Your Horoscope This Week — Mar 20 2016

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Photographed by Christine Hahn.
Eclipse season is in full effect this week, thanks to Wednesday's full moon — a shadowy lunar eclipse in Libra, the sign of peace, love, and harmonious partnerships. How dynamic are your duos? There's no faking it under these moonbeams. If it's time to deal with issues, the eclipse will shuttle them out into the open. But that's not a bad thing! Denial isn't exactly healthy for relationships, after all. And good news: This eclipse should be somewhat gentler, because it is the third (and final) of a trio of spring eclipses that have popped up annually since April 15, 2014. The first cut was the deepest. If we didn't end relationships then, we've been figuring out ways to compromise, co-create, and figure out what's right for us. Wednesday could bring a reward for all that hard emotional work like a contract, proposal, or exclusivity clause.

On Friday, drill sergeant Saturn slips back into its annual retrograde. Until August 13, he'll retreat through Sagittarius, the sign that governs higher education, travel, media, and entrepreneurship. This four-month phase could send us back to school — or to the drawing board, to make sure that anything we are developing is built on a solid foundation. Spend the weekend reviewing long-term goals. It might be necessary to change the game plan or even relocate in order to bring a dream to life. Vacations we take between now and August would be more enjoyable if they have a real purpose, like visiting our ancestral homelands, learning a new skill, or taking the challenge to step out of our comfort zones.

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Aries
On Monday, expressive Mercury zips into Aries until April 5, sharpening your gift of gab. You could sell Sumatra blend beans to a Starbucks barista, so use those powers of persuasion to forward one of your personal ambitions. Warning: With friends and family, go light on the tell-it-like-it-is tough love. The blow of your truth hammer will be harsher than usual, so make a point of being more sensitive to people’s feelings. Original ideas come a mile a minute, too. Make sure to capture them somehow, even if you don't start developing them for another month or two.

Wednesday brings an epic milestone...or a turning point. The final of three annual lunar eclipses in Libra could push a partnership to the make-it-or-break-it zone. Since April 2014, things have been, uh, complicated for you and an important person in your life. The road has been rocky for some Rams, while others were on the road to recovery after a tough situation, those tough spots nearly broke you apart. This grand finale of the Libra lunar eclipse series can help you decide which way to turn. If it's time to move on, you'll know it in your soul. But that doesn't have to be the case. If the struggles brought you closer, this eclipse brings cause for celebration. How can you make your partnership more official, Aries? For business or pleasure, the two of you may be ready to declare dynamic duo status.

Taskmaster Saturn retreats into its annual retrograde from Friday until August 13, backing up through Sagittarius and your worldly ninth house. Travel plans could stall now; at the very least, you'll need to make them with more practical considerations in mind. Cancel the booze cruise and sign up for a retreat or semester abroad, instead. Your yearning to learn could spell money in the bank as you may be inspired to start your own side business come August.
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Taurus
Summon your inner Saul Williams. Life will be pure poetry for the next two weeks as messenger Mercury cruises through your divinely inspired 12th house. Release your practical nature and give your wilder imagination some airtime. Getting in tune with the muse requires being still and quieting your mind. Try journaling, meditating, or listening to music to get into that artsy flow — and keep the raging bull within at rest. Have you been holding a grudge against a loved one? The 12th house rules forgiveness, so if the offense wasn’t a deal-breaker, extend the olive branch. It’s time to let bygones be bygones.

Wednesday’s lunar (full moon) eclipse in Libra illuminates your healthy living house and inspires you to take better care of your bod. Eclipses bring wake-up calls, so if your energy and stamina are low, don't ignore it. Food is medicine, Taurus, and what you put on your plate makes a world of difference. Take a time out from sugary snacks and go green. And don't forget, energy is kinetic. Start moving with daily walks, increasing the time and intensity as you go. You'll be ready to hit the outdoor running trails by late spring. This eclipse could also bring changes at work — ones that have been in the works for the past two years. Partnering up could be the secret to success, especially with someone who has a complementary skill set.

On Friday, stable Saturn takes its annual retrograde, backstroking through the mystical, intense waters of your eighth house until August 13. You could have second thoughts about a partnership, especially if the give-and-take is out of balance. Before you bail, try to work out a more equitable arrangement. Your mojo could cool a bit or you could deep-dive into a private erotic exploration, learning new techniques for pleasure and figuring out what truly turns you on. With heavy Saturn here, trust (and even safewords) will be essential to the process. If you keep on meeting the same old loser, consider a short-term dating hiatus to restore your confidence and calm your inner peace. A few lonely nights now could bring greater satisfaction later in the spring or summer.
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Gemini
Incoming popularity spike! Thanks to social Mercury’s move into your electric 11th house until April 5, you're the live wire that charges up any situation with excitement. While you'll be in demand across the board, your taste in friends runs to the eclectic now: artists, activists, and free-thinking intellectuals. Since the 11th house rules technology, you could find your tribe online, too. Spruce up your social media presence so that it really pops. (These photo editing tips can help.) If you’ve been a little too mysterious or straight up MIA, give people those updates they’ve been longing for.

