Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.
April 20–May 20
Taurus energy is often directed at shoring up the status quo—giving your sign a reputation for stability. But when roused out of a contented state, you’ll eventually charge like a Bull. It takes a little extra to bring out your aggression or motivate you to effect change, but once that switch flips, you’re fiercely determined. With mobilizing Mars in your sign now, you’re fired up to make a move. But when Mars encounters stop-sign Saturn this week, it feels like someone or something is keeping you from doing what you want to do. Don’t lose your initiative. Saturn’s not there to discourage you or fill you with resentment; he’s there to demarcate your course. You need to make some smart modifications to your thinking and actions now so you’re asserting yourself effectively. Potent Pluto gels with Mars later in the week, encouraging you to strengthen your resolve and put everything you’ve got into reshaping your future. This is a good time for conceiving of new ways to get back in the groove and find your place in the scheme of things.
May 21–June 20
With four planets in your retreat sector, you’re in the midst of recharging, but a health issue or problem at work could rock the boat. Your low energy and health are related, and trouble on the job can likely be traced back to unconscious aggression on your part or underhanded behavior on someone else’s. Try to link cause and effect; then tend to the core issue. Your best bet is to work behind the scenes, as it’s not appropriate to be particularly overt or seek outward acclaim right now. This is a good week to deal with things beneath the surface in the personal, psychological realm. Laying low can facilitate intense intimacy, self-transformation and imaginative thinking, and you may come up with creative ideas regarding an elusive goal. Your ideas are bound to be tested by colleagues, so make use of constructive criticism. Think something through more thoroughly, and fix the details of your plans. And push yourself to wrap up a personal issue this week so you can move on emotionally.
June 21–July 22
Think big picture and coordinate your efforts with other people this week, when mental Mercury and physical Mars activate your hopes-and-humanity zone. With Mercury and Mars clashing with sober Saturn in your self-expression sector, you’re trying to get something across to others, but possibly taking yourself a bit too seriously. Or it may seem to you like groupthink stands in opposition to your personal fulfillment. Your ego, happiness, love life or creativity is somehow out of sync with your circle of contacts, but networking and even just socializing can be very fruitful now. Being out in the world and thinking in terms of connections will reaffirm the positive changes that are happening through partnership, but you have to bring yourself around to trusting in that process. Thinking outside the box can help you to learn something new, which in turn will change your mind and dissolve stagnant beliefs.
July 23–August 22
Your difficulty in balancing public and private life continues this week as go-getter Mars and clever Mercury in your achievement angle oppose restrictive Saturn in your domestic zone. Household and family responsibilities may keep you from pushing ahead in your career or pursuing your goals. You feel like your ambition isn’t supported by family or perhaps childhood patterns are hindering your professional growth. Shift your focus slightly away from your burning desire for success and your displeasure with whatever you think is keeping it at bay. You can shine now if you concentrate instead on improved technique, research, thoroughness, details and discipline. You’re deriving ego gratification from outer accomplishment, so it’s tempting to just try to grab the spotlight, but your most significant work will happen when you challenge yourself to set smart priorities and build a strong foundation in your personal life.
August 23–September 22
Four planets in your vision sector are pushing you to expand—to educate yourself, to travel, to open up your world to new cultures and new belief systems. And although you’re inspired to branch out, strict Saturn in your mindset zone is reining in your enthusiasm. Don’t give in to self-doubt. Utilize the practical thinking that Saturn is endowing you with to plot out your future with care. A mature mentality can help you to identify inadequate information and gather essential facts. Your drive to spread your wings is propelled by increasingly empowered self-expression, a love interest or a deep sense of inner joy. And your thoughts about the future are somehow tied in with what you’re thirsting for in your relationships with people. Second-guessing your own philosophy can be productive if you’re not doing it just for self-reprobation, but rather, to shake up old ideas and think big. You can jumpstart your inspiration by listening to your heart. Be both daring enough to spread your wings and savvy enough to plan.
September 23–October 22
Several planets in your hidden-matters house have turned your attention to intimate relationships, your own psyche, investigation of some sort, joint resources—and possibly other people’s business. When two of those planets face off against stern Saturn in your assets zone this week, low confidence or limited funds threaten to impede the above situation that’s got your attention. For instance, shaky self-esteem could thwart your impulse for closeness; your own lack of money might exacerbate your interest in someone else’s finances; or you may feel like you don’t have the necessary resources to get involved in a partnership. Make an effort to get past these issues by resolving to provide a more substantial sense of security for yourself. Research meaningful work, since you’ve been yearning to make a deeper contribution to the world. And explore your own cognitive patterns, trying to come up with simple ways—like repeating a mantra—to heal the negative ones.
