By Holiday Mathis

March 26, 2012 6 min read

Maybe Venus is in a good mood because of the Taurus moon, or maybe it's her sextile with Mercury that's got her smiling. Whatever the reason, the lovely lady lessens the impact of Mercury's retrograde, turning inconvenience into serendipity, the boredom of waiting into the sweetness of anticipation, and frustrated mistakes into mad artistry.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You want the best and will approach all things with an eye toward quality, even when you're out of your element. Ask questions to get educated on the difference between "good" and "great."

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your standards tend to be uncompromising, and this will prove to be a positive thing today. Someone will trust you with a job or privilege because of your proven track record.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll be dealing with a group of diverse personalities. It's hard to come up with ideas everyone agrees with, but you'll strive for a mutually beneficial outcome. A mutual benefit is a benefit that will endure.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You sense the inner life of your loved ones, especially when they endeavor to hide such things from you. You'll reach out to someone who is putting on a brave face while hurting inside.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll improve yourself by listening to music. Active listening will be a kind of meditative exercise that will help to strengthen your will, clarify your feelings and guide you in objective self-reflection.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll organize your assets in a way that makes the most of all you have. You won't waste time or any other resource at your disposal. There is strength in your efficiency.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll encounter many puzzles. Whether or not these puzzles cause frustration is entirely up to you. Relax and realize that nothing has to be solved in one day. Resist easy fixes. Playful investigation leads to solutions.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your day will have a rhythm not unlike your own breathing. You'll take in life and process and contain it for a moment before releasing your energy into the world. You'll move through all of the stages and then repeat.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Life may seem to scold you in a way you don't deserve. The echo of a childhood hurt may come back to you. It's your chance to realize that this is not about you and move into more peaceful surroundings.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You like to have a plan, though you don't always like to follow it. There are many valid reasons to move away from your schedule now. New opportunities and adventures await.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Thinking of adventure is different from embarking on one. You need a push. Your spirit of exploration will be awakened and encouraged by the fire-sign influences you know — that's Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Anything you wish to accomplish will require a balanced integration of your thoughts, emotions and physical will. Whatever you can do to engage all three categories at once will bring you joy.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 26). Your friends and family love you the way you are, but you have other plans. You embrace change and enjoy the new person you are becoming. There's a trade off in April, and you'll be glad you made it. Your care helps a loved one thrive in May. August begins an education and fresh financial horizons. Hot dates fill September. Gemini and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 2, 14, 39 and 28.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I am making a major business deal! Should I proceed with it? Is it the right time? Also, I'm having serious problems with my husband (birthdays withheld for anonymity), and I don't know how long I can carry on with this significant compromise in my life. I feel personally, emotionally and financially insecure just by association with him. Do you think my marriage will last long?"

There's a beautiful lineup of creative, daring Leo energy and nurturing, healing Cancer energy in your natal chart, with the moon, Mercury and Mars in Cancer and the sun and Mercury in Leo. In some ways, you feel like you are a mother to your husband, and in other ways, you feel like you are a child who needs him to be a better playmate and partner.

Jupiter, the planet of good fortune and abundance, is actively angling you now. There's a lucky trine of Jupiter to your natal Jupiter that brings ease, success and optimism, especially in regard to finance. However, Jupiter forms a square to your natal Venus (love), and the tension and disharmony will be felt into April. Mid- to late April will bring increased communication, and you'll draw out definitive answers on both the career and relationship fronts.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Watching the lovely Keira Knightley battle pirates in swordplay and even become one of them in the fantasy/adventure film series "Pirates of the Caribbean," it is easy to see the fiery Aries influence at work. Knightley has her sun, Mercury and Venus all in the intensely passionate sign. Her moon in Gemini promises that Knightley is never without a witty comment or fun topic of conversation to add to the mix.

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