Horoscopes by Tracy Allen.
April 20–May 20
Yours is a sign that holds on tight, and with the clinging, craving south node of the moon traveling through Taurus the past eight months, your grip has been especially tenacious. But a solar eclipse links with the south node, intelligent Mercury and assertive Mars—all in Taurus—this week, telling you to let go of whatever is not serving you and start a new chapter in your life. Releasing aspects of your personality that your ego over-identifies with but that no longer define who you’re trying to become can instigate a process of rebirth. A solar eclipse occurs at the time of the new moon, so there is no light—symbolically speaking, you can’t see what’s coming. However, a personal issue may come to your attention now that offers a clue. Even without that clue, you can utilize your enviable determination to turn over a new leaf, in turn ameliorating your feeling of being out of stride with other people and enlivening your future outlook. Something within you is changing whether you like it or not; use this week to commit to becoming a more distinct, authentic individual.
May 21–June 20
With your ruling planet, mental Mercury, in your subliminal sector, your thinking is less literal and logical than usual. You’re able to read between the lines, coming up with penetrating insights into others’ ulterior motives and your own psyche. Don’t go public with your thoughts, though; use this time to work on yourself and to conduct in-depth research. A solar eclipse in your retreat zone hints of a change coming in your interior life. To align yourself with it, first ask yourself what you can release in order to lighten your spirit. Have you been grasping onto something that’s trying to end? Then decide on a new practice you can incorporate into your routine that will help you to tune out the outside world and tune in to your inner self. What healthy form of escapism enables you to quiet the busyness in your head and center yourself? You’re juggling major aspirations and a heavy workload, so make sure you’ve got some Om in your life going forward.
June 21–July 22
The solar eclipse in your hopes-and-wishes house this week invites you to plant a new seed for accomplishment in a broad context. The time is ripe for you to set new social objectives or professional goals. Look at your current successes and failures (remember, you can learn more from the failures!), and mull over where you will go from here. This eclipse augurs a fresh way of participating in the environment that your achievements and interests have placed you in. Examine your affiliations, and widen your circle to be more inclusive and to better reflect your ideals of today. What do you hope to accomplish next? What do you want to change in the world? And where in your own life is revolution called for? With the invigorating sun, clever Mercury and motivated Mars in the mix, your energy, thoughts and action can come together now, but all of these planets are in your humanity sector, telling you that you need other people. The variables are whom and for what.
July 23–August 22
Your ruler the sun joins the addictive south node of the moon this week at the highest point in your chart, suggesting that you can’t get enough of public ego gratification right now. And when the moon gets involved, a solar eclipse occurs, strongly suggesting imminent change in your professional life or your reputation. Apply your fierce will to rethinking your vocation or your public function and finding your place in the world. Release your attachment to a goal that may feed your ego but does not move you toward fulfilling your true promise. If your ambition becomes overblown at this point, that alone could trigger the necessity of taking a new path. You’re capable of concocting a long-term plan now for transforming what you do every day. Think in terms of maximizing your potential and reinventing your public purpose, but don’t be wedded to one particular picture of success.
August 23–September 22
Cerebral Mercury is your sign’s ruling planet, and you tend to perform its thinking function in a pragmatic, analytical manner. But with a solar eclipse conjoining Mercury and Mars in your perspective zone this week, you’re called to release old beliefs and open your mind. Abstract thinking is favored at this time over a literal, logical mindset. Mars emboldens you to take a risk and broaden your outlook, setting off on a quest to discover new meaning in your life and to reach a higher level of understanding. This quest must take you into foreign territory and shake up your stale philosophy. A new way of seeing things can regenerate your creativity and your capacity to express joy and other authentic emotions that come straight from the heart—and it can also heal a relationship. Note that Mars lends a physical aspect to your seeking, so travel and certain sports may offer the adventure you need to look at the world from a more exciting standpoint.
September 23–October 22
The needy south node of the moon has been in your deep-sharing sector in the retentive sign of Taurus the last eight months, during which time you’ve been hanging on—perhaps rather possessively—to something or someone that’s not yours; that you don’t need as much as you think you do; or that will never be enough. A solar eclipse comes along this week to tell you that you must relinquish your false sense of control and learn to trust that the universe will provide. Your relationship-oriented sign is about the wedding, not the marriage, whereas this area of your chart concerns the real evidence of relationship, the responsibilities involved in partnering, the inner workings of merging. It goes beyond the formalities and gets into the nitty-gritty of our contracts with others. Whether it’s a business arrangement or an intimate relationship, the eclipse spells change. Take a good hard look at your own hidden agenda and prepare to let go and move forward.
