By Eric Francis
ARIES — Set aside any notion of every man for himself, and remember your ethics. You also need to keep a lookout for people who are adopting that strategy. At the same time, there will be many opportunities for you to participate in a constructive and positive way, which will serve the purpose of easing your path through the world. The qualities to focus on now are cooperation and collaboration. We are so unaccustomed to doing this that our whole orientation as a society will need to shift. And before that, individual people will need to shift the fundamental ground of conflict we usually stand on, which is necessary to have our society that is based on competition. While you cannot do this yourself, you can decide where to invest your energy. That, in turn, determines the mode of leadership you embody. There will be relatively few people who are able to stay centered,
take care of themselves, and set a positive example. It’s up to you to be one of them.
TAURUS — While you’re experiencing the desire for greater freedom to experiment, be conscious of any jealous feelings you may encounter. They have a way of taking over, and guiding one’s evaluation of life, and one’s decisions. The philosophy to practice is live and let live. Remember, if you choose to explore beyond your usual bounds, that implies allowing others to do so as well. This is not a tidy little equation, though. The bottom line is your self-esteem, which in this form means not having your identity threatened by the choices others make. This will challenge you to find the solid ground within yourself, and once you do that is the place to stand. If there is one advantage to the present condition of the world, it’s that we are all living a little closer to the edge of existence. It’s now plainly obvious that life does not always go on as usual. And in that truth are potentially great blessings.
GEMINI — Remember your most cherished goals, particularly in the midst of any negotiations. Do not allow anyone to push you back, distract you, or convince you that somehow you’re being unfair. It would be unwise to fight or to push back too hard. Neither should you just cave in and give others what they want, if you feel it’s not the right thing to do. The way to proceed is to be gently persistent. Keep your own interests in mind. This is a form of selfishness, though I don’t mean in the ultimate sense of thinking others don’t matter. In fact others do matter to you, and that’s the thing you must be aware of. Your idea of the ‘other’ is so relevant to you that you can lose track of your own needs, desires and best interests. So, all you need to do is keep them in mind, by which I mean — really in mind. No matter what may be going on in the world or in your life, remind yourself of what you want to do the very most.
CANCER — Everyone is being called to leadership, though in many different senses of the word. With the Sun crossing the reputation and responsibility angle of your chart later this week — the 10th house, which for you is Aries – take the occasion to be at your very best. You have strength of character and a focused moral bearing that few possess. This exists for you as potential you know you can access, and in recent years you’ve been getting the message that there is no digressing from this particular calling. Now, you’re actually needed. The thing you don’t want to do is take a “save the world” position. Rather, begin taking note of your own state of being, your feelings and your basic needs. It’s essential that you begin with yourself, because the thing you’re teaching is for others to take care of themselves. From that perspective, you will see specific ways you may be of limited help. That is the idea.
LEO — It is particularly important that you take steps to guard your health over the next few weeks, which means not taking any needless chances. Do all of the basic things you know about that have the effect of nourishing your body and your spirit. I say this knowing the same astrology calling for you to cool down a bit is also driving you to push a little harder — hence, my recommendation. This may be a difficult balance to attain, though striving to do so will teach you how to keep your priorities in order. Food and rest are essential. Run through your agenda and cut back anything that consumes your energy needlessly. Be mindful of activities that require you to travel. Much of the shuttling around that people do is avoidable: not all of it but at least some of it. Notice how helpful removing even one thing from your agenda is, which is the thing to do when you get the feeling you cannot sustain your energy output. Then, focus on efficiency and economy. Those things exist, and are beautiful.
VIRGO — The past few weeks have probably been quite a ride for you. Yet if one thing has come into focus, it’s your true need to see the world from other people’s point of view. This is easy for some and difficult for others. One thing I can tell you from my long adventures both in journalism and as an astrologer is that people drop hints about their perspective. They don’t just spill the beans and let it all out and reveal their cosmology. Yet those small clues can be genuinely meaningful and helpful, if you’re listening, and you keep them in context. People reveal how much they think their existence is worth. They reveal what they think is possible. They reveal how they feel about others. They reveal their needs. Yet you must listen carefully, and take these things under advisement rather than acting on them in a lurch. It is, under the best conditions, difficult to get to know people, though at the moment, you have an advantage here.
