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Venus, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto are in a heavy cosmic discussion, the kind in which no conclusion will ever be reached. The level of intensity in the debate will be inversely proportional to the importance of each topic. Matters of little consequence will be passionately argued, while the large issues that could make a difference get ignored.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). A lovely distraction will be part of the fun, but don’t let it consume you. The occasion calls for moderation. Too much of anything — even a good thing — will be a bad thing.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can’t control other people’s happiness levels, but you can contribute to them. Think ahead to what the others in your group are going to want out of today’s scenario. It will only be fun for you if others are smiling.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Wherever you go, you can bet that you’ll experience it differently from the others. You have an entirely different set of criteria for deciding what is charming, interesting and cool.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll be reminded of how each person operates inside territorial lines, some visible and some invisible. Being sensitive to the reactions of others will help you understand when you’re in danger of crossing the line.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Being hard on yourself is sometimes unhelpful, and other times, like today, it’s just what you need to do your best work.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You like your relationships the way you like your vocabulary: clearly defined. Today’s events will help you understand where things stand and what they mean so you don’t have to guess anymore.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sometimes diplomacy means saying the right thing at the right time to neutralize a problem, flatter or build rapport. But today diplomacy means saying nothing at all.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Preparations will be a big part of the day’s focus. As long as you’re setting yourself up, you may as well set yourself up to win. Allow yourself double the thinking time.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Like attracts like. Fire sparks more flames. Water rises to its own level. These old sayings will be represented in the day’s events, which will have to do with you acting in kind with those around you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The secret to staying strong is pretty simple: Don’t let yourself be weak, fall apart or act in a way that is below your capability. Bad moves only lead to more of the same. Be vigilant.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People who cause others stress continually will eventually turn the environment into an unpleasant place to be. That’s why you like to defuse the tension and find ways to lead the action in a positive direction.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll have to deal with a strong personality, so remember: Just because a person can’t admit to being wrong (or say “you’re right”) doesn’t mean he or she won’t change after you’ve aired your grievances.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 25). Because you are vigilant, when you make a rule, you follow it every time. You’ll thrive when equally vigilant types join your mission in September. October through December brings multiple trips including no-cost travel. You’ll make a new fun friend in November. Your professional position will change in January. Aries and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 22, 46, 39 and 4.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: If you know any children under the age of 5, you may have noticed the intense level of caring they afford the most inconsequential of life’s choices. Who gets the back seat or the pink cup or the tallest ice-cream cone can be the difference between bliss and misery. No amount of explanation helps matters, either. A parent who patiently states how these minor details don’t matter and are not worth investing one’s entire emotional arsenal into is probably wasting their breath, because the fact is, to the child, it does matter. It’s everything at that moment — or at least it’s a symbol of everything and therefore worth the fight.
Whether humans ever really grow out of that mentality is debatable. It could be argued that older humans find different symbols to represent “everything,” and that those symbols are just as inconsequential and yet are fought for with a zeal equal to the passion inspired by the tallest ice-cream cone. The Grand Cross that rules this week insists that we stay focused on what matters most to us, even if what matters most is actually the least important thing.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: When China Anne McClain isn’t playing a student with “advanced natural talents” in Disney’s hit series “A.N.T. Farm,” she’s often exercising her real-life gifts by practicing instruments, writing songs or drawing elaborate greeting cards. This talented, helpful and hardworking young Virgo was born with Mercury, Venus and Mars in entertaining Leo.
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