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FULL MOON - March 30-April 5

This beautiful Sun in your sign will embrace Uranus' unpredictability and bring unexpected revolutions. Singles will suddenly fall in love, couples will make important decisions, and there will be changes of scenery in your professional life. Revolutions, however positive they may be, are asking you to break with routine — which could cause a bit of agitation. I advise you to face this period with great mental flexibility: Go with the flow and you won't regret it.

TEMPO: allegretto aritmico


This week begins with impatience. Answers at work are overdue — and more generally, there's a delay in negotiations. The sky in the medium-to-long term is on your side, but for now it calls for calm and optimism. Professional concerns will inevitably interfere with your relationship, and you will end up discussing financial matters. A greater change will be felt from Wednesday, when the Moon comes into favor: Give yourself a relaxing break for Easter, a time that could also lead lonely hearts to surprise encounters.

TEMPO: marcia spazientita


Wednesday and Thursday mark a moment of reflection when it comes to work issues, triggered by a small misunderstanding or an annoying spat with a co-worker. It's nothing too serious but it hides a bigger problem: For some time now you have been looking for the "right place to be" and you feel that sooner or later you will have to make an important decision, which will change everything entirely. It's a wonderful weekend for love and dialogue with your partner. The weekend will also bring good opportunities for lonely hearts in search of new love: A friendship may turn out to be something more.

TEMPO: vivace riflessivo


Do you feel like you're experiencing a period of inconsistency? One day you're proactive and optimistic about the future; the next you fear failure ... The only antidote to this is realism. The opportunities are there, just evaluate them — both at work and at home. It's a favorable week to forge new alliances in the workplace, as well as in your heart. The weekend may bring family tensions: better to spend Easter with your friends!

TEMPO: marcia instabile


You're difficult to be around at the moment. To say the least, you're impatient. Work is definitely what's bothering you here, and comments from colleagues or a boss just don't go down well. Deal with your ego, stay calm and don't make hasty decisions. Those who have recently discussed love or those who are looking for a contact may find it hard to compromise. Lonely hearts will find new energy this Easter weekend — but over a lunch with friends. This period of tension is almost over and soon you will regain possession of the positive and dynamic sky, making 2015 a favorable year for those born under this sign!

TEMPO: adagio elettrico


Here we are at last, a good week for your sign! Professionally you're back on track and, despite some delays on projects or "organizational" fatigue, you haven't been lacking grit or opportunities — including outstanding money. It's time to ask for the right compensation for your efforts and commitments, and it's time to bid goodbye to those who sap your energy! On the feelings front, there is stability in marital or cohabitational projects. Love (including yourself) to the max!

TEMPO: allegrissimo con fuoco


Although some issues have not yet been resolved, you can say that you've taken the reins of your professional life. Many have changed professional duties to bring new life into collaborations. The road is steep but this enthusiasm will take you far — even into unexpected situations. It's a beautiful weekend for singles. New love will be formed with the right "tension" to keep on sparkling.

TEMPO: allegretto con novità


Those with big projects at work are uncertain about what will happen at the end of the assignment. It's the same mood for affections, where couples are living "for the day" —postponing joint projects until the end of the summer may be a good decision. Lonely hearts are wary of new encounters, while those in crisis are entering a revision phase. Tension is palpable but these problems are not unsolvable. Go towards the summer making important choices that will lead to a new stability.

TEMPO: lento insofferente


Right now professional agreements or collaborations depend on your ability to accept compromises. Although you are totally in the right, sometimes "giving in" on some aspects and keeping an eye on the most important issues is a sign of great strategic wisdom — one must allow a Pawn to be sacrificed to save the Queen. The beginning of the week, in this sense, can be decisive when it comes to old controversies. In love there is a transient cloud of pessimism, though the sky in the long term remains beautiful and radiant. It will pass.

TEMPO: marcia naturale


Here's a week of great strength when it comes to work. Wednesday and Thursday are important days to come forward and propose new ideas. Those who sowed well and persevered despite last year's difficulties will soon be able to gather the first ripe fruits. In love, singles are favored, once more in a state of grace. A small decline will be noticed in couples over the weekend — nothing terrible, just a misunderstanding with your partner or with a family member who's breaking … the eggs in your basket.

TEMPO: allegretto con profitto


After Venus, it's Mars' turn to get on your nerves. At work you have the feeling that your efforts aren't being rewarded like they deserve to be. Despite this fatigue, it's important to remember to have clear goals, and that a motivational factor is necessary. Love is fatigued, both for singles and couples, but Easter weekend will be a beautiful time for recovery.

