People are finding each other.  That’s not new: it’s spring.  Regardless of the temperature outside, sparks are flying inside whenever the year rolls into Aries.  This year, however, there’s an added edge.

2014 is definitely the Year of the Relationship.  For the first half of the year, Mars is going backwards and then forwards in Libra, the sign of the Scales; and all over the globe people are discovering what being in true balance—in harmony with the world and with oneself—demands; and weighing themselves and their partners to see if they’ve got what it takes.

It’s a lot of work.  And not every relationship makes the cut; but it’s never been as important as now, when catastrophe seems likely and the eschatologists are passing out the tin hats and prating of eternity.  A movie about this starring Steve Carell even made the rounds of the cinemas earlier in the year: it seems there are a lot of us “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”.  We have only to look at the parade of disasters in the news to understand the desperate clutch at happiness, that last-minute, musical-chairs push for a partner to share in whatever fate throws at us.

We don’t want to be alone.

So what do we do about it?  Well—most of us don’t count on the Hollywood meet-cute romances our parents expected. Thus the dating sites are booming, taking over from the singles clubs a generation before.   We share intimately online long before we meet in the flesh, all of which is risky at best.  And having met, what then—what do we believe, the person or the profile?

Ultimately, we take a chance, whether meeting cute or chatting online.   We generally see what we want to see, which can turn out well or horribly wrong.  We trust our instincts or we trust our heads: either can lead us astray, for any number of reasons, real or imaginary.

Or we can visit our astrologer.