Powerful planetary energies are at play today as romantic Venus forms a harsh square with nay-saying Saturn. It’s not that love is impossible; it’s just that we need to work for it. There are no free lunches when Saturn turns direct, requiring honesty even if we try to sidestep emotional conflict. Nevertheless, anything can happen while the adventurous Sagittarius Moon harmonizes with rule-breaking Uranus and then rattles indulgent Jupiter. 

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

You could feel as if you’re undergoing an emotional stress test today. Romantic expectations may suddenly deflate as they run into cold, hard truths. But this sobering lesson is only meant to start a process; if love is to last, it must weather the rough patches as well as rejoice when the road is smooth. Nevertheless, the realization that everything is imperfect can create undue ripples of discontent. Face disappointment with an open heart, for any relationship that overcomes difficulties has a greater chance of success in the long run.

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

You are reluctantly re-evaluating your relationship goals and making necessary adjustments. Forbidding Saturn stresses vulnerable Venus in your 5th House of Play today, leaving you to wonder why you work so hard for emotional satisfaction. You are ready to draw a line because you can’t continue to give up ground at home or work, for love or money. Stand up for yourself to gain respect, but do it calmly. Remember your birthright as a Taurus: You don’t have to hurry to prove your point. Commit to the long haul; happiness is yours if you make a sincere effort to do your very best.

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

Your romantic fantasies fall short of reality today, temporarily isolating you from loved ones. Loneliness and self-doubt are possible consequences when your friends don’t understand what you need. Thankfully, feelings of rejection won’t prevent you from trying to bridge the gulf of misunderstanding. You can’t stay sad for long while the uplifting Sagittarius Moon trines uncontainable Uranus and squares jovial Jupiter. Remember Nelson Mandela who said, “Do not judge me by my successes; judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)

No one can soothe your angst today, until you examine your own buried feelings. Lovable Venus in your 3rd House of Communication squares austere Saturn, tempting you to erect walls to protect your heart from rejection. Unfortunately, people might put so much emotional pressure on you that it seems as if you can’t do anything right. But retreating into the safety of your shell won’t solve anything. There may be such a great sense of urgency that you could make matters worse if you try to suppress your discontent. Author Alice Walker wrote, “Hard times require furious dancing.”

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

No matter how clever you think you are today, something may prevent you from getting the acknowledgment you deserve. Earning approval requires diligence now as well as talent. Social awkwardness is one possible outcome of the dynamic square between affectionate Venus and demanding Saturn. Dealing with intimacy in relationships can be challenging, but nothing is gained if you pull away from someone you love. Lean into your fear of rejection, for that’s where you will find the sweetest rewards. Cherish the treasures of the heart.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)

It’s wise not to make any drastic decisions for a few days, because even the most amazing relationship can ebb and flow now. Family dynamics may be the source of tension when unyielding Saturn squares accountable Venus in your 4th House of Domestic Conditions. Disagreements about your self-expression could arise today, especially if you’ve neglected your fiscal responsibilities. The underlying stress won’t disappear until you give it your undivided attention. Carl Jung wrote, “What you resist, persists.”

Libra (September 23rd – October 21st)

Your entire world seems to be grinding to a halt, like reality is trying to teach you a valuable lesson. Meanwhile, your impatience grows; you have no interest in taking the time to negotiate in relationships or balance your bank accounts. Unfortunately, you must do exactly what you wish to avoid today. The stress continues to intensify only because the more pressure you feel now, the more stubborn you become. The paradox is that in showing some of your natural grace and flexibility by yielding to the needs of others, you can better demonstrate your strength and competence.

Scorpio (October 22nd – November 21st)

Stress levels regarding money and love may be uncomfortably high today as valuable Venus dynamically squares immovable Saturn in your 2nd House of Money and Resources. Unfortunately, you can’t easily hide your displeasure now and a simple path to your heart’s desire is nowhere to be found. Don’t push for resolution; just drag the issues out into the light of day and see what happens. Instead of worrying about everything that could go wrong, keep one eye on the past, one eye on the future, and your feet grounded in the present circumstances.

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

Patiently weighing the costs and benefits of any partnership leads to more responsible decisions today. It’s easy to be grumpy while ominous Saturn inhibits pleasure by dynamically squaring off with sensual Venus in your 10th House of Public Status. But recent self-doubt or moodiness isn’t sufficient to explain away your nagging dissatisfaction. Nevertheless, irrepressible desires for a new adventure conflict directly with your pressing obligations. Keeping everyone informed of your plans increases your independence without losing your integrity.

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)

A powerful exchange may leave you feeling shocked and emotionally unsafe today. Thankfully, you can discover a stable place to stand while exacting Saturn and resourceful Venus battle for control. Saturn limits the approval you receive from others, possibly giving you more than one reason to doubt yourself. Running away or pretending you don’t care is an easy solution, but courageously digging in and dealing directly with relationship issues will produce more satisfying results.

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

A trivial event might remind you of what you lack in your life today. Sweet Venus squares stern Saturn, eliciting feelings of loneliness, even if you’re happily involved in an intimate relationship. Additionally, you might not have sufficient funds or time to take a pleasurable vacation you believe you deserve. Whatever obstacles Venus runs into now, don’t be too discouraged by the shortcomings of your life. Instead, use this time to clarify what you really need and what you’re willing to pay, emotionally and fiscally, in exchange. Counting your blessings cultivates a grateful heart.

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)

You’re inspired to push past your usual limits of what you say and do today. You may expose an inconvenient truth or challenge yourself by trying something new. Nevertheless, you can ramble on too long or go too far if you don’t temper your enthusiasm with a healthy dose of self-restraint. Stirring conflict or promising to carry a heavier load than you can handle is more foolish than brave unless you stop to consider the consequences of your actions. Stay out of trouble by channeling your passion into your art.

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