Aries (March 21st to April 19th)
You gotta be willing to lose yourself to gain yourself…or another. Aries, are you ready for your close-up (for love)? Let’s hope so, because now is the time when you have to be willing to put yourself out there. Otherwise, you only know what you think you are, not who you actually are. We can always have the best estimation of our self-image when we don’t have to deal with others. However, the middle of the week is when you can’t let your ego or the glamour of your self-image prevent you from reaching for a deeper connection or prospect of understanding with someone. By the time you get to the weekend, you’ll be in a better position to begin a new stage of a relationship, if that’s what you’ve been moving toward. If not, then events may happen that help to build a truer self-love based on being who you truly are, not what you have only dreamed.
Taurus (April 20th to May 21st)
Passion and endurance are what you see you through this week. There’s been so much happening beneath the surface for you that when things open up near the weekend, you might be exhausted. However, you can’t collapse into a puddle of bones and skin now. You have to be willing to do what’s most passionate for yourself, not necessarily what’s most reasonable or practical. Passion is what could keep you up to the wee hours of the night opening one browser tab after another about an opportunity that you must have. Likewise, it could be what you “explore” with a love interest until checkout. The most important thing is not to hold back on what’s propelling you forward, even though you’re tired and you can’t figure out what’s next. This is when you allow the Cosmos to surprise you by you surprising yourself with your desire.
Gemini (May 21st to June 20th)
You’re fresh out of fears to give, so folks better watch out. This is likely to be one of those weeks where no one knows what a Gemini’s going to do next, including you. Last week, you were possibly having your own fears sailing back at you as curveballs. Now, after “hump” day is when you get to throw some of your own to other people…and yourself as well. You just won’t be throwing them out of fear. The reason’s simple, actually: you’ve hit rock bottom with your fears of losing and loss, and now you’re not scared to lose. You’re ready to play ball with others at work and beyond to get what you want. You could come decked with especially juicy ideas, designs, and refreshingly honest pop-flies for folks after Thursday when Venus teams up with maverick Uranus. In turn, don’t be surprised if this amps up your sex appeal too. Nonconformity usually turns up the heat in the room.
Cancer (June 21st to July 21st)
Feeling him or her ain’t enough, for either of you. We all know that Cancers have feelings and love to be in their feels, even when you don’t necessarily show them. However, you’ll save yourself a lot of distress if you don’t confuse being in your feelings for what’s factually true about a situation. For instance, if you’re feeling somebody who calls him or herself your boo but there’s no clear evidence that the feeling is mutual, then you don’t have a relationship—you got a crush. This is important now because you’re trying to get ahead and you don’t need the dead weight. You need someone who loves you for being you, not what you do for them or because you have feelings for them. If we can say, “faith without works is dead,” then we can amend that to say, “a feeling without works is a zombie kind of love.” Get rid of the zombies in your life this week.
Leo (July 22nd to August 21st)
Seeing is believing…and then doing something about it. In classical astrology, one of the most prophetic and far seeing of signs was not Scorpio, Pisces, Aquarius, or Cancer. It was yours. I won’t bore you with the lengthy details why, but all those deets relate to your sign’s patron, the Sun. The Sun’s light is what illuminates anything to be “as clear as day.” This week you could come to see future trends in your life and beyond in some unusual ways, including through your dreams or flashes of insight while awake. This is a good thing on many fronts. First, it will help restore the sense of providence and destiny that fuels your journey of self-unfolding like the soul-flower you are. Second, if you have a heads-up on what things may be heading your way, then you have a moral responsibility to act on them to the best of your understanding.
Virgo (August 22nd to September 21st)
You’re prone to write checks with your body and mouth this weekend that you won’t be able cash later. Now that Mercury is settling in Gemini, one of his home signs, you could find yourself busy and communicating actively with folks about work-related issues. (Your sign is his other home.) You could feel drawn toward getting something that you really want, such as that newest laptop or a fancy, lightweight bike. You might be able to claim it on your taxes as work-related and useful, but think twice about getting it this week. For a number of reasons, next week would be a better week to satisfy sudden urges or big purchases. (For starters, there could be a better deal coming up.) In general, you want to keep a close eye on any penchants to overdo it, including having too much of a good time.
