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Your forecast for next week


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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Horoscope for this week

This week, your ears are buzzing with gossip, rumors, and theories. What’s the truth? Should you trust what you hear, or is it all just so much hot air? Are you listening to facts or opinions? Thursday’s Full Moon in Gemini will let you know.

A retrograde Mercury rules over this Full Moon, and this planetary joker conspires with Pluto to uncover all kinds of secrets and all kinds of power struggles over ideas. You’ll know you’re in the loop if this week finds you saying, “I can’t believe she said that.” Pay particular attention to news you think you’ve heard before. You’ll get to hear it in a new way this time around, and you’ll get to put it into a new and bigger context.

Knowledge is power; that’s the theme of the week. Does this mean that you should be calling the nearest attorney general’s office or the tabloids to disclose your news item? Or will it just mean that your honey finds that bitchy letter you wrote to her sister?

The Gemini Moon in opposition to the Sagittarius Sun will reveal plenty of tempting information, but your challenge is to put the facts in balance with your principles before you act. Take some time this week to think about what your beliefs and ideals mean to you, and think about how you can best communicate them to others. Be sure you have an open mind before you open your mouth. Are you tact-challenged?

Sexual vibes for this week? Talk can be very exciting. Try a little role-playing. The mind will stimulate the body now.

Watch out on Wednesday, when self-indulgent Venus squares fun-loving Jupiter. It’s a “one more for the road” kind of energy, and that’s a cosmic setup for a hangover. If you don’t check your balance before you leave the cash machine, you could be facing a week of ramen noodles until next payday. An offer that sounds too good to be true probably is, so stick with your principles and know when to stop. Is knowing when to stop against your principles? Hey, have a good time. It will give your friends more to talk about when the Moon is full!

ARIES (Mar. 21st-Apr. 20th): You’re on the front lines this week as the debate heats up. Strangely enough, with Mars, your planetary ruler, making harmonious aspects from the diplomatic sign of Libra, you might find yourself much more willing to compromise. You’re in an excellent position to listen to everyone’s opinions, to learn the facts, and to communicate your own thoughts in a way that gets everyone listening to you. Even your sister’s opinionated spouse could seem worth listening to this week.

Will you go off and suit yourself when the discussion is over? Is the Pope Catholic? Of course you will. But don’t waste this chance to discover new truths about your world and the people in it. If you let them talk, you could learn an inspiring secret. And then you’d be the one to announce your discovery first. I dare you.

TAURUS (Apr. 21st-May 20th): If it’s possible to have too much of a good thing, especially sex or money, you’ll find out by Thursday’s Full Moon. You may get some offers of both this week, and you’ll have to decide what they’re worth and whether your principles allow you to accept them. In the process, you could discover what you yourself are worth. If there’s a hidden price tag on any of the gifts you’ve been getting, now’s the time to learn what it is.

With your planetary ruler, Venus, squaring Jupiter this week, the pleasure principle has never looked so appealing, but it may cost you. Have you been paying for love with your self-esteem? Find a balance between what others owe to you and what you owe to yourself.

GEMINI (May 21st-June 21st): You could learn a great deal about your significant other this week, if you could let her talk, for a change. And you may find yourself ready to hear something you already know. Your planetary ruler, Mercury, is retrograde until December 10, and that means you have to listen twice. If your sweetie says she wants to join the Peace Corps, it shouldn’t be news to you. What’s news may be the recognition that you weren’t paying attention before.

Don’t just turn on the television so you can listen to all those other people talk. This week, you need to listen to the ones who are close to you. If they express a yearning for deeper meaning in their lives, couldn’t that be what you are really searching for, yourself? You’ve got plenty of facts in your life already, but what do they add up to? Your partners can show you the truth about yourself.

CANCER (June 22nd-July 22nd): Have you been working yourself too hard lately? Are co-workers being unruly and thoughtless? Feeling sorry for yourself? You’ll get some help Thursday from your planetary ruler, the Moon. She’ll clear up any mysteries about what’s been going on behind the scenes. And when she enters your sign on Friday, you’ll be in a better position to act on your new knowledge.

If you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, or if you’ve been pushing yourself too hard, you’ll find out about it this week. Your psychic powers can be very strong now, but you’ll need to be well-rested to put them to work. Let your dreams tell you the best way to use your natural sympathy in the workplace. You’ll feel good when you help your co-workers feel good.

LEO (July 23rd-Aug. 22nd): Girls just want to have fun this week, as your social life expands to ridiculous proportions. Odds are, you’ll love it. Your biggest problem may be too many options. Your friends will call, and you’ll hear what they said to all their friends, who had plenty to say about you. And then they’ll call again to talk about the conversation you just had.

Your planetary ruler, the Sun, joins Mercury and Pluto, and your creative powers are strongly enhanced now. Why fritter these vibes away on trivia? Put your heart into a creative project with your friends, and don’t be surprised if they give you some great ideas. Don’t forget to give them the credit they deserve, either. They’ll love you for it. What could be more fun than that?

