In need of some guidance? Read on for this week’s forecast…
February 19–March 20
The sun and Mercury both meet up with Neptune in Pisces this week, and being aware of the potential positive and negative ramifications can empower you to make the best of this summit in your sign. Your intuition, empathy, imagination, spirituality and sensitivity will be awakened, but escapism, disorientation, misjudgment, fatigue and apathy are possible pitfalls. You could feel vulnerable and not grounded in your body; however, your heightened perception can bring meaningful insights, as you’re in a sort of dream state. Mars in your worth house is facing off with Jupiter in your merging sector, complicating give-and-take. You’re motivated by your personal needs and could dig in your heels, defend your values and become possessive. Tone down your expectations of outside support, and cultivate a healthy respect for others’ needs and values. Jupiter and Uranus stage their own faceoff, highlighting the anxiety that instability has caused you. Uncertainty about having what you require to survive and thrive can make you want more from someone else or increase your anticipation of help. Strive for a good mix of self-sufficiency and sharing, and be willing to tweak your requirements and priorities. Mars is cooperating with Saturn in your ambition angle, hinting that playing the long game is more important than instant gratification. Your master plan for success should contain action steps that gradually augment your security. Stay disciplined, and keep your eye on the mark you seek to make it in the world. With Venus turning retrograde for six weeks, it’s time to review your finances, possessions, assets and self-esteem. Make a distinction between needs and wants, and ride out a temporary fear of lack or loss. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
March 21–April 19
Mars in Aries is opposing Jupiter in your partnership angle this week, putting your behavior at odds with your expectations of another person. Try not to overreact if someone doesn’t come through for you. Compromise between pursuing your own agenda and acting in the best interests of a relationship, and avoid coming on too strong. A physical outlet like vigorous exercise can help you to burn off excess energy. Jupiter’s faceoff with Uranus ups the potential for friction in your relationships. You’re redefining who you are as a person, but you can also achieve significant growth through your connections with other individuals. Jupiter is heightening your awareness of how much others bring to your life, but your urge to rebel against dependence hasn’t gone away. It is possible to evolve as an individual and still rely on others. Independence and partnership are not mutually exclusive. You’re changing, and if you make a point of nurturing healthy relationships, those people who are right for you will adapt to the new you. Thankfully, Mars is collaborating with Saturn, helping you to align your drive with your knowledge of how to play by the rules. You’re capable of taking action that will serve a higher purpose and not simply gratify immediate desires. Saturn provides the pragmatism and restraint you need to manifest your vision in the long run. When the sun and Mercury run into Neptune in your solitude house, you might feel a bit lost. Withdraw to rest, reflect, release worries and tune into your spiritual side. Venus is beginning to backtrack, causing you to be more introverted than usual over the next six weeks. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
April 20–May 20
Mars’s confrontation with Jupiter in your health-and-duties corner this week can lead you to push yourself too hard when it comes to your job, a self-improvement effort or your to-do list. You’ll flood the engine if you don’t ease up on the gas. Find appropriate channels for your energy, and take timeouts to escape into solitude, your imagination and sleep. Your busyness might be covering up something in your psyche that you need to deal with in order to achieve mind-body wellness. Jupiter’s opposition with Uranus puts further emphasis on the link between your subconscious and your daily life. Distractions in the back of your head and unexpected disruptions in your routine can exacerbate stress. You’re trying to fulfill your responsibilities but probably find it difficult to focus. Pay attention to compulsive behavior, which could cause you to veer off on a tangent. Recognize a subliminal urge to shake things up, and give yourself plenty of breaks. Mars is clicking with Saturn, enabling you to work intensively behind the scenes on something that requires depth and concentration. Meanwhile, a sun-Mercury-Neptune conference in your network sector inclines you to integrate your interests, ideals and goals with those of others and also makes you more susceptible to peer pressure. Enjoy an organic sense of connection with other living beings and tune into their needs. Compassion for those less fortunate than you promotes humanitarian aspirations. Engage in creative, empathic and spiritual communication, but be careful not to harbor illusions; it’s hard to distinguish between fact and fiction now. Venus’s retrograde turn is bound to make you more reclusive and nostalgic. You’re better off retreating than forcing connections. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
