The most troublesome planets are stirring up discord - Mars opposing Uranus, Mercury opposing Neptune. Looking to Eris for the best aspects is like borrowing sugar from Lucrezia Borgia! With everyone shooting their mouths off and facts getting jumbled, focus on careful listening and discernment.
? ARIES (March 20 - April 19): Struggles at work might make you feel you’re on the wrong team. What’s easier to change - your job or your attitude? Time out, playful relaxation, and self-care (massage? acupuncture?) are needed to keep your balance.
? TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Arguments at home need to be settled to avoid tension that can screw you up at work. Friends who want to play may keep you from what you really find entertaining and relaxing. Take time at home to contemplate your goals in work and in life.
? GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): You probably can’t avoid arguments this week, but you can pick and choose them. Remember the simple, obvious rules: logic has nothing to do with religion or sex; authorities should be criticized with extreme diplomacy and care; and friends who will forgive anything are the best to hang with!
? CANCER (June 21 - July 22): Arguments about sex can come up easily, especially if you’re unclear about what you really want. You need some guidance, a new philosophical or spiritual perspective. Explore those intangibles, and the touchy-feely will be easier to work out.
? LEO (July 23 - August 22): Your partner (or lack of one) seems especially aggravating now, and your sexual needs are not being properly met - probably because you are at some level reassessing them. A good political argument may somehow kick your priorities and needs into better focus.
? VIRGO (August 23 - September 22): Make a list of your worries. Cross off the ones you can’t do anything about, then list the steps you can take to deal with the others. A partner’s input may be helpful. An amorous retreat will be even more so.
? LIBRA (September 23 - October 22): Nobody else will fix what’s bothering you, so what are you doing about it? Big as some problems are, you can make a difference! You could even bring friends into a volunteer effort as if it were a social event.
? SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21): Your playful jabs at social critique can get you a reputation. Will hosts send you invitations due to real affection or out of self-defense? Focus that acuity on working more effectively, and you could accomplish a lot!
? SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20): Arguments aren’t as likely to show that you’re right as much as that you insist on “being right.” A little humility and listening can go a long way. Better yet, playful word games are preferable to serious debate.
? CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 19): Arguments about sex, sexuality, and gender issues can easily get out of hand. If you must react as if your mother’s honor were at stake, think of how she’d want you to be civil in your debate
? AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 18): Sexual values and tastes change with age and experience. Although that’s normal, staying in sync with your partner may be the big challenge! Communication is always the key. Be open to exploring differences as well as common ground.
? PISCES (February 19 - March 19): Your ideas for improvements at work are, um, intriguing. Discuss them with a colleague or two, allowing that they may be a bit off the wall. Still, they could be the seeds of much better ideas. Focus on efficiency and economy.
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