Some say the cycle of life and death circles over and over again until the soul reaches nirvana. Some say the ancestors loom eternal, always available for worship. Some say our choices either point us heavenward or in the downward direction of a fiery lake. Even if we don't agree on the end game, Venus moving into Aquarius, the sign of the common good, will make it easy to agree on moral basics that make this lifetime good.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's getting old, this wishing a person you love would behave differently. Maybe the change will happen eventually, or maybe never. You can get happy in the relationship either way. Adjust your expectation, accept what is and turn your remodeling energy on yourself. That last part will be fun and yield immediate results.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your life is good "as is," which you'll understand just as soon as you see it for what it is. First you have to get past the hassle that unsatisfactory relationships will throw in your path, rise above petty irritations, and refuse to be limited by what other people think of you. You're bigger than all of these things. Know it and be free.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The omens suggest that what you dismiss or ignore in order to get on to "better things" may be the best thing of all. For this reason, it behooves you to double back, looking for the existence of things and the potential in things that you might have missed. Note that you'll be exceptionally creative after Wednesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The voice is telling you that if you do this one thing you'll be golden. But it always says that. You do the thing and it finds another thing. The only way is to love yourself right now, having done exactly what you've done and not done exactly what you haven't done. Keep reinforcing this idea as the week progresses.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you find that you're still trying to impress people by doing things a certain way, you'll be inspired to knock that off, if only because it's taking too much energy. There's something you really need to get done and all this extra social maneuvering suddenly will seem silly. The most effective thing to do is to "do you."
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). By now you know in your bones that "more" will never make you happier; it never has. "Better" may not even do the trick. The thing that makes you happier is, rather obviously, "happier." It's a decision. It's also a framework, a way of looking at the world. Most of all, this week, "happier" is a behavior you'll put on repeat.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you walk out your door you'll encounter much that doesn't make reasonable sense. It's one of those weeks that it seems the world has gone mad. And yet, to refuse the world is madness as well. The remedy is to embrace the obstacles as though they were just rules to a game. That's when you'll start having fun.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If self-improvement is the long and winding road to success, self-acceptance is the shortcut. That "flaw" of yours may very well be your fast-pass ticket. Look at it again. Turn it sideways, upside down, inside out: What do you have here? Don't use their definition; make up your own. Now you're getting somewhere.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). In this ad-saturated society of celebrity-worship, it takes a concerted effort to avoid becoming overly attached to the superficial. Sure, the holidays approach. But you still have time to plan out your purchases. The best results won't come from buying on impulse this week. Think it over, and ask your heart, too.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Do you worry about whether you worry too much — to the point that this in itself gets worrisome? Do something to interrupt the feedback loop in your head before it stops you from progressing in life. One new activity, friend or teacher is all it will take to get you going in a more positive direction again. Reach out!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). On the one hand, you're jealous of people who seem to have more options than you. On the other hand, your limitations are making you much more creative, interesting and, quite honestly, lovable — that is, as long as you get busy and start working within them. To complain or resist will only waste time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). By strictly dealing with what's immediate and important, you'll become enormously successful. Of course, this begins with recognition. It's easy to see what's immediate. Knowing what's important will take more forethought. Hint: What's important to the others isn't necessarily the ticket for you. Think ahead.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: The next three months are about forwarding a singular goal. You've been wanting this for years, and you'll finally hit on the magic formula to bring it into being. Your life and schedule will change for a while to accommodate the new pursuit; then things will balance out again in March. In June, a glamour will surround you that others will find most entrancing. With many wanting your attention, you'll have to be judicious with your schedule, giving loved ones the most of you.
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