Horoscope (Week Beginning Feb. 23)

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HoroscopeThis week marks the beginning of the tense Uranus and Pluto square, which lines up in a peak position on June 24th of this year. Uranus in the warrior energy of Aries wants revolution, and Pluto in Capricorn, the sign of authority, is not likely to back down without a fight. This aspect begins to turn the tables between the “haves” and the “have nots.” Wealth comes from knowing your real resources and using them well.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will have to tear down the old in order to rebuild. There’s an area of life that’s been begging for your attention — maybe an unorganized closet or a messy financial arrangement. Take out all the relevant facts and items, and lay them out. It will look worse before it looks better. Bit by bit, you’ll improve the situation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A certain amount of nervous energy gives you an edge if you direct it well. But being nervous too much of the time has the opposite result. Address your emotional state. Do what’s necessary to create a sense of safety in your world. This may mean pulling back from overly stressful situations for a while.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You know how you like to be treated, and that’s why you will be careful to give people a good degree of your attention. When you’re genuinely curious about someone, this is easy. It’s a bit trickier when your immediate interest level is low. But you have a knack for asking the questions that draw people out and you in.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Make more time for exercise. This week brings exciting challenges, and you’ll need to use your head. Did you know that increased muscle tone improves your ability to think? Getting stronger physically will help you stave off fatigue and tension that could interfere with a person’s ability to learn.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will be dealing in the unfamiliar this week, and it’s the perfect opportunity to experiment with questions of identity. Ask yourself: “Whom are you portraying?” If the role you have chosen is not working, you can change your role in regard to the situation. People who don’t know you will be none the wiser.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It is too easy to live for others. You see a need and fill it. You follow a direction. You stand in a line. Don’t forget yourself. Make time for what you want to do. No one will organize around your secret wish, but your public request will be honored. Energize your spirit with an endeavor that is uniquely yours.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may be feeling slightly out of step. If you have any time to yourself this week, strongly consider celebrating your uniqueness with a solo dance. This will put you back in touch with the rhythms of the universe. When you’re alone, turn up the music, and let it move through you, restoring your “groove.”

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Before something exists, it doesn’t. And when it doesn’t, it’s often unimaginable. Have faith that things you haven’t experienced and would never imagine can still happen. Faith will help you invigorate a dull scene, blast through the creeping malaise or turn a chore into a party.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Take measures to simplify your life. Cutting out the extraneous things you own and do will unclutter your environment and help you focus on what really matters to you. The reductions you make this week will go a long way toward creating a happier, healthier and more satisfied future.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Success depends largely on your expectations and attitude. Before you leave the house each day this week, preview the day’s events in your mind’s eye. See things going well. See yourself working happily and being excited about the results you get. This “preview of coming attractions” will strongly influence events.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You won’t take advice from just anyone. You will be in a flexible mood, though, and will feel willing to try the suggestions of people you trust. There are only a privileged few in the category. You don’t give your trust easily, and when you do give it, you don’t take it back easily, either.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Sometimes moving forward feels like coming home and moving backward feels unfamiliar, so it’s difficult to tell the difference between progression and regression. Don’t worry too much about it. Instead, just be mindful not to get too comfortable where you are, and welcome change in whatever form it shows up.

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