May 21–June 20
One of the challenges this week will be to coordinate your actions with those of others, since Mars in your network sector is facing off with Jupiter. Creativity, romance and the freedom to express your individuality are at odds with teamwork, doing something with your friends or taking action on a recent goal, and compromise is key. Jupiter is also embroiled in a faceoff with Uranus, so your quest for personal fulfillment is at odds with the necessity of accommodating others’ quirks. You’re tempted to rebel against group pressures, as you need to be yourself and pursue heartfelt aspirations without apology. A love affair could separate you from friends, or a growing interest could draw you to a new crowd. It’s natural to identify with a different circle of people as you figure out who you are and what makes you happy—and you have an unmistakable urge to be with whomever you choose romantically and socially. A Mars-Saturn alliance implies that group activities, professional networking and camaraderie will be fruitful and can build a bridge between you and others. You might meet someone important through people you already know or get serious with a casual acquaintance. The sun-Mercury-Neptune meeting in your ambition angle highlights your uncertainty about your life direction, but listening to the whisperings of your spirit will remind you that you have a calling. Creative career ideas will be forthcoming, though murky communication with authority figures might discourage you. With Venus going retrograde, you’ll feel somewhat out of sync with people, but it’s a good time to ponder the web of connections in your life and the roles you play in others’ lives. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
June 21–July 22
Mars is motivating you to achieve your goals, but this week’s tension with Jupiter in your comfort sector means your ambition will have to compete with a strong desire to indulge in the pleasures of home. Your underlying confidence or your family’s expectations of you could get you to push yourself extra hard. Seek a good balance between action and relaxation. Jupiter also happens to be sparring with Uranus in your success angle, hinting that you need to navigate ups and downs in the outside world while also attending to domestic goings-on, and you’re probably overwhelmed. You’re ready to transcend the limitations of your backstory, childhood role or family ties, but this might lead to a clash with your parents. An urge for freedom isn’t in sync with an underlying craving for peace. Fortunately, Mars is linked with Saturn in your productivity corner, so hard work will pay off in the form of significant progress and perhaps professional or public recognition. Focus your efforts on top-priority tasks, and do what needs to be done with humility. The sun’s and Mercury’s encounters with Neptune enhance your connection with ideas, beliefs, people, places and cultures beyond your everyday routine. The upside is a sense of being at one with the world, while the downside is being unsure of your place in the scheme of things. Welcome inspiration, faith and higher consciousness, and dwell in a temporary fog of mystery, knowing that meaning will emerge. Venus’s retrograde phase will last six weeks, stalling a creative pursuit or causing you to question how you come across. Pause to consider what goals have the most value for you, and think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
July 23–August 22
Because of a faceoff between Mars and Jupiter this week, you could overstate your case and find it hard to reach an accord. You can get carried away defending your stance, but cultivating a healthy degree of curiosity will get you to listen attentively. Ultimately, a lively exchange will make you more knowledgeable. Jupiter wants you to persist in expanding your perception, so don’t cost yourself a learning opportunity by fighting for what you believe is true. Jupiter’s opposition to Uranus underscores how much is going on in your head lately, not to mention in your daily life. Although playing with different mental pictures of the future is exciting, you’re filled with nervous energy. Getting out of your routine will help quench your thirst for freedom and progress, while talking to people you trust and writing down your thoughts will help you process what you’re going through. Mars is cooperating with Saturn, encouraging you to push the limits of who you can be and what will bring you joy. You must venture into the unknown at times if you are to grow. New experiences can show you different routes to personal fulfillment. When the sun and Mercury join up with Neptune, you could lose yourself via deep immersion in a relationship or endeavor. Surrender to passion and delve intensely into one pursuit or connection, and you may experience a profound sense of spiritual fusion. Let go of your ego identity and dig into the rich complexities of your core self. As Venus turns retrograde, your current taste for travel, learning and unfamiliar experiences and people could wane. In the coming weeks, reconsider what you’re chasing after and think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
August 23–September 22
