Our Aries season (March 21-April 19) this year is truly one of the more hectic months of the year, with three prominent, multi-planet aspects unfolding. These are likely going to be both harsh and blissful, and it will take some wherewithal to stay on point within the haze and craze.
The first major aspect is the Jupiter, Mercury and Neptune conjunction, especially strong the March 20-23, which is a perfect moment to have a conversation with the divine. Some perspective and attunement will really help, because from March 23 through April 5, Mars, Venus and Saturn will line up in a manner that spells rough trouble, especially if we’re not dedicated to some beautiful cause. If we need a deep, fresh start of some kind, April Fools will be no joke—our new moon will be a serious chance to heal some wound through strong action.
Aries: March 21-April 19Aries: March 21-April 19
This month is your time to shine, but that doesn’t mean staying nice and neat. Really, this month will call you into brave, masterful action—hopefully you feel fully alive in your capacity and determination. If your internal experience is one of overwhelming stress, you might bring more beauty to your battle and reconnect to the ideals you’re defending. If it’s clearly time to dedicate yourself to a new quest, the start of the month will be a great time to get that picture clear. Thinking into the long-term with equal measures of hope and caution will be helpful.
Taurus: April 20-May 20Taurus: April 20-May 20
This month could feel like squeezing through a birth canal into a new frontier for you, Taurus. Although the experience of this could be frightening and the new territory uncomfortable, your heart’s vision of beautiful possibility can safely pull you forward, into new ways of being as much as new external arrangements. It will be especially important to hold on tight until April 5, when your ruling planet, Venus, is well beyond the hot, constraining squeeze of Mars and Saturn and situated in Pisces, one of her favorite places.
Gemini: May 21-June 20Gemini: May 21-June 20
How do you stay clear and coherent when everything around you feels wishy-washy and war-like? Wit and panache can certainly help you slip and speed beyond a lot of sticky situations, Gemini, but that isn’t what’s entirely called for this month. It’s definitely a great time to tinker with your internal radio to get the signal clear, but a humble and reverential ear will definitely be best rewarded. Who knows, you might be surprised at how beautiful and exciting the possibilities could be, beyond your preconceived (albeit intelligent) notions!
Cancer: June 21-July 22Cancer: June 21-July 22
This month probably won’t be the coziest season, Cancer, but amidst the flux and outside your comfort zone, you can definitely find powerful help for your shell and the gooey goodness it protects. This might look like tools to cleanse or clean out your inner world, or an essential nutrient to help yourself grow strong. Consider that these processes might be more soft and subtle than you would expect—breath and silence can be amazingly fortifying. Through all of this, you’ll be developing your skills for fierce love and precise care, which will be very much needed by the collective.
Leo: July 23-Aug. 22Leo: July 23-Aug. 22
This is a season to stoke your internal fires, Leo, especially as you face off against a particularly tricky adversary. Whether an external challenger or internal block, this is a time that will call forth your fullest brilliance. Given that the Sun will be burning through Aries, you’ll likely have the extra oomph to showcase some extra strength, but make sure this doesn’t spin off into burnout—clarity of vision and a heart-felt cause to devote yourself toward will provide the smooth-burning fuel you need. If you know you’re locked into the right path for your fullness, this will be the season to let your full potential rip.
Virgo: Aug. 23-Sept. 21Virgo: Aug. 23-Sept. 21
This month will keep you on your toes, Virgo, as the electric static and zing swing around your attention. There is lots of valuable information that you can glean by dealing with all of this disorder—think of it as an upgrade to your system, even if you’ll need to restart or let your hardware take a good rest in order to integrate. If you need some help, ask for some reflection, feedback, or simple, quiet support from someone you think has a clear view of the bigger picture. Eventually, you can expect your new update to be put through a bit of a trial by fire. Still, you’ll need to maneuver gracefully, rather than with force.
Libra: Sept. 22-Oct. 23Libra: Sept. 22-Oct. 23
You’ll feel a bit of a crunch this month, Libra, as your instinctual feel for balance, harmony and justice gets wrenched and compressed. Although this might feel insulting or dizzying, consider that the process can help you come to a greater sense of righteousness and dignity. Allowing yourself to be moved and animated by the currents at play is one great strategy for navigating through this month—another would be to ground yourself in spaciousness and ritual. How do you rise above or root below all of the rushing to make sure that your deeper and higher circuits are coherent?
