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MARCH 17 – 23, 2013
by Tim Stephens

All times/dates are Pacific Daylight Time.

Retrograde Mercury’s delays and mistakes end Sunday. The retro bit me last week: Daylight Savings Time began March 10, but I mistakenly left it as Pacific Standard. So all the Start Nothing times (below) were an hour “late.” In the same column, the first line about Pope Benedict was dropped – it said 16 is the number of revelation through destruction. (King Lear, Tower of Babel, etc.) I’ll explain later why this is a heroic influence in personal charts....

The greatest dictatorship of our time, Bureaucracy, will rule until about 2237, as will police states (on two levels: the “policing of the world” as the U.S. does, and violent subjugation of an unarmed citizenry, as the Toronto police did to the G-7 protesters.) Bureaucracy (let’s call it “B”) is the practice of creating finite, rigid, inviolable rules, then forcing the infinite variety of human intelligence, experience and circumstance into this rigid labyrinth, like forcing beef into a sausage-maker. Much bureaucracy is well-intentioned and benevolent, an attempt to order society so we can live within a predictable, stable set of rules that treats everyone equally.
Unfortunately, B is often a tool of control freaks. The civil servant or bank loan officer who simply doesn’t like someone, can easily and swiftly erect roadblocks against that person. (I tell clients that banks (et al) are always personal – this gives you the best chance of succeeding – via charm, for instance.) Notice the clue here to B’s vulnerability.

B’s discrimination also takes place on a macro scale. Bureaucracy is threatened by, and generally attempts to destroy, the new, the unusual, and the great enemy, genius. (“Genius” comes from the Roman root, meaning “seed.”) In grade schools from about 1970 to 2010, boys’ natural genius was uniformly suppressed by the general run of teachers, who favoured girls for two simple reasons: 1) they are more easily controlled; and 2) most educators were female, and reflected the feminist rebellion that arose post-1960’s. (Not that it was better under the male-dominated system – in the 1960’s I was threatened with expulsion for correcting my English teacher’s grammar). (Nor was I a brave rebel: I spent that afternoon sobbing in the Principle’s waiting room.)

Just as patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, so academic learning is the strongest disguise of bureaucrats. Those 1970-2010 educators elevated B to a philosophy, a rarified skill, against which the average parent (and student) was helpless. But such false stances lead to great lies, such as our recently current one: “Girls learn better than boys.” But such lies slowly destroy society. At their worst, they breed passivity – the kind Bush displayed when he ignored Katrina-devastated New Orleans.

B is necessary for humanity’s progress, but it can be cruel, unyielding and insensitive. There needs to be a “Second Law” of B, as there is for robots: this law would state: “Exceptions are valuable.” Or some such. It’s important to establish such a law now to 2025, for B and “heavy policing” are most powerful during this phase, and most likely to establish stronger and stronger structures.     

Start Nothing:
10:27 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. Tues.,
11:01 a.m. Wed. to 11:50 p.m. Thurs.,
and after 8:28 p.m. Fri. (including all Sat.)

