March 7 to March 13

Bill Meridian looks at what the stars have in store for you this week.

The Sun enters Aries on March 20 in each year. A horoscope set up for any location for this time provides a chart that describes conditions in that locale. Mars is in the area of the chart that rules foreign affairs, so there may be some saber-rattling in the region, but there is no need for concern. Diplomacy will work in the next few months in any international disputes. Shared ideas and belief systems can go a long way to resolving them.

The stock markets of the world have had a very good run in the last year. But note that the month of March has been a turning point in each year since the March 2000 top except one. The dominant 24-month and 40-month US stock market cycle topped in February. Thus shareholders may wish to take some profits now. ARIES (March 20-April 18)  On the 17th, the pace will quicken. Expect more communication. You schedule will fill up, and you will be very active. Your mind is more alert, and you are more prone to speaking your mind.

TAURUS (April 19-May 19)  This is a relatively calm week for you. You are a practical person and usually proceed quite logically. There are opportunities to develop your intuition. Turn your dreams into realities. GEMINI (May 20-June 19)  Expect sudden changes and upsets in your schedule. Be prepared to improvise your agenda. On the 15th and 16th, communications can spin out of control. Negative thinking is likely.

CANCER (June 20-July 21)  Food is always important to the sign of Cancer. It will be especially important this week. You may have food sensitivities or allergies, so a check-up with a medic or a dietary adviser may be necessary. LEO (July 22-Aug 21)  This is a less active week for you after last week's energy burst. You are off to the races, but you must keep your goals and your direction clear. Much like flying in the fog, it is easy to go off-course.

VIRGO (Aug 22-Sept 21)  Avoid any unclean or unsavoury conditions around the 18th. This includes dangerous areas or unsanitary places. You are more susceptible to such conditions now. Take extra care. LIBRA (Sept 22-Oct 22)  Yours is a very social sign, and this is a week for you to make contact. You feel that you would like to make new contacts. Travel or new courses of study are recommended.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 20)  Your mental faculties are extremely sharp. You are quick to adopt any new policy or technology. Install a new software program or use new tools. The use of precision instruments is favoured. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 21-Dec 22)  You have a strong "urge to merge" this week. You are attracted to groups and to organisations. Make allowances in your schedule for these activities.

CAPRICORN (Dec 23-Jan 19) Mercury and Pluto connect on the 20th. In the days around that date, Mercury rules communications and Pluto symbolises power. Keep secrets to yourself. AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18)  This is a fine week for you to expand your horizons. If you are in marketing, this is the time to launch an advertising campaign. This is also a week to begin a new course of study. PISCES (Feb 19-March 19)  This is a very active week for Pisces. Begin new projects on the 15th. Expect many changes and shifts in your schedule. New ideas abound this week, and you will be open to new concepts.

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