Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - CONTENTS - Heather Roan Rob­bins

SPRING BE­GINS WITH ten­der shoots and tough light­ning bolts on March 20. The sun en­ters brash and forth­right Aries, while March winds re­mind us that spring is as stormy as it is calm.

This Fri­day we may still feel the tired end of win­ter as the sun in Pisces squares se­ri­ous Saturn and calls us to task. Life’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties can ir­ri­tate us. In­se­cu­ri­ties can stim­u­late us to rebel, to push our­selves, or to sulk. In­stead of buck­ing author­ity, it is good for us to claim our own. Once we get our ducks in a row, the week­end can open up. An up­beat and out­spo­ken Sagittarius moon shifts the mood. As ver­bal Mer­cury con­juncts warm­hearted Venus in Aries, it feels good to share ideas and bond over out­ra­geous things. Just no­tice that peo­ple may, in their en­thu­si­asm, not be par­tic­u­larly care­ful of one an­other’s feel­ings.

The spring rev­o­lu­tion kicks in as the sun en­ters proac­tive Aries on Mon­day and the moon en­ters de­ter­mined Capricorn. Politics, both na­tional and in­ter­per­sonal, move to the front burner. The courage to be­gin again is the medicine of spring. So where do we need to start over? We have ac­cess to the de­ter­mi­na­tion and abil­ity needed to make a good start.

The week ends un­der a so­cia­ble, po­lit­i­cal Aquarius moon. Mer­cury squares thought­ful Pluto. Rhetoric in­ten­si­fies, and so do our thoughts. If peo­ple feel cor­nered, they can be­come truly ac­ti­vated or just get de­pressed. But we can pour this in­ten­sity into any­thing we do, and any sign of progress will im­prove the mood.

FRI­DAY, MARCH 17: Peo­ple be­come grim if they feel un­der pres­sure from re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Let’s sup­port one an­other’s work and stay out of the way when some­one’s on a roll. An ef­fort to crack down or im­pose dis­ci­pline is an in­ef­fec­tive re­sponse to stress, whereas joy comes from check­ing things off the list. This evening, peo­ple re­lax but may get wild as the moon en­ters Sagittarius.

SATUR­DAY, MARCH 18: Mer­cury con­juncts Venus, and we can be glib, flir­ta­tious, im­pas­sioned, or charis­matic; ap­pre­ci­ate a whiff of spring fever in the air. What we won’t feel is pa­tient. Don’t get caught up in old pat­terns. Talk about so­cial jus­tice.

SUN­DAY, MARCH 19: Today con­tin­ues yes­ter­day’s mo­men­tum. Af­ter­noon brings a chance to net­work as the moon sex­tiles Jupiter. Look for pos­i­tive changes this evening.

MON­DAY, MARCH 20: Now we’re cook­ing. The sun en­ters proac­tive Aries on this, the ver­nal equinox, and the moon en­ters com­pe­tent, con­trol­ling Capricorn — this gives us the ef­fi­ciency to fol­low through on what we be­gin.

TUES­DAY, MARCH 21: Con­tinue the mo­men­tum from yes­ter­day. This morn­ing the moon trines Mars. Keep dogs and chil­dren busy and give cyn­ics a job. We can get in trou­ble if bored or un­en­gaged.

WED­NES­DAY, MARCH 22: Pay at­ten­tion to po­lit­i­cal state­ments and con­sider their long-term ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Tonight, the mood grows co­op­er­a­tive, and we can per­ceive more op­tions as the moon en­ters Aquarius. THURS­DAY, MARCH 23: Con­cerns crowd the hori­zon as Mer­cury squares Pluto. In this ur­gency, we may try to con­vince or ma­nip­u­late oth­ers, but that will tend to back­fire. Look for the con­tent un­der the fog, the fire un­der­neath the smoke, and pri­or­i­tize.

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