We are prone to land on each other’s sore spots today. It starts when inquisitive Mercury meets touchy Chiron at 3:08 am EDT, then the mayhem intensifies as aggressive Mars challenges long-suffering Neptune with a provocative square in the afternoon. We'll manage to offend each other in every way imaginable. When the Moon finally reaches a stabilizing sextile with perceptive Pluto in the evening, there is at least an opportunity to calm down from the drama and try to make some sense of it.
You may be aggressive in your communication today, and feel entirely justified in unloading on others in that way because you feel personally wounded and victimized. Your wounds might go much further back than whoever is in your path at the moment, though. It could help you to take a fresh look at the powerful people who hurt you in the past. As important and influential as they were at the time, maybe the world has moved on from them, and you can too.
April 20-May 20
You may feel the need to defend your values today. It would be wise, however, to take a step back and consider your longtime philosophical opponents. Upsetting things that they said years ago may still ring in your head, but you know that you have grown and changed a lot since then. Other people grow too, though their shifts may not look quite the same as yours. Check to see whether you are warring against someone who no longer exists in real life.
May 21-June 20
Something you see in the world today could trigger old wounds about separating from your family. How can you be an independent person and pursue your own path without hurting the people who are determined to hold on to you? The idea of enmeshment attempts to enforce closeness by annihilating the boundaries between people, while intimacy -- the deeper connection -- comes from separate individuals freely choosing to reveal themselves to each other. You may need to look into trading enmeshment for intimacy in these relationships.
June 21-July 22
You have reached your limit with social structures that are rigid, rule-based, and authoritarian. Replacing all that with a philosophy of infinite gentleness and nurturing toward others could definitely be more appealing. However, even the most perfect philosophy can end up forcing people into a mold that they don’t always fit. You are better off just trying to interact with each person you encounter today as the individual they are instead of running your relationships through the filter of your idealistic vision.
July 23-August 22
You may be tempted to spill on social media or to a group of friends about a problem that's happening in your personal life. With your emotions inflamed, though, you'll have trouble describing the situation accurately. You would be better off reflecting in private on what is upsetting you until you feel calmer and clearer. The answers you need will take time to emerge, so ground yourself in your practical routine to avoid trouble until that happens.
August 23-September 22
Relationships may have been messy for you lately, because it's been hard for you to see the other person accurately. Even bad news could come as a relief, since at least you'd be getting objective information. In this way, today you might learn about how someone in your life has been handling money or other resources that you share with them. If you are disappointed by what you discover, you may have to take your own path forward, because you can’t control their actions, only your own.
September 23-October 22
Work feels devouring today, and you may be sucked in by someone’s claim that they have lofty motives for pushing you around. This person speaks with such authority that you'll have to force yourself to remember that they are just a human being that you have a relationship problem with. If this dynamic feels common in your life, spend some time reflecting on your family and background. Envision what being treated with respect would look like for you.
October 23-November 21
It can be hard to pin down the answer to the question of what you should really be doing with your life. The humdrum routine of the day may provoke you to wonder if you should be fulfilling your potential in some more dramatic way. If you feel like you have failed, talking or journaling about these concerns can help you see whether or not they are reasonable. When you put all the facts on paper, it may become apparent that you have accomplished more than you think.
November 22-December 21
You could feel undervalued as an individual today, as the drama of your family and close relationships overwhelms you. Where are you in all of this, and how did you get caught in the middle of such a turbulent bunch of people? You might be able to restore order, at least within yourself, by focusing on the resources you have. Material goods shouldn’t substitute for relationships on an ongoing basis, but they could bring comfort today in a moment of chaos.
December 22-January 19
This could be a frustrating day for you where your carefully planned habits and routines hit snag after snag. Unfortunately, home is no retreat from this, because you are also feeling that your hard work there is not valued. You may need to focus on getting in touch with yourself: not the identity that you have cobbled together from external signifiers like your family, duties, and career, but the identity that is greater than the sum of your parts.
January 20-February 18
You may be tempted to take a financial risk today, but be cautious, because you are not seeing money accurately. Find someone who can tell you the truth, even if it hurts. There may be more to your financial issues than the opportunity that is currently stirring things up for you, but you need to get the facts of the immediate provocation sorted out before you delve into your deeper motivations. You may ultimately need to explore a compulsive behavior, though.
February 19-March 20
You may seize power at home or in your family today by portraying yourself as a victim. This could be especially tempting to you if you have doubts about your ability to contribute to the group in a more productive way. People tend to be afraid to challenge a victim, so you might get what you want in the short term, whether or not you should. Ultimately, you will be better off getting outside input, like from a favorite advice blog, on healthier ways of interacting.