Why we do things matters. When you change the answer to "why?" it changes the very nature and thrust of motivation. Today the big machine of motivation slows down, comes to a complete stop and then changes direction as Mars straightens out in Scorpio. Ask why, and then ask again. Mercury enters Cancer to urge us even deeper into the answer.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The passive move isn't always the best one, but in this case, today's conflict probably doesn't have to involve you. Retreat from that stress and you'll be advancing to your own centered being.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your truth is very close to that of your friend's. Because you can understand each other so well, the exchange you have this afternoon will be cathartic. It feels good to be heard.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The question is whether you should do the job yourself or enlist someone else to do it. The answer will be quickly made obvious when the right person makes the job look easy.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's easy to be confident when you're comfortable, which is why your sartorial decisions will matter so much to the outcome of today's business. Perfectly dressed for the occasion at hand, you'll have a distinct advantage.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Heart to heart exchanges with others make everyone feel more loved and more loving. The expansive and joyful energy is a contagion that will make its way through the Borromean rings of your social world.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Most of the jobs today are important enough to take seriously, get right and finish before you hit the pillow tonight. But the thing that is the most important job will be the silliest one.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's the exchange of energy, ideas and feelings, flowing back and forth — this more than anything is what makes a group of people feel like home to you. When this exchange is interrupted, seek to heal the breach immediately.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Each person in the team is helping the other reach new potentials. It's not a conscious effort; rather, it's the very nature of the group to elevate one another in the spirit of competition and camaraderie.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have a limited amount of time and much to do within that time today; it's true. However, you'll find that when you endeavor to fully inhabit the moment, it will bend and stretch to love you back.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The information you learn today will be a piece of a puzzle that will intrigue you for weeks to come. An ensnarling mystery can be a delightful diversion, and this one has personal implications, too.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There are so many ways to see the truths of the day. Some are hard, others warm; then there are bright truths and stark ones. And by the way, there's no good reason to doubt the easy truths — they, too, might exist.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Being around busy, chaotic people will activate your fondness of peace and quiet. The serenity you long for all day will stretch before you tonight, sweetly fulfilling.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 29). While there are those around you who endeavor to get rich and gather honors, your main aim is to do good and be useful. Your modest goals will bring results both pleasing and astounding. Unencumbered by the warped perspective of ambition, you'll be extremely attractive and have your choice of company all year. Taurus and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 2, 14, 44 and 17.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I am a Gemini who can't seem to find a partner who doesn't see me as emotionally insensitive. After a rough childhood, I had to learn early on to be self-sufficient. I also learned that happiness is not contingent on another person: They can contribute to your happiness but cannot be the sole provider. I finally figured out how to not lose myself in a relationship, and this comes off as me being harsh. Is there a sign more apt to understanding these simple truths?"
Your words ring with truth. However, I do think you will eventually find it worth time and effort to learn the art of abandonment: to allow your happiness to get caught up in, and inextricably interwoven with, another's. This will happen without losing your sense of self, when you're ready for a love that will knock your socks off. Love, as a verb, is more conceptual than emotional for air signs, so someone with a balance of Gemini or Aquarius planets shares your mental orientation. But looking beyond similarity for a complement, I see fire in your future. Sagittarius and Leo are warm without being smothering and give you plenty of room to be you.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Nicole Scherzinger has been confirmed as a judge on "The X Factor" judging panel, joining Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell. The Cancer pop star was born when the sun, Mercury and Jupiter were all in the soulful sign of the crab. Cancers are among the psychic water signs and always luckiest when they follow their strong intuitions. Venus and Saturn in Leo indicate natural gifts of showmanship.
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