A new offering! This monthly column is written by my daughter Kelly Benson, who is an excellent astrologer.

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Introduction

As the Sun moves through Aquarius, it brings with it a breath of fresh air and a vibration of excitement as we get closer to spring. Our desire to socialize and mix with others increases. In particular, we're drawn to people who walk to the beat of their own drum, those who think outside the box and aren't afraid of creating change and making lasting impacts. This encourages us to embrace the talents and quirks of our own nature and celebrate the uniqueness of others. We're feeling more open-minded, ready to explore innovative ideas and eager to make this world a better place to live in. Shared dreams and aspirations are calling, can you hear them?

Aries (March 21-April 19)

As the Sun glides through your Eleventh House, get ready for a big boost related to your friendships, social circles and your visions for the future, Aries. You'll find yourself feeling more extroverted and eager to make new connections or rekindle old connections that still warm your heart. Get time with the people who share your interests and inspire you. Don't be shy about sharing your dreams and ambitions for the future. You're likely to find others with similar aspirations, and together you can jointly support each other. This is a potent time to think big and imagine the future you want to build. Keep in mind this isn't only about what you can achieve on an individual level, but also what you can contribute to the overall collective. Community initiatives, meetings with mentors and sharing your knowledge are key themes now.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

As the Sun moves across the top of your chart, you'll find yourself in the spotlight, Taurus. It's an excellent time to get the ear of a boss or influential party and champion a cause or project that's important to you. If you're thinking of branching out in your career, don't be shy about throwing your hat in the ring. As Jupiter shines on your sign until late May, you're sure to see opportunities manifest and grow. It's an excellent time to create a road map and bravely take the steps required to reach your aspirations. Meanwhile, others are drawn to your leadership abilities, looking to you for guidance and advice. Don't shy away from this responsibility. Instead, showcase your managerial abilities and be the approachable, trustworthy leader you know you are. Your confidence and self-assuredness can put others at ease with you at the helm.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

As the Sun moves through a fellow Air Sign, you're encouraged to revive your dreams and aspirations and step towards change. Like a melody that plays in the background, the call to travel and explore vibrates strongly. This universe is whispering "There's a whole world out there and it's calling your name." This is an excellent time to look into travel options, book a ticket or at the very least, start planning your next big trip. On another note, you might feel charged up taking classes and learning everything you can about key subjects that are grabbing your attention. You're eager to expand your awareness through knowledge, experience and stimulating conversations. You might find yourself drawn to people from other cultures and different backgrounds who can expose you to new ways of viewing the world. It's definitely a time to get outside and spread your wings, Gemini!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

As the Sun activates your Eighth House, you might find yourself craving some alone time away from the hustle and bustle. It's a good time to tune into your deeper self and listen to what your intuition is calling for. Healing opportunities are present. You can let go of baggage that's been weighing you down and release yourself of repetitive scripts and negative self-talk. There's a rebirth at work within you as you're moving through personal obstacles and cleansing your soul. As the days get longer, you get stronger. You'll feel pushed to take a brave step towards change and renewal. Cleaning out closets (metaphorically and literally) gives you strength and clarity. Consider what your key needs are and what actions you can take now to meet them. You're keen to make some bold moves in the coming months so this is the time to clear the decks and get ready.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You might feel a little more tired than usual as this Sun is moving opposite your sign at this time of year, Leo. Be sure to get some extra rest to boost your reserves. Nonetheless, it's an excellent time to nourish the important relationships in your life and celebrate the special qualities of those you love. Partnerships (marital and business) can be a key focus now. With a positive attitude and a kind heart, you can push through obstacles and rekindle the deeper connections at play. Negotiations regarding joint projects can prove successful, as communication channels are open, making things run smoothly. It's all about balance and harmony and mutually beneficial arrangements, so don't let this time slide by. New connections that expand your world are likely since others are drawn to your presence. Dinner outings, events and playful occasions with others bring a smile to your lips. Accept the invitations that come your way.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Matters related to health, wellness, routines, work and trade are on the table this next month, Virgo. It's an excellent time to revamp your day-to-day routines to better support you in all that you do. You'll find it easier to stick with new habits and integrate them into your world. Maybe that's as simple as drinking more water or going to bed a little earlier. Remember, subtle changes can have lasting effects when it comes to a balanced lifestyle. While you're on this improvement kick, put some quality energy into your work and career. If you're thinking of making a career change or to branch out in some way, this is the time to put your hat in the ring and see what develops. You can push up your sleeves and get a lot of work done, streamlining your efforts and perfecting the process. Enjoy this time of boosted energy and ambition!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You're feeling more courageous, ready to take care of yourself and take brave risks now, Libra. This is an excellent time to remind yourself of your dreams and aspirations for the future, and nurture the life you're creating for yourself. Celebrations with family and friends are on the horizon as you're feeling more optimistic and playful now. The urge to get outside, change up your environment and feel the novelty of new experiences abounds! This boost in energy needs an outlet -- you can channel that into creative projects and physical pursuits. Trust in your talents and see where they take you. Allow yourself to experiment and nourish your beautiful authentic nature. Others are drawn to your positive energy making this a lovely time for romance and flirtations. Don't be shy about putting yourself out there or taking the first step. Your heart is eager to take the lead.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The Sun is making its way through your Fourth House, Scorpio. It's all about making improvements to your home scene so you feel more comfortable, secure and nourished. It's an excellent time to purge closets, get rid of clutter and wipe the cobwebs out of the corners. Renovations and redecorating projects are likely as you're motivated to see results. It's important you have a cozy sanctuary to retreat to. Bonds with family members and close friends will experience a positive boost, be that in the form of family dinners, heart-to-heart talks or teaming up on projects and events. It's good to get back in touch with your roots, strengthen your bonds with others and lend a hand where it's needed. It's also a good time to revamp your self-care routines and prioritize health and well-being. Remember the key theme is all about nurturing, so taking good care of yourself, and you can make a world of difference.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

