A Mars-Saturn conjunction in Virgo makes everyone bitchier; hard aspects from the Sun and Eris don’t help! Rein in your inner critic, thank others for sharing, and let it pass!
? ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Anything felt as a threat to your turf, family, or community may raise your ire beyond reason, or at least beyond strategic good sense. You may be wildly overreacting to unintended slights. Offer people a chance to explain before launching the missiles.
? TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Everyone is being a bit touchy. It will take more than the usual effort not to react. Your own reactions and resentments will surface with embarrassing ease. Give your frustrations a creative outlet, which will abate the problem, but only some.
? GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You may be at odds with your usual allies and friends. Conflicts between ideals and traditions appear to be at the heart of the problem. The answer is more likely found in your heart than in any doctrine or history.
? CANCER (June 21 - July 22): This birthday may have you feeling old and overly aware of life’s annoyances. Give yourself an opportunity to rant and let off steam about your frustrations with career and authority figures. Just be very careful where you do that!
? LEO (July 23 - August 22): Commitment to certain values is important. It’s also possible to take your own beliefs too seriously. You’re tempted to argue with others, but the challenge you really want is with yourself. Questioning a teacher can be helpful. Remember that you are the pupil!
? VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): It seems you are “supposed” to fit somewhere in your GLBT community, but you don’t. Being an individual and queer even among queers is fine, even if it gets you some flack. Still, making some compromises to fit in might be worth considering.
? LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): Careers should be fulfilling, and relationships should alleviate stress - that’s the basic idea. A retreat from both seems tempting, but there is no escape. You need to work on the issues with your partner, who can then help you with the work problems.
? SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): It’s a little too easy to come off as overly critical. Remember those sayings about throwing stones, whether first or from a glass house. Focus your acuity on yourself and on any improvements you’d like to make!
? SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): Trying to have fun may seem more trouble than it’s worth. Perhaps you’re being too competitive. You need to excel in your work and some creative endeavors, but relax! The best fun is more about fun than about being best.
? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Having to be right about everything is only part of the stress you’re having at home, but it’s the first part you need to work on. Try to listen humbly to others, and to accept their point of view without necessarily understanding it.
? AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Meaner, harder, and kinkier might juice up your sex life, but is it really what you need? The answer is in your own heart, not in the fetish ads. If you do get kinky, be especially careful! Accidents are just begging to happen.
? PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Efforts to play with your partner may fall flat. Is your baby being clear about his or her needs? Are you really paying attention? The real problem may be more about a difference in values and priorities than in playing well together.
Jack Fertig, a professional astrologer since 1977, is based in San Francisco. He can be reached for consultations at 415-864-8302, through his website at http://www.starjack.com