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse in Libra lights up your fifth house of fame, self-expression, and romance. Your hard work of the past six months — or two years, since this is the grand finale of a trio of annual eclipses — could shoot right into the public eye. Don't be shy about promoting yourself. Influential people will take notice of your talents before March is through — make it easy for them to find you. Some Gems could get a proposal or even find out that you’re pregnant. (Double-protect this week if you’re not in the cradle-rocking mode!) Cupid could shoot that golden arrow, too. At last! You'll have the courage to confess your burning love and desire and get this party started already. Coupled Gems could have an epic fight that clears the air — and brings a memorable makeup session once the dust settles.

On Friday, structure-obsessed Saturn turns retrograde in your seventh house of partnerships until August 13. How serious are things...really? Relationships of all manner will need to be defined now, and as far as you're concerned, it's gonna be exclusivity or bust. If the manic pace of a partnership slows down, consider it a blessing. It’s not that your bond is doomed! Saturn’s long-term planning skills can help you create compromises that feel more like win-wins than painful sacrifices.
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Cancer
Goals! Goals! Goals! You’ll be obsessed with talking about the future as strategic Mercury cruises through your career zone until April 5. Network away — with the movers, shakers, industry insiders, and influencers. Having friends in high places is a great shortcut to the top. Schedule those power lunches and pitch meetings. Professionally speaking, you'll have the gift of gab. Deals could be sealed before March is through. Men will be the star players of this Mercury cycle, so give the guys you adore a little more attention.

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse in Libra lights up your home and family zone. Does Chateau Cancer feel like a sacred oasis? If not, let the spring cleaning commence with these savvy hacks. Ready to relocate? A dreamier listing could appear out of the blue, like a friend who wants to sublet her chic one bedroom. Get ready! You might be calling the U-Haul faster than expected, since results come rapidly under these moonbeams. Love where you live? Time to throw a dinner party, Cancer, or invite an out-of-town friend to come visit for a long weekend. Since Libra is the love sign, you could finally decide to give cohabitation a try. Make room for bae in that closet, Cancer...the sacrifice will be worth it.

Self-care becomes a hi-pri item on Friday, when structured Saturn turns retrograde in your wellness zone until August 13. Set up the juicer, map out menus, and track your steps. How can you reduce stress in your life? Certain aspects of your professional life may need to be reorganized to spare your sanity. Organize and outsource!
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Leo
Next stop: Coachella? Wanderlust hits you hard on Monday, when social Mercury heads into your travel zone until April 5. Revive yourself with a change of scenery. If festivals aren't your thing, head to a cultural metropolis where you can meander through museums, fete your foodie side, and banter with the fascinating locals. Mingle multiculturally close to home, too, because your friendship circle could widen in exciting ways. The truth serum will be flowing liberally now, but temper your words with extra tact, so your message doesn’t get lost in translation. This is a fabulous time to work on a media or writing project, so don't wait another minute to start working on your memoir.

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse in your friendship house could reveal a promising alliance. Does someone from your squad have shining BFF potential? Go out of your way to get to know this person better, planning some one-on-one time. Talks could turn to a joint venture. Teaming up on a project could be profitable for both of you. On the flip side, do you need a little space from a too-close-for-comfort connection? If a BFF bond or those daily check-ins with your sister are making you claustrophobic, take a time out to reclaim your individuality.

On Friday, tough teacher Saturn settled back into its annual retrograde, which lasts until August 13. Learning to detach from drama, especially in romantic situations, is Saturn's spring and summer lesson plan. It’s easy for you to get fired up by emotions, o passionate lion, but your fierce roar can alienate the ones you love. Practice taking a breath and resisting your first reactive impulse. You’ll get farther, faster by thinking things through a little before you respond. Slow the rapid-fire pace of any relationships now, taking time to talk through deeper subjects before rushing to the next level. By the time your birthday rolls around, you'll know clearly whether moving ahead is a good idea or not.
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Virgo
Charmed...we're sure. On Monday, Mercury, your cosmic ruler, slinks into your seductive and powerful eighth house until April 5, blessing you with major magnetism. Be careful what, and who, you wish for, because the people you attract now will be of the playing-for-keeps variety. With the universe prepared to fulfill your requests, save your final rose for someone who turns you on, mind, body, and soul. Pillow talk gets spicy for coupled Virgos, so spend more time behind closed doors, preferably in bed. Warning: the green-eyed monster could pay you a visit. Keep jealousy in check and get the facts before you react.

