To anticipate the needs of another before those needs are expressed in words is to earn trust, admiration and affection in one fell swoop. On the other hand, to assume needs inaccurately and try to fulfill them will not only be perceived as overbearing; it could also start conflict. Those are the stakes as Mars and Saturn do some terse positioning.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). What if you believed that there was nothing wrong with you and you don't need to improve a single thing about yourself? In that case, all efforts are optional — a fun experiment. Any resulting benefits are a stroke of felicity!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The game is on, and there is an unconventional and imaginative prize at stake. This bit of whimsy is more motivating to you than money or validation from a VIP. For reasons you cannot explain, you simply need to win.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are a lot of questions you could ask yourself to spur the situation in a better general direction. The very best question today just might be: "How can I have the most fun with this?"
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're safe — safer than most of humanity that has ever lived. The biggest threat to you is in how you interpret what's going on. Is it stressful? Sure. But not too stressful. It's doable. You can handle it, and you will prevail.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It really doesn't matter where the blame properly belongs. Step up, assess the situation and begin repairs. If the broken thing is a relationship, you'll be especially speedy and adept at fixing this.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your contentment generates joy in others. Your smile melts hearts. Who knew it was possible to make such a difference in the world just by being genuinely happy?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Today the passion you feel for a cause or a kind of work is more powerfully energizing than romantic fervor. One action will lead to the next, and soon you'll be swept into a dizzying momentum.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Even the most ordinary, worn-in topic can be made riveting by a skilled speaker, a phenomenon you'll experience today when a certain intriguing someone speaks the plainest, most sparkling words to you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). One source of encouragement is not enough, especially if it's a source that's very familiar to you. You need more support, and you'll get it when you branch out and tell new people what you're up to.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Everyone feels fragile sometimes. When it's them, you have compassion, telling them to take it easy. Do the same when it's you. Sure, you're tougher than most, but you are also every bit as deserving of compassion.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). How can you feel more at ease in a situation? Part of it is just getting to know people better. It takes time, and it's worth it. When you're comfortable, the charisma kicks in. You get 'em laughing and loving you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the case of public praise, it's good to know you're appreciated. On the other hand, acknowledgement can kindle unexpected feelings in you, such as embarrassment. For this reason you're driven to do low-key or anonymous work.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 17). Your best strategy is to come up with one single goal for the year. Commit yourself and tell everyone. The more public pressure the better. Next month brings a wealth of helpful people. In June you will be called by the energy of a place; opportunities await. Your family will grow in the late summer. Libra and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 14, 29, 47 and 8.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I have lived in the same small town for 35 years — all of my life. Because of my husband's work, we have moved to a new city that is 2,000 miles away. I definitely don't fit in here. Many neighbors came by to introduce themselves, but I must have said the wrong things, because they didn't come back. My husband says that all I do is complain about how things are here and how much better they were at home. How can a Cancer make new friends?"
The onus is on you to get to know people, and it will take some effort to break in. Your current attitude will make it difficult for you, though. No one wants to hear disparaging comments about the place where they live, nor do they want to hear how much better it is somewhere else. Cancer people are generally homebodies, and you need to feel secure in your environment in order to get the social juices flowing. First order of business: Make the inside of your home a safe haven to you. Attitude exercise: As you run the necessary errands around town to get your house in order, note all of the things about this new city you might enjoy if you let yourself.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: First lady Michelle Obama is a dedicated Capricorn with her natal communication planet, Mercury, in the conventional sign of the sea goat as well. As a counter, her moon, Mars and Saturn are in forward-thinking Aquarius, the sign of hope, tomorrow and shaking things up. These strong Capricorn and Aquarius influences indicate the ability to facilitate change using traditional channels.
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