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Horoscope, Friday, July 26, 2013

By From page A14 | July 26, 2013

Cosmic Anger Management

As Mars spits fighting words at Pluto, we may consider the many faces of anger. At its root, anger is a reaction to a threat — or more precisely, to what we perceive as a threat — to some part of our identity or experience. Today’s question is: Is this threat real, or do my fear and the story I’m projecting make it seem real?

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll be more effective if you do not care about winning the approval of the group you are trying to break into. You’ll manage to show your interest in others without a worry as to whether they are interested in you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). No one is polite all of the time, especially with your nearest and dearest. If you were, they would walk all over you. You may have to show your disapproving look or give exasperated eyes as a way of standing up for yourself.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Is anyone really different and therefore above the rules? Yes, of course. Who? The ones who decide, “I am different and above the rules.” A moral dilemma will have you toying with this idea today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Even when you know you’re right, it’s important to prepare for the opposition, because when dealing with a group, you’ll only be as right as you can convince people you are.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Tension on the strings of a guitar makes majestic music. There is undeniable tension in one of your relationships, too, but don’t rush to relieve it, or it will be like playing a flat, flappy string.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). As much as you enjoy striving for an ideal and doing your best, perfection is not your friend. Let go of this futile notion called “perfect,” and you’ll actually have fun with the challenging projects of the day.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When multiple paths converge, it forms a blockage. No one path is any more correct than another, but something must be worked out, or nobody will move forward. That’s where you come in: the great negotiator.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The thunder in the sky isn’t showing off as it bellows through the heavens — it’s just being thunder. When you do your thing, you’re powerful, too. It’s an honest power, and that’s what makes it so startling to some people.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re aware of the established order, but you don’t agree with it. You’re not the same person you were when you joined the group. It’s easier to establish yourself in a new circle than to change a group’s perception of you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your cosmic success tools are tone of voice, intention and confidence. You could deliver the most important words ever uttered in the history of speaking, and it wouldn’t matter if you said them weakly.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Social posturing is not like the SATs. If you ace one test, you still face a never-ending supply of new tests. The best way is not to put yourself in the position of test taker. When the test is handed out, simply pass.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Though it’s impressive that you can dedicate so much of your energy to a single pursuit, if you can find something to offset the intensity of this work, you’ll be better off. Balance is a stronger position than imbalance.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 26). Your cosmic birthday gift is a dilemma that makes you smile. This high-quality problem shows just how far you’ve come. You’re a desirable candidate for more than one position in August, and it will feel good to be so in demand. A building project picks up in September, and by January, you’re in a fresh new scene. Cancer and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 39, 1, 20, 40 and 13.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Happiness with one relationship leads to more happy connections. TAURUS: You learn from feuding couples what not to do if you want to stay in love. GEMINI: You manage stress so well that you develop new levels of “cool.” CANCER: You never stop getting to know people — even the ones you’ve known for ages. LEO: Your good time will depend on your capacity for forgiveness. VIRGO: Dating tip: When the service isn’t good, it’s a fair indication that the food will be terrible, too. Get out while the getting’s good. LIBRA: If you don’t know where a relationship is going, consider yourself lucky. This guarantees that you stay very much in the moment. SCORPIO: With whom you spend your time will contribute to your attractiveness. Friends with healthy habits will be a good influence. SAGITTARIUS: You’ll balance your love life on a seesaw; work and family obligations sit in opposite chairs. CAPRICORN: If single, seek a relationship with someone who is already very happy. Life will be enhanced by a low-maintenance connection. AQUARIUS: Words can spoil the moment. Trust in the power of silence. PISCES: The celebration of good times is an important thing to share.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The beginning of an Aries/Leo relationship starts like most fires: hot, fierce and flickering. Soon enough, they are like two fires converging: consumed with each other. It’s hard to tell where one starts and the other ends; they blend into a common flame. When the passion burns out, the embers are still warm and inviting, with the potential for re-ignition should new fuel be added.

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