Squirrels, Squares and Mars

By Holiday Mathis

February 19, 2017 6 min read

There's much going right at the start of the week as we head toward a solar eclipse and new moon on Feb. 26. When it's all going reasonably well, this is the ideal moment to stash away a little extra: kind deeds remembered; money in the bank; food in the pantry; and whatever else makes you feel safe, happy and secure. Do it before Mars squares off later in the week. Adversity is best prepared for in times of prosperity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are many fair trades in the universe, but of course that all depends on how fairness is defined. To your experience, there are also plenty of inequities. You're trying to even the score this week. You're trying to be a force in the world that balances the injustice and disproportionate sorrows heaped on some.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Something will occur to make you wish you'd practiced longer and more frequently. If only you had done a little each day and started back then! Oh well; don't fret. You can start now and save yourself from feeling this way six months from now. Truly, you'll accomplish amazing things in increments.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're the only who might make it hard for you this week. So, which "you" is the culprit? Sort out internal conflicts. Hear what you're telling yourself that keeps you back. Once you see the clash you can simply figure out which "you" is wrong, silence that voice, get out of your own way, and get on with your life.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The best friends are usually the ones you're in the habit of communicating with often. To make a friendship bond stronger, cement the rhythm of your communication so you each grow to anticipate it, look forward to it, and even start to plan for it. There's a deep elegance to be achieved here.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There will be no success without patience. At its essence, patience is about stillness, restraint, slow growth and abiding respect for the passing of time. Of all the virtues, patience is the most underrated. Maybe it's because patience seems like the opposite of excitement. You'll change your mind when patience wins out.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The pursuit of instant gratification will complicate things. It's not even your own satisfaction you're after. Making someone else happy follows the same rules as making yourself happy, though. Some results take more time. If you rush, you could accidentally create the havoc you so desire to let go of. Relax.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you're in the game, you won't be able to see what the spectators see so clearly. That's the trade you make. This week, for the most part, you'll prefer the thrill of the game to the thrill of watching it. For best results, get an outside opinion you can trust. There's someone out there who would love to coach you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People who equate slacking with "skating by" haven't been on skates lately. Sure, you can go faster with less effort, but only after you've put in a lot of effort to learn how to stay upright. Balance isn't about luck; it's about strength and awareness. You'll achieve it this week and feel the wind in your hair.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You usually like being around people, and you find it easy to love the humanity in perfect strangers. So this week's frequent and intermittent desire to be alone and unbothered by social demands is unusual for you. It's a signal go inward to figure out and get free of something that's been bothering you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Getting to a good place as a group will take work, and work is being done — not necessarily by you this week, by the way. You don't always have the energy to be the leader, the over-achiever or the high scorer; nor is anyone expecting you to be those things every time (except maybe you).

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This week's theme: the importance of intention. It will turn out that it's not quite as important as you would have thought, though, because what matters most isn't what you intend to do but what you actually do. The best way to get things done is to show up at a specific time and place where they will be. accomplished.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The ancients suggested that the best way to lift the heart of a friend is by writing his name on the wing of a dragon. It is unclear whether dragons were friendly when this was suggested. Obviously, with dragons there are always risks. This week you'll take a risk for your friend, and it will pay off for you both in glorious ways.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Success will not make you, in the same way that failure will not break you. You'll do what you do for reasons beyond the possibility of winning. You'll do it for personal or even secret reasons. You'll do it because you have to or because you don't know what else to do. But mostly you'll do it because it's who you are. It will be your purity of purpose that launches your adventure and gives you the strength and cleverness to endure to the promised land.

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