Spring in the northern hemisphere officially arrives Tuesday the 20th, but astrologically the Sun doesn’t enter Aries until Wednesday the 21st. Whichever way we cut it, the equinox is on us and we begin to yearn the warmth of summer, the long days and barbecues and as much time outside as we can possibly get. This week holds a great amount of anticipation and impatience due to Mars and Saturn coming up to a conjunction in practical, stern Capricorn; this conjunction will square the spring Sun in Aries. And that makes for a kind of snarky introduction to the new season. Patience will be hard to come by, folks are likely to be crabby about one thing or another.
To make things even more entertaining, Mercury goes retrograde on Thursday in Aries. You know the drill of retrograde Mercury. This one will be enthusiastic since it’s Aries. Starting things will prove to be problematic whether it’s a garden or the lawn mower. Aries rules the head and face, so watch for head injuries if you engage in activities where it’s likely to happen (such as getting out of bed, haha). Retrograde Mercury lasts for three weeks, so remember to double check everything, do research during this time, reflect on adjusting things to make yourself more comfortable. Retrograde Mercury isn’t the time to start something new unless you’re already underway; get your car and other mechanical items seen to, checked out, repaired and try to refrain from purchasing a new mechanical item or appliance during the next three weeks.
Keep looking up, keep looking after each other and do your best.
Aries (March 21- April 19): Wednesday is the astrological equinox, when the Sun enters your sign and joins Uranus, Venus and Mercury. Due to your Ruler Mars in its nemesis Capricorn, you may feel all dressed up and nowhere to go, but keep plugging ahead because every step is getting you where you need to be. Saturn and Mars will both square the Sun later this week and this may cast doubts on a current project or goal, but don’t let that worry you. Hit the pause button, yell out, ”Plot twist!” and wait a couple of days until the Sun moves on. Do what you can, where you can, when you can and keep your spirits up because there is a storehouse of good fortune for you if you don’t get hung up on a delay.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20): When the Sun joins three planets in your sector of Endings/New Beginnings this week, you feel the push to let something go; a person, a job, possessions, something. You may have needed an anchor in the past but now it’s time to get rid of it and move ahead. Mars in your sector of Expansion has you fired up to reach a distant shore and accomplish a goal. Your patience has been tested and you may be feeling like you’re losing ground but it appears it isn’t your fault. Steady as she goes, it’s time to put one foot in front of the other, cut the ties that bind and get stuff done!
Gemini (May 21- June 20): The Sun joins three planets in your sector of Friends/Goals this week as we reach the equinox. With more daylight available and people pulling out the barbecues and prettying up their gardens, you’re itching to get social and see what everyone’s up to. One kink in the works is Mars’ position as he’s in conflict with the Sun; someone may try to put the kibosh on you and your goals and aspirations. There’s always that one person, isn’t there?! Don’t let it break your stride because you have plans and fully intend to go ahead with them. You may have to double check the practicality of those plans though, and make some adjustments.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22): People come a-knockin’ now and with the Sun joining three planets in your sector of Home, you’re itching to get your crib in order and sparkling. If the weather has prevented you from prettying up the place, don’t worry. People come to see you, not your stuff. Mars is very close to Saturn now in your sector of Relationships and are not in a very nice alignment with the Sun once it signals the equinox by moving into Aries. If you are in conflict with your significant other, now could be the time a break will happen. Perhaps it’s run its course and its purpose is finished. In any case, you’re not letting it get you down because you have your eyes on things you want to do and you’re determined to do them because they make your heart happy.
Leo (July 23 – August 22): This week the Sun signals the equinox and joins three planets in your sector of Expansion; you’re ready to improve your life and your goals. Being constricted doesn’t suit you at all and now’s the time to tear the walls down. Saturn and Mars in your sector of Work/Health may be holding you back and giving you some grief in a health matter but this will pass and you’ll likely find resolution next week. Your disposition is usually positive and progressive so if you’ve been feeling down in the dumps lately, look for a break to come soon. If an opportunity comes, take it!
