Your forecast for next week

NEW MOON SQUARE SATURN — UGH!

The new Moon marks the end of one lunar cycle and the beginning of another. This period of renewal is best spent in quiet contemplation. A new emotional state is coming into being at this time.

This Sunday we’ll experience a new Moon in Capricorn. Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn, will have us focus on character building, so expect to be spending time with older people, planning for the distant future, and fussing over the seriousness of your social status. (Ugh!)

Coincidentally, this new Moon will also square transiting Saturn in Aries. This will double its character-building powers. (Double ugh!)

Specifically, Saturn square the Moon will make the world seem unsympathetic to our emotional needs. Saturn square the Sun will limit our ability to have fun and will make us work overtime. Together, these hard aspects paint a rather wintry experience — even for those in sunny climes!

As if that weren’t enough, pesky Mars will throw another wrench into the works by opposing the new Moon and squaring Saturn. So you can add a little bitterness, aggression, and bad timing to the mix. (Triple ugh!)

It’s easy to see that this weekend could bring a heavy dose of the midwinter blues! So get a jump on the gun and prepare the lifeboats. Then brace yourself to build some character.

ARIES (Mar. 21st-Apr. 20th): Your friends are behaving strangely these days, and isn’t it great? Get a boost by playing with them on Wednesday, when Venus conjoins Uranus in your eleventh house. A creative or business partnership may come from the exchange.

Keep cool at work on Friday, especially with important contacts. Mars squaring your Sun puts a chip on your shoulder. Is it really worth it to be so high and mighty on this day?

The same goes for Sunday’s new Moon. Dwell on your career, and expect to feel a tug-of-war going on between your vanity and your ambition — with you as the rope! Sit tight and wait a few days until the dust settles. Decisions will be easier next week.

TAURUS (Apr. 21st-May 20th): Be open to inspiration at work on Wednesday. Venus conjunct Uranus in your tenth house unleashes new ideas which will impress your boss. Don’t be surprised if unexpected new partnerships develop as well.

Friday may find you in a difficult teaching role. Problems may arise with young men who criticize you for being lazy or verbose. Be patient with them, just as your teachers were patient with you.

Recuperate over the weekend by immersing yourself in religion or travel. Go as far away from the everyday world as your work schedule and anxiety will allow. The new Moon in your ninth house wants to restore your faith in the world.


GEMINI (May 21st-June 21st):
Wednesday will be a good time to share with others your love of esoteric studies. Venus hits Uranus in your ninth house, heating up your excitement over cerebral delights.

Keep a cool head on Friday, because the Sun in your eighth house can make you a bit vindictive toward proud young men. Avoid confrontations if possible — you’re both right!

Friends may distract you from a true desire for solitude over the weekend. Give yourself some space to be with your emotions, even if your friends don’t understand.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 22nd): You’ll be feeling experimental with love on Wednesday, when Venus melds with Uranus in your eighth house. Candles, tarot cards, and dark places may factor in for the first time. Try it and see how it feels.

Later, on Friday, you may be at odds with your family. They’ll want you to toe the line more than you’d like. Know that there’s no pleasing them today, and focus on your own love life instead.

With that in mind, spend some quiet time over the weekend with the one you care for most. The Moon and Sun are united in your seventh house, setting the perfect stage for low-key, heart-to-heart encounters. Work and family obligations may get in the way, so try to keep them to a minimum.


LEO (July 23rd-Aug. 22nd):
Your crazy partner will seem especially appealing this Tuesday, when Venus shines on him or her. Work together on creative new ideas and dreams.

Chatterboxes will drive you nuts on Friday while you try to put in a good day’s work. Trouble with your car, your commute, your computer, and even your pets may be factors as well.

Avoid depression over the weekend by living cleanly. Straighten up your work space and eat nutritiously. Take a yoga class or work out and purify your system. Just be careful not to get too dogmatic. The Saturn square in your ninth house could turn you into a boor. You don’t want that!