LIBRA — You may somehow feel like you’re at the epicenter of an earthquake as Mars moves through Capricorn and makes your world shake and vibrate. That’s the best time to live in a tent, because if it falls down, you won’t get hurt. You can just put it back up. The equivalent of a tent is keeping things light. Your inner emotional environment may be amplified, which means things may sound and feel louder than they really are. So you will need to bring modulation to your inner dialog, and turn down certain voices within yourself that are causing you anxiety. Don’t shut them out; rather, keep them in proportion. There is a whole other inner reality that is speaking to you now, which I would describe as a deep and necessary calling. Some words from A Course in Miracles come to mind: “My happiness and my function are one.” Remind yourself of that frequently and the idea will come into focus.
SCORPIO — Mars is on the move, which is significant to you as this is the planet that (actually) rules your sign. Yes, Pluto is important and is also in the picture, though Mars is the working end of the stick, and it’s definitely working at the moment. The thing to do is to get control over your words. This holds true whatever they are about: you want to be their master and not let them master you. That means planning what you say; it means writing thoughtfully, and editing. It means delaying pushing “send” or “publish” for as long as possible. If your temper is hot, refrain from speaking, especially in meetings or in public. Work out any anger you may be feeling before expressing yourself. You’re most certainly in a position to over-react. This will be all the more detrimental if you are right; your point will be lost. And here is the thing: your point is so strong, you don’t even need to speak above a whisper. So you can afford to pause; you can afford to speak less. You might not need to say a word.
SAGITTARIUS — You’re in a situation that you can make work for you, though this will be a conscious act, not an accident. There remains plenty that can go wrong, though the quality of your attention will be the single most important determining factor. You have many advantages in your situation, no matter how weird or difficult it may seem. And you may lack many of the disadvantages that are causing problems for others. In addition to having the deck stacked in your favor, and pretty much being the one in charge of your destiny, your influence is needed at this time, wherever you may be. Make sure you use your power in homeopathic doses. Let your presence alone have as much of an effect as possible. Your money may be influential. Living out your priorities will be especially so. There are many forms of influence and you have access to all of them at the moment.
CAPRICORN — The Sun changes signs this week as a new season begins. That is always a time of concentrating your energy and consciously shifting the story of your life. Until Friday when this happens, you will need to proceed gently, slowly and with extra awareness. These last few degrees of Pisces can be slippery, and there will be a series of seemingly sudden shifts once the equinox happens. If you look around now, you will notice what you need to change. Anything that may seem to emerge out of nowhere will have already been on your radar for quite some time, so take a moment and scan your feelings and your instruments. Notice the things you’ve said to yourself at least five times, and get ready to take action on those very items. When the time comes, you will need to act decisively and with confidence. Yet that also means acting minimally, to get the effect you are seeking. Small moves mean a lot.
AQUARIUS — Well, the world has become quite the adventure lately, hasn’t it? You will have a much better sense of what’s happening and where you fit in after Saturn enters your sign on March 21st. This will be like replacing a lens, or putting one where there was none before. You will see things you have never seen, and be able to distinguish new features in what you’ve been looking at for a long time. This has happened before: the “pyramid on Mars” was not really a pyramid. Yet some people still believe it is. Though you cannot always trust what your eyes tell you, you will benefit from taking it into account. More than anything, though, you are growing, changing and maturing, and this is the new lens through which you are looking at the world. Saturn’s presence will present many blessings, and some appropriate challenges, which you are most surely ready for.
PISCES — There is room for you in this world. Not only that, you have a purpose and you have a calling. You’re already aware of this, though the signal seems to be stronger at some times than at others. Over the next couple of weeks, you will be getting additional information about the nature of your new role. Listen to your inner voice carefully. Observe the world as silently as you can, standing back a little and appreciating what is going on. While there will be as many expressions of this astrology as there are Pisces in the world, the basic scenario is this: your signal is being increased, by which I mean the message that you broadcast to existence. And existence is going to respond as your thoughts ripple out. This may be on a microcosmic scale; it may be on some modest community scale; we may be talking about something on some mega scale, suited to your sign (which covers such things). Edit carefully; anyone may be reading.