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Observations: Aries Normal

my favorite place to run . . . on the beach.

my favorite place to run . . . on the beach.

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Ever since the first of April when the Sun, Venus and Mars in Aries moved beyond the reach of the outer planets, we’ve been experiencing what I call “Aries Normal” . . . active, fast paced and directed.

What is Aries normal good for? For one thing getting off the couch and out the door to exercise! All the fire signs promote activity but none like Aries. The best personal trainer I ever worked with had an Aries Sun and Mars in Leo. The man was a genius at inspiring everyone to get out there and sweat! Knowing I would be meeting with him once a week was enough to push through the discomfort and keep moving. After working with him for several years I ended up in the best physical condition of my adult life.

Aries energy is perfect for initiating new activities too. We tend to be keener on the idea of jumping into a new project rather than sticking with the same old, same old. Today’s New Moon in Aries is especially wonderful for taking the first step of a new venture. When I was writing this week’s horoscopes, I looked at the Aries ruled house for each sign and thought about new starts, etc. Check out both your Sun sign and Rising sign horoscopes for this week.

When the Moon passes through the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) it can get somewhat more intense and we can get edgier but all in all it is more exhilarating than uncomfortable. Those of us with our Suns in the cardinal signs usually enjoy the occasional challenge so this energy feeds us.

Next week the slide into Taurus begins with Venus leading the way on Monday. Mars and the Sun enter Taurus together on April 19-20 . . . a powerful combination. No more procrastinating or you’ll risk losing out on a marvelous Aries boost! Go for it!


Libra Weekly Horoscopes for March 25, 2013


Aries, God of War

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“Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” We have a very, very active sky this week with the Sun, Venus, Mars and Uranus in Aries leading the pack. This is one of the most action packed weeks this year so sit down, shut up and hang on.

Wednesday is the Full Moon in Libra and the heart of the matter. Sometimes the Full Moon brings resolution but not this one. What may be illuminated are the areas of dissonance in our lives for which there are no quick or easy solutions. As I mentioned before “agreeing to disagree” might be the way to go.

Mars in Aries will be the first planet to square Pluto in Capricorn early in week followed by both the Sun and Venus squaring Pluto next Sunday. There will be those obsessed with tightly controlling every aspect of their lives and others whilst battling with those whose hunger for freedom is all. We’ll likely find out what matters most to us as individuals – control or freedom – one way or another.

The desire to express our uniqueness right, wrong or otherwise could be overwhelming now with the Sun and Venus both conjoining Uranus in Aries on Thursday. Late last week Mars conjoined Uranus setting this trend in motion. Aiding and abetting these needs is Jupiter in Gemini via sextiles to Mars at the first of the week and Venus at the end. It is a wonderful time to generate brilliant theories and ideas though attempting to put those into practice may be iffy right now, too much static in the atmosphere.

Behind all the noise and drama of the Aries action, something more subtle is happening. Mercury in Pisces will quietly and harmoniously aspect both Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn this week. For those of you who have personal planets from 10° to 12° in earth and water signs, this is a very good thing. I realize it will be tough to make yourself heard over the huge fire sign party but do your best. You have something very important to say.

On the weekend both the Sun and Venus will be inconjunct Saturn in Scorpio . . . looks an awful lot like mom and dad coming down on their teenage children to me. As a matter of fact that is another good analogy for the Saturn-Pluto sextile fighting it out with the Aries planets and Jupiter in Gemini where somebody has the unpleasant task of being the parent. As to who is in the right? Hey! Don’t look at me! I’m just minding my own business as hard as I can!

For what it’s worth, this is not a good time to make impulsive decisions whether it is about love or investments. Acting on assumptions or making reckless choices is very risky right now. Err on the side of caution please.

To get another perspective for the week, check out Karen’s Weekly Tarot for this week on Isis Moon Tarot.

Aries, I would be shocked to learn you aren’t right in the middle of the action this week. You live for situations that get your heart pumping and adrenaline flowing. Being able to rush in and save the day? The best yet!

