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Horoscope, Saturday, May 18, 2013

By From page A12 | May 17, 2013

Mercury Squares Neptune

Mercury moved into Gemini only a few hours ago, and already he’s picking a fight. This time the squabble is with Neptune in Pisces, a formidable adversary. This astral tension points to a discrepancy between expectation and reality. What should work logically won’t be enough. Success also will depend on creativity, imagination and artistry.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You love the fresh relevance of software updates and other crisp conveniences of the modern world. Upgrading some aspect of the technology you use on a daily basis will give you a thrill.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll be presented with new challenges, but don’t worry — the same strategies you learned long ago will work for you once more. The trick is not to let anything ruffle your confidence.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You continually gain new insight into how the world sees you, and you’ll be interested in the way this changes based on the roles you take on. Because of this, you’ll be extremely careful about your next move.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You will be interesting to someone new. The best part is that you’ll capture this interest without having to change a single thing about yourself. You are, after all, naturally fascinating.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There’s a mess of detail work coming your way, and your best bet is to find a helper or delegate it altogether. It’s not that you couldn’t do it, but this work is not the best use of your strengths or time today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your free conscience and light heart keep you moving forward. A lovely state of relaxed happiness allows you to focus well and get an impressive amount of work done on a project.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You love the prestige that comes with being a part of certain groups, but you’re still on the fence about whether or not it’s really worth all the time and energy involved.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Try to stay emotionally even-footed. Resist the slippery slope of infatuation. Avoid putting so much intense and emotional focus on one person today that other things fall out of balance.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your strong beliefs will attract attention both from those who do not agree and from those who very much agree. Luckily you don’t need a consensus to benefit from this attention.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). That you want to delight someone is not quite enough right now. You have to know how to do this, too. A small amount of research is what’s needed, and you’ll be well on your way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). While smiling for no good reason, you’ll discover many good reasons to smile. Your excellent mood and friendly demeanor will help you make a sale, close a deal or win a social opportunity.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ve been generous, and now you need some recovery time. So you are less likely to volunteer today. If you do step up, it’s because you have deliberated the pros and cons and clearly see the advantages.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 18). You know what makes you different and better, and you project that this year. You’ll close a deal in June. You have a strong mystique around you in July, and this will attract partnerships of all kinds. Someone wants to back your work in August. You’ll make a tradeoff for someone you love in September. Aquarius and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 4, 36, 20 and 14.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “When I was a child, if I spoke disrespectfully to my father, he took off his belt and hit my behind with it. For my own children, I used “time out.” Now I’m noticing that they feel free to mouth off to me, have to get the last word and have no concept of respecting their parents. Even though I don’t think it’s right to use violence as a punishment, I feel afraid for the new generation of parents and entitled children who don’t fear or respect them. Do you have any advice for a Pisces mother of three?”

You are a deeply feeling person, and you can use this when your children mouth off by telling them that what they said was hurtful and you felt it. The most important and challenging thing for a sensitive Pisces like yourself is to keep your cool. When children mouth off, the urge is to overpower them verbally in order to make them stop. Instead, it may help you to see the situation as a chance to teach your children the art of respectful disagreement. “You seem angry. Is there something you can calmly, respectfully tell me about that?”

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Taurus producer, writer and actress Tina Fey is among the top comedic talents. Taurus is one of the most determined signs, and this tenacity comes in handy in the highly competitive realm of comedy. Also, Taurus people tend to have a down-to-earth appeal that nets big laughs. Other Taurean funny people include Jerry Seinfeld, George Lopez, Jay Leno and the late George Carlin.

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