Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Put aside personal prejudice and rather than snipe at others, give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s actually quite rare to have an enemy whose intention is to cause you harm. It may look as if someone doesn’t like you, but really, most people are simply doing their best to make sure life works—for them. Rather than reacting negatively, respond compassionately: Listen closely and you’ll discover that even when someone is being critical of you, that person is telling you what she needs to be happy.
Taurus April 20-May 20
I had an old friend who used to say the only thing to free yourself from are the shackles of your own mind—opinions, fantasies and belief systems that no longer serve. This is your moment to do just that. You’ve spent a long time ruminating over what works and now is the time to discard what doesn’t. You don’t have to throw out everything, but you do have to pay close attention to what you can’t quite part with—those are the thought forms that are likely to cause the most damage because they are the most habitual.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Let’s face it: You are the problem solver, because even if you don’t know the answer you can usually figure out how to help someone find the necessary information. The good news about this superpower is that you are in demand. The bad news is that you hardly have time for yourself. No matter how busy, tired or discombobulated you may be, spend a moment or two contemplating how you can practice better self-care. This is not about indulging hedonistic behavior. This is about learning to value your gifts and talents.
Cancer June 22-July 22
You can gnash your teeth in frustration or you can take a deep breath and continue moving forward but at a very different pace than you previously anticipated. This recalibration won’t be easy, but despite several unforeseen obstacles, it’s still possible to make progress. It will get easier and easier as you adjust to the new rhythm. So be gentle with yourself and others as you attempt to make the necessary adjustments. And while you may long for the old routine, the new one has greater potential.
Leo July 23-August 22
You could wind up repeating yourself one too many times, and while that might be annoying, it could also be humorous, especially if you allow your funny bone to handle any obstacles or difficulties. Laughter is always the best antidote for stress. Just be careful not to mistake a serious situation for a farce. I realize this sounds like conflicting advice, but you’ll need to keep your wits about you as a certain set of circumstances unfolds. Don’t worry—this is an exercise in discernment, and you’re learning what to pay attention to and what to ignore.
Virgo August 23-September 22
While it doesn’t seem possible, it is probable that even more startling plot twists are likely to shift your day-to-day routines. Yes…there have already been enough changes to last a lifetime, but one of your strong suits is the ability to quickly adapt to new information or a new environment. Rely on that strength to guide you through this next round. Be willing to make the time to replenish your reserves. Transformation, even when it’s only about a state of mind, is hard work that requires diligent self-care.
Libra September 23-October 22
Consider the next couple of weeks the emotional equivalent of an electrical panel—the place that delineates how the power connects and where the current travels through the system. It’s the go-to place when the power goes out, but more frequently, it’s the place to reset a breaker that turns a specific point of power back on. Notice where you may have blown an emotional fuse, and then do what’s necessary to rewire that part of your emotional system. Don’t worry; the system still works—it just needs a little attention.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Just when you thought the entire episode was behind you, there seem to be a few more details to deal with. Rather than resent this review, embrace it, even if it requires tedious attention to detail. I’m not suggesting that you’ve been careless or that you’ve overlooked significant factors. I’m merely advising you to make the most of this combined retrograde by exploiting its emphasis on reexamining projects and plans already in motion. Nothing is lost—not even time—when you deepen your awareness in the present moment.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
It’s important to rely on your innate optimism—you need it and so does your immediate cohort of friends, family, co-workers, and all the other people who are touched by your enthusiasm for life. This isn’t about co-dependence or putting aside your true feelings—authenticity is a must. It’s possible to be optimistic in the midst of difficulty—actually, it’s necessary if you want to make it through. So even if you’re unsure of how to navigate these waters, trust your instincts and you’ll do fine.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
You’re questioning how to spend your energy wisely, and while it looks as if you only have two options—home or work—there are other choices. Rather than surrender to an either/or attitude, explore the possibilities. Think about what you would like to express creatively or the places you would like to visit; perhaps there are subjects you want to study or teach. The only obstacle inhibiting your progress is a belief that hard work is the only way. Consider that sometimes fun yields better results than labor.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
The focus is still on all those things you not only want to say but all those things you need to say because you intuitively know that telling the truth will clear the air and push the reset button. Great…have at it. And while I don’t have to remind you, I will anyway: Things said in the heat of the moment sometimes have a shelf life that is the equivalent of the half-life of Uranium. Be true to yourself, but also do your best to cause no additional harm—there will be other, less volatile opportunities to speak your truth.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Most of us live in a culture that supports the notion that material possessions are the true measurement of personal success—clothes, cars, houses, jewels, or whatever else we collect to bolster our sense of value. Most spiritual traditions remind us that we can’t take our ‘gold’ with us, yet we still strive almost to our last breath to accumulate wealth. (Maybe it’s too many Egyptian or Mayan past lives bleeding through.) Imagine measuring your true value by the good you do in the world. That would change the standard of self-worth—and that would change everything, wouldn’t it?