Major atmospheric changes ahead: The sun enters Aries (the spring equinox)
on Friday at 10:49 p.m. PST. Saturday afternoon (2:41), the sun and the Aries
moon meet to launch a new lunar cycle. Late that night, Mars moves from "let
it be" Taurus to "let's talk it over" Gemini. Suddenly alternatives
become not only rational, but feasible. And on Wednesday, degenerate Pluto does
its annual backflip. Will the flap about steroids in sports take a back seat
for the next five months? Will pedophiles and the pulpit become a dead issue
for a while? Or are these matters going underground, only to rise like the phoenix
The spring equinox arrives with a novel twist. It's been quite a few years,
1989 to be exact, since your independent Mars ruler visited open-minded, versatile
Gemini in time for your birthday. With Mercury in your sign adding pertinent
details and reliable sources to the mix, this would be an excellent time to
consider alternative approaches, make a fresh start and take a lighter, brighter
approach to your daily routine. So much for same-old, same-old, carved-in-stone
modes of thinking. Now you can be witty as well as wise.
The Aries new moon Saturday might introduce a brand-new element to your social
scene, perhaps a person or a reason that'll intensify your political involvement.
But before you get carried away, remind yourself that your romantic Venus ruler
is being zapped by hypnotic Neptunian forces and that, under these circumstances,
you could easily confuse idealistic with realistic. If you're choreographing
a ballet, no problem, but if you're visualizing a new look or updating/fudging
your r??sum??, the outcome can be quite disappointing.
Once every two years, intrepid Mars travels through Gemini and ratchets up
the intensity of your everyday experiences. Try to remember the last time you
had such big balls or were as willing to add an exciting unknown to your scene.
You'll have until your annual Cinco de Mayo hangover disappears to enjoy
and/or exploit these physical and psychological surges of energies. Mars in
your sign also helps sharpen your skills so that you can more easily achieve
your current goal. It's a good time for minor cosmetic surgery and dental
With the change of the seasons, Moon Children might sense that something crucial
to their well-being is about to occur. This feeling is never stronger than when
the astrological new year begins. Spend a moment this weekend considering which
of your long-term life goals you would like to attain next, and direct the new-moon
magic you make to that end. You're more in control (thank Saturn in your
sign) than you think. However, you may feel frustrated when the "leap before
you look" Aries sun hits a Saturn-like snag next weekend. Steel yourself.
Even before the fiery Aries sun enlivens the general atmosphere, the Lion's
spirits could rise dramatically. Chances are you'll be tempted to direct
this boost of energy to an artistic or a romantic goal, but if you do, you could
be courting disillusionment. Protect yourself from the hype you're liable
to hear from an impressionable partner or a well-intentioned co-worker. Take
everything with a grain of salt until you discover the truth, or a reasonable
facsimile, midweek. This way, you may be able to elude the depression scheduled
to descend on you next weekend.
The Aries new moon this weekend can stir up action in your houses of partnerships
and other people's money. Who are you targeting next and for how much?
This would be an excellent time to launch a project with outside financing,
raised by someone, e.g., an Aries with chutzpah and determination, not traits
commonly associated with the modest Virgin. But you may surprise yourself after
aggressive Mars enters Gemini and offers an array of alternative career choices
that haven't been available during the past two years.
You have more in common right now with an artistic Taurus or an Aquarius than
you imagine, even though it's a fervid imagination that links you to them.
While your Venus ruler is besotted with Neptunian dreams and schemes, there's
no limit to what you can envision when prodded by these inventive folks. So
make an effort to get together this weekend and see what miraculous, fabulous,
gorgeous, glamorous ideas you come up with. But be aware that it will take a
lot of labor (hopefully not yours) to transform a concept into a product.
A new moon in your house of romance and risk is too tempting a prospect to
pass up. No matter what you're offered this weekend, be it a game of chance,
a game guy or dame, take it. You could be over your head in another week, but
until an obstacle (such as a lack of sufficient funds) arises, there's
no reason you can't play. If life at home feels a bit woo-woo, lay the
blame on impressionable Neptune in New Age???ish Aquarius for mystifying
the atmosphere. But if you're as resourceful as Scorpios are reputed to
be, you'll already have a feng shui master on speed dial.
The burst of heat that this weekend's Aries new moon brings to your domestic
scene may be modified in another week by circumstances beyond your control.
Until then, give your imagination free rein and consider the many changes you'd
like to make. Perhaps you'll start with an argumentative roommate who personifies
what having Mars in your Gemini house of partners means? Rubbing each other
the wrong way is a natural expression of this once-every-two-year transit. If
you show some patience, you could soon be rewarded with exciting escapades and
heavy doses of passion.
"Be prepared" is not only the Boy Scouts' motto, it's your
modus operandi as well. If I told you that in another week your Saturn ruler
will be tested by the militant Aries sun, will you start defending your turf,
your co-worker or your legal position now? Or will you go all soft inside and
succumb to the pretty pictures your lover (or child) is painting to gain your
attention? You know, the ones that'll invariably cost more than you want
to pay. And will money spent for love or art cushion the stark reality of what
Adventurous Aries new-moon energy promises that you'll find money where
and when you least expect it. Whether that promise holds true depends in part
on just how gullible Neptune in Aquarius is making you. You might not want to
question a relative's or your landlord's motives or doubt heartfelt
advice about home decorating, but you should. On the other hand, who wouldn't
want to sleep in a bedroom that looks like the Garden of Eden, pesky viper and
all? Oops, is that a friendship going south?
Like your Virgo complement, you're about to feel the effects of having
Mars visit mutable Gemini for the first time in two years. Are things running
smoothly at home? Not for much longer. When was the last time you fought with
a neighbor? Martian aggressiveness can pay off if you need to act instead of
letting a stagnant situation drift along, but it can sharpen the peaceful Piscean
viewpoint along with your tongue. Pluto, ruler of rescue and rehabilitation,
turns retrograde in your Sag midheaven until August 30. Don't push for
career advancement until then.
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