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Horoscope, Monday, May 7, 2012

By From page A11 | May 07, 2012

Impulsiveness is not always wise. Then again, there are instances when a swift, strong alliance with gut instinct is sheer heroism. Things change for Mercury tomorrow. These are his last moments in Aries, and he won’t return for a long while. This is a prime opportunity for boldly acting on a courageous impulse.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Waiting around for others to approach you would be a mistake. Reach your hand out and say “hi.” That’s a start. Then ask for what you want. Keep moving from person to person until you find the one who can help you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Guard your place in a deal. Make sure your name is on the record. Get arrangements down on paper. You can be Mr. Nice Guy and still stand up for yourself. It’s high time you did.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll come across special offerings from life the likes of which other people don’t realize exist. It’s as though the forces that be are reserving a bit of magic intended just for you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You feel like a hunter. Stop stalking the object of your desire, and start building an irresistible lure to attract it instead. Your energy will best be spent in this manner, and you’ll enjoy the process.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll work at a numbers game, and to a great extent, how well you do will depend on the way you play the odds. But never lose sight of what really matters: the usefulness and help you provide others.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You don’t have the time, energy or resources to do everything you think you “should” do. Make a list and whittle it down. The time you spend in planning mode will be the key to your success.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You have one goal, and that is to find out how you can help the other person. This is crystal clear in your mind, and it’s the guiding principle that makes your day, and your relationships, run smoothly.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It will be easy to become myopic as to your own gifts and strengths. You are an expert in an area, but you don’t realize it. It will take an observant and outspoken friend to point things out to you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Bounty will come to you from multiple sources. You’ll hardly know what to value more, as there are so many blessings to appreciate. Show gratitude in action.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You build a sense of scarcity around what you offer to others. This is not a ploy. You really can’t accommodate everyone. But when you tell someone they can’t have what you’re offering, the person wants it more.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’re very persuasive now and will come up with the magic words to get people motivated. It helps when what you want for them is the same thing that they want for themselves.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As much as you’d love to laugh and lollygag around with your friends, today you’re serious about getting something done. You’ll hardly crack a smile until you’re sure you have it in the bag.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 7). You’ll notice in the weeks to come that you’re more powerful. You’ll influence others and, more importantly, comply with self-directives. A business deal wraps up favorably in June. August highlights family togetherness. Investments of energy pay off in July, and you’ll apply a particular study to greatly improve your life. Scorpio and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 19, 24, 13 and 35.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “Why is astrology so popular now? I now know the sun sign of almost everyone I actually know on Facebook.”

Facebook reminds its users of friends’ birthdays and announces sun signs on the profile pages of its users, making it easier than ever to decide who fits the profile of their sign and how. The ancient art of astrology was formulated in a simpler age, when the stars were a fascination as strong as Facebook is now. Of course, people tuned into the heavens to learn about the seasons and, therefore, the weather and related information about planting, harvesting, travel and the like. But the stars were also a source of endless drama.

To a civilization like the Greeks, for instance, stargazing was like watching a soap opera. Gods and goddesses interacted with humans and would rule planets and turn one another into constellations. These stories and stories from other cultures around the world evolved and intersected, and the result is a rich tapestry of time-tested beliefs, characteristics and associations that is the basis of astrology today.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Billy Joel’s gift for writing songs that stay stuck in the mind is legendary. What’s his secret? Neptune haunts us with a melody that lasts forever. Joel’s native moon and Neptune join in harmonious Libra. Libra is also the sign of relationships, suggesting that the best of Joel’s artistry is highly personal and honest.

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