Aries - (March 21-April 19)
You feel restless, curious Sunday to Tuesday morning – a hint that your time of weariness and solitude is ending. Tuesday to Thursday bring a final tired phase, so rest deeply, hug your family, shore up your security, and adjust your launching pad (e.g., dry clean your good suit). By Friday/Saturday your energy, charisma, sense of timing and effectiveness soar – you’re launched on a month of accomplishment and success! Sunday ends most recent delays and indecision. You might remain a bit indecisive, but you can now “take steps” without fear of proceeding in the wrong direction.
Taurus - (April 20-May 20)
Recent delays, mistakes and indecision end – though indecision might bother you a while longer. Chase money Sunday to Tuesday morning. (A money plum might be waiting to be plucked Sunday p.m.) Your hopes and popularity rise Tuesday noon to Thursday, but the cancellation of an expected happy meeting is your clue that a cycle of rest and quietude is upon you – until late April. (By Friday/Saturday you’ll feel the “hibernation mood” this phase brings – but you’ll also see the potential rewards it carries, Friday.) Pursue an important government/institutional project into late April.
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Gemini - (May 21-June 20)
Recent delays and potential false starts end. You can march forward now, start new projects, meet new people, etc. Your energy, charisma and clout surge upward Sunday to Tuesday noon – start something involving travel, learning, relocation, opportunity or a partnership (love or business) Sunday afternoon/eve. Midweek brings income, possessions, and spending. It also (Wednesday) kicks off a month of popularity, wish fulfillment, light romance and happiness! Friday/Saturday offer travel, friends, curiosity’s rewards: but these conflict with the demands of your job. Your choice.
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Cancer - (June 21-July 22)
Delays and hold-backs end. A mellow, thoughtful, gentle, loving and observing month trails off now, as ambition (or the demands of authorities, bosses, parents) overtakes you until late April. The switch into an ambitious phase occurs Wednesday. Your energy and charisma soar Tuesday p.m. through Thursday, hinting that you’ll be successful in your projects and ambitions. (Start them Tuesday night.) Earlier, Sunday to Tuesday noon urge you to rest, contemplate and plan. Friday/Saturday emphasize income, spending and possessions – be cautious. A partner might oppose your money plans.
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Leo - (July 23-Aug. 22)
Recent delays end – march forward confidently (except in home repairs or construction – late July onward best for these). Your hopes, popularity rise Sunday to noon Tuesday. (Sunday holds a nice “surprise package” – a romantic friend?) A minor wish could come true, especially in lifestyle, financial or sexual zones. Midweek nudges you to rest, contemplate and plan future actions. Contact civil servants Tuesday eve/night. You might face a choice between work and rest. Your energy and charisma soar Friday/Saturday – you’re the star! The weeks ahead bring travel, intellectual success.
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Virgo - (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
The past month might have brought you an old opportunity. With an ambitious push Sunday to midday Tuesday you could grab that opportunity – if Sunday eve, it might entail grasping a new career by letting go an old one, or real estate; if Monday/Tuesday, it concerns money, income. (Btw, past delays and mistakes are over, so you can go forward confidently.) Midweek brings optimism, flirtation, popularity and wish fulfillment – and marks a turn into deep things for the weeks ahead – sex, dreams, big finances, commitment, lifestyle changes, research. Retreat, rest Friday/Saturday.
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Libra - (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
Weeks of delay, mistakes and indecision end now, especially in work and health zones – but in future weeks you will hear news, not experience action, on these two fronts. Sunday to midday Tuesday accents intellectual progress/success, far travel, culture, and gentle love. Jump on any of these Sunday eve. Midweek brings career pressures, ambition, and relations with higher-ups. Wednesday begins a month of relationships – significant ones. You could wed, meet a future mate, form a business partnership, relocate, or grasp “fame” before late April – be assertive! Friday/Saturday: joy!
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Scorpio - (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
Delays are over; you can confidently walk forward, grasp the new, and start projects. Any lingering indecision will fade by early April. Wednesday begins a month of quite significant work, health issues, and dependents’ needs. Make firm, well-thought-out choices and actions. Whatever you do, work hard. Sunday to noon Tuesday accents mystery, research, sexual desire, financial and lifestyle commitment – Sunday eve holds a juicy plum here: pluck it! (E.g., reveal desires, make an investment, etc.) Midweek is gentle, mellow. Be ambitious Friday/Saturday: higher-ups are watching.
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Sagittarius - (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
Delays end Sunday, especially in domestic, security, realty and retirement zones. But these concerns will be a minor whisper, because midweek begins a brash, exciting month of romance, pleasure and creativity. Sunday (grab an opportunity!) to midday Tuesday accents relationships, relocation, public dealings (from retail sales to fame) negotiation and litigation. To succeed, be “partner prone,” diplomatic and eager to join. Applies through June. Midweek brings secrets, sexual bonding, financial ventures: you might end a commitment, to make another. Love, even marriage, looms.
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Capricorn - (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
Delays have ended: march ahead. Sunday to Tuesday noon brings chores, health matters, and dependents’ concerns. (Don’t take on too big a burden Sunday eve.) Midweek emphasizes relationships, opportunities, relocation themes and possible new love. (Possible, though likely not long-lasting.) Secrets, sexual urges, financial manoeuvres, lifestyle changes, research and diagnosis colour Friday/Saturday – be cautious, your actions here might point in a direction you don’t eventually want to go. Wednesday begins a month of power naps, home, family, property and security concerns.
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Aquarius-(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
The transition from a month of money interests to a month of casual friends, paperwork, short travel and communications occurs Wednesday – it’s so smooth, you’ll hardly notice it. (Money interests, to some degree – mostly money conversations – will hang on for several weeks.) Meanwhile, Sunday to noon Tuesday brings romance, creative urges, pleasure, poetic feelings and joys with children. (Sunday eve’s best – a new love possible.) Midweek emphasizes mystery, subconscious and sexual urges, commitment, financial actions and research. Relationships need caution Friday/Saturday.
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Pisces - (Feb. 19-March 20)
Delays end, especially in relationships. “Domestic quietude” comes Sunday to Tuesday noon – sink into family, garden, the joy of sunshine and shade. Grab a prestige realty or similar opportunity Sunday eve – e.g., move to a classier district, upgrade furniture, send kids to a prestige school. Midweek brings romance, creative surges. (Dreams, hunches are true Tuesday eve). Wednesday starts a month of money luck, earnings, spending, possessions and sensual attraction . These themes are more important than in most years: act with “major intent.” Routine chores Friday/Saturday.

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