Pre-Mardi Gras Moon

If your life were a Mardi Gras parade, what would your float be like? For those who celebrate Mardi Gras, the Aries moon infuses the pre-carnival preparations with high energy. Even if you don't plan to party on Fat Tuesday, this is a time to consider feeding the desires of your inner hedonist.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The battles will be easier to fight when you think of them as being limited to today. Yesterday is gone and therefore is as uncontrollable as tomorrow. You will live triumphantly if you live in the present.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Things, stuff, situations -- all water cooler talk. And then there's the you inside -- the deeper part who either does or doesn't want to be a part of it. An acknowledgment to that part now will be important.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What you wanted to do may or may not work out at this point. It's a matter of matching your needs and wants with the needs and wants of others, and a good match equals success.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). In math and in life, it sometimes doesn't matter how you got to the right conclusion, as long as you know the way and can repeat it when you need to. Understanding your own process will be crucial as you build to the next step.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You may have to overcome your trepidation to handle what needs handling today, but once you find your courage, what develops will happen naturally and correctly. This is who you are.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The reason you use lists is because you understand that it is mentally empowering to tackle a few items on a list, while it is overwhelming to face the never-ending maintenance that life requires.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In case you're wondering whether it's you, the answer is yes. It is you. Sort of. It's the version of you in this circumstance. Get out of this very strange situation, and you'll be back to the other you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). As you go about your smiling way, you'll lift the spirits of most people you happen upon. Just remember that there are those few who really don't want to be happy right now, and there's nothing you can do about them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Lately it's been hard to find the time to take care of yourself properly. No one will do it for you. If you want this kind of time, you'll have to carve it out and run away with it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Like a child rejecting vegetables he's never even tasted, you are ruling out an option that doesn't look appealing from the outset but is actually the healthiest choice.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You live in an emotional world today and will be oriented to sensation. Use your rich imagination to paint a picture for others and draw them into your vivid reality.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Because you are able to take criticism seriously without getting defensive, you will develop your skills quickly, but only if you have good teachers. Make sure you're in the best place for you.


TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 3). Your definition of happiness coincides with that of another this month, and you'll be partners in keeping each other smiling. Your love life gets even better in April. May brings a funny coincidence that leads to improved financial straits. You'll embark on an adventure in business in July with several partners. Aquarius and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 3, 22, 38 and 19.

RETROGRADE ACTIVITES: First Jupiter, then Mars and now Saturn -- that's three retrograde planets at once until Jupiter changes direction on the 6th. "Retrograde" doesn't have to be a scary word, and in fact, when planets are apparently moving backward, it presents a terrific opportunity to reflect and assimilate all that has happened in the recent past. Retrogrades teach us to honor history and to strongly consider what worked (and what didn't work) before we make our next move. Here are some ideas for taking advantage of the current retrograde.

--Scrapbooking is particularly fun during a retrograde, and with the current position of Mars and Libra, it's an excellent way to process all that's gone on in relationships. Pictures of celebrations, events and travels with loved ones will spark feelings and insights beyond what you processed in the moments those pictures were taken. For those who aren't into the crafty aspects of scrapbooking, there are plenty of easy digital options for creating beautiful photo books.

--Letter writing is a favored effort under these skies. Saturn in Scorpio encourages honesty, and Mars in Libra helps us take our correspondence to a deep, meaningful place.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Pisces Jessica Biel and her Aquarian husband, Justin Timberlake, are an example of astrological neighbors becoming best friends and lovers. Aquarius is the realm of friendship and Pisces of spiritual connection, so this relationship balances real-world fun with deep meaning. Biel will soon appear in the drama "Shiva and May" with HBO's "Girls" star Zosia Mamet.

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