Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 5:30 a.m. Chicago time until 3:15 p.m. today. After that the Moon moves Taurus into Gemini.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Dealing with others will be challenging today. Before you know it, you might be in a squabble with someone at work simply because people are short-tempered and impatient today. Not you, of course. Aries are never impatient. (That’s your joke for the week.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Avoid conflicts about money, cash flow or possessions today because — what’s the point? They could involve children, sports or fun, social occasions and vacations. But basically, people are just irritable. Best to keep mum.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today the Moon is in your sign opposite Saturn, which is always a bummer. It means authority figures are difficult. Whatever you do seems to meet with obstacles. You might even feel lonely and cut off from others. (Time for dark chocolate.)

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Something behind the scenes might get your goat right now. You might not mention it out loud, but you’re unhappy. You might be mad at a boss, or a parent, or someone who is older or in a position of authority. This is why you don’t feel friendly to anyone! (Where’s the logic in this?)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

A female acquaintance or friend might annoy you today. (It’s so hard for others to grasp that you are royalty and must be treated as such.) Squabbles about money, possessions or difficulties in setting up a social situation might discourage you. “Off with their heads!”

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

This is not a good day to talk to parents, bosses, VIPs, teachers and anyone in a position of authority. Do not ask for permission or approval. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Go directly to jail. And don’t fight with these people, either. Duh?

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Definitely avoid controversial subjects like politics, religion and race because these kinds of discussions will quickly lead to arguments. These are issues that are mostly close-to-the-heart prejudices — and because people were never reasoned into a prejudice they cannot be reasoned out of it.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Squabbles with someone about possessions, shared property, shared responsibilities or who owes what to whom will be rather pointless today. Try to avoid them if you can. Whatever you do might be blocked by others. Do something else and makes you happy.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Your relations with authority figures today are not good. Yes, you’re ambitious, but you won’t get your way. Therefore, avoid squabbles with people in power and avoid squabbles with partners and close friends. Remember: A closed mouth gathers no feet.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Whatever you try to do regarding making travel plans or exploring opportunities in medicine, the law, publishing, the media and higher education — don’t be pushy about it today, because it will backfire. Wait for another day when people are going to help you, not stop you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Relations with romantic partners, as well as relations with your own kids, are stressed today. Someone older or in a position of authority will squash your plans. You might also not have enough money to do what it is you want to do. Tomorrow is a better day.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Avoid arguments about silly little things today, which will crop up simply because you are annoyed with someone. And the more you tried to get what you want, the more you will find that obstacles will block you. Instead, grab a matinee. Meet someone for coffee or a drink. Enjoy yourself!

If Your Birthday Is Today

Former President Jimmy Carter (1924) shares your birthday today. You are charming and dignified. People instinctively respect you. Whatever you do, you have a long-range view of things. This year you will face a major decision. Save your money in the first half of the year and cut down on overhead expenses because this will help you later in the year. Your integrity and patience will be tested.