VIRGO (Aug. 23rd-Sept. 22nd):
The office grapevine hums; rumors about your boss run wild; the papers and memos keep pouring in. You’re so busy trying to take in all you hear at work that your home looks as if a herd of wild horses ran through it. This week, you need to focus on balancing the demands of career and home. Mercury, your planetary ruler, conspires with Pluto to make you see your home in a new light, and shows you what kinds of changes you should make.

Don’t act on your new insight, yet, though. Mercury is now retrograde, and you’ll need to wait until he turns direct on December 10 before you can address in earnest a home or work reorganization project. Right now, you’re supposed to be not only looking, but really seeing what your home means to you. Determine what you need to feel secure. If you really do need 10 years of back issues of “Scientific American,” fine. But you may discover that what you really need is not in your files but in your soul.

LIBRA (Sept. 23rd-Oct. 23rd): Whatever you thought you believed is up for revision this week, as voices and ideas from a distant place illuminate your thoughts. Why, you could change your mind this week! You could change your mind 12 ways — on Thursday alone! “So tell me something I don’t know,” you’re saying. Kidding aside, no one is better-equipped than you to understand the full-Moon energy and the way it helps you hear the other side of the story.

You may be asked to take a stand this week on a matter of principle, whether it’s a command performance before the grand jury or merely a showdown with your sibling’s spouse. You’ll need to be clear about your own ideas. When your ruling planet, Venus, squares Jupiter on Wednesday, she may tempt you into going too far out on a limb. Remember, respect for other opinions doesn’t preclude having your own.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24th-Nov. 22nd): You could want many things very badly this week, and you’ll find out if anyone is likely to give them to you. Has your ex not yet returned your stamp collection or your complete set of V.I. Warshawski mysteries? Confrontations over money or possessions will tell you what you most value about yourself. While it’s not your usual style to be totally upfront with others, at least be honest with yourself.

Perhaps what you want the most is a little more faith in yourself. Be ready to let your partner help you see where that faith might be hiding. Share yourself with others now. The time is right to exchange ideas as well as belongings. With the Sun and Mercury joining your planetary ruler, Pluto, you can afford to be generous. Let yourself shine.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23rd-Dec. 21st):
Life may feel like a game of bumper cars this week as your best friends and significant other tell you exactly what they think about you. And, as you riposte, they’ll know what you really think about them. We know that you thought they’d never find out about each other, or even care, but with the Sun, Mercury, and Pluto all colliding in your sign, you cannot keep secrets this week.

You’ve got the power now, but you’ll need to get off your high horse and listen to others if you want to make the best use of it. So when your loved one starts reading the paper to you over the granola, pay attention. Make those connections. It may sound like witticisms about last night’s talk-show guests, but what she says about them will tell you something about yourself. Allow yourself to hear it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22nd-Jan. 20th):
If there’s been any plotting and whispering behind your back lately, you’ll hear about it now. Jealous of your success, are they? You know your own hard work has gotten you where you are. While that should be clear to everyone this week, it may also become clear to you that you do need to rest occasionally. When you focus all your attention on the material world, your soul feels left out and starts shouting for attention.

Pay your dues to your soul. If it will make you feel better, the aspect between your planetary ruler, Saturn, and the visionary planet Neptune makes dreaming, imagining, and fantasizing practically an obligation for you now. If that’s too much to ask, go to the movies. You know how to recognize a job well-done. This week, you need to recognize that a dream well-dreamed can be as useful to you as your daily appointment calendar.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21st-Feb. 18th):
Can an Aquarian have too many friends? Well, no, but some of those friends sure can carry on, and this week they will. They all have their own pet theories about world peace, alien visitations, and how to pick winning lottery numbers. And they’ll all be eager to share their views with you. It’s a good thing you’ve got the natural talent to accept them all, and that Uranus, your ruling planet, favors your interactions with them and their ideas this week.

An opportunity for a little fling may present itself now, perhaps with an old flame who has returned from the past. Why not? Where your mind goes, your heart will follow. What you have to talk about is just as exciting as what anyone else has to say, so feel free to express yourself, so long as you give other people’s ideas their due. Let the world tell you how much fun you can be.

PISCES (Feb. 19th-Mar. 20th): Your mother keeps talking; your boss keeps talking; your roommates keep talking. Why don’t they all keep quiet so you can read their minds in peace? There, there, now. Your sensitive system may just have to suffer this week, considering all the contradictory messages you’re receiving, and no one can suffer as well as you can. But if you get caught up in a battle of wits at home or in your job, Jupiter in your sign will help you keep faith in yourself. When the Moon enters Cancer on Friday, you’ll feel better.

Listen to both sides of the story. Neptune, your planetary ruler, gets some assistance from Mars this week, and helps you gain a more rational perspective on all you’re learning. If your boss sounds like your mother, you can always go home and cry on your partner’s shoulder. But you’d miss a good chance to stand up for yourself. Your parents taught you what to think about authority figures, and this week, you’ll get some insight into how that affects your behavior. You might find a new way to listen. And the payoff could be a new way for you to present yourself.

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