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Love Horoscope for the Week of April 4

Love Horoscope for the Week of April 4

You may recall that last week I spent a lot of time squeezing the potential positives out of Venus conjunct Saturn. There’s a natural tendency among astrology buffs to get all bent out of shape over any sentence that contains the word “Saturn,” and that’s unfortunate. Saturn is absolutely vital.

Now having said that, watch me struggle with finding nice things to say about Monday’s big aspect: Mars conjunct Saturn.

Mars conjunct Saturn has been in effect for a few days now and is hitting its peak. Have you noticed a certain stubborn inability to overcome obstacles lately? Maybe a lack of energy or motivation? Possibly even an inability to… get it up?

(I’m referring to “morale” of course. Jeez, people.)

All of the above can be side effects of Mars conjunct Saturn. Whereas Venus conjunct Saturn had a lot of potential for constructive progress (especially in relationships), Mars conjunct Saturn is one of those things where, usually, you have to ride the thing out. If there is an upside to it, this can be a good time to apply a little self-discipline. It’s also a good time to get aggressive in the wrong way with the wrong person or situation, so let’s be careful out there.

Fortunately, there’s also some good news on the romance front this week. After having escaped from the chilly clutches of Saturn, Venus enters Pisces on Tuesday. Every planet rules at least one sign, but each planet has only one sign in which it is “exalted.” In other words, one sign in which it does its best work and is (theoretically) “stronger.” For Venus, that sign is Pisces. What’s more: between now and May 2nd (when it enters Aries and drops its more ladylike pretenses), Venus will be making some really good and useful aspects to Jupiter, Neptune, and Pluto along the way. This, in and of itself, may not represent perfect universal awesomeness in everyone’s love lives — but it certainly helps.

Thus, overall, your romantic prospects look improved for this weekend as opposed to the last few weeks overall. Still: there is one source of caution here. The key to a successful love life isn’t just affection — it’s communication, and that’s where Mercury comes into play. The end of the week brings us first Mercury sextile Mars (exact on Friday), and then on Sunday Mercury square Pluto is exact. The Mars aspect can make for good, clear communications — but be careful about what you’re saying, how you’re saying it, and who you are saying it to. There have been too many frustrations and blockages of late, and even though that situation is improving, there will be a temptation to blow up at people, or to turn something like, “Why didn’t you text me today like you usually do?” into, “Who the hell are you seeing behind my back?”

By the end of the day Sunday, Mercury will have moved along into Taurus. That’s a more steady and measured place for Mercury to be. So, worst-case scenario, pull up a couch and order a pizza, and vow to do better next time.