VIRGO (Aug. 23rd-Sept. 22nd):
You’ll want to be Florence Nightingale this week as Venus joins Uranus in your sixth house. Experiment with new herbal remedies, innovative work routines, and alternative bodywork techniques. And don’t be surprised if a new four-legged friend turns up.

A thrifty attitude may conflict with your need for fun and relaxation on Friday. There’s no need to blow your wad to have some fun. Sports may be a nice compromise.

Similarly, over the weekend, kill the winter blues by relaxing, playing games, and going to the movies. The new Moon in your fifth house makes all forms of entertainment keenly enjoyable at this time. Trouble may lurk in the form of personal obligations to others, though. So beware of old trolls!

LIBRA (Sept. 23rd-Oct. 23rd): Look for some romantic fun with friends on Wednesday. Venus trips gaily through your fifth house at this time, joining with Uranus for unexpected delights.

On Friday, conflicts with your parents may dampen the mood — or it may even be problems with your own little boy, if you have one. Seeing the other person’s point of view will come in handy now.

Things should have settled down enough for you to spend a nice relaxing Sunday on the couch. The new Moon in your fourth house makes you as contentedly domestic as Betty Crocker — even if your lovey-dovey turns into a nag all weekend!

SCORPIO (Oct. 24th-Nov. 22nd): Tuesday, when Venus joins Uranus in your fourth house, is a great day to stay at home. Look for new inspiration and understanding in your domestic life. Get in touch with your parents and tune in to their idiosyncrasies.

On Friday, be careful not to burn too many bridges with your strong words. Mars in your twelfth house makes you feel emotionally restrained and rebellious. Meanwhile, the Sun in conflict with Mars will give you no qualms about aggressively speaking your mind. Think before you blurt.

Use the new Moon over the weekend to ponder the way you communicate with others.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23rd-Dec. 21st): Don’t miss the chance to record all your dreams and ideas this week. Venus gives form to your genius as it joins Uranus in your third house. It’s an especially good time for designing websites, writing creatively, and sending love letters via e-mail.

On Friday, friends may challenge you to loosen your wallet. Unfortunately, you’ll want to keep your money tight at this time. There’s no need to pick a fight over it. Find the middle ground.

Later, during the weekend’s new Moon, focus on financial matters to your heart’s content — that is, unless you intend to make money at the slot machine! Your luck is bad now, friend, so wait until the wheel of fate is back in your favor before doing anything risky. It won’t be long, you lucky dog!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22nd-Jan. 20th): Financial relief wafts your way this week as Venus joins Uranus in your second house. Look for some new source of revenue to emerge. It’s a good thing, too, with all the ups and downs you’ve had lately.

Conflicts with an aggressive boss may dampen your enthusiasm on Friday. Keep the damage to a minimum and try not to let it bring you down. The situation will be easier next week.

Use the new Moon over the weekend to return the focus to yourself. Get a new haircut or buy a nice outfit. Your mother may not approve, but you’re worth it!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21st-Feb. 18th): You’ll be dazzling this week when Venus brings out your special brand of beauty on Wednesday. Show the world what you’re all about, Aquarius. You know you’re irresistible.

Philosophical debates may charge the air on Friday as dogma meets karma. You’ll be bouncing off the walls between the chipper optimists on the one hand and the mystical softhearts on the other. Root for the underdog.

You may feel like an underdog yourself over the weekend. If it’s hard to communicate, blame it on Saturn in your third house. If it’s hard to get up in the morning, blame it on the new Moon in your twelfth. Pray a lot.

PISCES (Feb. 19th-Mar. 20th): Mystic inspiration and cosmic love fill the air on Wednesday, when Venus and Uranus have a be-in in your twelfth house. Commune with others and raise the world’s vibrational level. Please!

Meanwhile, back on earth, you may have trouble on Friday with friends who want to pry into your secret affairs. Avoid groups if you have anything to hide!

The weekend will be a better time to spend with friends. It may cost a pretty penny though, so keep an eye on your checkbook (like you’d do for someone else). Above all, have fun.

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