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse in Libra lights up your money zone, bringing rapid developments at work. Since this is the final installment of a trio of annual lunar eclipses, you won't be entirely shocked by the changes, as they've been in the works for a while. That said, you'll need to act fast. The squeaking wheel gets the oil — and the contract! Do you need to raise your rates or ask for a more official title? Carpe diem. Practice your pitch then go in for the kill. If you can prove that you've earned it, you shouldn't get any resistance from the people who sign your paychecks.

Structured Saturn drifts into its annual retrograde on Friday, backing through your fourth house of home and family until August 13. Make sure your living situation works for you, Virgo — and that might involve a few tough decisions, like asking a disruptive roommate to pack her bags or saving up cash for a safer rental. A relative may need more attention and TLC — but within boundaries. If you're overextended, Saturn helps you set limits or find less-exhausting ways to be supportive. This is also the perfect time to put a healthier eating plan in place. This efficiently decadent weeklong menu could change your life!
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Libra
Compromise, cooperate, collaborate: On Monday, messenger Mercury heads for your partnership zone until April 5 and you'll be happy to do just that. Take the initiative to get dynamic duos in motion, both romantically and platonically. Cupid is definitely in your corner now, but don't waste time on people with vague (if any) relationship goals. If you're going to invest time in a partnership, you want it to last for longer than a few weeks.

Wednesday's full moon will be epic! This one's a lunar eclipse in Libra — and the third of a trilogy of annual lunar eclipses in your sign. You've been on a self-love tear and total growth spurt since these lunations began on April 15, 2014. Do you even recognize yourself?! There's one last mountain to climb, or milestone to achieve, before you can kick back and get into the flow of Libra 2.0. Keep your radar tracking for opportunity near Wednesday — and be ready to pitch and promote yourself at any moment. If you’ve compromised too much in a partnership, this eclipse downloads some major assertiveness training for you. Stand up for what you desire and what you believe in — even if that means walking away from a situation that isn’t in tune with your highest self.

On Friday, strict Saturn dips into its annual retrograde, retreating through your communication house until August 13. Forget about posting those dimly lit 'grams or hastily dashed-off tweets. With Saturn in reverse, you'll need to be a lot more mindful about the messages you send out to the world. Put your best foot forward — and keep touchier matters private. You might even use the spring and summer for a media project, like a podcast or writing a novel! Clean up your friend list, too, because Saturn's backspin will show you who deserves that title and who needs to be downgraded to the "friendly acquaintance" category.
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Scorpio
Glue gun, labelmaker, Fitbit? Check! With efficiency-loving Mercury in your savvy and sartorial sixth house until April 5, you'll take all the DIY hacks you can get. Get crafty — from organizing your office to upcycling last year's statement necklace into an of-the-moment choker, you'll have fun putting an original spin on all that you touch. Spend more time being active and outdoorsy. Why not get those 10,000 steps under a canopy of cherry blossoms?

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse — the last in a trio that began on April 15, 2014 — brings some much-needed closure. A situation that's been drifting out of your life could finally be done and dusted. Let. It. Go. Or you could finally be far enough away from a past hurt to heal and maybe even forgive. Extending the olive branch is one option. But if doing so invites a toxic person back into your life, you can forgive by letting go of anger and gleaning the lessons from the situation — without ever communicating again. Need support? This eclipse could usher in a mentor, therapist, coach, or other healer who could change your life for the better.

Keep your mind on your money this Friday as taskmaster Saturn slips into its annual retrograde until August 13. Tighten up your belt and put a smarter budget in place — but not so much so that you squeeze all the joy out of your life. Living simply in some areas allows you to be more decadent in others. Work could slow down or get a bit more complex. Organize and systematize. You’ll land on your feet.
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Sagittarius
Glam squad on line one! Messenger Mercury zips into Aries and your ultra-fashionable fifth house until April 5. Time to give your style a fresh spring upgrade. Cut bangs or try a platinum bob, invest in chunky-soled statement sandals, rock vintage '70s pantsuits — or just pump up the volume a little louder. Then, load up the ‘grams or record videos for your own YouTube channel. When you’re not posing for the street style bloggers, flirt with wild abandon. Cupid is in your corner, but you have to make the first move.

Wednesday’s glowing lunar eclipse in Libra lights up your third house of dynamic duos. You could celebrate a victory with a platonic partner, like a creative collaborator or a coworker. This win is a long-time coming, as you've likely been working towards this goal since this series of eclipses began in April 2014. Issues involving a sibling or close friend could come to long-overdue resolution. Your words will pack a punch midweek, Sagittarius. If you aren’t sure whether or not to upload, hit send, or tweet, err on the cautious side and just don’t do it.