Libra (September 22nd to October 21st)
Be unpredictable. One of the miracles of the Cosmos is that it’s always changing and expanding, yet we daily wake up thinking that we’re the same person. Missing that point is how we become wholly predictable and start to bury ourselves before our time. Rather than become the victim of a whim or surprise by a partner, it’s time to embrace your own power of unpredictability. The way to do that is to focus on the needs of the moment, not all the shoulds, coulds, or what would so-and-so dos. This is what keeps us awake and fresh, and that’s exactly what you want to feel now, Libra. Don’t dull your senses with substitute people or mind-altering substances. Be completely open to what’s in front of you now, because it promises a renewal for you, just like spring should.
Scorpio (October 22nd to November 21st)
A little change will go a long way. When pleasing Venus gets gritty with powerful Pluto and Uranus the Usurper toward the middle of the week, you could experience a few significant changes in your routine and work life. If you’re smart (and you definitely are), you’ll spend less time resisting those changes and take them as the good things they will become in short order. For instance, let’s say your stapler breaks, and you use it daily. Now, as far as big changes go, you wouldn’t think a broken stapler a big change. However, you might not realize how a new stapler makes your work experience so much better that your improved mood lifts your productivity and motivates you to do bigger things. Don’t laugh, unless, of course, you just bought a new stapler.
Sagittarius (November 22nd to December 21st)
There’s a fine line between passion and obsession, so make sure your monocle or glasses are on.
Venus, our planetary mistress of pleasure, gets in a ménage a trois with compulsive Pluto and upending Uranus. Now, some of y’all could have this kind of raciness with real folks substituting for planets; but that’s not going to be true for most of you. Thus, these star alignments are going to be more about how an untempered desire to have something that could mess up your life for a few days, such as an unexpected purchase that puts your checking account in the red. That, my dear Centaur, is partly where you’ve crossed a fine line into the land of obsession. Passion, on the other hand, means you have a larger or loftier goal in mind, and you use all your physical, spiritual, and emotional energy to make it happen. Obtaining a thing is only piece of that larger goal. Stay in the passionate lane this week, Sag.
Capricorn (December 22nd to January 20th)
Sometimes the most courageous and necessary thing to do is to be willing to begin again.
I don’t know about you, but I always found the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to be a triflin’ and tedious story. It’s mostly the story of a little girl who goes through the bears’ things to make herself at home. Who wants to hear about the story of the marauder? What’s the story of the bears as they attempt to feel at home after someone’s eaten their food, broken their furniture, and unmade their beds. Maybe you can relate, because this week your life might have similar themes to settling back into a sense of your own sense of self and place. With pleasure-seeking Venus teaming up with power-embracing Pluto in Capricorn, you’re pushed to find your own way to self-empowerment through what pleases you, but not until you’ve experienced a surprise from upending Uranus.
Aquarius (January 21st to February 18th)
You’re stalled, and the Cosmos delivers a boost for you.
The first step to recovery is admitting you need recovery. If you’re willing to be honest about needing to change things up, then the Cosmos could very well meet you more than half way. Someone new could swing into your orbit to shake things up. The only possible problem is that you could have a lot of resistance to this intervention. Maybe this person is so unusual to your usual steez that you attempt to push him or her away at every turn. Well, if the usual were really working for you, you wouldn’t need the unusual in your life right now. So, before you batten down the hatches, pay attention to what’s really shaking down. All of this could be just the thing or person to get you moving forward.
Pisces (February 19th to March 20th)
Don’t let a disappointment rush you into what’s next rather than what’s right. Although it’s trite these days to name disappointments and downturns as “growth opportunities,” it’s still true that wrong turns can eventually lead to the right way. This is particularly true for any challenges and changes you face with building your financial health and wealth. What’s key this week is not to act rashly in order to wash quickly the bad taste of a disappointment out of your life. It’s clear that it’s time to go in a new direction, but you also need new tools, connections and resources to get there. Take your time to identify specifically what things you need, and be patient about collecting them over the next several weeks. You may see that you’ll find something with better prospects to reward your research and patience.
Samuel F. Reynolds is a NYC-based astrologer. As an Ebony reader, you’re eligible for discounted fees for in person or by phone/skype consultations. For more info, visit unlockastrology.com, write firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter at @sfreynolds.