Astrology Column

Practice your mental tightrope walking to prepare for the shifting scales and perilous balances of Libra season. Equanimity and empathy are the ruling forces under these skies. You might find yourself more acutely aware of the injustices plaguing the world. Or, if you’re of a different ilk, your awareness turns to the injustices, real or perceived, in your own life.

According to legend, it was under the constellation of Libra that Romulus, drunk on wolf milk and fresh from killing his twin brother, founded the city of Rome. Modern parable? Aside from the obvious lesson that feral calcium is essential to empire building, this myth reminds us that now is the favored time of new beginnings. Politically, it’s notable that the House announced impeachment proceedings one day into Libra season, beginning a new era of judicious inquiry. Libra season also brings with it the enhanced ability to consider other perspectives, making it a prime time to join forces and forge cities, real or metaphorical.

Ruled by air, Libra is marked more by talk than action, and passivity and indecisiveness are hallmarks of the sign. The danger of Libras and their respective season lies in recognizing patterns of imbalance, injustice, or unhappiness and making no moves to correct them. It is worth noting that Libra is the only sign in the zodiac represented by an inanimate object. This is not a criticism per se, but a cautionary observation. Cities, after all, are built by the combination of inanimate objects and willfull energies. Choose your tools carefully, and get to work.

Aries

March 21 – April 19

People should be loved for who they are, not who they could be. Encourage evolution in others, but do not demand it.

Notable Aries: Chance The Rapper, April 16, 1993

Taurus

April 20 – May 20

A test of your capabilities and wits is imminent. This is not a punishment; it’s a proving ground.

Notable Taurus: Sigmund Freud, May 6, 1856

Gemini

May 21 – June 20

Your suspicions about a certain person may prove correct, but your approach to discovering the truth should be thoughtful. Think measured confrontation over secretly monitoring text messages.

Notable Gemini: Jim Thorpe, May 28, 1887

Cancer

June 21- July 22

Rejection of some sort is on the horizon, moon children. Radical suggestion: imagine not getting what you want is the universe conspiring to bring you what you need.

Notable Cancer: Edward Snowden, June 21, 1983

Leo

July 23 to August 22

You don’t usually need permission to party, but in the coming weeks, I implore you to lean extra hard into revelry. The conversations you find and people you meet will bring new energy to your personal and professional life.

Notable Leo: James Baldwin, Aug. 2, 1924

Virgo

August 23 to September 22

You are generally allergic to self-promotion, Virgo. However, if you think of your talents as offerings, failure to advertise them is the willful withholding of healing arts.

Notable Virgo: Amy Winehouse, Sept. 14, 1983

Libra

Sept. 23 to Oct. 22

Libra Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Freedom is choosing your own chains.” But, by all accounts that guy was miserable and a bit of a dick. Freedom for you in the coming weeks is realizing you hold not just the chains, but also the keys to unlocking them.

Notable Libra: Friedrich Nietzsche, Oct. 15, 1844

Scorpio

Oct. 23 to Nov. 21

Make the conscious choice to forgive and release (not mutually exclusive) people who have hurt you. As a deeply sensitive Scorpion, this list may be long, and this work may be time-consuming, but it is a necessary step toward transformation.

Notable Scorpio: Marie Antoinette, Nov. 2, 1775

Sagittarius

Nov. 22 to Dec. 21

Crossed arrows at the ready, archer, the time is nigh for collaborations and combined forces. Harness this collective energy into bringing forth unrealized ideas and exploring uncharted waters.

Notable Sagittarius: Maria Callas, Dec. 2, 1923

Capricorn

Dec. 22 to Jan. 19

Be cognizant of power struggles in your work and personal life. Ask yourself if it is more important to be right or to maintain a relationship.

Notable Capricorn: Dolly Parton, Jan. 19, 1946

Aquarius

Jan. 20 to Feb. 18

When giving feedback in the weeks ahead, consider sandwiching difficult criticism between two pieces of praise. It’s easier to swallow.

Notable Aquarius: Huey P. Newton, Feb. 17, 1942

Pisces

Feb. 19 to March 20

In the Catholic tradition, demons can only be exorcised when called out by name. A suggestion, Pisces: rebrand the elements that torment you. Rather than cast them out, call them by a different name and bend them to your will.

Notable Pisces: Nina Simone, Feb. 21, 1933

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