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Seeds take entire seasons to sprout, but emotions can become fully realized in just a few days. Jupiter and Saturn harmonize in water signs stirring the feelings that were put in motion on Tuesday. This cosmic alchemy causes emotions to quickly transmute into surprising forms.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are impressionable, but be careful not to put anyone else on a level above you. If you can see beauty, it’s because there is beauty in you. The same goes for talent, intelligence, kindness and humor.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s hard to connect with seemingly perfect people, because people connect through their flaws. Luckily, no one you know is perfect! You’ll help someone feel loved, flaws and all.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re being prevented from moving forward in some way. Now the question is: Are you dealing with a block or a hurdle? They both can be overcome, but the hurdle was made for getting over.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You see what the problem is and respond to it before others even seem to notice something is off. They are just ignoring the issues they are powerless to change. You notice because you can do something about it.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You cannot worry properly if you’re not able to focus on the things that could go wrong. That’s why filling your mind with hopeful dreams of exciting possibilities makes it nearly impossible to stay worried.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your current social circumstance is a game. You’re merely playing a role in it. An Italian proverb suggests that once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Just because another person isn’t giving you what you want doesn’t mean it’s all a waste of time. You’ll pay attention and learn, and no matter what happens, you’ll make precious use of your time.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You sometimes abandon plans too early, but today something will compel you to stick with the job beyond the point of boredom. On the other side, there are rich rewards.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Onward and upward isn’t the easiest route. It takes more energy to climb toward the sun than it does to coast downhill. By the end of the day, you may feel spiritually out of breath and at the same time exhilarated.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll gain insight and perspective through conversation, and as long as you don’t believe everything you hear, you’ll be better for it. Enjoy the chat in the moment, and you can check the facts later.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It happens nearly every day: You’re kind to someone and wind up helping yourself. Today is different, though. The circle of karma won’t swing back around for a while, and you feel truly generous.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Changing another person’s world makes you responsible for it in some way, even if the change is for the better. That’s why you’re not sure whether you should intervene or keep minding your own business.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 12). Recognition and leadership are part of the package in 2014. The next six weeks bring an ego-boosting cycle, but make no mistake, you’ll earn all the praise and success you get. January settles a relationship into a pattern that could work for the long term. February teaches you the value of power and control. Libra and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 2, 14, 38 and 45.
HOLIDAY STRESS RELIEVERS: Considering the complications of increased financial activity, family dynamics, travel and extreme weather conditions, and it is not difficult to figure out why so many people wind up feeling spent and blue in December. So what can you do to counteract holiday stress?
CANCER: The crab is among the most sensitive of the signs to stress and, like fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, will absorb the stress of loved ones by osmosis and add that to whatever stress levels he or she was able to achieve solo. Therefore, setting up boundaries is key to Cancer’s enjoyment of the holidays. Communicate these boundaries, or they are unlikely to stand up against the real-life tests that arise this time of year.
If there’s one rule that will save Cancer from illness and feeling low, it’s to obey the suggestions of his or her own body. Rest when it says to rest, no matter what else is on the schedule. This could mean leaving the party when the going is good instead of giving in to friends who want to carry on. Health and sleep are more closely related than ever at the end of the year.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Between Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler, Mayim Bialik stopped to get a degree in Jewish studies and a Ph.D. in neuroscience. The Sagittarius star of “The Big Bang Theory” was born under three passionate Sagittarian influences and two headstrong, energetic Aries luminaries. Her Saturn in Leo suggests that significant life lessons have and will come from her experiences in the entertainment industry.
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