The day gets off to a slow start as the Pisces moon goes void-of-course inducing a spacey, ethereal mood. Those who have the luxury of staying in the cozy warmth of dreams and bed for as long as possible will get the most out of the morning. The arrival of the Aries moon later in the day brings a fresh infusion of vigor.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Today is mostly about strengthening certain relationships while distancing yourself from the ties that either don’t add much to — or seem to subtract something from — your life.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Wherever you go, you will long to feel at home. It may take more than the usual efforts to get comfortable. An excellent host will earn a place in your heart.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When your problems get pushy, instead of pushing back, take a break to visit dreamland. Your dreams will float you above the situation, and from that aerial view, you will see options you couldn’t see from the ground.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you’re having fun, why cut yourself off? Let the fun play out to its natural conclusion. Who says success has to be all suffering, sweat and sacrifices? If you’re enjoying yourself, you’re winning.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Relationships get complicated temporarily. Writing about people you know will help you to understand them better and put you in touch with your own feelings about them.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll enjoy an increased amount of control over people’s perception of you. You’ll hold back instead of rushing forward. You’re building a mystery with all you keep in reserve.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It’s always fun to know what you want and go for it in a big way. The object of today’s journey has a glittery appeal, and yet it will quickly wash out against the brightness of the journey itself.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll relate cautiously to others, partly due to your mood and partly because you sense that there is more to some people than they want you to know. Proceed observantly.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Fame and power are not your goals now, though they may come as a byproduct of your passion and dedication to the goal. You’re more appealing because you don’t care to whom you appeal.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll learn quickly because you’re not worried about having to get things right the first time. Nothing is forced. You simply allow your mind to absorb new knowledge.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you are engaged in what interests you the most, and that interest continues to feed you, it’s love. Right now, this kind of love could be a stronger force in your life than romantic love with another person.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Drive is not a function of I.Q. Acquiring wealth has less to do with intelligence than it does inspiration. You will be as wealthy as you are inspired.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 5). It’s your time to shine, and the truly supportive people in your life will encourage you not to back down or hide your light. Your interest changes in response to a soul awakening that occurs within 10 weeks. You’ll have more attention than you know what to do with in October. Invest the gift you’re given in November. Cancer and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 6, 14, 38 and 22.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Having candy or not having candy isn’t a reason to cry. But events that matter very little can have a huge effect on your mood if you have a very limited perspective; just ask any 2-year-old you know. Their lack of experience makes them cranky, if not distraught, over seemingly insignificant matters. Telling them that people are starving in Africa or fleeing from war-torn homes in Somalia will not improve matters in the least. In fact, it may make them cry harder, as they cannot comprehend what distant people in distant lands could possibly have to do with them getting candy.
In some ways, we are all like 2-year-olds on a candy quest until experience gives us the perspective to know what’s really important and worthy of emotional investment. This week’s Venus transit into Cancer adds some maturity to the realm of love and the pursuit of truth. There’s an increased sense of responsibility, and many will do an excellent job of staying reasonable when the “candy” isn’t made readily available. Mercury helps matters, as well, ending his retrograde journey for the time being and favoring clear, direct, concise communication.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Leos love to be in the spotlight, but they also like to share it. In the spirit of this, I will reveal that I was born today, and I’m proud to share the August 5th distinction with the late Sydney Omarr, an astrologer and newspaper horoscope columnist I grew up reading, as well as with Neil Armstrong, the 82-year-old hero astronaut who first put footprints on the moon. Happy birthday to the stargazers!
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