A powerful impulse to nurture and protect may inform everything we do, but many obstacles stand in the way of this desire. The New Moon in caring Cancer opposes excessive Jupiter, intimidating Pluto, and stern Saturn. Every time we want to attend to matters of the heart, harsh reality beckons. It's possible we'll be discouraged from taking time off work to attend to family matters, or that a corporate directive forbids us from being compassionate. The expressive Sun’s opposition to repressed Saturn at 6:28 pm EDT could make it even more difficult to demonstrate what we feel.
March 21-April 19
You long to turn your home into a place of beauty and comfort, but there doesn’t seem to be the opportunity to do so. Instead of struggling to find time to attend to this priority, make time. The world won’t fall apart if you’re not around to manage projects and people for a day, so put your energy into your private life now. Whether you’re painting the bedroom or doing some deep cleaning, the important thing is to give your abode the respect it deserves -- after all, it is an extension of yourself.
April 20-May 20
Getting in touch with your feelings is critical to personal growth. This can sometimes be daunting for an ultra-practical person like you, who is more comfortable in the realm of tangible objects than elusive emotions. Sneak off to a private place where you can connect with your heart today. Ask yourself what you need to be happy; the answer may surprise you. If you're driven to partake in an activity that has nothing to do with work, have at it. It will be so nice to do something for pure pleasure.
May 21-June 20
Investing more time in your personal gifts is strongly advised today. Many people may come out of the woodwork asking for your help, but while you enjoy being of service, you won’t do it at the expense of your own needs. This healthy attitude drives opportunists from your door, and that’s a good thing. Standing up for your own time and interests can also give you the confidence to make a change in the name of happiness. It's possible you'll decide to leave an emotionally draining job for one that pays less but is truly enjoyable.
June 21-July 22
You may feel like you're being taken for granted by someone close to you; they’ve become used to you putting your needs aside for their benefit. It’s time to put an end to this practice. Give yourself a generous dose of tender loving care today -- buy yourself something that makes you smile and treat yourself well. When you appreciate and respect yourself, others will follow suit. It’s also important to give yourself praise and encouragement, so replace all critical self-talk with loving statements today. It’s time for all you Moon Children to revel in your fabulousness.
July 23-August 22
Dwelling on upsetting memories or situations from the past won't help you today; it’s time to seize the power of the present moment. Fix your thoughts on a subject that brings you great happiness instead. This could be anything from a funny movie to your favorite person to a fond memory. The longer you concentrate on this positive idea, the easier it will be to cultivate a genuinely good mood. Happiness is a choice. The more you train your brain to contemplate joy, the easier it is to conquer demons. Practice makes perfect.
August 23-September 22
You're eager to step foot into something new today. Beware, though, people who are already experienced in this interest or idea may be reluctant to admit you to their inner circle, fearing you aren’t serious enough. It will take time to gain the trust of your peers, so be patient. In the meantime, don’t let the chilly atmosphere keep you from learning as much as possible about this fascinating topic. There's more information available than you think, so dig a little to absorb all you can. You can make great strides today regardless of others' assumptions.
September 23-October 22
Hiding your feelings at work may do more harm than good. It’s time to discuss a colleague’s unfair or aggressive behavior. If the person in question is your boss, you may end up having to find another position to escape this negative environment. Although this will cause temporary inconvenience, you’ll ultimately benefit from getting a new job. Spend some time imagining your ideal role. Someone with your diplomatic skills would do very well working with the public; attending to customers or patients with special needs may be especially gratifying for you. A pleasing change is possible.
October 23-November 21
It would be easy to get down about current affairs, yet while the news sounds bleak, there are so many wonderful things still occurring around the globe. Stay off social media and channel your energy into a fundraiser or other humanitarian effort today. Working with people who share your concern for the world will be gratifying. Don’t jump to conclusions about members of the team who are much older or younger. After getting to know them as individuals, you’ll see them in a surprising light; one of them may even become your new mentor or coach.
November 22-December 21
Life is taking some strange twists and turns, which is a bit unsettling, even to a free bird like you. Be extra kind to yourself as you undergo this transition. Reduce your workload, scale back obligations to others, and spend more time on activities that bring you peace. It's possible you're feeling extra pressure today to make more money. If you’re unable to increase your workload, be honest about your limitations. You’re not especially materialistic and can live well on a minimal budget. Your mission should be simplifying life now, not complicating it.
December 22-January 19
People have been relying heavily on you lately, which has probably become exhausting. It’s time to withdraw your support, even at the risk of triggering a few arguments. It isn’t fair of coworkers, friends, or loved ones to expect you to do their heavy lifting. Delegating authority to others will give you more time to attend to your needs today. A sensual person like you should immerse yourself in pleasant sights, sounds, scents, flavors, and textures. Though work makes you feel productive, engaging in richer experiences will bring you great pleasure.
January 20-February 18
A positive attitude makes all the difference today. It may feel like your workload is insurmountable, but rather than contemplate your full list of things to do, attend to one job at a time. Listen to upbeat music if you can or talk to a cheerful colleague. Being in a good mood will boost your productivity and make time fly. Once you’ve finished everything, treat yourself to a reward. A special meal, stylish accessory, or new sheets will help you finish the day feeling accomplished and appreciated.
February 19-March 20
Taking care of obligations to others recently has kept you from doing the things you really want. You can only go so long without self-care; give yourself permission to do something wonderfully decadent today, even if it makes you feel a little selfish. You are always concerned for the welfare of other people. Now, let someone else take care of work tasks or chores around the house while you simply relax and recharge. After taking this much-needed break from social responsibility, you’ll be back to your cooperative self.