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Weekly horoscope (Feb. 25-March 2) 

Leaping forward

For All Signs: Monday, Feb. 29, is a Leap Day. This extra day is inserted to our annual calendar every fourth year. The reason this is necessary is to keep our calendar in line with the four seasons. The fact is, that a full circle around our sun requires 365 days, plus six hours. In four sequential years on our Gregorian calendar, we have an additional 24 hours, throwing the calendar off by one day. If that were continued, the first day of spring would eventually become May 1st and beyond. The seasons remain the same regardless of how we identify time, so it is important in an agricultural world to keep man-made time in parallel order to the sequence of the seasons. Most of us learned this sometime in school, but over time it is easy to forget. Those of us old enough to remember Li'l Abner cartoons are aware that the 29th of February is the one day when women can ask their loves to marry them.

Aries: Here is a forewarning: Mars, your ruling planet, becomes retrograde on April 17. It has just entered the "preface" to its retrograde behavior. Things will begin to slow down for you now and particularly between April 17 and June 29. It is better to do routine things while Mars is retrograde, so you probably need to take it into account as you develop plans.

Taurus: Your career or life direction is blending harmoniously with what you feel is the "right" thing to do. People with power are giving help and/or education as you need it. Forward motion moves smoothly.

Gemini: This is a high energy week with many things to do, places to go, and people to see. You and a partner or a friend may be discussing where next you would like to travel. A green light goes for legal, educational, publication and religious interests.

Cancer: You may not be feeling quite comfortable with yourself this week. It appears your mind is in conflict with your feelings. Do the best you can to deal with this issue up front, perhaps by journaling or discussing it with a friend. Keep in mind that there is no mandate for you to settle on a decision right now. Be easy with it.

Leo: You or someone else may want you to feel guilty because you are unable to make things better. Recognize that you are not the magician you would like to be and let go of the guilt. Whatever happens now, you are highly prone to think dark thoughts about yourself. This is passing, so let it go.

Virgo: You will very probably be energized to accomplish a lot this week. Co-workers are agreeable and contribute to a group effort with no quarrel. Don't push your body beyond its limits in exercise or personal projects. You are in a physical low, but this is brief.

Libra: Love life moves along smoothly. Your inner feminine is in balance with your more masculine side. This means that you likely can find a way to cooperate with almost anyone and move forward together for your mutual needs. A new relationship can begin here, but give it plenty of time to develop.

Scorpio: Give attention to Aries' paragraph because Mars is a strong ruler for you as well. At present you may be pressing yourself to push forward on a major project. Your physical body might be stressed to its limits. Be certain to listen when it says, "Stop!"

Sagittarius: Read Mars' paragraph this week, because the planet will be retrograding in your sign April 17. As time moves forward, you will feel your motivation moving more slowly. It will probably be a relief in today's fast pace. Meanwhile, this week life is moving lickety-split.

Capricorn: You may be concentrating on a major remodel around your home or property. This is a piece of work that requires focus and intentionality. Someone may be moving into or out of your space. Take your time and move carefully. Don't let someone pressure you to move faster than you reasonably can.

Aquarius: There appears to be more than normal discussion and mediation with others on issues of joint resources. This is a widely ranged territory, including money, property, time, and energy. Joint resources can include income from spouse or others, debts, insurance, social security, and inheritance.

Pisces: The sun returns "home" to your sign this week. You likely will find it to be energizing. Now is the time to focus on new plans for this next year of your life. Take a fresh look at where you want to direct your energy. For the next month your point of view will be dream-like and spiritually expansive.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Website: horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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