Winter may still be here for a while, but its quiet is vanishing, and fast. Last week’s introspection time is over.  The year’s relationship emphasis is kicking back into gear. The atmosphere is charged and hyperactive, but not necessarily forward ho! More like every which way, it’ll feel at times.

Core relationship definitions and issues are moving to the front burner, where they will simmer and sometimes boil over for the next 18 months or so. (The nodes of the Moon -- points that represent our collective experience and past -- are moving for that time into Aries and Libra, the axis that balances individuality with partnering.)

This week, the relationship dance starts with opportunity and builds to decisive action by Sunday.  Watch for an opening Monday to tie down or put form to a connection, as Venus, the goddess of love and all we value, reaches out to Saturn, the ruler of structure and commitment.  This isn’t mandatory, and you will have to step through the opening to gain its benefit.

If you choose to stay off the dance floor, though, you’ll be on it by the weekend.  Demands, propositions or connections result when Venus clashes with her lover Mars, the god of war and ruler of our drive.  Mars is under the goddess’ command, since he is in Libra, a sign she rules, which means desire is dictating the action. Sparking between the cosmic lovers can spawn passion down here on earth; that could translate into frustration or anger as easily as it could more pleasurable fieriness.

Besides, you won’t be the same person on Sunday that you were on Monday. Clean-up work is breaking out -- or washing over -- a part of your life that started to free up in January.  That was a reaction to or outgrowth of the ground shifting beneath your feet between Christmas and New Year’s.  Now comes another wave of release, of liberation no matter what the cost, and probably of high-pitched drama, too. It’s the byproduct of bigger-is-better Jupiter building to a confrontation Wednesday confrontation with unpredictable, radical Uranus.

What their clash knocks loose might be cathartic. It definitely has a silver lining; ask if you can’t see it. It’s also prepping you and the ground -- watering it, even -- for the next round of overhauling and restructuring that’s coming in April.

These aspects alone would make for a standout week, but they are not half of what’s going on.  Friday’s Pisces New Moon has curative, stabilizing properties that could prove extremely beneficial. They hold the promise of stretching your concept of what’s possible in your life, bringing you onto the change bandwagon, and strengthening your trust and knowing. Read more in my mooncast, which will be up by Friday.

The Moon’s impact could feel like you’re in a washing machine with the agitators whirring back and forth. That’s because one retrograde cycle is ending as two other ones begin.

Mercury is wrapping up his month-long retrograde, which means that stalled, confused or snarled communication, technology and travel matters will start clearing up. Relief is not immediate, however. Mercury stations direct on Friday, but does not move noticeably until the beginning of next week. This creates a suspended-in-time sensation, so do continue to research, organize and take information under advisement.

We won’t be simply hanging in slowed time, however. Mercury is handing the retrograde baton to two planets that will keep the water (and probably you) churning until all of them move off their turning point. Mars, the ruler of our energy, motivation and action, stations direct in Libra on Friday. Saturn starts his turnaround in Scorpio the next day.

The double whammy will have us revisiting agreements, relationships and agendas, with special attention to trust, reciprocity and return on investment. Both retrogrades amplify the pressure from the current eclipses to reset and reboot our relationships, from specific ones to expectations and ground rules to the nature and quality of their exchange.

Mars will backtrack until May 20 (that’s nearly three months) from 27 Libra to 9 Libra. His travels will ultimately take him (and us) back to where he prodded so much to the surface between Christmas and the middle of January. Saturn’s annual retrograde, through mid-July, will take him from from 23 Scorpio to 16 Scorpio. He will help us go deeper into some connections, while turning up reason to leave or restructure in others.

Mars’ journey in particular is part of April’s volatile, dynamic weather. Use the early weeks of his retrograde to get ready:  Go back over events since the first of the year, pick up dropped connections, and dare to renegotiate when appropriate. This weekend, your heart will tell you what to address now.

Most nights this week have spectacular dreamworld activity. Consider stashing writing materials at your bedside and taking notes of any snippets or storylines that you recall.

Monday:  This is a day of openings and opportunities. The overnight hours light your fire, while the day encourages it to blaze. Guidance, inspiration, or simply feeling at peace is yours for the asking. Be open to it and let it pour over you. A matter of personal importance is settling in, taking shape, becoming solid and real. It may not be as sparkly as you wanted, but at least you know its dimensions  now.

Tuesday:  Something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give, something’s gotta give. Your emotional core is shapeshifting, and there’s no turning back.  The most intense part of the process occurs before sunrise. Interactions reflect back the new-and-improved you, which settles in as the day goes on. Inspiration image:  the regeneration of Dr. Who. The transition from 10 to 11 is particularly apt.

Wednesday:  Your revamped inner form locks in overnight; you commit heart and soul to your own worth and desires. That knowing is your place of stability as metaphoric locks and walls explode, leaving you clearer, freer and maybe a bit dazed. No matter; the drive is unstoppable to address a relationship issue. Wisdom, love and confidence see you through it. Don’t worry or overthink; simply speak.

Thursday:  The dreamworld offers a nonthreatening venue for cleanup work on the big shifts of the past two days. By daylight, your heart and mind are on the same team. Intuition is, too. It’ll earn Most Valuable Player status if you let it deal with the roadblock you hit.

Friday:  Processing is enormous overnight, since the bulk of the sky’s activity occurs before 7 AM EST.  Anxiety may still linger about how your life is changing, but you’ve tasted something you like, and you want more. Motivation locks in; you’re primed to act in a way that is consistent with who you are now. (You’re pretty clear about that last part, too.) Mercury is stationing direct today. Suspend judgment and expectations. The atmosphere will feel like the Moon is void (it isn’t) -- soft, diffused, vague, unfocused. Float in it. The sensation could feel awfully nice as the dinner hour approaches. Good vibes usher out the evening and the month.

Saturday:  The overnight hours host the Pisces New Moon. It’s likely to come with sweet, nostalgic-to-magical dreams, as well as memories and people from way back in your personal ancient history. Cast off cobwebs and hints of sorrow. The daytime belongs to time present, which shows you that you’re doing very well with this week’s evolutionary process, thank you very much.  Should you feel a tad out of sync, that’s likely due to Mars stationing retrograde today. Inaction is the path to action, for the moment. Your emotional footing is sound. Trust it.

Sunday:  Allow yourself a slow and lazy start. The Moon has a short void (what that means) from 6:05 AM to 10:41 AM EST, which promises to be pleasant and even sociable. Saturn is retrograding today, beginning a review of where and what you have been investing and the return you’re getting. Venus and Mars are christening his voyage with their own confrontation, which is forcing action in matters of the heart. The contact might have the exhilaration of smashing a champagne bottle against the bow of a departing ship. It might be less celebratory. Whatever the form, whatever the flavor, and bold and significant move is happening.

For another take on this week, listen to Kathy’s five-minute podcast.

About the Author

Kathy Biehl is a professional astrologer and Aquarian who has lived on the bridge between intuition and the rational mind for more than 30 years.

Visit for her podcasts, recordings and information about her services and upcoming relationship teleclasses. You can also follow her daily insights and whimsical photos on Facebook, and find her at the Professional Aquarian YouTube channel.

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