October 23–November 21
So much of your energy is oriented toward other people now, with four planets in your relationship angle, but when two of those planets oppose roadblock Saturn in your sign this week, your defenses go up. Whether you feel attacked by someone or just feel like another person is holding all the cards, the scenario is that they’re pushing and you’re resisting. Both sides will dig in their heels, since all of the planets involved are in fixed (read: stubborn) signs. But with so much juice in your relationships at the moment, it’s worth it to try to connect, partner, and generally put yourself out there, despite your understandable wariness. You need feedback, which requires that you express yourself to others. And luckily, communication happens to be the key to everything working for you this week. You could even form a creative partnership or a romantic connection, so let down your guard and allow others’ influence to pervade your boundaries and inform your personal process. If you disengage, you risk wasting the vital energy you’ll derive from reciprocity.
November 22–December 21
Given how crowded with planets your duties sector is, it’s safe to assume you’ve been busy with work, chores, errands and other responsibilities and may even be trying to improve your health and fitness, too. But when two planets in that sector spar with confining Saturn in your subconscious zone this week, pessimism or self-doubt may get in your way. Negativity is not your style, so it won’t be easy for you to spot how you’re blocking yourself when you’re unable to get everything done. But something in your head may very well be holding you back. Fatigue is probably an underlying factor, so first and foremost, address any shortchanging of self-care. Although you’re capable of thinking and acting with great precision now, something subliminal can deter you from conquering habits, tackling work, meeting fitness goals and generally feeling good. Pump up your confidence to get yourself back on track, and let the prospect of improving your finances motivate you to work smart and hard.
December 22–January 19
You’re reminded that you can’t just do whatever you want, when two planets in your self-expression zone encounter cautionary Saturn this week. Your impetus to enjoy yourself, show off your creative side, express affection and maybe even spark some romance is curbed by a group standard, the necessity of professional networking or the reality of your long-term goals. Whatever kind of buzzkill you run into, you shouldn’t have too much trouble coming to grips with it, considering that all-work-and-no-play is your sign’s middle name. Not because you’re no fun (you’re actually notorious for your dry humor), but because ambitious Saturn is your ruling planet, and Saturn is the one curtailing the planets that have been steering you towards love and leisure. But when those same planets click with powerhouse Pluto in Capricorn later in the week, you should be able to overcome any obstacle—real or imagined—by tapping into your joie de vivre and connecting that with the powerful transformation you’re undergoing. Speak from the heart, welcome fluid imaginative thoughts and romantic daydreams, let your inspiration guide you and take concrete action to make yourself happier.
January 20–February 18
Although you’re all about home, family, memories, self-nurture and emotional security right now, Saturn comes along this week to make sure you remember that you have to answer to a boss, a parent or your own ambition. Your frustration could bring things to a standstill, but working out a more efficient system of juggling the different sides of your life will ease the tension and may even offer long-range solutions. You want to swim around in your private feelings, stay home, dwell in nostalgia and protect yourself from the outside world, but deadlines, rules and authority figures won’t allow you to do that. However, it’s possible to ponder childhood and the past in a way that will potentially heal self-esteem issues. Examine your heritage for the purpose of reinventing yourself on a psychological or spiritual level. Do something on the home front or related to family that will enable you to bring closure to yesterday and continue growing.
February 19–March 20
That imaginative mind of yours is quite busy lately, with four planets in your mentality zone. You’re thinking and speaking fairly quickly and possibly getting ahead of yourself. This week, an opinionated authority figure, the limits of your own knowledge or doubts about the future can quell your enthusiasm. Rather than becoming passive, challenge yourself to learn more and recognize that there are people who can teach you. Make a point of interacting with siblings and people in your local community and in your social and professional circles in order to breathe new life into your hopes. You can hold sway with a group, thanks to your currently animated communication, so take advantage if you have something you want to present to people. This is a great week to reach out to lots of contacts in an effort to further your dreams. Getting a leg up through your connections isn’t merely a matter of kismet. It takes work, and you need to make peace with that so you can move toward the life you want—by your own volition, not by waiting on the magic of the universe.
March 21–April 19
Your ruling planet, dynamic Mars, has significant encounters with limiting Saturn and regenerative Pluto this week, providing you with a twofold lesson in stamina. Saturn will keep your actions in check when he opposes Mars, and your instinct will be to push back against whatever’s obstructing your path, out of pure frustration. But look for the purpose of the obstacle. Do you need to do what you’re doing with more patience, structure, authority or forethought? Your drive is probably connected to your security, talents or finances, and the obstacle likely represents a lack, in terms of what you’re getting from someone else or from the world. A disagreement over money or sharing is possible, especially if you’re not feeling provided for these days. Think about how this deprivation or delay might modify your efforts to do things for yourself. Pluto in your ambition angle meshes with Mars, adding some oomph to your goals and helping you to regain a sense of power. When you focus on what you’re doing with what you’ve got and think and act resourcefully, your intuition should kick in to tell you you’re on the right track.
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