As the Sun makes its way through your Third House, you're in an upbeat frame of mind, Sagittarius. Your day-to-day pace is picking up and you're eager to connect with like-minded souls. Groups of common interests will appeal, so don't be shy about joining clubs, taking a class, or attending events. Get the gang together and hit the town taking in live performances, art shows, or whatever grabs your fancy. This is an excellent time for writing projects, studying, skillful communications, as well as teaching and lecturing. You'll have no trouble researching topics and getting to the bottom of interesting mysteries. You can easily use this time to produce and create because inspiration seems to follow you wherever you go. Like a kid in a candy shop, you might have to watch out for taking on too much so you don't overdo things. Not to worry though, your multitasking abilities are tops right now!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

As the Sun makes its way through your Second House, you're giving a lot of thought to your values, your comforts, and what makes you feel secure Capricorn. It's important to pay attention to your bank accounts, review your budgets and strategize on your financial goals. It's a potent time for investments and monetary commitments. As Mars is also in your sign, you're motivated to initiate new projects, bring about positive change and take a brave risk. Remember just how far you've come and how hard you've worked. What are the talents you value about yourself? You deserve some sweetness, so why not indulge just a little? Maybe treat yourself to a delicious meal, take in some art and culture, or buy yourself some beautiful clothes. Whatever you choose to do, know that this is a key time to invest in yourself to enjoy the quality of life you deserve.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Happy Birthday, Aquarius! The Sun is moving through your sign bringing with it a healthy dose of vitality and energy. Your confidence is high and others are drawn to your sunny disposition. It's your time of year to recharge your batteries and revitalize your dreams! Don't be shy about taking centre stage in your life and embracing your unique nature. Celebrate your strengths, accept your quirks and rejoice with the people you love. This is an excellent time to turn over a new leaf, especially with regard to your personal health and physical well-being. You can easily adapt to new exercise regimes and lifestyle changes. You're eager to set personal goals, initiate projects and take brave new bold steps. Light-hearted experiences and playful times with friends and family are on the menu. Enjoy creating lasting memories with those who are special to you. Use this cosmic energy to recommit to what you love and push forward to embark on new adventures.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

You'll find yourself feeling more reflective, and craving time away from the hustle and bustle, Pisces. The Sun is moving through your Twelfth House where memories, dreams, spiritual healing and creative insights can occur. You might need some quiet time away from distractions to listen to the inner voice within. It's a good time to reconnect with your deeper self and make space for emotional healing. You can soften old wounds, release blocked grief and let go of repetitive thoughts that hold you back. You're moving through a potent window of change with endings and beginnings woven together. Think of it like clearing the slate so new experiences have room to take root. Pull back from habits, people, and activities that don't support you, and focus on building your positive connections and creating a healthy lifestyle for yourself. It's time to turn over a new leaf as your next new year stretches out before you.