With the sun and Mercury encountering Neptune in your one-on-one angle this week, you may feel deeply connected to someone, but you also might be confused by people or become disillusioned with a relationship. Boundaries will be an issue, so avoid codependence. Tuning into your empathy will enable you to bond with someone on his or her wavelength. Go with the flow and let people be themselves. This is an ideal time to forgive someone. Communication can be romantic and even spiritual; however, deception and misunderstanding are possible, making it essential to postpone drawing conclusions. When Mars quarrels with Jupiter, money, possessions or values could become problematic. Hear someone out and contemplate how you might integrate mine and ours better. You can achieve harmony in a relationship and a clearer understanding of your priorities. Jupiter’s faceoff with Uranus calls for you to juggle your pursuit of security with changes in shared or outside resources. You’re feeling more confident, and peaks and valleys in a close relationship may seem related to your growing independence. If you don’t need someone’s help as much as you used to, tension can arise as your dynamic shifts. You’re free to go after what you need, and sharing probably feels quite tricky to navigate. A Mars-Saturn confab implies that getting up the courage to face your fears will make you stronger and give you something to build on. Venus is going retrograde for the next six weeks, so you’re apt to feel like you’re not getting all that you desire from someone. But this is a chance to delve into your psyche and ponder what you really want out of intimacy and partnership. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
September 23–October 22
Mars goes head-to-head with Jupiter in Libra this week, making it challenging for you to align personal growth with relationships. You could feel like you’re too much for some people or think you’re being perceived that way. You may see yourself as gracious and self-effacing; however, with audacious Jupiter in your sign, you’re not all about other people these days. Be open to constructive criticism, and collaborate with enthusiasm when given the opportunity. If faced with a conflict, represent yourself honestly and work through the problem at hand without exaggerating. Another individual’s behavior may clash with your truth, in which case you should remind yourself that you don’t have all the answers. Jupiter’s confrontation with Uranus underscores tension between your quest to broaden your horizons and the need to cope with changes in a close relationship; an unstable partner; a breakup; or unreliable people. You might fear that your need for freedom and growth will cost you some connections, but restricting your evolution as an individual won’t set your relationships in stone. Both you and your relationships need to keep moving forward in order to flourish. Get to know yourself better, and resist projecting negative qualities onto others to explain difficult developments. A Mars-Saturn alliance invites you to take equality seriously and work through interpersonal issues with mature communication. Meanwhile, the sun-Mercury-Neptune conference can dampen your determination, but doing something to help others will probably be more satisfying than pursuing your own objectives anyway. As Venus turns retrograde for the next six weeks, you’ll feel less bonded with people and might sense someone pulling away. Reflect on your relationships and what you want from people. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
October 23–November 21
The sun, Mercury and Neptune rendezvous in your joy sector this week, making you want to lose yourself in play, creativity, romance and self-expression. Natural moments of love and pleasure may be blissful, but escapism is a risk. If you find yourself irresistibly attracted to someone, understand the danger of overidentifying with that person and dissolving your identity into theirs. The reality and the dream aren’t clearly demarcated, and the appeal of a soulmate connection is highly seductive. Creative self-expression can put you in a flow, and you’ll feel like you’re channeling from a higher realm. A Mars-Jupiter opposition spans your duties and spirit houses, so part of you is driven to tackle a big to-do list, while part of you yearns to check out and just be. Don’t overdo either end of the axis. Balance the call of reality and the call of your spirit. Jupiter’s faceoff with Uranus also seemingly pits your inner and outer lives against each other, but self-knowledge can guide you to make positive changes in your work and your routine. Your urge to be free from unstable circumstances and your insights into how you can help others will drive you to be more productive, but you need to accept the past and embrace the future. A joint effort between Mars and Saturn reminds you that industriousness will help stabilize your finances; healthy habits will make you feel better about yourself; and efficiency will give you a solid sense of what you have going for you. Venus’s retrograde turn coaxes you to consider the value you place on your wellness, work and time. What adjustments will help you get more satisfaction out of each day? Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
November 22–December 21
