The Venus shift into Pisces will come on gradually. Meanwhile, the moon in Sagittarius inspires the typical talk about growth, expansion, doing and making more. Keep in mind that "more" is only one idea of growth. What about the opposite direction? There's genius in simplification, letting go, being more by having less.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). If justice is what you crave, you can get it within the confines of a game with consistent, unchanging and indifferent rules. So, basically a computer game. Real-world justice will be arbitrary by comparison.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Self-judgment does nothing for your motivation. It makes sense that you'd think it could help, in the way of a drill sergeant or a sports coach. But it won't. It only makes emotions get stuck inside you, where they'll do no good.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You thrive under the burden of responsibility as a weightlifter thrives through consistent lifting. Of course, in both cases, the trick is to push yourself without hurting yourself. Know when to back off.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There's comfort in believing that everything will be all right. It's when you require that to happen in one particular preferred way that things get stressful. Trust that it will work out, and don't worry so much about how it's going to.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The preachers aren't all in pulpits. They're ranting at lunch tables, exalting in boardrooms, condemning in newsrooms, declaring to anyone who'll listen. You know when the message is for you. When it's not, you stay out of it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Regarding that frustrating (or perhaps just terribly boring) situation in your life, decide definitively whether you are in or out. Next thing you know, it gets better.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When it comes to enforcing the rules, you have your own bag of tricks for the job. Sometimes you use rewards, and other times you use your cunning. Then there are the times like today, when you enforce the rules by bending them.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you sincerely misstep, giving an apology is appropriate. But to regularly apologize for minor things that are not your fault will only weaken your position.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Life is like the school play today. People get the roles they fit into. Not everyone is right for the role that has the most lines, so don't worry about who gets it. Happiness is in getting the role you'll be best in.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's pretty much the job of older people to misunderstand the preoccupations and proclivities of the younger generation. Today's lucky move will be to resist the stereotype.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The sound of a foreign accent reminds you there is more of the world to experience. Dream, scheme and plan about the next time you'll go where people live and communicate differently.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If only life came with more "do not disturb" features. Alas, you have to come up with your own strategy to keep from being interrupted all day. Then again, there's something good about being so needed.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 26). An adventurous mood kicks off this solar return, and you'll feel at home wherever your travels take you. Mementos from these experiences will be material, spiritual and social. Summer is about guiding others, and you could even start an instructional program. Bonds of friendship and love reflect in a year-end project. Cancer and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 19, 42, 3, 16 and 38.
MERCURY RETROGRADE WIND-DOWN: These are the final days of Mercury's retrograde, and getting to the truth will be more straightforward in the weeks to come, especially when we understand the essential nature of truth.
Truth may be factual, but the truth isn't always the facts. For instance, a work of fiction can ring truer than a work of nonfiction. In fiction, an author can illustrate a point by executing an action through a make-believe person. Because the character is not real (and therefore not opening the author up to lawsuits and the particularities, responsibilities and repercussions of handling another person's story), the author can represent stark realities of the world more directly, acutely and honestly than might be possible in a work of nonfiction.
A broader definition of truth might liberate you to find it in more places. There are many kinds of truth — including the intangible, such as emotional, philosophical and spiritual sorts. Sometimes the most boring question one can ask of a story (as it pertains to a phenomenon, religion, performance, work of art, etc.) is the question, "Is it true?" When what you're going for is a deeper understanding of the world that allows for your participation, a more productive approach might be the request, "Help me experience the truth in this."
CELEBRITY PROFILES: The child of actors, Keira Knightley had her first agent at age 3 and has been working at her craft ever since. The lithe and lovely Aries was born when Mercury and Venus were also in that high-energy sign. Her Gemini moon lends the gift of versatility, style and skill in regard to communication. Knightley stars in the recently released "Berlin, I Love You."
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