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Horoscope, Thursday, May 2, 2013

By From page A10 | May 01, 2013

An Altruistic Aquarius Moon

The fourth-quarter moon in Aquarius has a message: Whatever you do for the planet and for your fellow humans, you also do for yourself. This friendly, social-minded and forward-thinking lunar aspect plus the new station of Mercury in “get ‘er done” Taurus stirs up momentum for projects that are bigger than the aims of any single person.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). For a time, it will feel as though you are floating in a bubble of truth. Who you are in the moment is who you are. You might not know what to say, but you’ll speak from your heart, and you’ll pull people in.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People think of you as a caregiver and gravitate toward you when they feel needy. But rest assured, they also want to be around you when they feel strong and ready to give back.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Partnership will be important to your success, and you’re particularly well suited to a partner who is inclined to troubleshoot and solve problems. Anticipating the negative will lead to positive results.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You sometimes feel as though you’ve lost the throughline of a relationship, but today you’ll be reminded why you chose someone and why you continue to choose this person every day.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You want to show your excitement, but with everything else going on, the need for restraint and taste will also be apparent. You’ll be rewarded for your adherence to protocol. If you don’t know something, ask.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The world is serious enough without your adding any heaviness to the mix. That’s why you love to be around people who laugh at your jokes, kid around, play games and give off a generally light, fun vibration.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There’s a strong sense of justice in the way things play out today. Those who make the effort to climb a tall tree will get the fruit they deserve. Those who were born giraffes enjoy similar rewards.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’d prefer to spend your hours building your talent rather than fixing your weaknesses. This strategy will prove wise, and by the end of the day, you just may find that the weakness is a moot point.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Thought patterns can be like vampires, sucking your soul and leaving you with little energy for the things that bring you joy. Luckily, you don’t need a wooden stake to interrupt the pattern and restore your strength.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Money can be a powerful motivator, but not today. You’re more interested in the good that can come of hard work. If you’re finding it hard to put a price tag on your efforts, consider donating some of your time for free.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Push yourself physically. Get good and tired so you’ll sleep soundly. The restoration that happens while you snore will markedly improve your health. Vitality will return in time for the weekend.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ve veered slightly from the aims you made at the start of the week, but you also know exactly what you must do to get back on track. Today’s efforts will make up for lost time.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 2). You’d like to go for the kind of awards that might be easily achieved with a simple, straightforward plan, and yet what really appeals to you is the stranger challenge that no one has been able to figure out yet. Your originality and maverick ways net brilliant results. June and September will pay you well. Wedding bells ring in July. Leo and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 2, 33, 9 and 19.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “Some of my friends jumped on the trend of writing letters to their 17-year-old selves as an exercise in perspective. Most of them said things like ‘be nicer to your mom’ and ‘enjoy the scenery.’ If I wrote to my 17-year-old self, I would tell her to have more fun, to kiss as many different boys as I felt like kissing and to stop being so serious about just the one. I would tell her that she has her whole life to be studious and responsible, and she should take this time to be selfish, bold, adventurous and emotionally reckless. I would tell her that she’s never going to remember that term paper anyway, so she should go to the party instead. Anyway, this 44-year-old Sagittarius mom is getting stir crazy in the suburbs and secretly thinks her self-righteous friends are prissy idiots.”

Perhaps it would be enlightening for you to write a letter to your current self from the perspective of your 88-year-old self. A version of the advice you just gave your 17-year-old self would apply to your bold Sagittarian sensibility. It’s not too late to shirk a few responsibilities, embark on an adventure and become more selfish with your time.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Soccer superstar David Beckham has a glamorous lifestyle with the hair to match, and he’s also a grounded Taurus father of four. This world-class athlete was born when lucky Jupiter was in high-energy Aries. His natal sun and Mercury are both in Taurus, signifying determination and staying power. His moon in altruistic Aquarius highlights his true passion for helping others.

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