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Horoscope, Monday, July 1, 2013

By From page B3 | July 01, 2013

Venus and the Sun Cry Out for Comedy

Between the Mercury retrograde and the squeeze of the Venus-sun square, this is as good a time as any to lighten up. Hugs help. Humor does, too. Laughter is exercise for the soul. The time you spend seeking and enjoying comedy isn’t wasted, unless you can’t find anything funny out there. Ask your friends what they’ve been doing for laughs.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your fiery passion will be tempered by today’s requirements: Only reliable, steady and effective people will be allowed into a certain group. You want to be a part of this, so you’ll show restraint.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Something is being requested of you, and there’s an opportunity inside of this request. If you don’t prove your worth when you’re invited to do so, it’s like ignoring “the call.”

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You shine in social settings. Work is a kind of social setting, but the rules are slightly different. For professional success, review the guidelines and stay inside of them.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Instead of trying to come up with all of the answers yourself, mine the ideas that live inside another person’s head. You’re an excellent miner, and the source of new gems will enjoy the excavation, as well.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The day’s challenges will include some communication difficulty. While breaking down barriers, rules get broken, too — all in the name of trying to relate to one another.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The one who sweeps onto the scene and brings the fun is attractive to everyone, including you. This person will charm the room faster than you can tie your shoes and will spend the rest of the time focusing lovely attention on you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Some people don’t seem to realize when it’s appropriate to be aggressive and when mercy and softness are required instead. You have just the right touch, and the others will learn from you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you see value, you may nab it without stopping to wonder whether it’s practical to do so. This will prove to be a good move. If you can’t use it one place, you’ll use it somewhere else.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The outcome of your day will depend not only on what you do, but also on the order in which you do things. The best order is to first do the things you don’t want to do, and then do whatever you want.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You can be remarkably low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need attention from time to time. Hopefully, it won’t bother you to be the center of the action tonight. It’s just your turn; that’s all.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you feel like staying in, don’t worry. The opportunities for social, romantic or professional advancement that are out there will still be around later should you change your mind.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As much as you are interested in perpetuating positive energy, you also realize that humor depends on the tension between positive and negative forces. And what a healing gift laughter will be for you today!

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 1). This month brings explosive energy that you’ll apply to conquer a fear, make fast progress on a domestic project, change a habit or all of the above. Your travels in August will bring you home. September shifts your focus to fixing what has ailed your family for years. Your best financial times are in October and May. Gemini and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 11, 24, 39 and 18.

WHAT’S SO FUNNY? What’s funny might depend on cultural and socio-economic factors, gender, or special interests — or it could be just a mood. Or maybe it’s written in the stars! ARIES tends to laugh at physical humor. This kinesthetic sign will guffaw at a good pratfall every time. Ruled by the throat, TAURUS appreciates unique and funny-sounding voices. GEMINI is the sign of quick wit and is impressed by zingers. CANCER likes humor that hits close to home, either because it’s about domestic situations or because it’s very specific to a certain group of people. LEO appreciates showmanship and resonates with classic theatrical tropes. VIRGO thinks it’s funny when a perfect plan goes disastrously wrong — maybe because Virgo tries so hard to make sure things go right. LIBRA adores comedy duos and buddy films. SCORPIO likes spicy humor and isn’t easily offended. SAGITTARIUS is a lover of different cultures and is charmed by foreign accents intended to tickle the funny bone. CAPRICORN laughs hard at role reversals and instances in which the weak become powerful or the tables turn unexpectedly in some other way. AQUARIUS is among the minority who get oddball, outsider and surreal humor. PISCES giggles at a fish-out-of-water story.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: As Trish on the Disney television series “Austin and Ally,” Raini Rodriguez plays a character who can’t keep a job, except for her job as manager of her best friend’s music career. In real life, this Cancer actress and singer has held many successful jobs in the entertainment industry while juggling her academic career and childhood. Her natal moon in Sagittarius exudes a cheerful, funny energy.

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