New Moon Eve
Ambition is a double-edged sword. If an ambition is too lofty, it can actually demotivate those who don’t believe at the deepest level that success is possible. And yet, this eve of the new moon will fortify a strong belief. Right now it will be better to aim high and fail than it will be to aim low and succeed.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It is safer for your heart to choose friendship over love. When both exist in the same relationship, today’s best bet is to put the precedence on friendship and let love fall into place.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It is human nature to assume that others have your capabilities, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth today. The helping hand you need is at the end of your own arm.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Approximately 90 percent of your activities at work would have been impossible to accomplish a century ago. But the one thing that remains the same is that people still need to feel important.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). People won’t say what they mean — that’s life as usual. Most human discourse depends on the other person’s ability to extract meaning from the larger context. You’re up to the challenge.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Kindness is not as prevalent as it needs to be in the world. Kindness is the value you would be wise to lean on now. It will do more good in the world than intelligence, beauty, charm or might.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can be romantic at times, but right now it’s easy to see the benefit of autonomy. You don’t live for the sake of others, and you don’t expect them to live for your sake.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’re not completely sold on the contributions or potential contributions of your teammates. But the bottom line is, you’ll win if you band together, and you’ll lose if you don’t.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Where your mind goes in the time between activities is most enlightening. Who or what do you think of en route to work, when you’re waiting in line or just before you fall asleep? That’s where your heart is.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You sometimes wonder whether past hurt will really disappear if you revisit it and process it. The answer is a resounding yes, especially if you make the effort this afternoon.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The testimony of a person others see as important carries more influence than the testimony of a random stranger. That’s why you should build evidence of your social standing before you make your recommendation.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be courted by those who want your money, time or attention. If the price tag is low, you’ll give your money. It’s less valuable than your attention right now.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you play it too safe, it’s like you’re not playing at all — rather, you’re working to be like everyone else. Artistry is diminished where there are telltale signs of the labor involved.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 3). You’re in demand this year. It’s not that you’re playing hard to get. It’s just that so many people require your attention that you actually are hard to get. But a fascinating someone succeeds in capturing your attention in November. December brings a victory, and January adds new members to your group. Aquarius and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 12, 1, 22, 28 and 40.
12 MAPS TO NOW: Do you sometimes stray so far from Now that you have trouble finding your way back? That’s a good way to miss out on life. Here’s another map to return you to the present.
MAP No. 5: Zen Shaving Cream Garden. The beauty of a Zen sand garden, and indeed any kind of sculpted sand, is intrinsically connected to the temporal nature of sand. It blows away. Water turns it into clumps. However beautiful or intricate the shapes were, moments later they are something different. And that is precisely why sand is an effective connector to the Now moment. It’s also messy and a drag to clean out of your house, which is why this is not an exercise in sand.
Shaving cream on a countertop or tray is a similarly temporal medium, with the added benefit of being creamy and fragrant and easy to wipe up with a towel. Spray a nice base of shaving cream on a surface and mold it with your fingers. Trace patterns like you might find in a Japanese rock garden, draw pictures, or simply revel in the feeling of your fingers gliding through the ever-changing foam. All that you experience in this exercise is happening in the Now.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Pop-star mom and fashion designer Gwen Stefani was born under the sign of harmony and art. Her natal chart shows the sun, Mercury, Jupiter and Uranus all in lovely Libra. This influence also bodes well for balancing career, family life and the other privileges and responsibilities that come with a rock-star life in the limelight.
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