TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 Saturn Retrograde
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it,” said Archimedes, “and I shall move the world.” He might have added something about the integral strength of the lever. Saturn retrograde reminds us just how heavy world can be. Nonetheless, figure out your point of leverage; be strong; and make things happen.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). When relationships go through changes, both people in the relationship are a part of that. The very nature of relationships is co-involvement. Today the blame and credit are likely to be misplaced. It’s something to think over.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Want to find out everything? All you have to do is ask, “How are you?” and the whole story comes out. Share your story, too, otherwise it’s not as fun (or as fair)!
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re the star of someone’s thoughts today. And while you’re not quite the person they think you are (you’re so much deeper than their limited knowledge of you), you might have fun trying on the role.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You want to explore, but there’s plenty to do right where you are. How can you justify traipsing around the world (or the internet) with your current load of responsibility? Set a timer. A few minutes of novelty is all you need to refresh your outlook.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Whatever “it” is today, it will require hard work. Hard work isn’t always heavy lifting, sweat or hours of toil. Hard work is efficiently getting it done, even if “it” is mostly just thinking something through.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’re not getting the response you desire. It’s not something you’re entitled to; rather, it’s a puzzle to solve. An experimental approach will work well for you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The question of the day is an existential one that can be taken many different ways and directed to yourself or to others: “Who do you think you are?” The answer will change by the minute.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When the social impetus to be with the group plays against the fact that there’s apparently nothing in the situation for you, boredom ensues. But there is something here for you. You’ll have to dig deeper for it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Passion isn’t necessary for achievement, but it often leads to it. The passionate person usually gets there sooner, too, because passion is fast-burning fuel. Today you’ll be propelled by your passion.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A secret is supposed to be something hidden or unknown. And yet, secrets are told and sold every day, in books and on billboards, in texts and on television. That’s why your ability to really keep a secret is so remarkable and rare.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Like a good murder mystery novel or a Steven Soderbergh movie, some things are best presented in jumbled puzzle pieces that you have to put together yourself. That will be half the fun today.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Sometimes happiness has you cheering. Other times it inspires quiet reverie. Happiness can move you to tears, make you dance, write, sing or drive long distances. Stay flexible so you can recognize happiness however it shows up.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 17). You’ll experience a sharp uptick in confidence, self-sufficiency and ambition over the next two months. You’ll often find yourself in a serious schedule with big responsibility. So when it’s time to play, be sure to have fun like it’s your birthright. The education you get in November will markedly increase your means. Pisces and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 5, 49, 30 and 13.
ASTROLOGICAL TOPIC: “What is tarot and how does it relate to astrology?”
Tarot is a deck of cards that fortunetellers have used through the ages to see the past, present and future. No one agrees on just how long tarot’s been around, but early tarot cards were likely playing cards. Both tarot and astrology use symbols of human consciousness -- something Carl Jung called “archetypes”. An archetype is a symbol that is so universal it shows up in myths, dreams, art and real life for people of different ages, races and cultures. For instance, we all know what it’s like to enter a completely new phase of life and just jump right in without an instruction manual. In tarot, the symbol that represents this idea is the fool card. I liken that to Aries, a pure, clear, no-fear way of being. Have you been through periods of life where you learned to trust in your own resourcefulness, value and intuition to get to the next step? That’s the High Priestess card, a life journey for Taurus people. Good communication, versatile skills and exemplar timing is the magic of the Magician... and Gemini. We can count on the inner Magician (or a Gemini) to pull an opportunity out of the hat.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Jennifer Garner found her calling through action-adventure roles but flirts with drama and romantic comedy. Her colleagues say she’s one of the brightest, warmest personalities in Hollywood. The combination of Aries fire and Gemini air bring an edgy, spontaneously combustible element to her action and dramatic roles. Look for Garner in the romantic dramedy “Love, Simon.”