The Aries lunar persuasion is the perfect complement to the Leo sun's high-energy agenda, and the moon forms many auspicious angles along the way. First Saturn gets the cosmic wink, and then Venus in Leo receives a good-morning embrace, followed by the close-out evening trine to Mercury. All in all, it's a passionate and lucky time.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The drama doesn't have to involve you if you don't want it to. You'll feel like you're getting away with something by staying out of it, but you've earned the right to do so by minding your own business.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You are mightily affected by your environment, much more so than the others around you today. Your observations about a place are spot on as you notice every little thing.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With the recent cosmic shift you are feeling extremely playful and therefore wary of any situation that asks you to take it seriously. If there really appears to be no room for silliness, avoid it altogether.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Usually it wouldn't serve you to pretend to be interested in something you're not, but today is the exception to the rule. Stretch yourself and you'll get a window of understanding into someone very different from you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). This will be a topsy-turvy day, when the little things are big and the big things are little. The prevalent perspective is the one to go with, as there is not much to be gained taking the contrary view just for the sake of it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Yesterday you started to follow some pretty specific instructions, and today you can finish strong by following this line of logic to the end. The encouragement of elders will help.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There is a like-minded spirit coming into your world: someone with artistic leanings who might open you to new influences and also be changed by what you bring to the relationship.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sometimes you look back and think, "Boy, I really messed that one up." Well, maybe you messed "that one" up just so you would have a chance to make today's one really count.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). This cleaning and organizational effort requires much of your body and your mind, too. You will restore balance and harmony to your inner and outer environment at once.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your life will not be unlike one of those movie-of-the-week specials in which the plot presents preposterous dramatic coincidence. The improbability of what actually occurs will certainly wake you up.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You know what's right for you. The others want to, pretend to and purport to. But you and only you truly do know the answer. Believe in the echoes of your heart.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You've agree to do things that have turned out to be not so beneficial to you. Others have gained from your work. Others have profited from your efforts. Well, at least you know that what you gave is saleable. Now what?
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (JULY 25). The exhilarating highs of the next 10 weeks will offset recent challenges you've experienced. You'll be ready for October's non-eventful, coasting sensation. Love is the main attraction in the last months of the year, and you'll willingly make big changes to accommodate a relationship that is so worth your while. Pisces and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 27, 11, 48 and 15.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I'm a Virgo with a Virgo rising. I feel I have been consistently under-confident in my life. I do not seem to have a fair way of evaluating my own efforts. The reason I know this is that I have undercut myself at many junctures. Once, I didn't enter a photography contest because I felt that my photo wouldn't do well. Later, when I took a stroll through the winning entries, I realized that my photos were on par with most of what I was seeing. I should have entered and taken my chances. I naturally assumed I wouldn't do well, but I had no evidence. I do this in every area of life. I don't want to limit myself like this anymore. How do I break the habit?"
The phrase associated with Virgo is "I analyze." The ability to measure and compare is a useful skill without which the modern world wouldn't exist. As a photographer and in other areas of life you use this ability to shape and control your results. You might say that collecting data and managing details are your superpowers — the tools you use to attain perfection, or get as near to it as you possibly can. To be continued tomorrow...
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Quintessential rock star Mick Jagger is a stick of dynamite on stage and was of course born under the passionate fire sign, Leo. Five planets in the sign of lion-sized showmanship add to the sizzle. Mars in Taurus suggests tenacity, longevity and an abiding love of the finer things in life. Venus and Neptune in Virgo are the indicators of a voracious appetite for work.
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