Heart-centered Venus encourages us to care this weekend as it conjuncts expansive Jupiter and communicative Mercury.

The stars loan us a wandering mood this week. We’ll usually get along fairly well as long as we don’t stubbornly square off in our political or philosophical opinions …

This is a week to ask ourselves what’s been working for us and what we need to do this spring to turn our ships in a good direction.

Our society’s adrenaline is still pumping, and we’re ready for a big change as Jupiter, a planet symbolic of our temper that expands whatever it touches, now squares Mars.

Vulnerability and belligerence, friendship and service: These are all undertones of this week, along with restless change and strong opinions. 

As 2021 begins, the planets ask us to think about what philosophy guides us, and what our personal and collective responsibilities are. 

2020 is almost over, and we are so ready for a change. This week, Mercury and the sun both form an engaging trine with change-master Uranus, a planet that acts like a cosmic clutch to help us shift gears for the year ahead.

Changes that kicked in last week on the solar eclipse now pick up speed through the end of January.

Saturn in Aquarius brings our thoughts to social justice. We are at a turning point.

If we’re not careful this week, tensions can leak through into our tender relationships. We need to be clear about the source of tension and look for joy in one another.

Now through the end of January is a pivot point between astrological and political eras. The sun is waking up from an unusually long solar minimum; political and social changes build momentum with an active sun.

While we can feel a new enthusiasm and look forward to the future, our hearts can perseverate over some old resentments or new obsessions.

There’s something redundant about another Friday the 13th this year (the last one was in March). Although that date really depends on our personal associations, this F…

This week, the stars give us hints of the next chapter, even though we still have work to do in this one. 

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It’s interesting that America chooses to vote a few days after Halloween, Samhain, and the Day of the Dead — all sun in Scorpio holidays which help us make our peace with ancestors, dance with our fears, and feed sweets to the future. 

The light shifts toward autumn, and the sun just entered focused Scorpio — creating the time of year when we face our fears for the long winter ahead. It’s time to look deep within our souls and our culture.

Keep calm and clear the mental fog. Reel that snappy comment back in and take a break rather than cut off a friendship. How we think and communicate can get reactive and glitchy. Choose to check facts and think through consequences.

Be ready to tie yourself to the mast if the storm picks up. During this tricky week, which may just be mildly irritating for some and energizing for others, we could see some real snafus.

The stars give us an opportunity to build momentum if we can focus our energy and stay on target. 

Notice a cloudiness of feeling while the sun opposes sensitive Neptune under an emotional Cancer moon this week.

Now that we are in the heart of Virgo season, it can give us a stomachache to look at the news.

This week, it can be hard to initiate new social contacts while Venus, in self-protective Cancer, opposes Pluto and Saturn.

This week marks the turning point from Leo’s high summer into Virgo’s harvest and preparation.

Let’s savor these days of high summer while the sun and Mercury simmer in dramatic Leo, the season usually dedicated to arts festivals, big family picnics, and summer romance.

The planets encourage a Leonine spectacle, stimulated by a full moon in Aquarius squaring Uranus on this week of high summer.

The dramatic comet NEOWISE is predicted to be most visible at the end of this week.

It’s a great week to quarantine, laze about in the sun, and putter in the garden.

Happy birthday to the United States of America. An upcoming eclipse may facilitate much-needed change.

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This weekend's annular solar eclipse means that changes are ahead. Anything that felt stuck could now become unstuck.

Recent solar flares have turned up the volume on history. This year’s three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions maximize our longings for freedom. Activating Mars conjuncts sensitizing Neptune in Pisces, which can both leave us in a cloud of confusion and stir of anger over our vulnerabilities.

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This week, the stars stimulate melancholic nostalgia mixed with restlessness. Our memories walk close with us as mental Mercury enters emotionally centered Cancer. 

Many of us have now become proficient at Zoom, or whatever our chosen form of communication, and may be getting bored. We’ll hanker after fresh territory and good news this weekend, with the sun, moon, Mercury, and Venus all in nervy Gemini.

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Spring beckons. The planets and politics speak of the tension between our desire to roam and our need for safety as the sun trines intense Pluto and then trines expansive Jupiter.

This Mother's Day weekend, we could all use some healthy mothering.

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This week is full of bittersweet oppositions; dogtooth violets and early lilac whisper as new virus statistics roll in. 

Our routines are disrupted, and we are probably not happy about that as the sun in Taurus, which loves to settle down in a groove, conjuncts on Sunday with unsettling, erratic Uranus, the planet of wacky changes.

Even under this pandemic, birds sing and flowers bud as the sun enters earthy Taurus this weekend. Wednesday brings the new moon in Taurus and Earth Day. It’s followed…

Our moods may become less overwhelming but more intense as Mercury leaves swampy Pisces and enters more intense but reactive Aries tonight. Let’s stay in the present moment. Ways we have coped with stress in the past may no longer be working, and we need to invent new ways to cope in this unpredictable week.

We are at the height of a pandemic of potential misinformation this weekend. We can accidentally write fiction when we think we’re telling the truth. 

This weekend, caring Venus is in her own earthy sign of Taurus and forms a friendly, supportive trine to the planets that are signaling the most trouble right now, and this could offer us some needed respite or purpose.

Spring has sprung. The sun is now in brave and feisty Aries and strengthens all our defense systems. Aries is notorious for the ready, fire, aim, approach: We have to …

This is a week of opportunity, though it may be slow to build momentum, and some of the gifts will come in strange packages. The planets have left us emotionally charged but with swampy thinking over the past five weeks. Mercury is now direct, the fuzzy aspects are dissipating, and our direction forward becomes clearer. If it’s not the direction we’d like, we now have more tools to plan the road ahead.

Let’s take a deep breath and pace ourselves. We can’t see where we’re going but could feel we urgently that have to get there as retrograde Mercury prepares to turn direct Sunday night, and the sun approaches a conjunction-foggy Neptune. Early next week, the clouds begin to clear and we can begin to see farther down the road.

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The astrological mood can turn on a dime this week, and we have to find a healthy middle ground. First wisps of exciting spring renewal mingle with occasional moments of feeling overwhelmed by everyday pileups.