September 23–October 22
Emotional or domestic turbulence can threaten your good mood when Venus in Libra squabbles with Pluto this week, and ignoring the problem won’t help. If you want to restore the sense of wellbeing you’ve been enjoying, you need to deal with what’s going on inside you or in your home. You might relate to people in a rather destructive way if you fail to recognize the changes that are rumbling beneath the surface. Pluto is doing a 180 at the bottom of your chart, so you’re bound to grapple privately with difficult feelings (and possibly memories) that are causing the ground under you to shift. There is a way forward, and Pluto’s U-turn will make it more apparent. If your family, living situation or emotions have stressed you out, note that the path leads through that challenge, not around it. With Mercury segueing into your worth house, your mind may turn to finances, belongings, other resources and personal values. And thanks to Mars charging into your sign soon after for a six-and-a-half-week stay, you can look forward to a highly productive period of tackling your own agenda and furthering your interests. Your drive might make you come on too strong with others, so operate independently if you can so you don’t have to worry about your effect on everyone.
October 23–November 21
Letting go of an old love or making a sacrifice out of compassion could be difficult when Venus and Pluto go at it this week. It’s possible that your understanding isn’t complete enough for you to accept the situation. But if you start obsessing over a past or private attachment, you could cause yourself pain. Try to let your feelings pass through you instead of latching onto them and ruminating over them. And be careful not to manipulate anyone or fixate out of jealousy. As your ruler gets back into gear after backtracking for the last five months, it can bump you out of the groove you’ve been wearing in your brain. Get out of that all-consuming loop and start thinking along new lines! So much has been left unspoken, and soon you may feel more empowered to put your deep thoughts into words, speak about weighty matters or make an important decision. Mercury’s arrival in your sign will also help you to express your POV and put a lot of yourself into everything you say. And you may find you’re able to contemplate personal matters with added objectivity. After Mars sneaks into your release corner, you’ll need to guard against self-sabotaging behavior. Your best bet is to work on your own in a low-key setting — possibly on something that will benefit others. If you’re motivated by recognition, you could become frustrated, so content yourself with behind-the-scenes productivity.
November 22–December 21
Venus in your network zone is clashing with Pluto this week, hinting that financial pressures could get in the way of group fun. Or a problem involving possessions, values, self-esteem or money might spark trouble in your squad. If you or a friend is playing the comparison game, envy is apt to rear its ugly head. Don’t fall into that trap of keeping up with the Joneses; it will turn your social life into a competition. Pluto is wrapping up his five-month retrograde period, so hopefully you’ll start to feel more in control of your finances or feel your self-esteem coming back to life if it’s been waning. Your sign is naturally optimistic, but Pluto has produced some anxiety around security, stability and self-sufficiency. Your resources are changing, and concentrating on how you can provide for yourself will alleviate some of your worries. With Mercury slipping into the last house in your chart, you could start keeping your thoughts to yourself and would do well to listen to your intuition. Private study and research are favored in the coming weeks. After Mars bursts into your network sector for a lengthy visit, teamwork is the way to go. Connect with people who share your goals and ideals — and join forces. Coordinate your interests with those of others, in the spirit of cooperation.
December 22–January 19
Venus rubs Pluto in Capricorn the wrong way this week, implying a need to be in control can affect your image and prevent you from charming higher-ups. Don’t obsess over who’s in the driver’s seat; show how well you can work with others. If you don’t have a great relationship with an authority figure, figure out how to improve it. There’s no question you know what you want; you just need to modify your approach so as not to ruffle feathers. Pluto is pivoting direct after backpedaling for the last five months. Your identity is transforming, and you’ve probably gone underground in an effort to grapple with this intensely private process. You’ve internalized a lot and done some serious soul-searching. Now you’ll gradually become more motivated to make things happen and put positive changes in place. Avoid hasty decisions, but if something feels right, put the wheels in motion. After Mercury enters your humanity house, your mind turns to new goals, and you might do some professional networking. Talking to friends will help you see the big picture. Once Mars sets up shop at the peak of your chart, your ambition will go into overdrive as you set about achieving big personal objectives. Be careful not to step on toes in your climb to the top — Mars can veer from go-getter to warrior in a hot second. Work solo if possible so you don’t have to answer to anyone.
