By Eric Francis
ARIES — You may have a high-minded concept of relationships — an idealistic view of what you would have in a perfect world. However, you must be certain that partners and loved ones share a similar concept or vision. The easiest way to find out is to ask, and that will lead to a conversation, and the conversation will lead to everyone sorting out their feelings, which is exactly what is needed. That said, you can also impose your fantasies on other people and they will probably go along with them for a while. Then the discussion will happen a little later, in a different style, and the result may not be as pleasing to everyone. The challenge this week is emotional honesty. This includes communicating about matters relating to sexual desire, commitment, and determining the most appropriate form of conduct for the situation you are in. This will take some time to ascertain; there is no rush.
TAURUS — Interesting questions may arise this week related to what is public and what is private. The distinction is seemingly blurred in our era, between what we say voluntarily online and then what is done with that information behind our backs. However, apart from the digital realm, there is the truly personal one, where matters of what you reveal and don’t reveal directly to others come into question. There exist appropriate people with whom you may discuss certain problems or challenging feelings you may be experiencing. And there are those who are less appropriate. I would suggest, for your purposes now, that challenging personal material not be a topic of conversation for those who have a strong sexual attraction to you. A measure of impartiality, if not objectivity, is important right now. It would be wise to reveal your situation to those who can give you that.
GEMINI — There remain certain questions of how people have gained so much power over you, and to claim it back. The short answer is thinking for yourself. The long answer involves understanding the ways that you do not, and then noticing when this is happening. There are three basic ways someone has leverage over another person. First is money; second is sex; the third is information. Therefore, to free yourself from the bonds that have held you back, you will need to address all three. Financial independence in this context means having your own bank account and covering your own expenses. Sexual independence means you have the power to say no when you know that sex is not right for you — such as when it will perpetuate a relationship you don’t want. Finally, you must know yourself better than anyone. This means understanding your strengths and your weaknesses, and putting that knowledge to use.
CANCER — Live your life as if you are setting an example for others, all the time. This is not easy. It requires constant self-reflection and scrutiny, and also compassion for yourself. This is a fine line to walk. You would not be choosing actions specifically to be exemplary, but rather doing what you normally do in a way you would feel confident to have others emulate. This boils down to some of the seemingly most ordinary and basic activities in life, and rises to some of the most important. One is the way you handle authority, whether your own or that of someone else. This is about Chiron in Aries, more than anything. Gradually, you become the person whose example you want to follow. However, a rare configuration this week is suggesting you observe what you believe or do not believe — that is, what you accept as true, or not true — as a crucial model for others. Put simply, keep an open mind.
LEO — You may feel some powerful sexual attractions, and have the opportunity to act on them. In the current zeitgeist, people tend to jump in without thinking, or to be so cautionary they don’t actually get much experience. Your passion and desire may drive you. You may have a fantastic time; you may be disappointed; you would in any event have an experience to reflect upon. I would propose you place two ideas at the center of your reality. One is that you would be having an encounter for your own sake, not as a long-term investment in a relationship. The other is that experience is a benefit and an end of its own, which leads to the ability to refine your skill at making choices. It is essential to know how to allow your curiosity to drive you. It’s important that you be real with others, such as saying, “I’m here to explore. Let’s play.” Then it’s helpful to talk about it. You’ll learn a lot more.
VIRGO — For now, I recommend you set aside the notion of true love as an actual thing, and instead, observe where your ideas come from, and what seems to be motivating you. True love is often a placeholder for a wide diversity of emotional and social needs. I’m not saying that it does not happen. Rather, I am suggesting it’s often a ruse that masks what you want and need on a deeper level. The concept is ingrained in most children with no alternatives discussed. How many are taught that there are many ways to love and be loved, rather than one “true” way? Instead of exploring and seeking self-understanding, most children are set on a course of expecting that happily ever after is the one and only way to relate emotionally, sexually or domestically. Yet you may be obsessed with one concept or model. You may feel it’s your deepest need. That alone suggests you peel back a few layers and discover what is really going on.
