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While we might like to believe we are the primary engines in our lives, ignoring the influence of environmental factors and parenting would be a mistake. Pluto begins a retrograde journey through Capricorn that pulls our awareness to the authority figures that have shaped us. Being aware of their influence is the key to transcending it.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You can’t have a bold day and a mistake-free day in the same 24-hour period. Luckily, in today’s case, you boldly will make the kind of mistakes you’ll later be glad for.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Avoiding drudgery will take a bit of planning, and any effort you make in this regard will be worthwhile. It will keep you from executing your task list as though each item were a painful duty.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). While you may be very happy for those who have succeeded in a certain area, you may also find their smug contentedness supremely annoying — an understandable reaction.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). For a wanderer, moving forward is a sign of success. You don’t always identify with this type, but right now there’s a benefit to staying on the move without a worry as to where you’re going.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Whether you’re tackling a project or creating a social environment, your dilemma is the same: Whom should you include in the group? Your decision will have an impact on the entire tone of your day.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You believe that life should be lived deliberately, and your actions inspire others to live that way, too. Knowing your environment well and being confident about your place in it will help.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sometimes you enjoy wondering what the future will be like, but today there’s great pleasure to be had by those who are able to ignore it completely and live in the moment.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you keep thinking about the tasks you have to do instead of thinking about the pleasure there is to be had, life will become mighty dull, indeed. There’s nothing wrong with making fun a priority.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). As long as you dare, you can’t lose. If you succeed, there will be many rewards. If you don’t, you’ll be regaling others with stories of your adventures for years to come.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You don’t want to give up a beloved activity, and you won’t have to. It’s possible for you to be several things at once. You can integrate your talents instead of choosing between them.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Just because you’re not looking forward to something doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy it while it’s happening. In fact, the lower your expecatations the more likely you are to have a surprisingly good time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You deserve to have fun, but that’s not really the point. Why do you have to be deserving to have an enjoyable life? Make arrangements now so that your week will be stocked with pleasant activities.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 14). Opposing forces have made you stronger, and this month brings an easy win. Professional gains made in May reflect your maturity, experience and commitment to excellence. June and July will be devoted to helping loved ones reach their potential. The money you make in August buys an adventure. Pisces and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 2, 33, 38 and 13.
PROCESSING THE PAST WITH PLUTO: The retrograde status of Pluto in Capricorn begins a five-month cycle of processing the past. For many, this is the sort of endeavor that doesn’t rank very high on the priority list, and yet there are numerous benefits to clearing out the emotional baggage. Our emotional well-being is closely linked to our ability to move beyond the negative things that have happened to us.
Are you a person who dreads facing the “yuck” of your yesterdays? Have no fear. There are many ways to let go of the past that don’t include lying on your back in a therapist’s office and recounting your youth while repeatedly answering the question, “How did that make you feel?”
Tip No. 1: Look forward instead of back.
Though it seems counterintuitive, it is entirely possible to overwrite past baggage by creating new successes. The emotional blocks we need to overcome will keep showing up until we conquer them. Whether that’s through reflection or through handling what comes up as we embrace new endeavors, the result will be the same.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: On the television series “The Crazy Ones,” former vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar plays advertising executive Sydney Roberts, who runs the company with her father played by Robin Williams. Gellar was born when the sun and Venus were in energetic Aries and the moon was in psychic Pisces. Her Mercury in Taurus suggests a down-to-earth approach to communication and daily living.
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