Given how little you enjoy last minute changes or disruptive events, Taurus, you probably aren’t going to be a happy camper this week. The toughest part might have to do with not being able to get a good night’s sleep due to interruptions.

Social being that you are, Gemini, even you may be overwhelmed by all the places you need to be this week. You will manage but it could get interesting at times. Looks to be a very lively weekend for you too. Sleep later?

Take a deep breath and promise yourself a good long break once the furor dies down, Cancer. It is a good time to remember as a cardinal sign you do like a good challenge now and then . . . just not so many all at one time maybe?

Are you having fun yet, Leo? You are getting a major energy boost and a little drama is right down your alley. Your weekend could be very exciting, especially if you decide to discuss religion and politics with your date! Have fun!

Despite this week’s intensity you more than many others, Virgo, have a pretty good handle on yourself. Your ability to come up with thoughtful solutions to problems will benefit not only you but others in your orbit. Can I hang out with you please? :D

Even if you can manage to keep your cool, Libra, you may still be stunned by what your partner gets up to this week. You may not be able to decide whether to fall in love with them all over again or give ‘em the boot.

Thank goodness you’re managing to stay relatively grounded now, Scorpio, because that’s the only way you’ll be able to handle all the interruptions to your daily routine. This still may affect your health so do what you can to alleviate stress by getting enough rest.

I know you live to feed your inner child now, Sagittarius, and spend time playing with your partner. However spending money you don’t have is a very, very bad idea with serious consequences. Be smart and set up limits before you play.

Dealing with the chaos swirling around your home and family now can’t be easy, Capricorn. All the more reason to be thankful your ability to think clearly and make rational choices is operating quite well. Please don’t take hurtful remarks too seriously.

Your mind is lit up like the Fourth of July, Aquarius, with fireworks of great ideas shooting off everywhere. Be aware others may find your obsessions a little over the top. Gatherings on the weekend may get a bit too exciting. Be careful.

Brainstorming about money and ways to increase your income might be productive now, Pisces. Despite your reputation for being a bit drifty at times, you are currently in a good place to be sensible about all this. Your peers may have practical input.

If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too. :D


Observations: Venus enters Aries & other Venusian Musings

Venus Return portrait

Venus in Aries

Another big kiss for all you fire signs is Venus entering Aries! Then there will be four planets in the early degrees of Aries to keep life interesting.

I realize Venus is exalted in Pisces and hot dry Aries is not the best fit for her but sometimes change is good. Fire and air sign folk have been struggling to keep their spirits up over the past month and in the spirit of fairness, they deserve a break.

Venus in Aries is very independent, competitive and somewhat unrefined . . . well, downright crude on occasion. She is nowhere near as concerned with her appearance as Venus in Leo or as wary of commitment as Venus in Sagittarius. What you see is what you get is her motto.

Men with Venus in Aries usually love strong minded women who have lives of their own. They often encourage the women in their lives to be more proactive and independent. If you are a woman with an Aries Venus you probably are one of those women . . .

Those of us who have Venus in the fire signs will all get a lift from this Venus, even more so if you have your Sun in Taurus or Libra (Venus ruled signs). Socializing will sound like fun again and creative projects that have been languishing regain their appeal. Do something different like trying out a new place to eat or visit somewhere you’ve never been. Be adventurous!

Venus will conjoin the Sun and Uranus in Aries on 28 March and will finally catch up to Mars in Aries on 6 April. Between now and the Full Moon in Libra, the waxing conjunction to Uranus is bound to bring out the contrary side of Venus. Please treat the women in your life with consideration and respect or risk their wrath. Women in general are feeling feisty now.

Best Venus transits for looking good

Thought I’d give an update on the best time for improving one’s appearance. After checking Venus transits over the past few years when I’ve had my hair cut, I believe the best results where when Venus was conjunct, sextile and trine my Ascendant. The best time for having my picture taken was on my Venus Return, in part because Venus is in my first house. Of lesser importance were Venus conjunct, sextile or trine my Sun though those were far better than no aspects at all.