On Friday, taskmaster Saturn turns retrograde until August 13. This one is going to hit you harder, because Saturn is touring your sign until December 19, 2017. When Saturn visits your sign every 28 years, it's like being in boot camp. Although you have to work harder and adhere to structure, the results you achieve will be long-lasting. With Saturn in reverse, you might have to discipline yourself even further — or find savvy lifehacks so that you can stay committed to routines while on the go. Reduce stress and make self-care a priority. The work you do behind the scenes could really pay off by August 13. Roll up your sleeves and learn the ropes!
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Capricorn
Summon the girl gang! Social Mercury swirls through your family and female friendship zone until April 5, bringing an extended roster of ladies' nights, Sunday dinners, and hanging with your sisters. How well do you nourish yourself, Capricorn? With efficient Mercury in the mix, you could spring clean your eating plan so that you're consuming energy-boosting foods, like these.

A career triumph arrives near Wednesday’s lunar eclipse! This one could bring a big change, but it's not a TOTAL surprise. Odds are, you've been working toward this goal since the first eclipse in this trio struck on April 15, 2014. Since this is the final lunation in that series, these moonbeams call for magic and manifestation. In the days ahead, you could land a major promotion or job offer or finally be recognized for your achievements and contributions. Are you ready to set off on a new path? Get your exit strategy lined up, because after Wednesday, you won't be able to bear working at a dead-end job anymore.

On Friday, your ruling planet Saturn retreats into its annual retrograde until August 13, backing through your 12th house of transitions. Time to do some massive decluttering, Capricorn — of your personal space AND your emotional field. Cut ties with toxic frenemies and user-friendly graspers. By the time August 13 rolls around, you could have a streamlined support system of people who actually deserve to be in your life.
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Aquarius
This week is like a crop top, Aquarius, and you're ready to let it all hang out. On Monday, chatty Mercury flutters into your friendly third house, making you the monarch among social butterflies until April 5. With your killer sense of humor, you always entertain. Why not go bigger with that and try podcasting or setting up a Twitter account for your comedic alter ego? Variety is the spice of your social life: mingle with new people; dabble in new classes and activities. No need to wander too far from home base, though. The local scene is where you'll strike gold — and maybe get a new scene started yourself.

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse in Libra electrifies your travel zone and sounds the call for global expansion. Pull out your passport and start surfing the travel blogs. And since this is the third of a trio of annual Libra eclipses that began in April 2014, you might actually return to a "home away from home" that speaks to your soul. If you don’t have the funds to commit to a trip, set up a special savings account and make weekly deposits. Before you know it, you’ll be doing asanas in India, surfing in Nicaragua, or exploring the English countryside.

Discerning Saturn turns retrograde in your teamwork and technology zone from Friday until August 13. While you have no trouble collecting casual friends, how about allies who REALLY have your back? Tighten up the radius of your social circle so that you're devoting the most time to people who give as good as they get. People may be tracking you online now, too, so spruce up all your social media profiles and think about building a website to showcase your latest and greatest hits.
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Pisces
Retail therapy alert! The urge to splurge will be strong as impulsive Mercury flits through Aries and your financial house until April 5. There's nothing wrong with enjoying your hard-earned cash, but having a budget can spare you the intensity of buyer's remorse — and a late fee on your April rent! Try to live leaner and curate pricier purchases with greater care — especially as the sale racks of spring dresses are rolled out to the storefront sidewalks. Shop in your own closet and keep a list of what you actually need to avoid pricey “window shopping.” You might even save up for an investment piece like a leather laptop-sized bag or an adult sofa to replace the Ikea futon...at last.

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse in Libra lights up your intimate and seductive eighth house, amplifying your allure. Someone with soulmate potential could step out of the shadows — and this might not even be your first encounter. Existing connections heat up, too, as this eclipse is a deal-sealer. For business or pleasure, some bonds could become a lot more permanent before this week is through. And since this is the third in a trio of annual Libra lunar eclipses, it's possible these relationships have been in the works for a couple years. If your mojo has been in hibernation, look out! It could come back with the fierceness of a Bieber-free Selena. The heart isn't the only thing that wants what it wants.

On Friday, strict Saturn retreats into its annual retrograde, backstroking through your 10th house of career until August 13. Stay on your toes and bring your A game! Though developments may come at a slower pace, keep pushing ahead. Consider polishing up your skill set with a special training or sessions with a coach. Be of humble service to the movers and shakers and you’ll earn their undying loyalty by the end of the summer.
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