Countdown to Mercury Direct

Do you feel like you've learned something about how to communicate effectively with the people in your world? Some of them have been more difficult than others in the past few weeks. Reflect on the lessons learned. This is the final day of the first Mercury retrograde cycle of the year. Tomorrow, Mercury returns to a direct path.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Some of your psychic wounds, though they may not go deep, are still fresh enough to be tender to the touch. The one who is compelled to "touch" will help you discover this.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The best dancers don't look at their feet to make sure they are doing it right. They just dance. Someone is likely to be capturing your performance on video or in memory, and you can always analyze later.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You respect the privacy of others, but you're still very curious about what goes on when you're not there. Intimacy is created in a delicate balance between respect and curiosity.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have the kind of friend who shows you what community and friendship really mean. That's a person to celebrate and cherish when you get the chance this weekend.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You want "next level" access in this video game of life, and yet, like any game, you won't get there until you've taken the steps to gain the keys. Even the cheats can only help you if you're in the game.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You approach many aspects of life as an art, including love. Self-doubt is a normal part of artistic development that you may be experiencing, but keep going, and you'll regain your confidence.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Certain loved ones have earned your trust and plenty of freedom, which you gladly give. Be sure to stay involved, though. Your care and support are still needed.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Often, people want to change another person instead of improving their own scene. You know better. Your efforts are best invested in self-development, and you'll take great joy in the process now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Share your talent. Because you have a wonderful eye and a gift for creative interpretation, you make people pay attention to the glorious details all around us.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you finish one short assignment today, it may be enough to make your whole weekend feel productive -- provided the assignment is something you really wanted to do.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll have fun and let your social guard down, too, but don't let it fall too far. Open books look like a mess, and they don't fit neatly anywhere, either. Stay a little mysterious.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have a healthy respect for yourself, but you don't often preen for hours in the mirror like a model getting ready for a magazine shoot. Today may be the exception, as you'll be in just the mood to get playful with your image.


TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 16). The next six weeks bring new partnerships, alliances and joint ventures. April is a pleasurable break from routine. May increases your determination. The progress of a project may be delayed in June, and this works in your favor. Lucrative bonuses come in April and July. A new relationship bond is formed in August. Taurus and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 39, 14, 32, 14 and 2.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "The problem I'm having now is that getting along with everyone in my family and doing what a person has to do to keep a household of four running smoothly takes so much energy that I feel like I never get a break. I feel like I've been exhausted for nearly a decade. My husband is a kind person, but he is not very helpful or supportive. Whenever I get angry with him for being so self-centered as to expect that I'll do everything around the house, work and take care of our children, he says, 'At least I'm not a drug addict.' I do not even know how to respond to that. What is an exhausted Pisces to do?"

The main thing is to sleep. Also, clear the schedule to do things such as lounging around and loafing. There are many self-improvement and relationship-improvement techniques you might employ to make your life more organized, or your husband more loving, but I don't believe that will speak to your main problem as stated: exhaustion. And so, dear deeply empathetic, highly responsible, sensitive and caring Pisces, the very best thing you can do for yourself and your family might simply be to go to bed.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Pisces professionals often know what they want to do at a young age -- and that was definitely the case with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin. He started basketball training as a toddler! The slam dunker was born when the sun, Mercury and Venus were all in Pisces. These aspects lend mighty powers of imagination, which can be used to envision greatness on the court and make it happen.

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