Bottom line if you need to look good and have some flexibility, go with Venus conjunct your Ascendant first, followed by the trine and the sextile. The Ascendant is our “face” we present to the world after all. I would add if you have the Sun or Venus in your first house, harmonious Venus transits to those two are excellent. *grin*


Full Moon in Libra, March 27, 2013


Full Moon in Libra

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If there ever was a time to get serious about agreeing to disagree, this Full Moon at 06° 52′ Libra on 27 March 2013, 02:28 AM PDT is it. Maintaining a sense of perspective promises to be a real challenge.

For those of us who prefer peace and harmony, it may be better to dwell on the Libra Moon side of things. The Moon represents our feeling nature and in Libra she prefers to surround herself with beauty and civilized conversation. An inconjunct to both Mercury and Neptune in sensitive Pisces underscores the need to keep the tone upbeat and gentle. Rude, obnoxious sorts will be asked to leave the premises.

Venus, Libra’s ruler, exactly conjoins the Aries Sun and whilst Venus is outgoing and adventurous in Aries she still softens Aries stridency to a degree. Uranus in Aries is also conjunct the Sun, a far more unpredictable influence. However, the Libra Moon is still willing to invite these three to her party because she knows Uranus always keeps things interesting and stimulates the creative flow.

The stressful side of this Full Moon comes from Mars, Aries’ ruler, who is currently at home in Aries. Direct, forceful and forthright, Mars in Aries is still within shouting distance of Uranus though, in my opinion, is far enough ahead of the Sun we have more say in how we express our anger. Those with personal planets and the Ascendant from 8° to 11° in the cardinal signs however may not escape so easily. The desire to push ahead at all costs may be very powerful.

Mars is right in the thick of the action with aspects to Jupiter in Gemini, Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. He is part of a Yod with Saturn in Scorpio at the apex and is sextile Jupiter in Gemini for the base. The square to Pluto in Capricorn further complicates matters. The Yod comprised of Saturn sextile Pluto with both inconjunct Jupiter is also in effect. All of these add up to why I started off this post by suggesting agreeing to disagree on this Full Moon is a good idea.

So many inconjuncts make finding common ground nigh into impossible to find, so rather than beating our collective heads against the brick wall of other people’s incomprehension we might as well sit this one out. Very few will be willing to listen anyway and having Mercury in Pisces square Jupiter in Gemini just adds to the confusion. Philosophical differences (Mars and Jupiter) are pitted against practicalities (Saturn and Pluto) . . . discuss politics and religion at your own peril.

With all those planets in Aries stirring the pot and bringing tempers to a boil, it is a good time to contemplate anger management. When we get angry do we claim our anger or point to something or someone else as the cause? If we claim our anger we stand a far better chance of dealing with it in a constructive manner. The string of squares to Pluto in Capricorn starting with Mars the day before the Full Moon and both Venus and the Sun on Easter Sunday after it bring control issues to the forefront. Are we mad at ourselves for choices we’ve made or do we feel like it is all someone else’s fault? Something worth taking a look at in my opinion.

This was not the easiest lunation to write about because peaceful soul that I am, I wanted to see if I could find something hopeful to say. As a Libra, I usually love this Full Moon and it was hard to see all the stressful aspects in this chart. If I have succeeded in bringing a little light into the picture, then I am happy. Choose peace and practice kindness, people!

On a personal note: The lunation axis aligns with my fifth-eleventh house cusps. The Sun is on the fifth and the Moon the eleventh. My place in my social circles and creativity are highlighted. Nice!

The stressful patterns revolving around Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto connect to my twelfth house Part of Fortune whilst Uranus in Aries is trine my natal Saturn. Looks like I make my own fortune through hard work . . . what else is new!

