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Horoscope, Monday, July 15, 2013

By From page A8 | July 15, 2013

Black-and-White Moon

The half-light quality of the second-quarter Libra moon resonates with the balance the scales always try to achieve. Whether you’re a glass half-full or half-empty type, you’ll find proof of your theory as to glasses, people, attitudes, luck and more. Bonus: Venus in dramatic Leo will reflect those beliefs in cinematic black-and-white.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). In facing problems head-on, you’re bound to find solutions. That is your usual style anyway, headstrong ram. But you may also happen upon solutions by skirting the issue or proceeding in a roundabout manner.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll sense that people want to hear what you have to say, and you’ll present your ideas with enthusiasm. However, when it’s not your turn, you’ll listen with empathy and avoid turning the conversation your way.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some 8-year-olds have to be told not to spoil the magic, or they’ll excitedly point out the magician’s next move and ruin the effect. Tell your inner 8-year-old that sophisticated people keep it to themselves.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You may find that you don’t care at all whether people take you seriously upon first meeting you. What’s so great about being taken seriously? You’ll gladly operate under the radar today.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). In certain moments, you will resonate with the beauty and glory of life. Those will not be quiet and personal moments; rather, you’ll get caught up in a boisterous song of sorts.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sometimes you like to practice alone, and other times you prefer to play with others. You’ll find time to do both today. If you keep this up, you’ll soon be both masterful and in demand.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sometimes we try to love others in our own way, but they can’t comprehend it in that way. Figure out what communicates “love” to the other person, and offer that. The love you bring to a task draws trust and acceptance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You want to make an impression — not on others but on yourself. You’ve grown so used to who you are that you can hardly get past the familiarity. Time alone will wake you up and reacquaint you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You want to be the best possible version of yourself, and certain people make it easier than others. Those who focus on your best qualities bring those qualities to the forefront.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When he was young, the great composer Giacomo Puccini (your sign mate) was dropped by a music teacher who told him he had no talent. You’re on to something now, something the so-called experts don’t understand.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Go softly and tread lightly. The tender energy you bring to your endeavors will be quite enough. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish with a gentle touch.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, had these words to encourage your efforts: “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 15). Your life will be exciting — stressful, but exciting. You’ll work out your highly charged emotions in exercise through August and become both fit and happy. You’ll gain an advantage in a professional environment in September, when new responsibilities will come with better pay. The one you meet in October pretties up the scene. Pisces and Leo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 2, 34, 17 and 5.

DEVELOP YOUR INTUITION, VIRGO: Some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Virgo, however, focuses on the trees and sees not only the forest, but also the continent, the Earth, the solar system and the universe. For Virgo, attention to detail brings the whole macrocosm into view.

The seemingly mundane is especially alive with psychic information for this practical sign. When Virgo is paying attention, he or she sees signs in things that are a normal part of the daily routine: grocery store labels, a walk in the neighborhood or junk mail. Virgo need only home in on the specifics to learn the cosmic truth.

One exercise that’s perfect for Virgo’s intuitive fitness is to document a dozen things about a daily experience, such as breakfast, by writing, taking a picture, recording the sounds, sketching or other means. What do you notice about the cereal box? The bowl? The light from the window? Once you have a dozen details, go deeper — find a dozen more. Then usually by the third dozen, the creative energy starts flowing. Follow your train of thought wherever it goes and don’t sensor yourself. Ask: “If this experience of breakfast had a message for me, what would it be?”

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn is considered one of the greatest painters and printmakers in European art history. His remarkable empathy and knowledge of the human spirit is a luminous force in his work. The soulful Cancer who has been called a “prophet of civilization” was born when five luminaries were in psychically attuned water signs.

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