Mars and Pluto Put Up Their Dukes
The heat between Mars and Pluto reaches a peak. The middle of a battle is the hardest time for everyone to calm down. It’s better to nip things in the bud. When you sense a problem cropping up, take a breath and figure out a way to defuse the bad energy. Seeing the issue from another person’s point of view helps. So does humor.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll make wise, if subconscious, social choices. You’ll keep shallow people at a distance, not because you’re mad at them, but because it’s wasteful to spend time in a way that doesn’t feed you on many levels.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Over time, even the gentlest of winds will change the mountainous landscape, penetrate rocks and influence the way the trees grow. You’re like that gentle wind now, subtly changing those around you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In the strange mood of the day, you may feel that your efforts are neither focused nor persistent enough to make a difference. But it’s the fact that you’re making an effort at all that endears you to others.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). What has you so conflicted is an idea that’s based in real perceptions, yet is made unreal by the fantasy and baggage you’ve added to it. Retreat from conflict, and you’ll be advancing toward inner peace.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll enjoy using your amplified creative powers to make someone’s life better. Think of new ideas that could help someone, and present them without being asked.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What you don’t understand far exceeds what you do. Your awareness of this is what makes you human. Bonus: You’ll meet kindred souls as you wonder, ponder and quest to put things together.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ve followed enough, and now it’s time to lead. What might strike you as odd is that the leading doesn’t feel the way you thought it would. It’s like you’re still learning, but from the head of the class instead of the back row.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You have a certain result in mind, and it requires you to direct people’s thoughts. The art of influence is in making it seem like it’s not happening. If your persuasion is felt, it suddenly will not be persuasive at all.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ve taken on one of your bigger ambitions, and in the thick of it today, things may seem overwhelming. But don’t worry. By focusing on how you can help others succeed, you will in turn succeed.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Being prepared means doing what is asked of you, anticipating what else might be asked and then preparing for that, too. The success of an event comes down to 90 percent preparation and 10 percent presentation.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your style of managing people and situations will prove effective in multiple circumstances today. Soft words spoken with firm confidence will produce impressive results.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Fortune will favor the bold. Take massive action. Figure out what you think you need to do to generate the level of excitement and interest you want, and then do twice that amount.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 27). You’ll have the pleasure of dealing with a wide array of characters, and you’ll get good at relating to people who are very different from you. It will take guts to seize an August romantic opportunity, and you’re up for it. September, October and November require your diligence and sweat, but by the end of the year, you’re richer for it. Pisces and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 2, 22, 15 and 9.
HOW TO PLEASE A LIBRA: The lack of action in Libra’s part of the sky could have this sign feeling a little left out these days. So why not do something special to make the Libra in your life smile? Chances are, Libra would do the same for you were the roles reversed. Libra has a special sense for balancing social energies and is usually the one who approaches a lonely-looking outsider to pull him or her into the mix or who extends a warm greeting to those at risk of being overlooked. These tendencies in Libra are part of the key to winning a Libra’s heart. Libra feels that all is well in the world when people are making an effort to get along, promote civility and encourage camaraderie. Anyone who can help in this crusade is Libra’s kindred spirit.
One way to lift the Libra up is to throw a party and invite this socially savvy sign to it. Nothing fancy is required — a few friends dining on delicious vittles around a pretty table is one version of heaven in Libra’s book. By the way, if you were to see Libra’s “book,” it would be a glossy magazine filled with well-lit pictures of mouth-watering cuisine and stylish-looking people laughing, conversing and enjoying one another.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: From “Saturday Night Live” to “Up All Night,” Maya Rudolph has a talent for making people laugh in the p.m. hours. Look for this Leo star in “Grown Ups 2” and several more films on the horizon. Born into a show-business family, Rudolph also has the stars for entertainment, with her natal sun, Mercury and Mars in Leo. Her moon in Aquarius shows madcap creativity.
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