horoscope originally written for Glamour
March 21-April 19
From the 6th through the 14th you’re in for it, Aries! It’s the final days of Venus Retrograde, and if you haven’t aligned your actions with your values, you’re likely to be feeling the pressure. Don’t react with defensiveness to other people’s perceptions of you unless you’re down for a fight. If you know what you are, you also know what you’re not; you don’t need justify your actions, but you’re gonna want to if they weren’t true to you. The full Moon on the 10th will kick up relationship dynamics, which you can totally manage if you’re on your game but will send you into a tailspin if you’re off it. Don’t freak out! Just let the complicated stuff point you towards what you need to work on, lover.
April 20-May 20
When Mercury goes Retrograde in your sign on the 9th, you’ll have the double whammy of your ruling planet, Venus, and the planet of communication, Mercury, making you feel all kinds of awkward. This is a great time for reviewing your relationships, and I suggest starting with a little place called you. If you’ve been choosing relationships and dynamics in your life that consistently make you unhappy, there must be something else you’re getting from the situation. Investigate your unconscious motives towards yourself, Taurus. You can expect some discord in your friendship world around the 8th and then around the 21st; don’t lash out before looking at how your participation has affected things. Love is an action, and it’s all about process, not perfection, my love.
May 21-June 21
There’s what you think about your relationships, and then there’s how you act; there’s what you intend to do for your self-care, and then there’s what you actually do. These two things are meaningfully connected, and this Venus Retrograde cycle (over on the 15th) is likely to have illuminated those connections for you. Just in case you’re not sure about the links between how you take care of yourself and the interpersonal connections that you have, Venus is down to teach you one big lesson on the 8th and then again on the 21st when it squares Saturn. Be prepared to deal with things as they really are, Twin Star. If you don’t like it, there’s no time for change like this very moment.
June 22-July 22
Your work/life balance is hecka up this month, Moonchild. Take some time to make sure that you’re not too burnt out to feel the love that’s in your life because you totally deserve to experience your sweetest of feels. When Mercury goes Retrograde on the 9th, it’s your time to review your relationship to your big-picture goals and how you’re living up to them. If you’ve been caught up in the grind, you haven’t been honoring your true nature – you’re a lover, my friend. Don’t just run blindly out of the fear of scarcity; go towards security and the things you most want. If you can get what you want in life, then your job is to want the right things.
July 23-Aug. 22
This is the end, Leo. You may have let go a while back or you may need to do that now, but no matter what you’ve done in the past, it’s time to create the kind of closure that gives you peace. No one can tie up your feels for you – it’s a job for only you, no matter how tempting it is to make your wellness conditional on the will or actions of others. When you let go of the past, you are able to be open to the limitless potential of your future. As always, the Full Moon on the 10th is an excellent time for resolution of all kinds, but if you can’t get it done then, the New Moon on the 26th can support you in being open to life on the other side of where you’ve been.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
How you treat your relationships is a matter of great consequence. Whether you have a tendency to withhold or to give too much, it’s kinda the same thing because in both cases you’re not being true to yourself, my love. This month will test you by bringing IRL consequences to the dynamics that you’ve consented to participating in. Whether or not the other person is at fault, it’s only your choices and actions that you need to concern yourself with. On the 8th and then again on the 21st you’re likely to be confronted with the need for change. Step up to the challenge of long-developing tensions with all the TLC you’ve got, Virgo.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
Something or someone exciting may come through your life around the 7th, so get ready! The truism easy come, easy go should be observed, but take a chance, Libra! The Full Moon on the 10th is in your sign, and it’s a great time to spend alone, getting serious about your relationship to your own sweet self. This is a great moment to catch up with all the changes you’ve been facing and just be with it. Mercury, the planet of friendship and communications, will go Retrograde on the 9th and hit your relationship house on the 21st. You can only effectively express where you’re at if you know where that is; get yourself together before you tend to your interpersonal connections this month, lover.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Love isn’t always fun. The more you like someone, the more you have to lose, and that’s scary and awful and enough to shut a good Scorpio down. Instead of protecting yourself from potential calamity, align yourself with the truth. Every light casts a shadow; don’t fear the shadow, my love. Step into the rough spots, and practice tolerance and compassion so that you can heal what’s hurting. Cultivate a lasting love life by letting the flow of your life direct you towards what needs attention. The New Moon on the 26th in your relationship house is an excellent time for new beginnings and a great reason to clear out your fears and let the light in.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
When Mercury goes Retrograde on the 9th, it’ll make it easy for you to get so wrapped up in work that you forget about the little things. Commit to upping your self-care game this month, especially if it can include cleaning up your diet or exercise. Who and how you love are ongoing choices to make, and they’re a reflection of what you value enough to follow through on. Check in with your actions to make sure that it for reals reflects what you care about. When someone you care about is upset, it’s your turn to listen, not to defend yourself, Tarius. The Venus square to Saturn that will hit on the 8th and the 21st may be a bit humbling, but it’s just an opportunity to learn something.
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
You wanna stay home and tend to yourself, but the world keeps calling you out, Cappy. It’s time for you to put your money where your mouth is and stand up for what you believe in. This month’s astrology wants you to live with greater balance and more authenticity, and it doesn’t care if it needs to gently nudge you in that direction or if it has to shove you down a flight of stairs to get there. Honor the changes you know you need to make in order to have a higher quality of life. You can receive all the love of the world, but if you don’t love the life you’re providing for your own sweet self, you won’t be able to feel that love. Start with your love for the Cappy within, Puppy.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
There’s likely to be so much 411 coming at you in the first half of the month that it will be easy to get distracted from your love life – if your love life isn’t the thing that’s doing the distracting, that is. By the time that Mercury goes Retrograde on the 9th, you’ll be ready to start unpacking all the details and locating yourself within them. Don’t allow yourself to react to dynamics without sufficient forethought, Aquarius. How you participate with who you love gets woven into the fabric of that relationship. If you’re single and wanting to get with someone, you may have gotten so wrapped up in your narratives that you stopped really listening. Being surprised is an exciting part of getting to know people; create space for that, wherever you’re at in your relationships this month.
Feb. 19-March 20
You get to have boundaries, even if it’s scary or if it disappoints or inconveniences others. You’re a person, and you don’t need an excuse or a defense for yourself; you do need to honor your limits and needs if you expect anyone else to. If you feel guilty when you say no to others, you need to ask yourself how you feel when you say it to yourself. Relationships are about give and take, and when you decide for others what they get of you, you risk underestimating them or underestimating yourself. It’s not your job to maintain others. Keep your side of the road clean, and let others do the same. If everything falls apart when you stop holding it together, it was bound to do it sooner or later, anyways.