Emotional stability and maturity may not seem like the most glamourous of qualities, but people of both sexes rate it consistently among the topmost desirable characteristics in a mate. A person who can handle things when the stress levels go up is so attractive. Venus enters balanced, harmonious Libra to help us raise our emotional IQ.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll be called to try your hand at playing the next level. If you're overlooked or challenged in the beginning, this is just a sign that you're going for the right size goal. If it were too easy, you wouldn't get much out of it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Seeming disasters can open up the door for something wonderful. Remember a time in your life when this was the case. The next fantastic adventure will begin with an undesirable circumstance.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What if everyone around you is part of a plot to delight, help and enhance your life? That is actually more plausible than whatever negative thing you could assume.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are many ways to connect with that which is deep, interesting and complex. If there is but one way to gain acceptance, you're dealing with a superficial entity that cannot fulfil anything beyond a superficial need.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You need to work, play and build with those who communicate effectively and appropriately, because life is going at such a pace for you these days that there isn't a lot of room for miscommunication.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Intellectual stimulation is important to your well-being. Not only will new ideas and knowledge excite you; the discussion and application of such will ignite a fiery passion in you. You'll feel keenly alive!
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The mirror lies. The selfie lies. Even your own thought processes can lie. Trusted counsel is absolutely essential to helping you understand what's real about your self-concept. Ask for feedback.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People are generally not direct in everyday interactions. Most people can't tell when others are faking. You can. Poke into this. Encourage honesty from others so you have a chance at fulfilling their real needs.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will perceive nearly everyone you meet as good-natured and smart in some particular way. You'll be right. This is at least partly due to the fact that you bring the very best out in others.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Remember that situation that got completely, ridiculously out of hand? It still makes you laugh to think about it. The current scene is threatening to go in a similar direction. The question: Is this funny or just sad?
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll be sizing up new people. Once filtered through your self-concept and your worldview, the result is a nuanced, quirky perception that, while not exactly inaccurate, should be taken with a grain of salt, even by you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Sociability is high on the list of qualities you seek in a partner or teammate. Not only do you want help entertaining and serving your people; you want a partner who has his or her own people and will gladly share access.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 29). This year shows high stakes and a competitive arena. Some would call it "high pressure," but because you've learned to regulate your emotions, you'll approach with ease. Next month you'll be generous and make a difference. Loved ones spoil you in December. You'll reach meaningful personal milestones in 2017. Libra and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 9, 20, 1 and 15.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I'm a Leo and a senior in high school. (Go class of 2017!) For college, my parents don't qualify for financial aid most of the time, and yet they also don't have the money to send me to an expensive school. I visited a couple of colleges last year, and when I brought back the brochures my father actually seemed to be inwardly laughing at me. I feel cheated when I see my friends' parents taking such an interest in their educations. Some of my teachers are helping me to get a scholarship, and my parents don't even seem to care. My parents both have degrees, so I don't understand what the problem is. My mom is a Libra, and my dad is a Taurus."
I'm sensing that your parents are dealing with problems that have nothing to do with you, and that your needs are getting lost in the shuffle because of their current status. You will grow up knowing that you are a self-made person, and that's the kind of confidence that money can't buy. Continue to ask for help from other family members, educational mentors, coaches and community members. Don't hold back! The more advice you can get the better. Your Libran mom is likely to feel a bit of peer pressure and rise to the occasion after all.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: What does Lea Michele have in common with Nick Jonas? If you're a "gleek" (a fan of the television series Glee) you might already know that both performers started out as children in productions of "Les Miserables." And if you're an astrologer, you might know that they are both Virgos born with Venus in Libra, suggesting that if their stars were to cross, they would make a most compatible couple!
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