Horoscopes by Tracy Allen
March 21–April 19
You get another gift from the universe this week with a new moon in Aries. About once a month, the sun and moon come together and begin a new cycle, and for the sign that they conjoin in, it’s like New Year’s and a birthday rolled into one. The fresh-start vibe of a new moon makes it especially appealing to you initiative-loving Rams. Lunar energy has to do with emotions and needs, so focus on how you feel about the coming year and what you require. You’re going through a period of new beginnings, with various planets uniting in Aries, and checking in with your emotions will help you to align with this particular beginning. Your thought process doesn’t catch up to your feelings until later in the week, when cerebral Mercury enters your sign and revs up your brain. In the meantime, just as you’re getting enthused about kicking off your new year, someone close to you may rain on your parade, or the relationship itself may impede your excitement about the future. Adjust to the reality that comes into view, but don’t assume it’s a choice between being tied down and taking off.
April 20–May 20
You continue to crave solitude this week, when a new moon joins with three other planets in your seclusion sector, giving you full permission to cocoon. That’s exactly what you should be doing, considering that you’re in a sort of pupal stage, undergoing a myriad of internal changes before reemerging. This is a time for searching the unconscious contents of your psyche and excavating previously unacknowledged needs and feelings. Connecting with some form of soul—in whatever way you choose—will rejuvenate you and facilitate a sense of wellbeing that may have been eluding you lately. If you can think of a spiritual practice that resonates for you, resolve to incorporate it into your life going forward. And when your internal compass is tested by external responsibility or a reality check from another person at week’s end, don’t let that throw you off course.
May 21–June 20
Gemini is a mental sign, but the new moon beckons you to take your emotional temperature this week. Specifically, how do you feel about the new direction you’re headed in, the alliances you’re forming, your friendships, what you’re contributing to the world? And how are you feeling about people in general? Are you full of love for humanity, or not so much these days? What do you need in order to be able to form positive answers to the above questions? How does the interconnected social web that you’re a part of feed your excitement about life? When stern Saturn forms an uncomfortable angle with freewheeling Uranus later in the week, you’re reminded that discipline, attention to detail and honing new skills are as important as originality and inspiration. You dual Gems can pull off getting serious and getting excited at the same time.
June 21–July 22
This week’s new moon in your public-status angle encourages you to ask yourself how you feel about your career track and your reputation in general—and to then either substantiate your belief in your position by embracing a leadership role or create a new goal that’s based on your current needs. As a rather guarded sign, you may feel exposed with four planets traveling through the most public part of your chart, lending you a higher profile for the time being. If pursuing your ambitions makes you feel potentially vulnerable, use this week to recommit on an emotional level to your professional development. Saturn stirs up self-doubt later in the week, and his position in your play sector could cause you to think that you’re sacrificing fun, creativity, romance or children (perhaps all of the above) for ambition. It’s tempting to play it safe and minimize change, but that’s not the answer. Moving forward in more than one area of your life requires lots of adjustment.
July 23–August 22
The new moon in your journeys zone plants a seed this week for future adventure. Think of ways of expanding your horizons in 2013 that appeal to you. If travel makes you come alive, then determine that you’ll make it a priority in the coming months. If you have a thirst for learning, sign up for a class, apply to grad school, buy CDs that teach you to speak a foreign language or create a reading list pertaining to a topic of interest. The point is to commit to something that both fills an emotional need and helps to widen your perspective. A parent, domestic responsibilities, childhood history or insecurity about shaking things up too much may hamper your spirit of adventure later in the week. Uncertainty about how different the future can possibly be from the past could all too easily clip your wings; don’t let it.
August 23–September 22
Although Virgos want to be able to break things down intellectually and make sense of them, your best bet for moving forward this week is to take a cue from the new moon in your depth sector and lead with your passion. Whatever you’re feeling most intensely about now is what you should direct your attention to. What are you obsessing about? What are you on fire over? What’s triggering a metamorphosis in you? And if the “what” is more like “who,” then focus on the relationship, not the other person, since this experience is ultimately about you. What do you need from an intimate partnership? How do you feel about closeness? The rate of change in your life may be scaring you, and cautious thinking or outright cynicism could hold you back later in the week. Even if you find the transition you’re in to be somewhat uncomfortable, it’s necessary for your personal—and possibly your professional—growth. Affirming your passion will get you farther now than pragmatism.
