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Full House

Venus retrograde continues with emotions overflowing.

How’s that Venus retrograde working out for ya? Are you gathering information like a heart detective, determined to stretch and improve your love muscles? Are you holding off on taking drastic actions around romance and money? Hope so.

Though a Venus retrograde can be irritating, the planet doesn’t want to punish you. Venus just wants you to pause and reflect so you can better understand yourself and others. The wisdom you gain during this retrograde period will help you in the future. Really! But if emotions and confrontations make you squeamish, you may want to settle your stomach with some ginger tea this week, because turbulent waves are crashing all around us. We have a celestial traffic jam (a stellium) of planets packed in the house of Pisces, resulting in emotional overpour. (Remember: It’s OK to cry!) Plus, on Sunday the 12th, a full moon in Virgo yanks our feelings to the surface and insists we deal with them responsibly. Don’t run. Feel!

In the Northern Hemisphere, Pisces marks the time when winter is melting away drop by drop and spring is itching to breathe new life and color into bare tree branches. The anticipation of spring’s arrival can make us feel—well—messy. We’re exhausted. We’re fed up with cabin fever and the chilly darkness of winter. Pisces is the final spoke in the zodiac wheel—a last-call point when we must shed our soul garbage and release whatever crap is weighing us down before we can begin a new year with Aries and the Spring Equinox.

A DOSE OF EARTH

Though the watery Pisces realm can seem mentally overwhelming, confusing, and lacking boundaries, this week does offer balance via Mars and a full moon both in grounding, stabilizing Earth signs. On Thursday the 9th, Mars leaves fightin’ Aries and enters practical, realistic Taurus, where it will remain until April 21. In Taurus, Mars makes us focus on fortifying the basic structures that keep us alive. How’s your savings account? What about your home and belongings? You can make progress on these goals this month—but watch out for stubbornness, as Taurus can be rather rigid and inflexible.

A SERIOUS MOON

Sunday’s full moon in Virgo will interact with serious planet Saturn and Chiron, an outer planet known for stirring up old hurts, fears, and traumas so we can heal them with more than just Band-Aid solutions. It’s time to get real about your physical and emotional health. Where are you feeling out of balance or depleted? Examine your daily routines and weekly schedule to make changes that prioritize your well-being. Pay attention to the foods you choose to nourish your body. Since Virgo specializes in organizing and cleaning, you can use this time to tidy your living space and tackle laundry mountains. However, a Virgo moon can cause extra stress and an obsessive quest for perfection. Luckily the Sun is still in spiritual Pisces, so we can also access empathy and forgiveness. Go easy on yourself.

DATES TO WATCH

Wednesday the 8th features angry energy and a moon in bold, brash Leo. Count to 10 before you react. If you’ve been waiting to finalize a deal or make solid plans, do so on Thursday the 9th, which is a fine time for business and money discussions. Friday the 10th has positive aspects, yet today the moon enters Virgo, where it will grow in intensity to reach fullness by Sunday. Saturday the 11th is a tough day with challenges that allow for learning but also cause sadness in the process. You might find yourself in a feisty exchange that day with someone who refuses to see things your way. Sunday the 12th brings a buzzkill of a full moon in Virgo that might feel like a cold wake-up call. Saturn and the moon want you to admit where your limitations are, then take actual steps to transcend them. Perhaps your own fear or pessimism is holding you back. If you feel hopeless that day, keep in mind the energy will pass. On Monday the 13th, Mercury transitions into Aries, adding an angsty edge to our words. At least we’ll be able to express what we desire?

spacewitch@seattleweekly.com

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