Venus step-ball-changes her way into Virgo with the grace of Ginger Rogers and then promptly opposes her dance partner, Neptune. This is that part of the tango that has the audience unsure of whether the couple is in love or angry with each other. The swell of passion in the music makes it clear that, either way, they’ll end in a dramatic embrace.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will find that things move at such a fast pace that it’s easy to overlook the most elemental matter — for instance, what exactly is expected of you. Find out.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The moon in your sign gives evidence that your natural powers of charisma are working. Everyone wants to like you and will do so unless you give them a reason not to.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). As lucky Jupiter smiles on you, your inner drive is heightened. You appreciate all of the opportunities presented. A screening process will help you take advantage of the very best ones.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have little interest in what people tell you they can do. You are only interested in what they actually do. It’s a wise way for you to focus now, and you’ll attract those who are the “real deal.”
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Many will want to interact with you, but their reasons may seem vague. You’ll get the most from today’s correspondence when you keep it short and leave them wanting more.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Without a fear to face, the journey can’t be called an adventure. So what you must ask yourself now is: Would you rather amble along, or adventure on?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ll be taking on the kind of work that’s difficult to judge. Really, it doesn’t matter how good or bad you think it is. What matters most now is that you do it.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll be like a child filled with admiration and envy watching an older sibling do the impossible. Don’t stay on the sidelines. Dive in. It turns out this is not so “impossible,” after all.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have extra energy to give to others, so stay alert to those around you who may need help. The best part is that no matter what help you give, you’ll be the ultimate benefactor.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As Venus favorably angles your guiding planet, you radiate a warmth that’s difficult for others to resist. They’ll want to do well for you. You’ll get what you expect, so expect the best.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). For reasons too complex to logically predict, a journey will be longer on the return trip. Because you’re prepared for this, you’ll have a better attitude than if you’d been caught off guard.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your challenge will be to remain patient with the difficult people. You may not fully understand their function in your life at this time, but assume there’s an excellent reason for why you’re being tested in this way.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 2). Developments at home enliven your financial scene, and this month brings a windfall. Keeping your work tidy and your life clean leads to a major promotion. True feelings are revealed in December. Love affects your decisions strongly in January. A group effort needs your leadership in May. Taurus and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 13, 20, 47 and 1.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I haven’t told him outright because I don’t want to anger him, but most people understand that when you don’t call them back, it means you don’t want to talk to them! So why does a Leo like me keep getting bothered by stalker types?”
Blame your guiding luminary, the sun, who loves that the rest of the solar system is magnetically drawn into its orbit. Usually, the extra bump of attention you get from others works well for you. The problem occurs when you believe you’re obligated to behave in a way that’s nicer than you feel on the inside. People who push natural boundaries and invade your time, space and energy are not being nice. Social interaction is always an exchange. When someone violates your exchange rate, they are stealing from you. See them as thieves, and protect yourself accordingly. Put an emotional fence around your house, and have rules for who gets through the gate. Think about those rules, and write them down. As for your current stalker, next time he calls, just pick up and politely say, “I’m sure you’re awesome, but this just isn’t going to work for me. Thank you for respecting my feelings by not calling me anymore.”
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Rock star Sting, who has been in a relationship with his wife, Trudie, for more than 30 years, embodies the Libran qualities of harmony, partnership, poetry, graceful physical presence and artistry. And with his sun, Mercury, Saturn and Neptune all in Libra, he should! Mars and Pluto in Leo gives a fiery edge to the picture, as well as a love of entertaining that he will carry in his heart for a lifetime.
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