Your Horoscope This Week

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What a week that was, amirite? You survived and came out on the other side, ready to tackle another week rapid-fire activity.
This week is about shifting multiple gears at once: On the 15th, Mercury finally releases us from his retrograde and starts to report on what he’s learned after taking a second glance at certain bits of information. Keep your ears open for what he says as he makes his third and final pass through this stretch of the heavens.
That same night, we enjoy the first new moon of the season in Aries. Expect more surprises ahead, since Uranus, the planet of sudden change, is tied into the moon's energy at the moment. You might be fine with that, actually. You’ve been getting plenty of practice with letting go since Mars, Saturn, and Pluto have been duking it out with Mercury and Uranus for weeks. Set your new moon intentions around being bold and innovative in your life. Commit to taking action and risks.
Saturn turns retrograde on the 17th and invites us all to review our work to date. This planet is about doing the heavy lifting necessary to earn your stripes or master a particular challenge. Don't be surprised if life feels harder during this retrograde. We’re all learning how to satisfy Saturn and get the work done with more precision and authority. Own your Saturn and keep your eyes on your own paper. This is about you, not them. Thankfully, we get a break from all the fighting and thrashing about when the sun moves from warring Aries and into Earth-loving Taurus. Despite the chaos and madness that’s been going on, life is still good. It's the little things, like the flowers, the food, the music, the kisses, and the great love Mother Earth offers all of us. Give thanks and enjoy her blessings. Sound good?
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March 21 to April 19

After the last two weeks of constant battling with internal and external bosses, you need some time to come back to yourself and reflect. The energy of the new moon is intense and it will call upon you to be radical and revolutionary in your approach to life. Dare to be different. Take chances and embrace innovation. You’re the first sign of the Zodiac for a reason, Aries — you’re the one who starts us off on our individual hero’s journey. You’re a natural leader. The question is what kind of leader are you becoming?

You might not have an answer to that yet, but you probably know what you do not want to become — and that’s a big piece of the puzzle. Saturn is turning retrograde on the 17th, meaning you get to review, revise, and rework how you wield your authority in regards to your career and reputation until September. You’re working out who you’re going to be in this world, Aries. Be sure to make it someone amazing.

After all that questioning, you deserve a break. Luckily, Venus is here to assist. She’s begging you to spend a little money, have a good time with friends, and enjoy the good life. Treat yourself to a last minute birthday spending spree, but you may want to put aside a set amount of money so you don’t blow your rent. It's a week of compulsiveness and excess, so don’t go broke in your efforts to drown out the noise of life’s deeper questions.
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April 20 to May 20

Rest up before your birthday season commences, Taurus. The new moon will ask you to withdraw from the world for a few days to charge your batteries and do some much needed soul searching. Then you can finally bless us all with your springtime beauty.

The energy of this week is kinda weird for you. On one hand, you’re happy to have more clarity around your inner soul, but, as a Taurus, you have a hard time believing in anything that you can’t touch, taste, smell, or see. It's unsettling to feel like, despite following the rules, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the results you desire. While you may pride yourself in being down-to-earth, no-nonsense, and practical, be cautious of becoming dogmatic or cynical in your worldview. You could be blocking your blessings in doing so.

For your birthday season, let others show you that there’s value in the intangible. Open your heart up to be wowed by the wonders of the universe, Taurus.
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May 21 to June 20

Depending on how last week’s drama played out, this Sunday's new moon in your house of friendships and organizations will feel like a breath of fresh air for you, Gemini. If you lost a few friends or had to remove yourself from group texts for your own sanity, know that you did the right thing. You need to be around people who inspire you to take risks but can be trusted not to be shady and underhanded. Your friends are ultimately a reflection of you, right? Birds of a feather flock together as they say. So, as you say goodbye to old associations, be on the lookout for people who get you, your passion, and where your heart lies. Hopefully you’re of the Good Twin variety and looking to amass powerful friends who'll help you do good in the world.

Saturn going retrograde will help you review the finer points of intimacy and sharing resources with others. It may even prompt you to reevaluate your approach to such rawer emotions as rage and jealousy. Last week probably showed you what happens when we smother those urges and they find a way to sneak into places they don’t belong.