LIBRA — I propose that through this week, you keep your focus on your work and your primary mission rather than getting distracted by emotional impulses. Also, keep your mind and your eye on your money, which you would otherwise be likely to spend at a far brisker pace than you are bringing it in. You might say that putting business before pleasure will serve you well for the next seven days or so. You may think you’re missing all the fun, though you’re more likely to miss all the distraction. And then on the other end, what fun is yours will still be waiting for you. You will feel better and you’ll be able to do your thing with a clear head, and more money in your pocket. While on that topic, cash is nice; cash flow is fantastic. Yet when you actually look back on your experiences, it’s very often the ones that cost the least that gave you the most. And if you think you need something, check your drawers and closet before you buy it.
SCORPIO — Pay attention to your motives this week. Only you can figure out what they are, and this may not be so easy as it seems. Your sign is one of the more complex ones, and the current astrology is arranged in many layers of feeling and emotion. You may not find out what is motivating you until after you make an important decision, so it would be best to pause, particularly around sexual choices and major purchases. There is a high probability you may decide that something you cannot reverse was not worth it. Therefore, the best thing to do is to pause. However, there is one place you can dive in, which is whatever you do for creative pleasure or experimentation. You are under daring astrology, and the place to take the risks is in the sanctity of what you express, whether musically, visually, in words or in movement. That is where you can take a chance and be entirely safe at the same time.
SAGITTARIUS — Mars in your sign is about to reach a square to Neptune, and to Venus. This suggests that the more you want something, the more it may frighten you. The deeper your desire, the more insecure you may feel. There are times when there’s something to be said for this, when it’s appropriate to go right out to the edge. I would propose that this is not one of them. You’re likely to get lost in your own sauce, and caught in the vortex of your own confusion. Rather, stay at the edge of your emotions. Touch them and feel them rather than indulging in emoting. Stay out of the vortex. Take a sniff of how you feel, gently enough to be able to give it a name. This also holds true for your fears, which are most likely to manifest as self-judgmental insecurity. If this is true, what is being revealed is something that is already there, and is just being highlighted by current circumstances. This is an excellent time to learn what is going on for you.
CAPRICORN — So, first I’m here to check in. One of the major events of your lifetime has come and gone. While there will be residual influences, and some exciting developments are coming, you have passed a certain very important threshold. And my question is, how are you doing with that? If you had to describe this moment as a “before and after” time in your life, how would you do so? Or — as is possible — this has been an unusually concentrated time, though you may not feel like there is anything special happening. As planets make their way into your neighboring sign Aquarius (particularly Saturn), the pressure will lighten up and the density will give way to a bit more clarity. Suffice it to say that you’ve been through something significant on a whole-life scale. The results will begin to manifest, and make themselves known, particularly through March and April. For now, look, listen, feel and sniff within.
AQUARIUS — Your astrology looks like you’ve finally gotten out of the house after spending three years indoors. You may not want to venture further than the garden, though it’s good to get fresh air, and to see that there is a world around you. I recommend you close your eyes and look toward the Sun, and allow its warming rays to enter through your third eye. You need light, and nature, and if possible light reflected off the water. You need to come out of the confines of your own mind, and in particular, your family and what you think of as its ideas about you. You have had a chance to assess some of your worst fears, and you now have a clue where they come from and whether they are necessary, useful or even meekly valid. The important thing is you know what they are. The more important thing is that you learn how not to have them control you.
PISCES — The past few years have been an unusual time for you professionally. This includes what you might think of as your public position. Though it can be difficult to actually see how you interrelate with your environment, you have made a mark, and you have opened up a place for yourself. Now, your assignment is to occupy that space in a loving way, express yourself, and develop what you have started. This will include involvement with a widening circle of people, though you’re not here to cater to anyone’s whims or fancies. You are here to do what you came here to do. Therefore, it will help if you set aside any notion of what others may think, and allow yourself to be internally guided by what is right and true. “Internal” also means being in ongoing contact with those who can serve as reality checks. And this is the time to live consciously and with discipline, one day at a time. When in doubt, slow down, and check in.