Baudelaire once famously counseled his readers on the need to enjoy life despite its pressures: “Whether it be with wine, poetry, or virtue — whatever suits you best, just get drunk.” He was an Aries, of course, so his pleasure-seeking was highly impulsive. While this Francophile astrologue would normally favor his advice, the stars indicate moderation is better advised this week.
Riding on the optimism of the recent lunar eclipse in Sagittarius, we may find ourselves already drunk on the hopefulness of spring. A celestial four-way, however, between Luna, Venus, Mercury, and Neptune is creating some cosmic distortion and scrambling our self-perception.
Mes amis, to avoid falling down a rabbit hole, grab hold of something grounding to make you feel good. Eat your feelings but don’t drink them. Make love but don’t fall into it. Get high on life but not on drugs. Avoid religion at all costs — very French advice — and treat yourself like a god/dess/x instead.
Read your Sun sign for the “big picture” and your rising sign for “where the work is.”
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars trine Neptune: Your sultry charm just might ignite a series of passionate romances, or maybe just a strong urge to join in uplifting group activities. Or both at once.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Venus square Neptune: Let’s be honest — mirrors lie. Or at least our minds lie about our reflections. Don’t succumb to criticizing your own looks. You are no toad, princess.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury square Neptune: Don’t get caught in your own web of lies, Gemini, because then you’ll really be in a sticky situation. The truth will come out, so best to free it on your own terms.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon opposite Venus: An increased need for affection may have you catfishing yourself just to pass the time. Find something more real to bring you pleasure instead.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun in Gemini: You may be wondering about your place in the world. That curiosity is what will lead you to new and exciting possibilities. Wonder on.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury square Neptune: Brain fog or feigned forgetfulness, either one is a cop out. Stick to honesty this week and you’ll prevail over any unintentional confusion.
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus square Neptune: Oh, vainglorious Libra, negative self-talk about your looks is not a good look on you. Let go of this passing lack of self-esteem and just own all that you are.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Pluto conjunct Moon: Something powerful is surfacing from deep within you. Don’t restrain the process but do manage your emotions. No need to rain on anyone else’s parade, dear.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Jupiter in Pisces: Things are looking up, Sag. Just remember that luck occurs when preparation meets opportunity, so stay ready to pounce when lightning strikes.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Saturn retrograde: I know you’re over it, but it’s time to review the last year for any insight into how you’re going to make it through the next. Hint: Remove the blocks from your head.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Uranus square Saturn: Adaptation requires methodically evaluating your commitments and pruning the ones that have fully bloomed to make room for fresh blossoms.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Neptune trine Mars: Ecstasy is yours to possess, whether by succumbing to physical passions or losing yourself in wild worship of the divine feminine. Maybe they’re the same thing.