Enjoy Karen’s thoughts on the Libra Full Moon on IsisMoon Tarot to see what the cards have to add.


Libra Weekly Horoscopes for March 18, 2013



© Aries by Mila Losenko

By midweek the atmosphere will make a dramatic change from laidback to jumping! Between the Sun entering Aries on the Equinox and Mercury beginning to move once more, the pace will pick up with much less time for introspection and more need to be doing.

Venus leaves dreamy romantic Pisces for devil may care Aries on Thursday and flirting Aries style begins. There is nothing subtle about Aries flirting . . . it can be reminiscent of your grade school days when little boys did annoying things like pull ponytails, etc. If you are the object of someone’s attention you won’t have any doubts about it.

Mars is already in Aries and will conjoin Mr. Unpredictable, Uranus, on Friday. Who knows what will happen and where the pieces will fall. This may hit home for Libras who have been fence-sitting because one way or another, they will have to choose. Better do it voluntarily rather than have an unpalatable choice forced on you . . .

By the way, when Mars conjoins Uranus it will be translating the Uranus-Pluto square which is gradually reforming now (it will be exact again at 11° on May 20). We may get a preview of what that may bring. Most of us are now familiar with our personal issues of control vs. independence played out in the houses where Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn currently transit.

Drive defensively and keep your eyes peeled for reckless people this week. If you tend to be short tempered or are close to someone who is, please be aware the smallest thing could trigger tempers over the weekend. It is time to summon up as much patience as possible and choose to treat others with kindness and consideration. Play nice, OK?

To get another perspective for the week, check out Karen’s Weekly Tarot for this week on Isis Moon Tarot.

Ready, set, GO, Aries! Your energy comes online with a rush this week and there will be no holding you back. Trampling over others on the way out the door is not recommended though. They may start throwing things at your back. *grin*

Usually this week marks the beginning of a rather introspective time for you, Taurus, but not this year. You could find yourself dealing with unexpected problems behind the scenes. Your dreams may be unusually vivid and your sleep anything but restful this weekend.

Your week may not get off to a great start, Gemini, if you don’t make an effort to stay focused at work. By midweek, the pace begins to pick up. Exciting, last minute get-togethers with your friends could be the norm for awhile.

Brace yourself, Cancer, for a major uptick in career related activity starting mid-week. Please make a note to yourself not to take other people’s abruptness and short tempers personally, especially on the job. Good chance their restlessness has little to do with you.

Happy days ahead for you, Leo! The upsurge in energy coming this week will be very good for inspiring you with plenty of motivation to take on the world. Who knows? You could decide to drop everything and catch a plane to Timbuktu.

What is bound to please you this week, Virgo, is improving clarity in your thinking and ability to communicate effectively once more. Wouldn’t be a bad idea to make sure you have all your income tax documents gathered together just in case you need them ASAP.

Your one-on-one relationships could end up absorbing a great deal of your time and energy for awhile, Libra. Fortunately for you, you may notice a shift from feeling rather dreamy to feeling far more engaged and present. Good thing because you’ll need to be.

Like the other fixed signs, Scorpio, you function best with a stable daily routine and knowing there may be interruptions coming out of nowhere this week won’t make you happy. One way to deal with this is to work as much flexibility into your schedule as possible.

No one will be happier than you, Sagittarius, to break out and do something just for the fun of it. I bet your nearest and dearest are ready for you to head out and do something too. Feeling caged in is not good for you or them.

You might end up feeling like you are walking on eggshells around family this week, Capricorn, knowing tempers are short and ready to blow. Choose your battles wisely and refrain from saying “I told you so” if you can. Good luck!

Your normally assertive communication style could tip over into aggressive this week, Aquarius, and if you would rather not offend people right and left make a point to tone it down. Be sure to take note of your more brilliant ideas!

The spotlight moves off of you this week, Pisces, something I doubt will trouble you all that much as many of you prefer to fade into the background most of the time. Time to get serious about tuning up your money management skills.

If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too. :D