Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or big decisions until 11 a.m. Chicago time. After that, the Moon moves from Libra into Scorpio.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You will run into ex-spouses and ex-partners now and in the next few weeks. The trick is to be ready for this (as much as one can be ready for this sort of thing). At least, dress so that you feel good about yourself. Victory is in the small things.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Your work routine and any tasks that you undertake will be plagued by delays, shortages, mixed-up communications and misplaced items — to name a few. Fortunately, they will all be silly little mistakes, and nothing major. But they will drive you mad.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your ruler Mercury is about to go retrograde, which is always frustrating. This particular Mercury retrograde will attract old flames out of the woodwork, which is sometimes exciting, but sometimes problematic. You do have an adoring peanut gallery, don’t you?

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This is the perfect time for any kind of family reunion or visit from family members because the Mercury retrograde is taking place in the part of your chart that relates to home and family. All I can say is: Stock the fridge.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a particularly wicked Mercury retrograde for you because it’s taking place in the part of your chart where Mercury lives. This will create transportation delays, car problems and missed buses, as well as snafus in communications with others. Patience is your best ally.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Like Gemini, you are ruled by Mercury. And now it is going retrograde. In your case, it will create delays with financial matters. Checks in the mail will be late, and cash flow and money issues will be plagued with silly mistakes. Count your change and check your bills.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Mercury is now going retrograde in your sign. This means many things, but one of them is that you will attract people from your past back into your world again. (Look your best at all times.) Try hard to be clear in all your communications with others to minimize the crazy fallout.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Mercury retrograde is always a pain in the proverbial butt. It happens three times a year. But there is an upside, especially for your sign. Use the energy for the next several weeks to do research, because you will be very successful at digging up anything from the past.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You might be upset with a friend (or you just might be surprised). Your relationships with friends or members of groups will either suffer from setbacks or someone might act crazy today. This means you have to be light on your feet to cope with whatever happens.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Relations with bosses, parents and authority figures are out to lunch today. Anything could happen. Someone might say something that blows you out of the water or, vice versa, you might shock them. Just take whatever happens in your stride. Don’t quit your day job.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Travel plans will be blown out of the water today. They will be delayed, rescheduled or probably canceled. Likewise, plans related to publishing, the media, medicine, the law and anything to do with higher education will also have to be rescheduled. It is what it is.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Double check arrangements about red-tape details connected with inheritances, shared property, insurance matters, taxes and debt. Why? Because something will go awry today. Do not end up with egg on your face. Stay on top of your scene so that you know what’s going on.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Amy Poehler (1971) shares your birthday today. You are bighearted, generous and courageous. You are patient enough to master your technique and bold enough to run with it once you are confident. Settle your debts this year to prepare for financial accumulation in the next three years. To clear away indebtedness is the thrust of this year. Consolidate your affairs for future growth.