Sun Signs—March 2018

As two full moons (the second, a blue moon) pile into one month, March begins and ends on a poignant note. Meanwhile, watery Pisces’ magical mystery tour lures us into dreamy, if confusing, places. Jupiter and Mercury, planets that rule truth and communications, turn retrograde (on the 8th and 22nd, respectively), slowing the pace and demanding do-overs in their domains. Hence, the urge to push forward meets resistance, making it a fine time to take a break, go on vacation or retreat, and backup your hard drive. 

By Lisa Awrey

PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20) Your fine-tuned antennae, forever absorbing and filtering your surroundings like a sea sponge, are due for a squeegeeing. The time is ripe to rebrand and reclaim yourself. Turn your best gift to this task and feel your way into a new you. At the end of the month, your attention shifts to finances and a quiet revolution brewing around self-worth. It’s not just a legendary beauty-brand slogan: You really are worth it.  

ARIES (Mar 21-April 19) Your usual vroom-vroom energy is washed away by mounting obligations. Setting realistic boundaries at the beginning of the month guards against taking on too much, especially at work. A focus on your diet, coupled with some downtime to reflect, stokes your passions and spurs you to take the reins. There’s something you’ve been chomping at the bit to launch and you’re feeling your power; use this lull to clarify your course, then take a calculated risk.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A full moon on the first of the month prompts you to clear out your studio and make room for the creative risks you’re about to take. As Bulls well know, building takes time. Poor planning and skipped steps don’t bode success. But sure-footed, steady progress—your specialty—does. So along the way, why not unwind at the beach, schedule a spa day, and chillax. On the 31st, Venus, your ruler, graces your sign and you’re ready to shine. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) The month starts with you feeling restless around the home front, perhaps signaling a deeper rumbling within you. Direct this uneasiness into getting organized; sorting out creates breathing space. You also may find a spring cleaning of your friends or online community helps upgrade your team. In all these endeavors, a light touch is key. As most Twins know, lightening up, doing something fun, lifts the energy and invites creativity. A new moon mid-month in your career house could open the door to a dream job or whole new direction. No need to rush or push the river though. Many creative geniuses were relaxing when their best ideas bonked them on the head. 

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Usually private and quiet, this month, crabs everywhere are realizing they have something to say. As you hone your message and make sure you are being heard, you’re eager to blog, network, or learn something new. As connecting outside your shell comes more into focus, you may find yourself buying plane tickets. Whether you sneak off to a tropical beach or enroll in an online language course, your confidence boosts and your reach broadens. At the end of the month, you may be ready to move or give your home a radical makeover.  

LEO (July 23-Aug 22) The first of the month shines a light on your money. Examining not only your net, but self-worth. Assessing what you’ve done with pride is essential to Lions charging ahead. Then, step away from it all. Taking a trip, going on a spiritual retreat, or exploring something that fascinates you expands your perspective. Later in the month, your body needs some love; you’re motivated to start a yoga class, cut carbs, and make time for cat naps. By month’s end, you’re moved to find a local writing group or meetup and share some of your new discoveries.   

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22) Where do you start and others leave off? This month you may be destined to learn something about the art of setting boundaries and being accountable. The month begins with a focus on you and ends with a spotlight on finances and self-worth—yes, they’re related. In between, as Mercury, your ruler, goes retrograde, your attention turns to what’s yours, mine, and ours. Considering how and what’s shared when two souls become entwined lies at the heart of intimacy and is a central question for Virgos now. Here’s a clue: there’s no right answer. 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22) Normally more comfortable looking outward, as the month begins, the Libran gaze swivels inward. Your dreams may be more vivid, and a rich source of intel, so keep a pen and paper by your bedside. While the metaphysical beckons, the physical demands equal time. Maybe it’s time to detox, change your diet, or join a dance class—anything that enlivens the body is a worthwhile investment. Then, it’s all about what matters most to Libras: Relationships. As the messenger planet does a double take in your partnership house, pillow talk is not just a 1950’s rom com, it’s a national pastime for you guys.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21) This month opens with an eye towards discernment concerning your tribe. Perhaps it’s time to cull your crew, streamline your online connections, and cut loose those people you no longer relate to. If anybody can close a door without a backward glance, it’s you. Some network housecleaning frees you up to focus on your health and well-being. Taking a spa day, soaking in a hot springs, giving or receiving a massage goes a long way to restoring your legendary mojo. Body and spirit renewed, you’re ready to catch the vast wave of creativity that’s headed your way. This swell also could sweep in with it a love affair (at least with yourself) and potentially, a sexual healing. Hang ten, Scorpio. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21) You know that thing you’ve been putting off? Well, do it the first week of the month. That’s because Jupiter, your ruler, shifts into reverse on the 8th, and stays there for the next few months. It’s not exactly like a locomotive taking a dirt road, but your natural dynamism may downshift. If you can hold on to your plans, quietly hatching them in the background, you’ll be set to roll them out come December when the planet of luck moves into your sign. That’s when Sagges really hit paydirt. Until then, use this more introspective mode to focus on your home and family. Take trips to visit loved ones, chill out, or lay some new tile.  

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19) Highly effective CEOs know that their mood and body language can strongly influence the impact of their communications, a phenomenon known as emotional contagion. Your vibe is crucial to success this month. Reading the room and adjusting your message accordingly can improve your chances of getting buy-in from important stakeholders. By mid-month, your energy surges; you’re decisive and motivated to take action. You can accomplish a lot. And accomplishment is music to a Goat’s ears.      

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18) Like the inspiration behind most ingenious ideas, Aquarians’ noteable originality often depends on the obscurity of their sources. This month, insights might come from the darndest places, from the deep mystery, to the I Ching, to the person behind the counter at the dry cleaner. While you’re busy picking up intel from behind the scenes, an unexpected bonus or bump in salary could boost your take-home. Later in the month your mind shifts into turbo drive, so avoid picking fights with less intelligent beings. Bitch-check your emails or burn off steam in a good workout before engaging in conversations. 

If you know your rising sign, read that, too; it’s often more relevant. 

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