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Weekly horoscope (March 16-22)

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Aries The Ram (March 20-April 19)

The spring equinox comes into your life with a bang as you make your way to new circumstances in your life. You are more than ready to leave the starting gate now. But you need to be aware that your plans will require a couple of months before they are ready to gel. Prepare for a detour or two.

For All Signs: March 20 brings us the spring equinox, the time of symbolic renewal of all things, spiritual, emotional and mental. Many centuries of the transformation from winter to spring are deeply inscribed in our human genetic memory. The time frame around the 2011 equinox is likely to be dramatic because it is conjunct Uranus and square Pluto, planet of upheaval. Pluto topples towers, takes corporations to their knees, and in general, forces change where it has needed to occur for a long time. Uranus is the lightning bolt, the sudden explosion, the match that lights the gasoline. Last year's equinox was similar astrologically. Within a couple of weeks of the vernal equinox of 2010, we saw the BP oil explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. The news is likely to be dramatic for the six weeks before and after this equinox point. Hold onto your personal center and be a model for those around you who may dissolve into a state of anxiety. The more of us who maintain calm, the better.

Taurus: A situation that generated intense feelings early in February is now up for a next step. If you pursue this, you probably need to seek more information. Ask questions of the person(s) or entities involved. Step forward slowly and cautiously because this could be costly in energy, time or money.

Gemini: You are rolling along in an open and generous frame of mind. Then you hit a wall. Saturn, in the guise of the Critic, puts the brake on your jovial mood. t asks you for backup and will not allow a cavalier attitude. You can't get around it. Discipline and grounding is required.

Cancer: You may feel out of sorts this week. Your feelings are in conflict with your ideal self and your values. You want to put your best foot forward, but circumstances do not feel quite right. If the conflict is deep, it is usually best to wait with the intention of solving the problem in your mind before you take action.

Leo: At this time of the year, you become interested in one or more of the following matters: legal dealings, plans for travel, activities concerning your religious institution, the Internet, and/or education, whether giving or receiving. This year brings a new idea or plan for the future in any one of these arenas.

Virgo: This is a challenging week for the sign of Virgo. Issues concerning financial resources may be taunting you. Perhaps taxes are a problem. This is not the end of the world, though your obsessing side may throw fear in your path. Whatever real problem is there can be resolved through concentration on a reasonable solution. Remain calm.

Libra: You may need to concentrate in order to avoid critics, whether they be internal or external. Instead of blame, use the discipline to tackle a project that requires concentration. Avoid contracts and business negotiations right now because misunderstandings may develop.

Scorpio: This looks like a week in which you really want to say your piece, but you have a sense that would be a bad idea. This is true if you feel so upset that you can't present your case with compassion. But if you give attention to everyone's feelings and present it tactfully, you could accomplish an improvement.

Sagittarius: You have been reluctant to pursue one or more areas that you perceive as attractive. After this month you will recognize that doors are open to you and you may proceed without fear. If you have met your obligations and made preparation for the expansion, then begin in late April with caution.

Capricorn: This is a good week to concentrate on a challenging mental project. It will work better for you if you are revising, editing or itemizing details. If you are producing a creative work, you are likely to be overly critical of the outcome. The Critic may advise, but it should not be allowed to condemn your efforts.

Aquarius: You are just itching to change your daily environment in a significant way. Unfortunately, right now there are multiple reasons why you need to wait. Maybe you want to move, but your lease is not yet complete. Maybe you simply need freedom from the grind. For whatever reasons, there is a wait here, but do not despair. Plan your getaway for late April, early May.

Pisces: You have believed yourself invisible for years. You think you fade into the walls and go unnoticed, but now you are finding out something altogether different. Now is the time to reach out to people around you and to welcome new circumstances. Your physical body wants healing so you can be free to join the human race.

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.horoscope sbyvivian.com.

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