October 23–November 21
No man is an island, even though you may feel like one lately. A solar eclipse in your others’ angle this week portends a shift in the balance between you and other people. This eclipse is linked with the grasping south node of the moon, astute Mercury and doer Mars, implying that letting go of something in your relationship patterns, thinking things through and putting your intentions into action will lay the groundwork for change to come. The change could be in a business partnership, a close relationship or the way you relate to others, and it’s likely to unfold this year, not this week. Try to envision engaging people on a new level that reflects your increasingly empowered mentality and heals your heart. Imagine a different way of partnering, participating, giving and taking. You need to find a healthy balance between the work you’re doing on yourself and the energy produced by interaction.
November 22–December 21
When a solar eclipse lands in your efficiency zone this week, prepare to fix what’s not working. Your sign is optimistic and tends to want to get on with things, but this part of your chart asks you to humbly face failings, illness and duties and attempt to do better and heal. It’s about diligently apprenticing, in an attempt to attain mastery. You’re being tested in your response to problems and called to improve your skills. How will you handle the realization that you’re coming up short in some way? How will you correct an unproductive habit or an ineffective technique? There’s something about your job, your routine or your health that you’ve sucked dry—or possibly the other way around—and a change is inevitable. Be ready to meet the challenge with your trademark bravura.
December 22–January 19
Mercury—planet of cognition and communication—is in your self-expression sector, and it connects with powerful Pluto in your sign this week, helping you to think creatively and speak from the heart. And Mercury’s hookup with just-do-it Mars suggests that you may assert yourself romantically or take action to become happier. But it’s the solar eclipse in that part of your chart that makes the biggest splash, foretelling a new cycle of creativity beginning; a love affair coming; or procreation (either of offspring or of your own inner child.) This is a time to find an outlet to express your authentic, transforming self—not with a plan for success, but merely for its own sake. You need a source of joy and play, a way of issuing forth a product of what’s within you. Through heartfelt expression of your true self, you can reflect the deep changes that only you’re aware of.
January 20–February 18
It’s a touchy feely week for your cerebral sign, when a solar eclipse in your emotional-security angle connects with intense Pluto in your subconscious sector. Contemplate your private feelings, and talk about them if you’re able to. Feisty Mars links with verbal Mercury in your domestic zone now, so assertive communication with a family member or housemate is possible. A change in your living situation or within your family could be coming, since the area affected by the eclipse is at the bottom of your chart, signifying your foundation. Prepare for change by getting rid of stuff in your home and letting go of emotions and memories that are keeping you stuck. With a bedrock shift imminent, look at what gives you comfort; who you are in the privacy of your own home; the inner turmoil you’ve been experiencing; your struggles with self-esteem; and the ending of one phase of your life. A new mental and physical approach to your stability and your emotional home base is de rigeur in the next several months.
February 19–March 20
Verbose Mercury in your communication house links up with go-for-it Mars and power-player Pluto this week, enabling you to speak and write with great force and assert yourself compellingly with professional contacts and friends alike. If you’re in a stubborn mood, you might also speak rashly or get into an argument. But a solar eclipse in that same house hints that new information is coming, and you may need to ditch an old idea in order to make room in your mentality. Your thought process needs to become more direct and less wishy-washy, as you take in fresh data that can sharpen your focus. Thinking in a different way will reinforce your determination to pursue your dreams and can help you to make the most of powerful connections. The goal is to get your brain in a different groove that’s bolder and less lethargic and has the potential to heal a wound that’s been eating away at you. A change in your immediate environment or a shift in your everyday interactions could help to alter your habitual mindset.
March 21–April 19
With three planets in your assets house, you’ve been more concerned than usual lately with what you have. When a solar eclipse lands there this week, it foreshadows a noticeable shift in the coming months. The eclipse pairs with the done-to-death south node of the moon, indicating that your current impulse to cling to things needs to be checked. It’s time to release stuff that has a hold on you or that you’re not making use of. Make a distinction between what you possess and what possesses you. A new approach to finances, self-worth, personal values, talents and material goods is called for now and will make you feel spiritually lighter and energized to go after your goals. Ponder the connection between money and career, confidence and achievement. Are they feeding into each other as much as possible? With your ruler Mars in this house, you can put the wheels in motion to make necessary changes and get unstuck in the problem area you’re starting to identify.
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