Virgo (August 23 – September 21): This week has you ready to tackle just about anything due to Mars joining up with Saturn in your sector of Creative Expression; if you’ve not been able to get organized due to lack of focus, this will put it right and give you the impetus to finish whatever it is (or start it, for that matter!). Your sector of Shared Assets is very active and the Sun will move there to join three planets as the equinox arrives. You’re in good shape for a shot of inspiration and energy now! You’ll also find yourself socializing more, balancing your mood and drawing inspiration from your favorite people. Enjoy!
Libra (September 22 – October 23): You’re in a make or break time now due to a load of energy in your sector of Relationships with the Sun moving in there on Wednesday as the equinox arrives. Mars and Saturn are joining up in your sector of Home and this influence has the tendency to make you feel trapped and snarky, especially if you don’t like your living situation. By next week you should have a solution of some type and your eyes on a new situation to move into. Your artistic flair should be peaking now as well as this relaxes you and puts you at ease while you’re making decisions.
Scorpio (October 24 – November 22): Lots of energy flying around now and you’re in “observe and record” mode as you gather information and make sense of what’s going on around you. Your sector of Work/Health is very active with the Sun joining three planets there as the equinox occurs; the Sun will be in a difficult alignment with Mars and Saturn in your sector of Thinking/Communicating. This indicates that something to do with a government agency is dicey and something is missing in terms of a piece in the puzzle (this could also be a figure of authority such as a boss). Well, it’s tax time and that’s always painful. Just be sure you have everything in order and prepare to argue your case.
Sagittarius (November 23 – December 20): You’re trying hard to gain some ground but feel like you’re swimming upstream. Mars joins Saturn this week and really sticks it to you financially, right when you have stuff you have to pay for! Being a sign that doesn’t take restriction of any kind well, you may be in a mood to withdraw and pout. This is only temporary, so buck up and get your arrows back on target. What can you do? Do it. What can’t you do? Don’t do it. Break everything down to doable pieces and before you know it, you won’t be pouting anymore! Mercury, Venus and Uranus are waiting with open arms for you to receive their signals from your sector of Creative Expression. Turn to them for inspiration and solutions.
Capricorn (December 21 – January 20): Mars and your Ruler Saturn form a conjunction in your sign this week, and they will both form a difficult angle to the Sun as it announces the equinox in your sector of Home. Since it’s tax time, you may have an incident with property taxes or a situation with a mortgage happening. Mars kicks things up a notch with his energy and you may feel unsettled and cranky and generally out of sorts. Jupiter is still helping you from your sector of Friends/Goals as he silently lifts your spirits through random lucky events. It will get better by next week, so chin up and focus on what’s gone right in any given day.
Aquarius (January 21 - February 20): Well my, my. Spring arrives this week and along with it we have a nasty alignment between Saturn and Mars in your sector of Endings/New beginnings and the Sun’s position in your sector of Thinking/Communicating This may bring difficulties getting your point across or your ability to interpret others’ words and actions. Since you are the least understood sign in the zodiac you may notice things going sideways more than usual this week. What’s helping you is your Ruler Uranus, Mercury and Venus in the clear and singing away in your Communication sector so at least your thoughts are clear even if they get garbled once they leave your mouth. This won’t be the greatest week, but it holds potential to be an interesting one!
Pisces (February 21 – March 20): Spring arrives this week and with it comes a rather antagonistic alignment between the Sun in your sector of Finances/Resources and Mars and Saturn in your sector of Friends/Goals. You may see a friendship come to an end in some respect or a sudden flareup between you and a child. It looks to be an intense week, but there are other things that will ease the tension such as a better cash flow which brings you more options; your ability to wriggle out of conflict will come in handy now and your powers of negotiation will also be useful. Let others fly off the handle; if it gets to be happening too frequently, make yourself unavailable. Batten down the hatches and keep your happy place well stocked with happy stuff!