We may land with a hard thud today as karmic Saturn enters the cosmic picture. The Sun’s annual opposition to Saturn throws obstacles into our path if we’ve been avoiding our responsibilities or seeking shortcuts to success. A harsh Venus-Saturn aspect can create disappointment in love or a financial shortfall. Nevertheless, the Moon’s shift into imaginative Pisces reminds us that a reality check doesn’t mean we must stop dreaming.
Aries (March 21st – April 19th)
Someone may present you with ideas today that contradict your own position. The willful Sun opposes stern Saturn in your 9th House of Philosophy, encouraging you to rationalize your actions with authoritarian ideas. But rather than wasting time trying to justify old patterns, you’re better off exploring new metaphysical territory now. Minimize any negative consequences of your current inclination to over-intellectualize. Expanding into the realms of imagination is fine as long as you bring your theories back into the real world and focus on practical solutions.
Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)
It feels as if time is running painfully slow today, and everything seems to take longer in reality than on paper. You could adopt a negative attitude this morning on a moment’s notice, especially if you must overcome an obstacle that catches you off guard. Nothing will be gained by complaining about your bad luck or by attempting to shift the blame to anyone else. Henna Sohail wrote, “The moment you learn the lesson, the test will be over.”
Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)
Your attempts to restore an energetic balance in a relationship may be blocked today, especially if you think you can take the easy way out. It’s a sign of maturity to actually consider what people say before rejecting their perspective out of hand just because it’s inconvenient. Accept whatever situations arise, rather than demonstrating how stubborn you can become when there’s a good reason. Thankfully, responding to the changing circumstances without resistance could turn a challenging moment into a pleasure-packed day. Ernst Hemingway wrote, “Courage is grace under pressure.”
Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)
Serving others today can bring you more contentment than you expect, even if your own needs remain unfulfilled. However, there’s a fly in the ointment when someone’s selfish behavior upsets you now, prompting you to resist doing anything nice. Nevertheless, forgiving petty annoyances is still your best strategy because you won’t be happy with yourself unless you take the high road. Giving another person the benefit of the doubt enables them to return the favor when you need it most.
Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)
Controlling your cravings for pleasure is an uphill battle, especially if you believe you deserve some time off now to replenish your energy. There is nothing wrong with pursuing happiness as long as you don’t overdo it. The smartest approach is to set aside a specific time to nurture your soul as well as your physical senses. Reassessing your goals is the first step toward balancing your responsibilities with your desire to indulge in life’s delights.
Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)
Maintaining an even keel on the home front can be a struggle today, especially if someone is tempting you with a fun-filled distraction. You see everything through a very expansive filter now, but don’t let an impulsive moment inspire you to jump too quickly just because an offer sounds right up your alley. These are serious times and you could court unnecessary problems if you don’t keep your priorities in balance.
Libra (September 23rd – October 21st)
You might wake up with lofty intentions today, aiming to be methodical about accomplishing your goals. But as the day wears on, you could become increasingly lackadaisical and fall further behind until you just give up. Don’t be too self-judgmental if you find yourself on the wrong end of the stick now; give yourself the gift of reprieve. Scheduling additional time off can be accomplished without comparing your actual production to your high ideals. Focus on your potential, not your limits.
Scorpio (October 22nd – November 21st)
It’s certainly not helpful if you can’t make up your mind about spending money today. Be responsible and stick to your budget or you could find yourself in a difficult cash position sooner than you might expect. However, conserving resources is probably the single smartest thing you can do now, since it’s very easy to talk yourself into buying something you don’t really need. If you are indecisive about a purchase, delay it for a few days until you know what you really want. Comedian Craig Bruce quipped, “You usually have to wait for that which is worth waiting for.”
Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)
Interactions with others seem strained today for no apparent reason. It’s as if people are on your case while the free-wheeling Gemini Sun opposes conservative Saturn. You might think the smartest solution is to simply withdraw from social activities for a while. Nevertheless, keep in mind that retreat doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing option. Don’t pretend that everything is okay if it’s not; evasive tactics will be more apparent now than you realize. Be truthful when discussing subjects of significance but don’t say more than is necessary. Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.
Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)
Although a spiritual discipline can offer much-needed peace of mind today, you must follow through with your practice if it’s to create a long-lasting impact. You possess a strong need for self-expression now, yet rationalizing what you do might be difficult. However, there is no law that says you must follow a tradition or explain why you’re not doing so. Rather than trying to please anyone else, choose your path to enlightenment and stick to it.
Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)
Determine what you need to do today by first deciding where you want to end up. Unfortunately, fascinating distractions could lure you off course if you’re not paying attention. In any event, it’s crucial to achieve a modicum of balance between your immediate craving for variety in your daily life and your non-negotiable long-term goals. Just be certain your dreams are really yours, rather than the wishes of a parent, spouse or boss. The only person who can live your life with authenticity is you.
Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)
Your current commitment to social responsibility is strong, yet you may be searching for an escape clause in an agreement you no longer wish to keep. It’s not that you’re so bent on defaulting on your commitments now; however, if there was an honorable way out, you might take it. You’re better off meeting your previous obligations without trying to renegotiate the deal. Your heart knows that a promise made is a promise kept.