If you’re feeling icky about what you’ve witnessed, sign up for some good will volunteer activities in the next few weeks. Your ledger could use the good karma points. Hey, it can’t hurt.
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June 21 to July 22

Your new moon story is about your worldly ambitions, Cancer. And those surely touch on your career, reputation, what you’re known for doing, and how you’ll be remembered. Who wouldn’t enjoy focusing on going after accolades in their field or feeling like a legend in their work? It's gratifying. However, it’s not worth a whole lot when it's a solo experience because then you'll have poured so much energy into your work and none will be left for your family, friends, or intimate partners. It's like the story of Ebenezer Scrooge: He turned away from his relationships after he was rejected once or twice, dedicated his life to being ambitious (and a cold hard-ass), and in the end had nothing to show for it but a lot of money.

That’s the extreme telling of your current challenge, brought to you by Saturn retrograde. How can you make your relationships support your ambitions and your ambitions support your relationships? I’ll give you another hint, Cancer — relationships are just a mirror of who we are. We attract what we think we deserve in that moment (no judgment, no blame.) If you’re struggling with your loved ones, look at where you’re struggling within yourself because they’re just the fun house mirror of you. Take a long, hard look at who you’ve chosen to have by your side. Why did you choose them? Are they your biggest fan or your gravest enemy?
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July 23 to August 22

After last week’s conversation with Pluto, you may be wondering what’s true anymore. Is there anything that you used to believe in that you can still cling to? Maybe, maybe not, Leo, but it's good to know that beliefs can change and so can you. Use the new moon and Mercury turning direct to guide you in your discovery of a new belief system that actually inspires you. That may mean signing up for a new class, joining a new faith-based community, or hitting the road to find yourself out there in the wider world.

With Saturn turning retrograde, pay attention to where you feel stuck in your habits. Look out for ones that no longer serve you and take note if the thought of letting them go makes you feel anxious. You’re learning how to remain open-minded in the face of sudden change and that there's a thin line between healthy routines and obsession. You’re in control of your life, Leo. Be aware of how you allow your philosophies and routines to define who you are (and to what extent).

Try to funnel some of your driven energy into your career and goals (in a balanced fashion, please). If nothing else makes sense, your desire to shine brightly is always a steady constant, Leo.
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August 23 to September 22

Hopefully your chat with Pluto last week set you straight, Virgo, because we so need you. The world is a mess and who else is going to help us get our collective acts together? With the new moon arriving on the 15th, remind yourself that you deserve to feel empowered about what you have to offer. You intuitively know what’s needed by those around you and you have a knack for cutting through the chaos to the heart of a problem. This is a brilliant and valuable gift to have. It's high time you thought of taking it on the road.

Don’t play small this week. Get into the spirit of sharing what your talents far and wide with others. You’re learning that what you create, whatever it may be, is powerful and transformative. When you share it, you touch other people in unimaginable ways. With Saturn turning retrograde, your challenge lies in being spontaneous and free with your creativity. Take a page from Leo’s book when it comes to being expressive. If that’s not enough, look at what you do as an act of service. Think of all the people who will be better off after coming into contact with you. Don’t believe me? Fine, I dare you to prove me wrong.
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September 23 to October 22

You’ve come to the realization that, when it comes to relationships, surface-level fairness won't cut it. Balance is created through pushing back and forth with others. It’s about being real — not over-intellectualizing your interactions. Relationships demand vulnerability and a willingness to be emotional. You have to accept you might not be understood or wanted. (Whew, scary stuff!)

With this new moon taking place in your house of partnership, start a new story for your relationships, Libra. What would you like to create for yourself and others? Whatever it is, it's going to take a dash of raw honesty, a sprinkle of intimacy, and a big dollop of trust.

In the meantime, Saturn is reminding you that your most important work waits in your deeper mind. In order for you to do your part in your relationships you have to examine all the ways you feel blocked in being emotionally close to others. Remind yourself that love and intimacy can overcome time, distance and space, what it can’t overcome is a heart that remains perpetually closed to its advances. Ready to open up, Libra? Love awaits you.
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October 23 to November 21

You have a new schedule coming your way, Scorpio, thanks to the new moon showing up in your house of health and daily routines. Set an intentions to make sure your daily grind feels good to you. You’re eating and sleeping well, you’re getting some exercise, you're hard at work refining your message. Last week had you putting some respect on your conjuring skills. Pluto told you enough was enough and to act like you know what the hell you’re doing — because you do.

