeks. Use your newfound energy to put into play whatever has been waking up in you. Mercury’s direct turn will help to clarify the ideas brewing within.
April 20–May 20
When a new moon rises in your group zone this week, give some more thought to what you need from others and how you feel about where you’re fitting in. You’ve been thinking so abstractly of late and have probably struggled to sort out where you’re headed next. That fuzziness has likely impacted your relationships, directly or indirectly. But the reverse can also apply—and work in your favor. A partner or friend can help you to identify interests and set new goals now if you let them. You may lack momentum as energetic Mars shifts into your seclusion sector, making you feel like hiding out. But that will give you a chance to figure out what you need to fully wrap up in order to move on.
May 21–June 20
Your ambition gets a jolt this week when the new moon joins with appetent Venus and driven Mars in your goals angle. A fresh start in your professional life requires that you first ask what you need and want from your place in the world. You’re in a position to do quality work and to be of use, and your efficiency will surely improve when adept Mercury goes direct at week’s end. Technology difficulties and misunderstandings with authority figures should subside, and you’ll be able to think through career issues more clearly and verbalize your thoughts. You can derive energy from people with common aims, so get out there and network based on where you see yourself in a year, not on where you are now.
June 21–July 22
The universe is challenging you to commit to hope, as a new moon in starry-eyed Pisces unites with lovely Venus and gutsy Mars in your vision sector, launching a new cycle of beliefs. Mercury’s direct turn will help to clear your head and solidify your ideas about the future, but it’s up to you to adopt a bravely optimistic view of your potential. Opportunities for learning and creative expression abound, and if you shake things up a little, you’ll start to have more faith in how far you can go. Plan a major trip or a weekend getaway, apply to grad school or sign up for a class. Whether you go big or start small, you need to take in the full spectrum of possibilities and develop a taste for adventure.
July 23–August 22
When your ruling planet the sun conjoins the moon about once a month, we officially have a new moon. This week’s new moon occurs in your sharing sector and links up with Venus and Mars, congregating the planets’ respective energies around issues of intimacy and trust. The sun represents the ego identity, while the moon rules feelings and needs. Venus symbolizes the attraction principle, and Mars the modus operandi. Who are you in your close relationships, and how do they make you feel? Are you getting what you need and want? And how do you go about doing that? You can foster a stronger attachment with a partner—romantic or business—or a friend now if you’re open to it. And ironically, you’ll get a whiff of independence when Mars charges into your journeys house, making you want to go places and meet different people.
August 23–September 22
The planets are requesting that you think about other people’s feelings and desires this week, when the sun, the moon, Venus and Mars assemble in your partnership angle. The moon is behind the sun, beginning a new monthly cycle and suggesting that you can begin a new chapter in that part of life—one-on-one relationships. The moon’s correlation with its karmic north node in your cognition sector implies that these relationships can help you to learn and may even change your mind. When your ruler Mercury goes direct, it will slowly clear up confusion in your relationships and enable you to express yourself better in emotional dialogues. Mars is moving into your intensity zone, making this the proper time for you to passionately and single-mindedly pursue someone or something.
September 23–October 22
You’ll be relieved to hear that Mercury turns direct in your job zone this week, improving your effectiveness at work and your communication with colleagues. That same part of your chart concerns self-improvement such as habits, diet and fitness, daily time-management, and skills. A new moon combines with three other planets there earlier in the week, calling for a new approach to those issues. What key change can you make to your schedule or your health regimen that comes from a place of positive self-esteem? Or how can you hone your craft and in turn feel better about yourself? On a different note, feisty Mars marches into your partnership house now, increasing assertiveness in your one-on-one relations. Be mindful of the Libran tendency toward passive-aggressiveness, which causes you to project aggression onto others and provoke it in them. If you’re aware of the possibility, you can check yourself when you notice it.
October 23–November 21
You get another much-needed reminder this week that all the heavy changes you’re going through should ultimately pertain to what’s in your heart, when a new moon lands in your joy sector, planting a seed for love and happiness. The moon’s meet-up with the vibrant sun, desirous Venus and go-for-it Mars urges you to honor what makes you feel alive, what you want and what you would do if you could. Let the joyous spirit of this lunation mix with the darker tone of this period in your life. Embrace the truth that authentic self-expression and personal fulfillment are not frivolous, but essential. Your creativity is roused by Mercury’s forward motion, compelling you to write about or talk about a passion that’s been marinating. When Mars forges ahead into your self-improvement sector, get enthused to work harder, conquer bad habits and make healthful changes.
November 22–December 21
A new moon in your domestic angle signals a fresh start of some sort in your home or your living situation. The moon’s congruency with the energetic sun, action-oriented Mars and creative Venus promotes vigorous activity centered around beautifying your current abode or using your imagination to somehow change where you live. Whether you work on making your place more of a sanctuary or search for new digs that will increase your comfort, Mercury’s direct turn in that same area of your chart should help you to think things through. And with Mars entering your play sector, you’ll start to feel more like getting out of the house and having fun. You might spark up a romance or breathe new life into a creative project. Either way, the point is to express yourself, now that you’ve shored up your foundation.
December 22–January 19
With a receptive new moon joining forces with the vitalizing sun, amicable Venus and bold Mars in your mindset zone this week, you need to take an attitude of open-ended curiosity toward your feelings and desires. This lunation could generate fresh ideas in your mind about what you need and want and how other people can help you to grow. Your thoughts and communication have been directed inward lately, with cerebral Mercury backtracking in subjective Pisces. Hopefully, you’ve made the most of Mercury’s retrograde period (which ends later in the week) by paying more attention to your intuition. Incorporate that touchy-feely thinking before you act on your ideas and try to express them. You’ll find that different areas of your life can benefit from a more layered, less simplistic perspective.
January 20–February 18
It’s time to take (another!) look at your finances, when the new moon in your worth sector forebodes a new beginning in your approach to money matters. The moon calls your attention to what you need, and its collaboration with the egoistic sun, valuable Venus and assertive Mars further asks how you identify with your resources, how you value them and what you’re doing about them. The moon’s karmic north node in your goals angle gets in on the action as well, asking how your career path feeds into your financial situation. With mental Mercury going direct in this sector, your thinking should start to become sharper again, and a financial deal could move forward. Your best bet is to try to assess your current state of affairs and your future strategy both realistically and imaginatively, without letting creative thinking veer into fantasyland.
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