The steadying influence of the sun's favorable trine to
pragmatic Saturn Friday could keep you from going overboard while Venus tests
how deeply into debt exuberant Jupiter can take you. Saturday is also when retrograde
Mercury turns direct, early enough in the morning to begin the shopping spree
you've been waiting three weeks for. However, for those who stay in bed,
heavenly dreams thanks to the Mars-Neptune trine, also inspiration for visual
artists, musicians and religious fanatics. More spirituality, sentimentality and
exquisite expressions of love that night as Venus and Neptune hook up in Aquarius.
Sunday offers more of the same, maybe better. That evening, Venus (the gals) and
Mars (the guys) perfect their “good for all concerned” trine. The
Aries new moon/total solar eclipse and Pluto's flip into retrograde early
Wednesday may leave us wondering, “What now?”


This weekend, getting caught in the middle needn't be a bad thing. Feel
free to share in the exalted vibe (a Venus-Neptune conjunction) being beamed from
humanitarian Aquarius to your crusading Mars ruler while it cruises through curious
Gemini. Artists, especially, will benefit from the exchange of affection and aesthetic
appreciation. However, the Aries new moon on the 29th might not be as promising
as usual; blame the total solar eclipse if you sense that something from your
past is holding your enthusiasm in check.


You could be doubly blessed this weekend. However, you might not think so if “bigger
is better” Jupiter in your partnership house pushes you beyond your comfort
zone when it tests your Venus ruler. Meanwhile, single-minded Mars in your area
of assets intends to reward the renown you've achieved, particularly for
your most recent artistic accomplishment. Whether all this attention will lead
to true romance is something only you and your publicist can decide. Just know
that while Venus and Neptune are conjunct, you're at your most photogenic.


Don't let it go to your head, but this weekend, as Venus and Neptune favor
Mars in your sign, you could become the object of more than one person's
affection, not to mention admiration. Is there a Taurus, a Libra, (both signs
are ruled by Venus), a Neptune-ruled Pisces or an independent Aquarius (both planets
are in that compatible air sign) who are paying you more attention and acting
sweeter than they usually do? Warning: Because your Mercury ruler changes direction
on Saturday, there's a slim chance that, in the confusion, you might misread
the signals.


Mercury in Pisces, a supportive water sign, turning direct this weekend could
present a reason to reconsider your take on all that has happened since the Messenger
flipped on March 2. Actually, go back to mid-February to see where this particular
train of thought began. And give yourself until April 13 to see where it ends.
That's when Mercury finally leaves the shadow period that precedes and follows
the retrogression. Why should you care about the effect this Mercury retrograde
is having on you? Because its next retrograde period occurs in Cancer.


If July-born Lions feel less exuberant than usual, attribute it to bearing the
burden of having strict Saturn in the early degrees of your sign. But after a
long winter of plodding through a pile of work, Saturn finally catches a break
when it makes a rewarding trine to the Aries sun this weekend. Lackadaisical Leos,
who would certainly benefit from having more discipline in their lives, should
grab hold of the support this positive aspect offers. While folks are focused
on your partner, slip away and take care of your own needs.


A bit more assertiveness regarding your career could get you that plum assignment,
especially if your gig involves art and beauty. While decorative Venus and imaginative
Neptune meet in your Aquarius house of work and service, the results can be stunning.
Although their alliance occurs every year around this time, it's not every
year that pushy Mars passes through your Gemini midheaven. This boost of energy
and ambition can make a significant difference. Don't expect the same from
the Aries new moon/solar eclipse on the 29th; instead, watch out for some sort
of loss, e.g., a colleague's support.


With so much attention being lavished on your Venus ruler this weekend, you're
apt to be overwhelmed by the many opportunities to express yourself. Whether you're
taking pictures or (artistically) taking off your clothes makes little difference.
However, at the same time, you shouldn't ignore the chance to earn the respect
of a somewhat recalcitrant employer. Thanks to a favorable trine between Saturn,
the executive, in your midheaven and the audacious Aries sun, you could receive
the recognition you deserve.


Acquiring more beautiful, high-tech items can turn into an obsession while Venus
and Neptune, the planets of “gorgeous,” are joined in state-of-the-art
Aquarius. Since your Mars co-ruler in your Gemini house of shared values is currently
(but not for much longer) in favor of domestic improvements that can foster domestic
bliss, it'll be hard not to follow your heart's desires. If you wait
until the 29th, when your Pluto co-ruler turns retrograde in your Sagittarius
house of the money you earn, it might be too late.


Not all Sagittarians, but mainly those of us born in mid-December, will notice
a difference in approach to personal problems after Pluto turns retrograde on
March 29. Because that is also the day of the Aries new moon/total solar eclipse,
there's a chance we'll be distracted by the drama, and that the secret
Pluto is hiding, the one we've been trying to discover, will be buried for
the retrograde duration. Not until Labor Day does Pluto face forward and begin
the process of regeneration and rejuvenation all over again.


Mercury turning direct might bring news that money is on its way. But if it doesn't
show up until April 13 (a tax refund?), you can justify the delay by reminding
yourself that until that date, Mercury won't come out of the shadow it cast
during this retrograde period. If, once upon a time, the problems associated with
Mercury retrograde lasted a mere three weeks, it now encompasses an eight-week
window of opportunity to mess with our messages and our minds. Still, that's
nothing compared with the 19-year cycle that begins with the Aries solar eclipse
on the 29th.


For the Water-Bearers who are not being inundated with offers from amorous, athletic
Mars to fool around or, at least, to get into the game, there are alternatives.
This weekend, the Aries sun in your money zone forms a rewarding trine aspect
to Saturn, your old-school ruling planet, in your Leo house of allies. Act responsibly
and something swell could come your way by way of a person who wields more clout
than you do. Same goes for being congenial enough to invite a response from an
upstanding member of your community.


For some Fish, activity; for others, turmoil. It all depends on how assertive
Mars passing through your Gemini home base affects relationships with family members
and home-repair folks. Along with the desire, Mars also provides the physical
energy to start a project you may have been considering since the last time Mars
was in Gemini, about two years ago. Just remember that because antsy Mars will
move on to Cancer in mid-April, there might not be enough follow-through incentive
to finish the project. Coincidentally, that's also when Mercury finally
leaves your sign.

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