January 20–February 18
When Venus battles Pluto in your subliminal sector this week, you might hold onto anger or jealousy and not take a chance on someone new as a result. Or maybe you’re secretly obsessing over a person or pleasure that seems like a stretch. Honoring the intensity of your feelings is a good start. If hidden pain, self-sabotage or past problems are thwarting your desire to enjoy new and different experiences, confronting your demons and overcoming your fears will allow you to taste more of what life has to offer. Pluto’s U-turn can trigger further rumblings in your subconscious, and you might need peace and quiet to soothe your soul. Work on forgiving others and yourself; addressing troubling emotions; relinquishing toxic patterns; processing losses; and identifying the ways you undermine yourself and the people who undermine you. Mercury is climbing to the highest point in your chart, helping you to formulate and articulate your goals, make career plans and communicate with authority figures. After Mars shows up in your expansion corner, you’ll become even more determined to explore new territory, and your wanderlust could kick in. You’re geared up to take risks, do something entrepreneurial and fight for your beliefs and principles. Channel energy into broadening your mind — seeking out people and adventures that will change how you see the world.
February 19–March 20
A clash between your personal life and your social life could be the result of this week’s Venus-Pluto tangle, and you should be sure to avoid emotional blackmail if you find yourself on either end of it. You’re craving closeness, but an intense bond might somehow trigger trouble in a group under this influence. And a changing friendship might cause you pain now. With Pluto powering forward, though, it’s possible that you’ll start to get that friendship back on track soon. A challenging group effort can also begin to fall into place. Team Pisces has been evolving, sometimes in ways that hurt. But hopefully you’re learning which connections to fight for and which have run their natural course. Move past power struggles, competitive comparisons and gossip. Reconstruct a circle of people who have your back. Mercury’s arrival in your exploration corner takes the blinders off and invites you to expand your perspective. You might become interested in a new course of study or curious about unfamiliar ideas and people who are different from you. This intellectual arousal can lead you to take a trip or simply talk to strangers. And speaking of arousal, Mars is moving into your depth-and-sharing zone, revving up your libido and mobilizing you to take charge in order to satisfy intense desires. You could pursue a passion project, a lover or deep emotional transformation in the next couple of months.
March 21–April 19
Discord between Venus and Pluto can cause trouble in a relationship this week if you’re jealous of someone’s success or worried about whether you and your partner (or someone else close to you) are headed in the same direction. Maybe you’re fixated on a goal, or one of you is acting power hungry. Compromise can restore the equilibrium between you and others. Pluto is moving ahead after spending five months off the grid, and this shift can trigger rumblings in your career or life direction. You’ve struggled to find your way at times, and it may seem like more options are closing off than opening up. Pay attention to the gradual evolution of your ambitions and try to align yourself with that process. Recognize it as part of a divine plan for fulfilling your true purpose. Accept that you can’t go back — only forward. After Mercury enters your depth zone, your focus will narrow, and you could become immersed in research, an investigation of sorts or a passion project. Probing your psyche and confiding in someone you trust will help you gain insight. And when Mars crosses your interpersonal angle, you should consider pairing up to increase your productivity. The next six or seven weeks lend themselves to conflict resolution, as you can get grievances out in the open and work through them. You might get into arguments if you fail to consciously direct this assertive energy.
April 20–May 20
Your ruling planet, Venus, has a scuffle with Pluto this week that can make it harder for you to enjoy your work if you feel it doesn’t have enough depth and meaning. Strong opinions can also get in the way of peaceful relations with colleagues, and you’d be wise to embrace the concept that there’s more than one right way of doing things. Pluto is getting back up to speed after five months of backpedaling in your outlook sector, so if you’ve lost sight of the big picture, it should begin to fall back into place soon enough. You may have had a crisis of faith and probably feel like you’ve lost the thread to some extent. But you’ll become bolder about venturing out on a limb in a quest for powerful learning experiences. Mercury is crossing your interpersonal angle, putting emphasis on one-on-one dialogues and encouraging you to soak up knowledge from other individuals. You might enter into negotiations or clarify matters in close relationships. With Mars darting into your efficiency corner and camping out there for the next six and a half weeks, you’ll be very busy with daily duties, job responsibilities, workouts and other necessary tasks. This is a period of hard work where the reward is productivity and usefulness. You might find it difficult to be a team player, so roll up your sleeves solo if possible.
