Cosmic Tug o’ War
Between the Mercury retrograde, the Venus-Saturn square and the tense arrangement of the sun and Pluto, people feel pulled in many directions. Resisting only makes it worse. Relax and enjoy the stretch. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them — that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” — Lao Tzu
ARIES (March 21-April 19). As the saying goes, “From an acorn grows a mighty oak.” But acorns need sunlight and plenty of water to take root. Be sure your little idea is getting all the tending it needs to grow into a big idea.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Like a cosmetic advertiser, life might try to convince you that what’s in the bottle will make you beautiful for $100. Do your research, though, because there’s a $3 version that’s just as effective.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You know the truth when you hear it. It’s that spontaneous bit of information blurted from out of the blue. Believing one true thing will change your whole day for the better.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The ocean of your life is bright blue and definitely enchanting. A shark will shout, “Come on in! The water’s fine!” This might be quite a novelty, but be wary: A talking shark is still very much a shark.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Don’t be too afraid to make the wrong choice. Wrong choices lead to right choices. Bonus: They make your life and work complex, informed and beautiful along the way.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’re an artist honing your aesthetic. Maybe you don’t relate to these terms. Perhaps you doubt your own taste. Still, you can’t deny that you feel creative. What do you want things to look like? You’ll make it so.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). An old joke: Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. But don’t forget that time can be a banana, too. If you never peel it and open yourself up to new experiences, you’ll never taste its riches.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’re catching vibes that people don’t even know they’re sending. You read micro facial expressions and shifts of body language like an expert and learn all you want to know.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People who say they need a fast answer or they’ll withdraw their offer are using scarcity tactics. You don’t have to fall for this. Be shrewd. Buy time before you buy anything else.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Children may suddenly notice they have bigger feet, but their hands and heads are bigger, too. Like a child growing into an adult, things are happening for you little by little and every part at once.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Socializing is like a dance, and you have a knack for tuning in to other people’s rhythms. You sidestep when appropriate, and you know when to push or pull back. You’re a beautiful dancer!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A line from a song goes, “If it wasn’t for disappointment, I’d have no appointments.” But it’s high time you stop keeping that particular rendezvous and make a date with hopefulness instead.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 2). Your efforts to freshen up your style will change what you project visually and verbally. Financial luck and professional opportunity come through a new friend in August. November is your chance to break through a limitation that’s held you back for years. December is the most romantic month. Capricorn and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 14, 38, 11 and 24.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I’m not an overly attractive or charming person. I’m average in almost every way — intelligence, finance, looks — except for my weight, which is on the heavy side. I’m not a great friend in that I don’t go out of my way to call people or do things for them. I’m not even that social. Sometimes I feel downright shy. And yet, I get invited to a lot of parties and get-togethers. When I go, my friends fight over me in this subtle way. They give me lots of compliments and attention and are always jockeying for conversation with me. It amazes me, makes me really uncomfortable and also baffles me. I have no idea why I’m the “it” girl. Can you shed any light on this for an unremarkable Leo?”
In the way that pretty girls don’t think about how pretty they are, or zebras don’t think about how zebra they are, you don’t think about how creative you are. The overwhelmingly favorable reaction to you is likely because you’re fun to be around. You’re a good listener and a playful person — rare talents that mean a lot to people. Bask in your status. If your friends love you this much, you’re probably more deserving of it than you think.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: As well as being a sought-after actress, voiceover talent and singer, Ashley Tisdale has her own production company. This overachieving Cancer was born when the moon was also in Cancer, suggesting that Tisdale is guided by strong intuition. Her Venus in Leo points to a true love of entertaining people, a playful nature and a special connection with children.
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