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Weekly horoscope (March 21-March 27) 

The spring equinox brings extraordinary events

Aries The Ram (March 20-April 19): The sun returns "home" to your sign this week. You likely will find it to be energizing. Now is the time to focus on plans for the next year of your life. Take a fresh look at where you want to direct your energy. Use this month to let go of past hurts and take a deep breath of fresh air.

For All Signs: The spring equinox occurs on March 20 at 2:55 p.m. EST. This is the point in the annual cycle at which we (theoretically) experience equal days and nights. It is the moment the sun appears to move into the zodiac sign of Aries. For many agricultural and herding peoples of ancient times (pagans), the equinox was one of the eight holiday festivals of the year. It was customary in those days to prepare for the coming season by welcoming its arrival through appropriate celebration. It is widely thought that Stonehenge and other such structures were built for the express purpose of marking the seasonal changes. Now in our air-conditioned, urbanized society, we hardly give the equinox a moment's thought. However, since 2010 the equinoxes and solstices have heralded extraordinary events.

Taurus: An unpleasant interaction with another early in the week may cause you to withdraw for some introspection. You have a need to be alone and quiet during this period. Give attention to your inner life and reduce or eliminate negative thoughts.

Gemini: Your ruling planet has just turned direct in Pisces, sign of the ocean. You may not yet have your sea legs. Don't move rapidly forward. Just get your balance in the new situation concerning your career or life direction for now.

Cancer: At the beginning of the week you may be feeling stress related to your lover or a partner, maybe a child. Underneath it all, the issue is tied to your idea of what a caretaker "should" be. Our culture has always struggled with images of the feminine: caretaker or seductress?

Leo: The Sun shines upon your 9th house of travel and expansion. You are probably already making plans for your next vacation. Aspects favor opening yourself to greater territory in your life. You may be thinking of beginning a new study, a spiritual pursuit, or creating a website.

Virgo: Your planetary ruler is Mercury, which just shifted into direct motion last week. This retrograde has been all about the "others" in your life. You have slowed to a virtual stop until those "others" could make up their minds. Now things can move forward, but it will require a couple of weeks to get up to speed.

Libra: Partners, lovers, clients or children are throwing pebbles in your path. It seems everyone is self-interested and wants a piece of you. Do as much as you feel is necessary.

Scorpio: You may feel pinned down on all sides by circumstances and responsibilities you believe you cannot manage. Your instinct tells you to bolt and run. Be really cautious with anything you do with your body. These circumstances can produce an accident.

Sagittarius: You want to move forward on a significant matter, which may have to do with partnership. But there is a nagging fear in the background that something important has been hidden from you. Conservative choices are best for now. You will know soon whether to take action.

Capricorn: This is not the best week for mechanical objects. Breakage or failures are highly possible. Your reflexes are strung too tightly, so make an effort to relax muscles and concentrate on steady, consistent forward motion. This is the advice, whether driving the car or running a mile.

Aquarius: Your life may feel as though you are sitting in a car that is revved to the max with your foot on the brake. If you have a choice to make, keep your decision conservative for the present. However, it is possible you won't be allowed a choice. If so, take your best shot.

Pisces: Circumstances that are entirely beyond your control may press you to leave home to care for a loved one. It is probable that the issue has been pending since mid-February. You have known a problem exists, but until now your direction has not been clear. It is a sacrifice, but if you do not do something here, you may feel guilt later.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. (There is a fee.) www.horoscopesbyvivian.com

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