MONDAY, APRIL 16
The Mercury retrograde is over, but don’t get too comfortable yet. Just when you think it’s safe to go back to business as usual, Saturn will pose challenges you wouldn’t have dreamed of. On the bright side, this is the stuff that makes life interesting. Anyway, there’s still a full day of relatively smooth sailing. Enjoy it!
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have the sneaking suspicion that like most people, you’re letting a petty fear or belief keep you stuck in a situation. You won’t know specifically what it is, though, until you break out and get a different perspective.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Emotions will involve labor today. It’s a labor to feel them and a labor to express them, but the result of expressing them will be… you guessed it. All of this is worth it — and so much better than not feeling.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People have different reactions to things they don’t understand. Some get angry. Some get curious. Some get busy. And what about you? You’ll find out today.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Easy environments don’t grow strong trees or strong people. It’s as though the wind and weather (emotional, spiritual or actual) force out deeper roots.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Maybe it doesn’t make sense to resent someone who is just being himself or herself. It’s as silly as endeavoring to hold up the walls in your home, which have been standing on their own for years.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the most important aspects of success is actually the part in which you do hardly anything. Without that rest and recovery party, you won’t be as sharp and creative as you can be.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You change, and then your conversations change, and that makes you change — and then your relationships change, and that makes you change. On and on. There’s no separating cause from effect.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It’s weird when people seem to get edgy with you when all you’re trying to do is help them. But it happens — mostly because people don’t always want the help they need.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When a magnet is heated up to a certain temperature, it loses its magnetism. The same is true of magnetic qualities in people. The same ones that draw you in can get so intense that they burn out your interest.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). With your personality, you should find today’s cautionary list rather easy to bypass. Avoid an excess of sugar, the tendency to moralize, giving an amateur diagnosis, over-helping and risks taken just to show off.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Because mistakes made in communication can fundamentally impact a person’s psyche, you’ll try to understand and to be understandable. You’ll hear past what people say and into what they mean.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Though it will feel as if you are spending your entire day on the needs of others, some of your own core psychological needs (love, happiness and belonging) are well-served through your efforts.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 16). A minimalist approach will turn complexities of your life into sources of elegance and efficiency. But don’t think for a minute that making a few edits to your schedule, relationships and belongings will diminish your pleasure. You’ll enjoy yourself more than ever, and something lucky will happen to you every month of this solar return year. Leo and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 10, 6, 30 and 9.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “He’s a Taurus, and I’m a Libra. He’s into music, performing, drums, clubs, travel and tattoos. I’m into him — completely, fully, totally. We’re both 23. I do worry sometimes about being the one who loves more. If I’m being honest, he seems to dig that. Maybe he’s a narcissist. I still love him, though. What do you think?”
Libra learns about life through relationships, and this relationship might just be the one to teach you that you can’t define yourself through another person. If your love has narcissistic tendencies, he may be completely satisfied that your primary interest is him. But even narcissists need the occasional stimulus of reality. If you don’t legitimately have and know your own interests, talents and strengths, it will hurt you in the end. Taurus is earthy, sensual and connected with the rhythm of earth. Libra is the sign of love, aesthetics, diplomacy and beauty. The melding will be lovely for a time, and why not follow it for as long as you are deliriously in love? Or infatuated. Or whatever you want to call it. But why worry about that now? Ride the excitement for all it’s worth, and when it’s time to move on, you’ll know.