Love Horoscope for the Week of March 20

After a few weeks of less than favorable conditions, the romance and relationship outlook improves somewhat this week, with Venus getting some helpful transits. Be cautious though, because Mercury is in some hot water, and Mars in Taurus is still in a pretty touchy position for managing your drives and temper.

First: let’s clear up a misconception. Monday isn’t significant because the Sun enters Aries, thus signalling the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. Monday is significant because it is International Astrology Day… or at least, that’s what my astrologer tells me.

The biggest aspect influencing the midweek is Mercury square Pluto, which is exact on Thursday. This aspect can produce problems with critical thinking skills and can create organizational problems. Also, it’s a time when you may find that long-standing issues are addressed in a new and more powerful way. Like, for example, with a string of obscenities and threats that result in a restraining order. Yes, that was too dramatic a description and it put many of you on edge. See how that works?

If you have anything new (romantically or otherwise) planned for yourself, avoid starting it on Wednesday, when the Moon is Void of Course for most of the day in Capricorn.

Mars continues to stubbornly stay in its orbit, despite the fact that it knows damned well that being in Taurus is a rough neighborhood for it to be in. Furthermore, Mars spends yet another week being relatively unaspected, which means that the moodiness and unexpected flare-ups of sex drives and tempers have nothing holding them back. Normally Mercury would be able to help make sense of it, but once it pulls away from that square to Pluto, it gets a couple of more stressors added to the pile. On Friday Mercury is opposite Jupiter, and by Sunday it has moved on to the conjunction with Uranus in Aries. This could be incredibly useful if your ideas and creations need a burst of inspiration, and is certainly more comfortable than that square to Pluto — but still, apply caution. Make sure you know where that naughty e-mail or text message is really going before you send it.

All of this might have you thinking that this weekend will be a tough time to get anywhere with your love life, but that isn’t necessarily so. The weekend is dominated by Sun conjunct Venus, which is exact on Saturday. In theory, having a planet this close to the Sun makes it what astrologers call “combust.” Think of it as the Sun “burning out” the qualities of the planet in question. In practice though, one often finds that this brings the issues of the planet in question to the forefront, and “bringing Venus to the forefront” is pretty much what weekends were created for. If your love style of choice this weekend is bright and sociable, aim to set something up for Friday, when the Moon is in Aquarius. If you’re going for something softer and more emotional, Saturday and Sunday the Moon in Pisces will lend a hand with that.

About Matthew Currie

Matthew Currie is an astrologer with over 20 years of experience, and is the author of "Conquer The Universe With Astrology." Along with Hilary Young, he is the host of "Love And Sex In The Stars" (a show about the intersection of astrology and human hearts) on In his spare time, Matthew shouts at the neighbors a lot.

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