September 23–October 22
A new moon this week signals that it’s time to turn the page in a one-on-one relationship or the way you interact with people. New moons are more about beginnings than endings, so your focus should be on the next chapter, not the last one. Moving forward, what key change will make your relationships emotionally healthier? Do you need a partner too much because you fear being alone? Or do you see people through rose-colored glasses, projecting positive qualities onto them that you’d be better off cultivating in yourself? Taking a brutally honest look at your connections with people will teach you a lot about yourself. That self-knowledge is a vital piece of enhancing not only future relationships, but your overall future as well. Insecurity creeps in later this week, in the form of limiting Saturn in your worth zone. The unpredictability of people and fear of upsetting the balance in your current affiliations could add to your anxiety. Bring your attention back to the next chapter.
October 23–November 21
A new moon in your efficiency zone marks a new chapter beginning to unfold. Your skills, your daily routine, the nature of your work, your dedication to what you are doing—this area of your life is changing, and the new moon summons you to align yourself with the shift. Thanks to Saturn in your sign, you’re feeling the weight of responsibility squarely on you, and you’re not in a place to ask for help. Rather, people are leaning on you. So on the one hand, you’re trying to hold steady, to take care of business for yourself and those who need you, and on the other, you need to accept that your productivity is in a state of flux. Saturn is currently retrograde in Scorpio, slowing your progress, and your ruling planet Pluto turns retrograde as well this week. Pluto has been empowering your thinking and communication, and that process will become more internalized for the next several months. Acknowledge your impulse to break with the past in terms of how you spend your time and what you’re good at, and have faith in your own depths and your ability to transform yourself. Allow yourself to be exhilarated by your passion, despite the serious tone of this time in your life.
November 22–December 21
Your playful mood continues, as the new moon hooks up with three other planets in your joy sector this week. A new romance or a fresh start in an existing one could boost your spirits even higher, but don’t wait for love to come along; radiate it. And in addition to exuding any love that you’re feeling, this is the perfect time to birth whatever is in your heart. If you launch a creative project now, it can increase your faith in what you have to offer others. Express something unique to you, tell your story in some fashion, start to let people see what’s percolating in you. Resolve to make room in your life for creativity, fun and love. Feeding that need in you will improve your connectedness with people. And if a black cloud in your head casts a pall over things later in the week, give it its due by looking at what it’s really about, but then move past it.
December 22–January 19
You’re already an earth sign, but when a new moon occurs in your foundation angle this week and gels with Jupiter in your discipline zone, it’s a reminder to get grounded. Ponder the positive aspects of where you come from—the elements of your family history and childhood memories that fortify you. What legacy has been handed down to you that is worth keeping? We often need to leave the past in the past in order to move forward, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. What parts of your past give you strong roots from which to grow a bright future? As Pluto grinds to a halt in your sign and commences his retrograde phase, your internal power becomes more relevant than your external power. And with your ruler Saturn also retrograde—in your network sector—your alliances are not actively bolstering you, as they seemed to be in the winter. So use this time to gauge how you’re feeling about the upheaval in your life and recenter yourself.
January 20–February 18
Air signs like Aquarius are more thinking-oriented than feeling-oriented, but when an emotional new moon lands in your mentality house this week, it invites you to combine the two. How does the way you tend to think make you feel? For instance, do you depress yourself with a habitually cynical thought process? Conversely, what mental messages are on automatic loop in your brain when you experience certain emotions? One example might be that when you’re anxious, “I can’t handle this” always runs through your head. The moon’s link to upbeat Jupiter in your happiness sector coaxes you to make the connection between your cognition-emotion story and your confidence in love, creativity and self-expression. Improving the relationship between your thinking and feeling sides can improve your faith in your artistic side and matters of the heart. You may hit a bump later in the week if taking your career very seriously and fearing that it’s slowing down makes it hard for you to shift the way you think. Push past it.
February 19–March 20
Take a close look at your emotional attitude towards money when a new moon lands in your financial house this week and clicks with future-minded Jupiter in your foundation angle. If anxiety over the fluctuations in your bank balance has got you too paralyzed to act, this is a good time to gently nudge yourself out of your stupor. Clinging to security may not help your bottom line as much as positive proactivity will. If it’s even remotely possible for you to create new sources of income, do it. Excavating untapped talents will not only improve your fiscal worth, but it will also do wonders for your self-worth. Saturn in your philosophy zone is keeping a lid on optimism, and he could contain any efforts to change your finances later in the week if you let self-doubt get the best of you.
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