We get the green light this week: Mercury is direct, the Aries sun infuses us with gumption, and the stars tell us to be off and running. But we may need to clean the gutters first. Wherever there were blocks — whether in a river, project, or emotional process — they are loosening. Where a mistake was made, we get an opportunity to repair. Where we were deluded or just lost in a dream, it’s time to wake up and clean up before the flow really gets going.

Some of those blocks were comfortable, and the release of them is not so much. Rivers fill from melting snow. And if people brooded behind the scenes while Mercury was retrograde, their plans now come to light, whether they want to run for a position in the government or take it down, pitch a proposal or run off to Mozambique. Before we go with these plans, reconsider and update them with a clearer view of the road ahead.

Friday begins with competence but also a certain Machiavellian intensity as the industrious Capricorn moon conjuncts intense Pluto. A willful edge pushes us to accomplish, but watch a tendency to try to control others when we’re feeling anxious. The communication flow and mental processes speed up on Sunday as Mars enters verbal Gemini.

Our feelings turn sensitive on Monday as the moon enters permeable Pisces, so go gently on the April Fool’s jokes. On Tuesday, we may be able to feel spring — and spring fever — on the breeze as the moon conjuncts Venus in sensitive Pisces. Our emotions and imaginations can be torrential. As with rising crocuses, seek the hope that springs eternal.

This new moon in Aries, the first new moon of the astrological year, is a true beginning. What do we want to start?

Friday, March 29: Tough overnight aspects could trigger actions and reactions. Assess the situation this morning, look for any emergencies that need to be dealt with, and be proactive but not manipulative. Evening grows more sociable and less driven as the moon enters Aquarius.

Saturday, March 30: Our eccentricities need time in the sunshine. Respond spontaneously to the moment. Reconnect to the spirit and sense others’ presences instead of talking too much. Work in groups, teams, and online community; being together strengthens bonds.

Sunday, March 31: Mars enters Gemini and the conversation picks up speed. Now we can talk it through and clear up misunderstandings, negotiate, and brainstorm possibilities for the future. Follow up on creative inklings.

Monday, April 1: As the moon enters sensitive Pisces, review personal needs and see what needs to be refined. Use this sensitivity to review plans and relationships. Look for those glitches so we can move forward.

Tuesday, April 2: This could be a beautiful, poetic and hyper-sensitized but still proactive day. Let beloveds know they’re loved. We can make dreams happen, but we can also suddenly realize we’ve been lost in a dream, and not everybody else is in the same dream. Watch the fine line between imagination and reality — work with it and help envision a better world.

Wednesday, April 3: Go gently — feelings that get hurt today will boomerang tomorrow. We’re still in that sensitized place this morning. If energy slows in midafternoon, prioritize relationships. Feel the momentum build as the moon enters Aries tonight.

Thursday, April 4: Look back over the last year, note what worked and what didn’t, and clear intentions for what we’d like to ignite under a new moon in Aries. Get ready to launch tomorrow. ◀

To contact astrologer Heather Roan Robbins, go to roanrobbins.com.

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