Scorpio: Oct. 24-Nov. 21Scorpio: Oct. 24-Nov. 21
This month will warm you up and pull you into the fire, Scorpio, helping you find passion in your everyday world. Part of this kick of encouragement is aimed at reminding you of the beautiful magic of life. Another is a request to participate with joy and compassion. Nourishing your root structures and spreading your network of branches is one great way to affirm your love of life. These gestures can be incredibly grand and colorful, or they can be quiet, symbolic, and subtle—what matters is how animated and connected you are.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22-Dec. 21Sagittarius: Nov. 22-Dec. 21
This month will have you thinking through things on a deep level, Sagittarius. Although it will be helpful to explore these life and death questions through simple conversations with friends and neighbors, consider that whispers from subtler levels of reality will be effective at helping you find your individual place and meaning amidst the changing times. If you can pose questions to your dreams, ancestors, animals or favorite trees. The answers might be cloaked in symbolism, but they can also come back loud and clear, as long as your headspace is clear and receptive.
Capricorn: Dec. 22-Jan. 19Capricorn: Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Insofar as you’ve been working on a long-term plan and building the concrete manifestations of your dreams, this month can bring great aid and reinforcement, Capricorn. Aside from helping you feel more satisfied and secure, it will also be a calling into bigger projects and a more substantial and noble self. If these plans and projects haven’t, or aren’t crystallizing, this month can help you intuit the futures that are calling to you. Consider that these frontiers are faster-paced and more full of magic than your experience so far might predict.
Aquarius: Jan. 20-Feb. 18Aquarius: Jan. 20-Feb. 18
This month will bring a great deal of focus to your coconspirators and most dependable allies. By joining forces, we can expect great beauty to unfold, just as complementary colors bring out qualities invisible to an isolated color. More than just an imagination of camaraderie or comrade-ship, think of this as an essential reality of mutual dependence and reinforcement. If you’re still calling in this greater whole to weave yourself into, this month would be a wonderful time to send out a clear, powerful signal.
Pisces: Feb. 19-March 20Pisces: Feb. 19-March 20
This month will help redirect you toward your internal North Star, Pisces, as the hectic collective weather storms its way through the subtle realms. A certain level of psychic self-defense will be helpful, but having a clear connection to the beings and ideals that keep you buoyant and openhearted will be even better. Even though the impetus toward this internal attunement might be harsh and heavy, the lasting benefits of it can be great. Truly, this is a season of serious progress for Piscean potentials!
Charlie Cross is a local Astrologer, Spiritual Coach and Creative Consultant. You can follow their regular newsletter, learn about Astrology classes, and book a personal natal chart reading at astrologyally.com.
Austin is one of the top metro areas where homebuyer income saw the greatest surge during the pandemic and it came at a cost to locals.
A new analysis by real estate services firm Redfin reports that affluent out-of-towers have contributed to surging home prices in metros like Austin. Due to this trend, Redfin notes, many local buyers with lower incomes have been priced out.
“For white-collar workers earning high salaries, remote work is a huge financial boon,” said Sheharyar Bokhari, Redfin senior economist. Jobs with that flexibility, Bokhari says, enable them to move from a tech hub like San Francisco to a more affordable part of the country where they can get more home for their money and even put some toward a rainy day fund.
“It can have the opposite effect on locals in those destinations–especially renters–who are watching from the sidelines as home prices skyrocket while their income stays mostly the same,” Bokhari said.
In Austin, the median homebuyer income surged 19% from 2019 to 2021, ultimately reaching $137,000. In that time, the median home price growth was 48%, just behind Boise, Idaho which was more than 50%.
But the housing market is starting to slow. Redfin says high mortgage rates and unsustainable price growth have driven demand down. In fact, Austin is among the 20 housing markets that have cooled the fastest in the first half of this year.
“People are still moving in from California and they still have enough money to buy nice homes in desirable neighborhoods, sometimes with all cash,” said Austin Redfin agent Gabriel Recio. “But the days of homes selling for 25% over asking price with multiple offers are over. Buyers are no longer as eager now that mortgage rates are up and there’s buzz in the air about the slowing housing market.”
As a result, Recio says, local and out-of-town buyers have an opportunity to buy a home at the asking price or even under.
Redfin carried out its analysis using data from the home mortgage disclosure act to review median household incomes for homebuyers who took out a mortgage, though it doesn’t include buyers who paid using all cash.
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School is back in session—do you know the latest TikTok trends?
With Austin ISD resuming session on Monday, school officials are keeping tabs on the newest TikTok trends that could pose classroom disruptions and property damage.
TikTok trends swept through Austin-area schools last year with the “Devious Lick” challenge, which encouraged students to steal from school property and reportedly caused $15,000 in damages at Round Round ISD; and the “slap a staff member” challenge.
On the distraction end, a substitute teacher was dismissed from Bowie High School in December after bringing in a karaoke machine to class and singing Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for the class on TikTok.
Officials told KXAN they are staying aware of the trends as they change during the 2022-2023 school year and the district will investigate perceived threats. Since TikTok trends vary in severity, they will also evaluate to see which trends could cause harm or not.
Finally, the school district said it does not tolerate violence or bullying and will focus its efforts on protecting students both physically and digitally.