Lemonade for March

Caroline Casey, Pacifica Radio broadcaster and author of Making the Gods Work for You, being interviewed by Eric Francis at the NCGR conference in Baltimore Saturday. Photo by Priya Kale.

Aries (March 20-April 19)
This time of year often feels like you’re doing a spacewalk outside the Hubble telescope — then suddenly the world is a clearer place. The gravity comes back, your inner light grows stronger and your emotions start to make sense. Spacey or not, you need to watch a situation involving a friend carefully, or potentially a group of friends. I suggest you make the most careful decisions where drugs or alcohol are concerned, and take no unnecessary chances; we all know the rules. Beware of people who put their energy into diversions rather than constructive creative activity. They are the ones who are, in actual fact, dangerous to you, though it may not seem that way at the time.

Taurus (April 19-May 20)
Success comes to those who have an idea what success is. You’re not necessarily going to match your idea when it happens, but your vision is what counts now, and actively working toward it. That involves cooperation; cooperation has its perils, including knowing who you can trust and who you cannot. This, you will often find out from experience. The benefit of experience is specifically using what you know, rather than forgetting it. There may come a point when you consider a complete change of scene; even a week or two away would help shift the energy, as would one very down to earth conversation with those who count most.

Gemini (May 20-June 21)
This month’s solar eclipse will push your professional ambitions forward, perhaps faster than you care to imagine. Timing is essential; I suggest you make no new commitments before March 8th, and hold off if you can till the eclipse occurs on the 19th. You will undoubtedly feel under pressure, and the more pressure you’re under the more careful you need to be about the steps that you take. You will be held to the commitments you make, so you need to make the right ones. The main timing factor involves information. You need to bear in mind at all times how much you don’t know, and remember how important that information is.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
There is some strong energy leading you to make commitments, and for the most part those commitments can wait. This month is a good time to work out the details, understand the history, and set your objectives. The time to come to final agreements is after the Sun has entered Aries around March 22nd. By that time, you will have learned a few interesting things, most particularly about yourself. I suggest you monitor closely your sense of obligation to others. The situations that present themselves this month will present many opportunities to understand the ways in which you need to stand on your own, making no promises you don’t really want to make.

 (July 22-Aug. 23)
Cooperation is rarely easy because people rarely make it easy. More than understanding the common ground and common goals, most human specimens will go out of their way to assert their differences, and rate their own agenda above those of everyone else — often with no good reason to do so. You now get to be the teacher of cooperation. You know how much everyone has to gain, and how much you all have to lose. I suggest you set the standard for a real discussion that leads to clear understandings, and a foundation of common interests. One day not too far from now it will suddenly become plainly apparent why this was necessary.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Virgos are odd ducks. Typically, you don’t like to be told what to do, and you don’t like to tell others what to do. You don’t really like overt struggles, and you don’t especially like to patiently work out the details of an agreement, factoring in the many threads of give and take that weave together the fabric of a community. Either way, you will have to be alert and ready: either to fight to the finish (not advised), or be willing to compromise intelligently so that you can get most of what you want, and others can get most of what they want. Nobody will get everything, but with clarity and sincerity, everyone will benefit.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
Do you consider yourself advanced at anything? There is one subject that you know more about than you let on. You have your ‘reasons’ for not doing so, which seem to involve making sure you seem well behaved and keep a clean image. In truth, you’re only hiding from yourself, and you are the one person who needs to know everything about you. Image works for a while, looking from the outside in. You are looking at your life from the inside out, and if you can stay centered on the truth of who you are and what you feel, you’ll feel safer, more confident and better able to meet the many challenges of your life.

 (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
You may feel a need to root out of your life anyone you feel would betray you, which is a little like being a fire-fighting arsonist. You have reason enough to trust people; you just need to honor those reasons, and remember that relationships are based on faith, and you’re the one who must take the risk of faith first. Basically, at the moment, your thoughts are like a resonance device, and the more you feel something, the more that feeling will come back to you as experience. Love will breed love, fear will breed fear, faith will breed confidence.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
People are responding to you, and what you may be noticing is that more than ever, you get back what you put out. I suggest you count yourself as a benefactor of the world and do as much for people as you can. Don’t knock yourself out — do what flows, what’s obvious, what you can. Yet make a point of noticing who needs what, and what you can do about it. You will probably notice how few people live this way, and you will get some interesting responses. Apply your most refined Sagittarian humility in response.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
What has been the result of your process of indulging doubt? Are you more or less convinced that your doubt is real, worth fostering, or worth anything? By this point I would imagine that you are doubting doubt and learning that you must affirm yourself, if you want to get anywhere. You may also want to measure the factor of other people lacking faith in themselves and noticing what effect this has on you and on the others around you. Who is really offering reassurance? Who is teaching confidence? There, you have a great job now.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
You are developing a new relationship to your sense of limitation. This is a good thing. Usually that relationship is unspoken, and you need a dialog. That will reveal how the words you use help shape and define your sense of what is possible. You will, if you study your language, notice your tendencies to limit or expand; to explore or stick to the familiar patterns you know; you will be able to determine if you are clear or if you need to clarify. Remember, no piece of writing is ever done; it just stops in an interesting place.

 (Feb. 19-March 20)
When one’s dreams take form, unexpected challenges arise, mainly the challenge of crafting and shaping the dream in physical form. A whole new dream arises, and sometimes every cell is replaced, one cell at a time, in the process of going from the imaginary dream to the real one. This takes patience, and the creative process actually enters the many small decisions you make along the way. You have one vision in mind, and you may aim for it, but then you find out what you were really thinking.

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