May 21–June 20
This week’s Venus-Pluto disagreement hints at a clash between fun romance and weighty commitment. Maybe part of you wants to keep things lighthearted, and a relationship is getting too intense. Jealousy, sex, mistrust or psychological turmoil could be complicating matters and making you feel less playful. You shouldn’t try to control someone else, but nor should you gloss over what needs to change. With Pluto plowing forward after a five-month retrograde spell, issues involving merging, sharing, intimacy, investing and trust will be brought into sharper focus. A close relationship, contract, loan or collaboration could come out of limbo and start to move ahead, but probably with some needed alterations. Now that your ruler, Mercury, is moving into your efficiency corner, you’ll be able to analyze problems, think critically, tackle detailed mental tasks and liaise with coworkers. Your ability to zero in on what’s wrong could lead you to nitpick, so be careful not to speak too harshly. After Mars lands in your joy zone, your zeal for doing as you please and going after whatever you desire will grow exponentially. You’re inclined to march to your own beat now and will take great pride in creativity, generosity and anything that earns you a round of applause. Make time for fun — dating, games and sports are especially appealing under this influence.
June 21–July 22
A spat between Venus and Pluto points to a possible power struggle with a family member or an intense encounter that shakes you up this week. Plus, an obligation may get in the way of relaxing at home, particularly if someone calls in their chips. This planetary configuration also signals that you’re probably feeling comfortable with the status quo and are somewhat resistant to change in a relationship. It’s tempting to play it safe if you’re scared to risk getting hurt. Pluto’s current about-face in your interpersonal angle can regenerate a bond and empower you to shift your relationship dynamics in general. After a five-month-long retrograde phase, now you’ll start to see the way forward with someone or at least feel like you’re capable of changing the situation. Are you giving too much power away or projecting your most difficult qualities onto people? Pluto’s direct turn compels you to face facts. Fortunately, with Mercury zipping into your fulfillment house, your sense of humor gets a jolt, and you might break out of a writing block or feel freer to share your heartfelt feelings. After Mars dips down to the base of your chart — where he’ll take up residence for the next month and a half — you’ll get busy around the house, perhaps tackling a domestic project or doing your job from home. Try not to fall into regressive behavior patterns or get into petty squabbles when you’re feeling moody.
July 23–August 22
When Venus has a run-in with Pluto this week, your workload or your health might interfere with your good mood. You’re intent on enjoying your day, but the reality of everyday circumstances can hang over your head like a dark cloud. Do your best to keep looking on the bright side! Now that Pluto is edging ahead after five months in reverse, you should start to feel more in control of your daily life. Changes that affect your wellness, your job or your routine seem to be out of your hands, but soon you’ll have a better sense of how to improve your quality of life and your wellbeing. Stress may be sapping your vitality, and you need to listen to what your body is telling you. It’s the vehicle that carries you through life, so treat it with great care. Mercury’s descent to your foundation angle will help put you in touch with your innermost thoughts and feelings and might turn your attention to your living situation. You may start reminiscing about the past or feel the need to talk things through with your parents. After Mars rockets into your thinking-and-talking corner, you won’t have much trouble standing up for yourself in conversations and selling people on your ideas. Your restlessness could spur you travel or to take on challenging intellectual work.
August 23–September 22
Intense desire could tempt you to put your finances at risk or put your confidence on the line when Venus squares off with Pluto this week. Pause to question what this fixation is truly worth to you. Don’t give anyone too much power over you! Pluto is pivoting forward after months of traveling retrograde, so your emotions will rise to the surface and drama could impact your love life. Try not to react in the moment. Stop and take deep breaths. A romantic connection, a physical attraction, your creative expression, your relationship with a child or the ways that you find joy in your life are undergoing a course correction — and you’ll begin to feel better about your prospects shortly. Mercury prances into your thinking-and-talking corner next, livening up your mind and everyday interactions. You’re eager to connect with people, explore your environs and learn new things. Let your curiosity lead the way! After Mars gallops into your worth house, you’ll be motivated to use your resources in a more proactive way and will probably identify strongly with what you have and what you need. The drive to attain security can spur you to pursue a gig that boosts your bank balance, while the drive to have what you crave can send you on a shopping spree. Avoid fighting over money, belongings and personal values. Use the assets at your disposal to secure what you need.
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