March 21 – April 20: You’re a fighter, Ares, and a good one. Lately you’ve been championing the cause of someone who has needed your help in a significant struggle, and this admirable course of action has finally shown signs of drawing to a close. It’s a great time to check in with them, as you wrap things up, to make sure you are clear on their desired outcome. You may want a victory, but they may be looking for a truce.


April 21 – May 20: It’s been a season of contemplation for Taurus, and you have been faced with some unpleasant facts and situations. The good news is you are on the threshold of resolution, so take a deep breath and push through the final barriers. Be confident you have recognized the best solutions, and soon you will put things in motion again.


May 21 – June 20: It is so easy to overdo the holidays, especially with your generosity of spirit. You want to share what you have, even when it isn’t much. If you can remember to be prudent with your resources, you’ll find that sharing intangibles like time and effort will be more rewarding than you imagine. Giving someone the gift of your time and attention is worth more than any check you could write.


June 21 – July 20: It’s been said that opinions are like assholes; everyone has one. Likewise it’s impolite to insist others become intimate with yours without their consent. If you have run afoul of the one-star troll-review sorts, or other sorts of online harassment, it’s worth remembering the comparison. (But don’t let that stop you from reporting them.)


July 21 – August 20: “Impostor syndrome” is a particular bane of writers, since the solitary nature of the work doesn’t lend itself to the non-verbal sort of feedback we social primates crave. Never doubt that your voice and your art are authentic; your stories are ones the world needs to be told.


August 21 – September 20: If you’ve been feeling uncomfortably adrift and ungrounded, there is good news on the horizon. Some solid leads are in the offing, so keep your ears open. Eavesdrop shamelessly, in fact, since the usual channels are less likely to bear fruit.


September 21 – October 20: If we tell ourselves the stories we want to hear, how to explain the abundance of horror and dystopia in them, from Grimm’s folk tales to Collins’ Hunger Games? I see figure and ground, Libra, like birds in an Esher print. The core of hope is the stories exist: someone had to survive for us to know what happened.


October 21 – November 20: It might be easiest, this season, to just put your head down and out-wait any unpleasantness. Your apprehensions are well-founded and chaos lurks just under the surface of the party facade. If you can bring yourself to keep your eyes open and rake some notes, however, you will find some potent inspiration for your next long-form project.


November 21 – December 20: “The wonderful thing about Tiggers, is Tiggers are wonderful things!” It’s a tautology, but it’s also a truth. Are there similar things in your life, Sagittarius, that seem ridiculously redundant but may contain a deeper insight? Now is a great time to look closer at the rote and repetitive. What can you learn from the seemingly banal?


December 21 – January 20: Being born during the holiday season means there’s lots of celebrating going on, but how much of it is really for *you*? Other people get separate birthday and holiday gifts, after all. You could be forgiven for grabbing the spotlight and claiming some of the general glamour for you and your current project. Be prepared, though, because once you’ve gotten everyone’s attention, you’ll keep it.


January 21 – February 20: “It’s better to burn out than fade away” is a tempting motto that many people would call courageous. There is beauty in the ephemeral, and to approach goals with energy and abandon is an admirable trait. But before you fling yourself into the abyss right now, make sure you won’t be leaving something (or someone) behind you will really miss. There is courage in taking other people’s needs into account as well.


February 21 – March 20: Jack London’s most famous stories are set in the frozen Arctic, while he grew up in the balmier climes of Oakland, CA. That contrast was part of what enabled him to produce such rich and evocative prose about cold and snow. Perhaps a similar contrast in your life, Pisces, could prove as inspiring (and lucrative). What can you draw on in your early life to illuminate the radically different circumstances you now inhabit?