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An opposition of the moon and Mercury sets up a contrast — and we are creatures who learn through this. We need negative examples to understand the positive ones. That’s why those who have known poverty appreciate wealth the most and why the sweetest happiness is born out of an increased capacity for emotional pain.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re all business today. People may accuse you of being overprotective of your time, but they don’t realize that it’s one of the few things worthy of your protection. Once the hour is up, you don’t get it back.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you need a good reason to make yourself happy, consider this: When your spirit is untroubled, you can see your circumstances for what they really are.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re cautious some of the time, while being fully aware that anyone who is cautious all of the time isn’t really living. The risk you take this afternoon will either shock or amuse people.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). A Spanish proverb says that if there is no bread, cakes are very good. Having run out of average options, you will enjoy decadent ones and feel as though it was meant to be this way.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You hate getting stuck in a boring meeting semi-listening to people who’d rather talk about their work than actually do it. However, your attendance at today’s gatherings will be extremely important.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A missed opportunity this morning is no fault of your own. Your luck seems to be sleeping on the job. There’s only one thing to do in this case: Wake it up!
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When standing still, you will have the time and space to think or, more likely, to overthink. Get into motion, and you’ll have just the right kind and amount of mental energy to invest.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). To experience surprise, create an atmosphere of spontaneity around you. Everyone will have more fun in an environment that invites people to feel playful.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are times when you’ve been uncomfortable sharing your opinion with others because you felt yours was not likely to be a popular stance. Now you’ll share precisely for the same reason.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Life isn’t always easy or fair, but mentally strong people like you don’t waste time dwelling on the inequities. You’ll be busy doing what it takes whether or not your deal happens to be fair.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You refuse to say that another person makes you sad or angry. For starters, you don’t want to give anyone that much power. Regardless of another person’s intent, you can always choose your response.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re adaptable, but not every change is worthy of the effort. Carefully assess the change that’s being proposed, and determine whether it’s in your best interest.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 16). You’ll live an example of opposites attracting this year, and you may actually find love with someone who once rubbed you the wrong way. January brings a victorious end to a battle. February pulls you into a natural healing process. Increased vitality will be yours in 2014. March brings a shining career moment. Leo and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 20, 1, 14 and 39.
HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEVERS: So many feel spent and blue in December. What can you do to counteract holiday stress?
VIRGO: Those born under the sign known for cleanliness and order usually develop methods of self-care early on that are both extensive and exact. Virgo quickly figures out just the right products and procedures for optimal hygiene and is usually expedient about getting a desired result. That’s why Virgos sometimes forget about the joy of luxuriating unhurriedly in a bath. Baths aren’t just for getting clean. The ritual of water immersion has been used for spiritual and physical uplift since the beginning of civilization. Rituals involving natural hot springs and public bathing are found in every culture and are still a popular form of relaxation in many places. Some baths are more creative than others. One Japanese resort features baths filled with red wine or coffee, while other spas offer baths filled with fish that eat off the dead skin on legs and feet. Such things are the opposite of relaxing ideas to many Virgos, and yet a good old-fashioned long, hot bath can do wonders for releasing the tensions of the day, if not the whole season.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy birthday to the composer who bridged classical and romantic music. This Sagittarius explorer used music as a vehicle into new worlds and emotional states. Despite losing his hearing and suffering from various illnesses, Ludwig van Beethoven never stopped innovating and would write some of his most passionate pieces after recovering from terrible personal hardship and sickness.
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