Forecast for March 24-April 6

By Cortney Litwin / Special to The Malibu Times

Art, healing and philanthropy get tremendous support from a major planetary shift that begins this month. Neptune, the planet of divine inspiration, compassion, and medicine and-in its negative form-denial and disillusionment, will make its debut in Pisces from April 4 through Aug. 3. Then in February 2012, Neptune will reenter Pisces and remain there for 13 years. This subtle but powerful transit has the potential to initiate a global spiritual awakening by illuminating issues that plague the underprivileged of the world.

Meanwhile, on March 26, Venus merging with Neptune and then transiting into Pisces (through April 19) heightens the idealism or elusiveness in relationships. On the same day, through the end of March, Jupiter colliding with Saturn will create conflicts between expansion and caution. Retrograde Mercury from March 30-April 22 can scramble communications and travel.

Finally, some fiery influences during the first week of April, including Mars entering Aries on the 1st (through May 10) and the new moon in Aries on the 3rd, will intensify individualism, daring and forcefulness.

If you know your rising sign from your time of birth, read that too.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

The new moon and Mars in your sign are particularly motivating and dare you to promote your ideas and express your feelings. Saturn in Libra, however, imposes some limitations, especially in making sure you acknowledge the viewpoints of others.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The first of April may see you unusually restless to make some changes, although just where you should make a shift may not be apparent until May. Still, writing down your perceptions, ideas and feelings will assist in revealing the best path to take.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

A friend, group or philanthropic activity may bring a sudden opportunity. At the very least, you’re a magnet for people who will assist, inspire or distract you. Additionally, you’ll be inspired to give back to your community (and beyond).

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

An intense spotlight continues to shine on your career, making this an excellent time to promote your expertise and share your brilliant idea with others. Mixing innovation with practicality will assure that your talents are recognized.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

A window to the future may open up to provide an expected insight that changes your direction. Listening to your inner voice will provide clarity. Also, education or travel can bring an opportunity to widen your inner or outer horizons.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Combined cosmic forces may trigger an emotional issue that needs to be resolved. Taking some time to rest, restore and revitalize your inner resources will assist in the healing process and help you regain your equilibrium.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

At no other time this year will the balance between what you desire and the needs of your partner be so clearly defined, tenuous and/or challenging. Compromise (and avoiding impulsiveness) will be crucial in getting love back on track.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The success of your work may now depend on making a shift in how you approach the project-or in the project itself. Think innovation and altruism. It’s also a good time to revamp your diet and exercise routine.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Some electrifying cosmic energies are firing up your inner muse, so focus on your creativity. Romance will be anything but dull as well, but Saturn may throw a challenge your way concerning responsibility or commitment.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The tremendous focus on your home life may trigger an issue about your family or childhood. A family member may get irritating too. On the upside, using your artistry to spruce up your home environment will uplift you emotionally.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

As multiple Aries influences continue to energize your brainpower, your communication skills will be crucial for success now. Balancing the force of your ideas with listening to what others are saying will help you achieve your goals.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your moneymaking ability is getting a whopping dose of cosmic energy now, so seek out ways to widen your financial horizons. Technology may play an important role in bringing an opportunity, or be central to a profitable project itself.