Horoscope, Wednesday, July 31, 2013

By From page A10 | July 31, 2013

Mars and the ‘Easy Way Out’

The arrangement of Mars and Uranus suggests that you to stop searching for the easy way out  — it’s a myth. The route that looks like the easy way is actually the grubby way that steals your soul or a procrastinator’s alley that keeps you too mesmerized to know that you’re nowhere close to being “out” and in fact you’re deeper “in” than ever.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The 10 minutes you usually spend prioritizing your tasks may not be enough today because you have so many tasks of similar importance to you. Take 30 minutes instead and organize the next three days all at once.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The mean machine of procrastination actively looks for a distraction to keep its cogs whirring. What’s really going on is that there’s something unknown about your important task that you’re afraid of. Get started and fear disappears.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Being interesting isn’t a problem for you because you are so interested in life, and you follow your curiosity, so you always have something to contribute. You’ll lean on this trait today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Did you hear about the teacher who wore the same outfit for his yearbook photo for 40 years in a row? Similarly, you’ll be sticking to a formula that works and finding success, as well as notoriety in that.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). To improve the way things are in your neighborhood, you first have to improve the people who live there, starting with you. Today is the golden moment for this — whatever you do will catch on.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have to bring your best self to the tasks of the day — there is no other choice — the challenge of the task demands it. Tonight, you’ll need your peace and rest, so arrange for it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ll wonder if your heartstrings got tied up in your purse strings. Someone yanks on the former and the latter come flying open. Where the need is sincere, you are happy to give.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you think twice, you will either come up with something better to say, or something worse, which could also be better, depending on the context of the situation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Don’t be too proud about which work you take on today. Consider what your sign mate Margaret Cho said: “The incognito of lower class employment is an effective cloak for any dagger one might wish to hide.”

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll wonder if the task in front of you is worth doing well. If you have a long list and a short amount of time. Speed through each item with a “good enough” attitude. The cumulative effect will be impressive.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). According to the old Jewish proverb, sweet people get eaten up and bitter ones get spat out. You prefer to stay in between and no one can guess your recipe for success these days.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You don’t have to be in school to learn. You’ll be processing recently gathered facts and connecting them to understand how the world works. Extra credit: You’ll dream about how it should work, too.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 31). You’ll take relaxation to the “art form” level and your style brings all the right kind of attention. Bonus: You’ll feel young and carefree. Of course, it’s the hard work in between that makes it possible. August, December and May are moneymaking times. Family bonds are strengthened in September and November. Capricorn and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 29, 5, 25 and 19.

HOW TO PLEASE A CAPRICORN: Capricorn is a powerful sign, ruled by Saturn, the strictest planet of our system. Seriously driven, Capricorn often comes across as being supremely self-sufficient, completely capable and without weakness. Of course, this isn’t even close to the truth. Capricorn needs much more tenderness than anyone would guess. The powerful persona can be a cover for a child inside who needs attention, recognition and, most importantly. love. Knowing this, you may wonder how you can break through the facade and give Capricorn the kind of nurturing that this sign craves.

Taking initiative is the main thing. Capricorn is the type who will turn down help, invitations and offers of frivolity and fun more than a few times, even though secretly the Capricorn wants to say “yes.” That’s why with this sign you either have to insist, be very persistent or just pretend like the Capricorn actually said “yes” and proceed accordingly. If given time, the Capricorn will waffle and find an excuse to get out of new experiences that fall into the category of useless fun. But fun is not useless. So don’t give Capricorn the chance. Be a train in motion. Secretly, this sign wants to be swept up in such an adventure.

CELEBRITY PROFILES:  Perhaps realizing the secret power and spiritual significance of birthdays, J.K. Rowling gave her creation, Harry Potter, the same birthday as herself. Though the Leo author is obviously a gifted entertainer, the main influence in her natal chart comes from the realm of Virgo — she has five luminaries in this hard working, wholesome and nurturing influence.

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