TEMPO: adagio sostenuto


Change is at the center of your thoughts. A new professional path, possible financial stability and a new life ... Even if these goals are clear in your mind, the way to reach them is less defined. Keep your eyes open: An event or person will soon show you the way to these new opportunities. In love you're trying to find a compromise with your partner, between work and responsibilities that are keeping you at bay. For now there's dialogue, but for those who have long been in serious crisis the reckoning is near.

TEMPO: moderato in trasformazione

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Geopolitics

Iran-Saudi Arabia Rivalry May Be Set To Ease, Or Get Much Worse

The Saudis may be awaiting the outcome of Iran's nuclear talks with the West, to see whether Tehran will moderate its regional policies, or lash out like never before.

Military parade in Tehran, Iran, on Oct. 3

-Analysis-

LONDON — The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said earlier this month that Iranian and Saudi negotiators had so far had four rounds of "continuous" talks, though both sides had agreed to keep them private. The talks are to ease fraught relations between Iran's radical Shia regime and the Saudi kingdom, a key Western ally in the Middle East.

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has said that the talks were going in the right direction, while an Iranian trade official was recently hopeful these might even allow trade opportunities for Iranian businessmen in Saudi Arabia. As the broadcaster France 24 observed separately, it will take more than positive signals to heal a five-year-rift and decades of mutual suspicions.


Agence France-Presse news agency, meanwhile, has cited an unnamed French diplomat as saying that Saudi Arabia wants to end its costly discord with Tehran. The sides may already have agreed to reopen consular offices. For Saudi Arabia, the costs include its war on Iran-backed Houthis rebels fighting an UN-recognized government in next-door Yemen.

The role of the nuclear pact

Bilateral relations were severed in January 2016, after regime militiamen stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Amirabdollahian was then the deputy foreign minister for Arab affairs. In 2019, he told the website Iranian Diplomacy that Saudi Arabia had taken measures vis-a-vis Iran's nuclear pact with the world powers.

It's unlikely Ali Khamenei will tolerate the Saudi kingdom's rising power in the region.

He said "the Saudis' insane conduct toward [the pact] led them to conclude that they must prevent [its implementation] in a peaceful environment ... I think the Saudis are quite deluded, and their delusion consists in thinking that Trump is an opportunity for them to place themselves on the path of conflict with the Islamic Republic while relying on Trump." He meant the administration led by the U.S. President Donald J.Trump, which was hostile to Iran's regime. This, he said, "is not how we view Saudi Arabia. I think Yemen should have been a big lesson for the Saudis."

The minister was effectively admitting the Houthis were the Islamic Republic's tool for getting back at Saudi Arabia.

Yet in the past two years, both sides have taken steps to improve relations, without firm results as yet. Nor is the situation likely to change this time.

Photo of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 2020

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in 2020

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Riyadh's warming relations with Israel

Iran's former ambassador in Lebanon, Ahmad Dastmalchian, told the ILNA news agency in Tehran that Saudi Arabia is doing Israel's bidding in the region, and has "entrusted its national security, and life and death to Tel Aviv." Riyadh, he said, had been financing a good many "security and political projects in the region," or acting as a "logistical supplier."

The United States, said Dastmalchian, has "in turn tried to provide intelligence and security backing, while Israel has simply followed its own interests in all this."

Furthermore, it seems unlikely Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei will tolerate, even in this weak period of his leadership, the kingdom's rising power in the region and beyond, and especially its financial clout. He is usually disparaging when he speaks of Riyadh's princely rulers. In 2017, he compared them to "dairy cows," saying, "the idiots think that by giving money and aid, they can attract the goodwill of Islam's enemies."

Iranian regime officials are hopeful of moving toward better diplomatic ties and a reopening of embassies. Yet the balance of power between the sides began to change in Riyadh's favor years ago. For the kingdom's power has shifted from relying mostly on arms, to economic and political clout. The countries might have had peaceful relations before in considerably quieter, and more equitable, conditions than today's acute clash of interests.

If nuclear talks break down, Iran's regime may become more aggressive.

Beyond this, the Abraham Accord or reconciliation of Arab states and Israel has been possible thanks to the green light that the Saudis gave their regional partners, and it is a considerable political and ideological defeat for the Islamic Republic.

Assuming all Houthis follow Tehran's instructions — and they may not — improved ties may curb attacks on Saudi interests and aid its economy. Tehran will also benefit from no longer having to support them. Unlike Iran's regime, the Saudis are not pressed for cash or resources and could even offer the Houthis a better deal. Presently, they may consider it more convenient to keep the softer approach toward Tehran.

For if nuclear talks with the West break down, Iran's regime may become more aggressive, and as experience has shown, tensions often prompt a renewal of missile or drone attacks on the Saudis, on tankers and on foreign shipping. Riyadh must have a way of keeping the Tehran regime quiet, in a distinctly unquiet time.

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