Impulsive Mars is opposing your ruling planet this week, putting you in a festive mood and possibly causing you to go overboard. You might want to do one thing, while your friends expect you to do another. Your love life won’t sync up effortlessly with your social life, and you may need to juggle the two. Don’t pursue an ideal of a good time; rather, seize pleasures as they come. Jupiter’s faceoff with Uranus can also make you feel torn between personal gratification and group interests. You want the freedom to do your own thing, but you’re also inclined to cooperate with others, as you thrive on having people around you and feeling supported. If a romantic relationship doesn’t conform to group expectations, you could feel even more conflicted. Fortunately, Mars is gelling with Saturn in Sagittarius, encouraging you to bet on yourself and put a plan for personal fulfillment in place. Take your happiness seriously. Your agenda is linked with creativity, love, joy and self-expression, so you don’t need to be all business. Pursue what completes you. A sun-Mercury-Neptune summit might make you extra sentimental, nostalgic or moody and puts you in touch with private thoughts and emotions. But you may feel confused and ungrounded, and a misunderstanding at home or with relatives is possible. Revel in the comforts of home, and take pleasure in doing something selfless for family or roommates. Venus is going retrograde for six weeks, which could result in a creative block or make you more guarded with your heart. You’re liable to reminisce about a past love or rediscover an old source of happiness. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
December 22–January 19
A confrontation between Mars and Jupiter spans the pinnacle and base of your chart, making it particularly challenging to balance home life and goals. Regressive behavior, buried anger and family friction can cause problems, and you may be pushing yourself to do too much. Getting work done around the house will help you burn off excess energy. If you feel irritable, drill down to the underlying cause if possible. Jupiter is also locking horns with Uranus, triggering your urge for freedom—freedom to chase after your own objectives as well as freedom to break away from the past. Your family, living situation or emotional state may not be providing you with a solid foundation, and disruptions in these areas have been unsettling. Juggling your ambitions with more private matters is challenging, but a coalition between Mars and Saturn implies that unpacking emotional baggage will help you find closure. It’s a good time to finish a domestic project, work through a family problem or reorganize your space. A sun-Mercury-Neptune conference prompts you to lose yourself in thought and express your compassion. Empathy and imagination are apt to color your thinking, and you’ll benefit from a facile sense of interconnectedness. However, you might feel bewildered and gullible or fumble with your words. This is an excellent opportunity to change your mind and to perceive higher truths that supersede mundane information. Now that Venus is turning retrograde in your home angle for a period of six weeks, family relationships may fall back into old patterns or you could experience some discomfort in your environment. Contemplate whether your décor—or your living situation itself—are truly pleasing to you. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.
January 20–February 18
This week’s Mars-Jupiter altercation could get you into a heated debate, especially if you identify very strongly with your opinion. In that instance, it feels personal when someone disagrees with you. You may choose to fight for your cause if you know it’s a just one, but if you find yourself mired in a pointless argument, try to rise above it. Aim for an exchange of ideas and mutual learning; don’t simply walk away. Jupiter’s feud with Uranus in your cognition-and-communication corner can also generate mental agitation and differences of opinion. You’re in the process of broadening your mind and chasing after new experiences, but the fast pace of change may be unnerving you, particularly if you’re questioning what you thought you already knew. Day-to-day busyness and details can distract you, and you might be having a hard time getting out of your routine and raising your sights to a brighter future. Stay flexible and hopeful. You’re dealing with many permutations in your head and in your world. Mars is meshing with Saturn, suggesting that a proactive mindset and direct speech can get you on the same page with people. Be forthcoming with your ideas and ready to back them up. A sun-Mercury-Neptune get-together in your worth house calls for you to place spiritual values over material ones and resist murky financial judgment. Ponder what you have going for you and what you need, but don’t make any decisions. You can overcome fears of lack and loss, but it will take time. With Venus beginning to backtrack, you could feel yourself pulling away from people and mulling things over in your head instead of communicating them. Think back to March–April 2009 (the last time Venus was retrograde in the same part of the zodiac). If you remember anything that was going on with you then, it can offer clues about the next month and a half.