This week, Saturn is turning around to review what you’ve come up with so far. Clean it up, and make it so easy to understand that even a 4-year-old would comprehend it. Practice the art of listening deeply and conversing intimately as you overcome your fears of being misunderstood. Know that all great teachers and communicators have to practice their craft in order to feel confident. So have fun every day as you challenge yourself to speak with respect, wisdom, and authority. Create an environment where others feel safe to do the same around you.
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November 22 to December 21

You’re here to create, Centaur. You have a need to express yourself in whatever way you deem fit. You’re here to be a light in the world and spread the good word like the fire sign you are, but guess what? All of that takes work. Much of it is hard and thankless, calling for sleepless nights, early mornings, and plenty of let downs. Terrible, I know, but you’re going to do it anyway because you want to see results, don’t you, Sag?

The new moon arriving in your House of Creativity is getting you fired up about your talents, urging you to own them and run far with them. Set new intentions about how you’re going to show up with your creative ideas and talents. Make sure you infuse plenty of revolutionary and innovative energy into what you do. This is a balancing act that’s going to take some trial and error to get right. My advice is to be okay with failing, reworking, and trying again until you find a formula that works for you.

Saturn retrograding in your house of self-worth, values, and money will ask you to reassess how you use your talents to boost your income and reinforce your self-esteem. Everyone knows that you’re naturally lucky, but this isn’t about luck, per se. This is about earning the right to your success. When you work diligently for what you have and see the fruits of your labor manifest over time, even supposed failure can't knock you down because at least you’ll know that you can dust yourself off and try again.
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December 22 to January 19

You know, it’s okay to lean on your family or those you consider your family, Capricorn. You’re so contained — the proverbial mountain, the rock that everyone goes to for support — but when you need a hand, who do you turn to? Do you even allow yourself to lean on someone during hard times? This New Moon wants you to create a new story around your home and family. If in the past you felt unsupported, you get to change that by speaking up for what you want and sticking around long enough to receive the care that you need. Practice being kinder to yourself, Cap.

Saturn retrograding through your house of self will force you to be more aware of how you see yourself. There’s a difference between constructive criticism and just being plain mean and unyielding about everything you do. Maybe being pushed to succeed in all things was how love was shown growing up, but the care you show yourself now doesn't have to look like that if you don't want it to. Consider taking up a hobby that makes you feel empowered every time you do it. Get into the habit of praising yourself and others for doing their best. Be more generous with your self-love and watch it come back to you tenfold.
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January 20 to February 18

You can come out now, Aquarius, if only for some fresh air. Both the new moon and Mercury (which is finally direct) are asking that you make contact with the outside world again, but you’re going to do it differently this time around. Try setting some intentions to act on your words and thoughts. You’re still in a period of saying less but doing more, so don’t ramble about what you want to achieve. Say it once to yourself, then actually do what you said. Start small, like writing a daily to-do list, then progress to signing up for that class you’ve been meaning to take for years. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get around to completing that novel you’ve been writing for the last five years.

Step by step, you’re becoming the upgraded version of yourself, the one who's ready to take action on your dreams. Saturn is going to backtrack through your house of unconscious and review your guilt and fear. Facing your underlying fears is the only way to greatness. I know this doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, but the alternative is never knowing what’s holding you back and, therefore, never being free enough to make your secret dreams come to life. So what’s it going to be, Water Bearer? Living in the shadow of fear or facing a new and uncertain reality of your creation?
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February 19 to March 20

Settle into your body, Pisces. Indulge in your five physical senses. Appreciate the food on the table and the roof over your head. If you can’t appreciate those things just yet, allow this new moon to bring those practical, day-to-day luxuries into focus. Although you have a reputation for being otherworldly, you do live here (most of the time.) It's okay to desire stability in your life, don't be afraid to set some intentions around having more than enough, not from a place of greed or fear, but from a position of self-worth. Tell yourself you deserve to have more than enough of what you want.

Saturn will be helping you to get clear on what’s holding you back from having your immediate needs met. It could be the people that you hang out with who don’t support you the way that you support them, or perhaps your own impatience around meeting your goals. Think about all the times you've told yourself that you can live without a certain comfort because you deemed it excessive or too mundane for the spiritual being that you are. Would extra food in the refrigerator and friends who cheer you on be too much to ask for, Pisces? You value yourself enough to have those basics covered, right? Questions that need answers.

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