Your daily horoscope

  • By Holiday Mathis

The day is ruled by the Leo moon, a playful, extravagant and exaggerated showman. People can tolerate more drama than usual and won't mind a bit of posturing, bragging and the like — in fact, they might prefer the excitement. The evening has a different tone, as the Virgo moon takes over to bring everyone back to reality.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You made your own cage, and now you feel trapped inside of it. You don't have to be, though — you have the keys! All you need is the will to use them. A Sagittarius is your lucky charm.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll get one chance to deliver the very important message in your heart. Practice a few times so you'll come across with confidence, clarity and credibility.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Maybe it's out of compassion, or maybe it's because they don't like to focus on the negative, but true winners don't point out where other people mess up. It's why you'll overlook someone's mistakes today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Loved ones give you all the love, affection and support they can. Just know that some of them are limited. Singles will get set up with other singles, and Cupid (the Internet, a friend, your mother) is likely to get it right.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There are many interesting people to meet today, and you'll do well to be the one who initiates the conversation. By being the chooser instead of the chosen you're free to pursue the one you're most interested in knowing.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're not sure that you've ever known true bliss, but maybe that's because the definition is unclear to you. Bliss is a smile. It's warmth and contentment, soft and open. If you let yourself, you'll experience it today.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You will discover a distinctive beauty in someone and see this person in a way no one else seems to. Experiencing another person's uniqueness like this is personal, special and vividly felt.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In food, you need nutrition; in service, you require brevity; in friendships, you want levity. You have a set of rules for everything, and it's your criteria that keep you on track.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Maybe the thing that broke the camel's back wasn't a straw at all, but a dollar. Lending or spending even one more than you expected to will cause you to make a change.

CAPRICORN (Dec.

22-Jan.
19). You're actively engaged in an interaction, though part of your mind hangs back, observing what is real about the situation (and what isn't). After the fact, call a meeting between you and your observant self.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Everyone you interact with will have something to contribute. Even people you don't respect and would never want to be like can inspire, improve and grow you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your idealism will kick in to guide you away from fear and toward the sincere belief that healing can happen and any situation can be transformed by the power of love.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 27). You'll make tall demands of yourself this year, but it's only because you know down deep that you can handle it. May brings a personal breakthrough. Family additions come in June. Brilliant things will happen when you shoot from the hip in July, though in August you need to find a mentor and follow a plan. Aquarius and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 33, 29, 46, 13 and 19.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "My friend goes to a psychic who gets messages in bones. I don't mean in a 'I feel it in my bones' kind of way. He actually uses animal bones to tell her future. To me, this sounds like voodoo. Is it safe for her? The psychic has been quite accurate, and I'm thinking of going, too, but first I want to make sure it's not an evil or cursed practice."

It sounds like your friend's psychic is practiced in the ancient art of astragalomancy. "Astragalos" is the Greek word for small animal bones. The ancient Greeks inscribed symbols on such bones — for instance, the vertebrae or knucklebones of sheep — and cast them like dice. Messages were derived from the dice, depending on where they fell. The knucklebones of sheep are very much like dice in form and were used in gaming, as well as fortunetelling.

I don't believe the practice is inherently evil or cursed, but in these matters, much depends on the heart and the intent of the person reading the omens. If the reading brings a feeling of positivity and clarity, it is probably spiritually safe. A good reading should never cause confusion, fuzziness or weakness.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: "Duck Dynasty" star Si Robertson is a preacher, a hunter, a duck-call maker, a buck commander and a Halloween costume. An earthy Taurus born under an adventurous Sagittarius moon, Robertson has three planets (Mars, Saturn and Pluto) in entertaining Leo, indicating a talent for bringing color (or camouflage, as the case may be) to the lives of others.

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