Today's talk centers on what we deserve out of life. Is anyone inherently deserving of more than the essential human freedoms of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Deserving or not, the lunar conjunction of Neptune and Mars suggests that getting expectations met depends largely on educating others as to what they are.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Gratitude is like stretching. It's preparation for the vigor ahead, easing the way for effort, warding off injury. People don't do gratitude for the same reason people don't stretch. It's so easy they forget. Don't let that be you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Many material things bring more torment than delight, as the maintenance, cartage, storage and display of these things, coupled with the fear of losing them, can be more acute than any joy of ownership.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Among other things, love has been compared to fever, dreaming and anesthesia. Certainly, that's one version — and a very pleasant, though temporary, one at that. So enjoy!
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Avoiding sadness today is like standing in the ocean and avoiding wetness. Sadness (like joy, excitement, frustration, trepidation, curiosity... ) is part and parcel with the experience of the day. It will quickly wash over you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The question is not whether you're better off than you were. That thought journey has the potential to meander high and low but ultimately will lead straight into a wall. The thought journey you want to go on begins with "What now?"
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're not afraid of responsibility, and when you commit yourself, you go all in. Somehow, making up your mind to do a thing reduces your fear. It's like each action you choose comes with a side order of courage.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll find it interesting when people you've known for a long time have a different recollection than you do about your shared history. Perhaps both versions are equally valid.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sometimes you wonder whether you should even go to the expense of buying event tickets when the best part of going out is the anticipation of it, and that's absolutely free. Put something new on the books.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The ennui is not relievable by purchase. The retail rush lasts somewhere between 15 minutes and two hours, and then the ennui settles back in. It will take a big project to send the ennui running.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Everything looks original to the one who's never seen it before. Put you work in front of fresh eyes of all ages to get a different perspective on what you're doing. The feedback will help you hone in on a more lucrative direction.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're so respectful and appreciative of even the most accessible joys because you know that sometimes a lot more work goes into presenting them than most people would guess.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Modesty isn't always about what you say; it's often a move that comes before that — the avoidance of being spotlighted at all. A low profile will keep you in the good graces of humility.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 14). Your life will be lush with mutual appreciation. Your love is like Miracle-Gro. Those you nurture will thrive, and it's your pleasure to watch this happen. Highlights to come include travel done in style, a group effort to launch your project and the happy resolution to what was an ongoing conflict. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 4, 39, 22 and 18.
WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: The most romantic plan will be a low-key night in. TAURUS: Anyone can be wonderful for short stints. Long dates are the trials that teach you who you're really dealing with. GEMINI: The secret to your attraction is pretty simple: You're the most fun person in the room. CANCER: It's gracious of you to realize that what seems charming and spontaneous may actually have taken hours of preparation. LEO: You're closer to falling in love than you think. Stay open to it. VIRGO: Worry is a sign of intelligence. Keep it to yourself. Don't show your cards. The confidence act will take you far. LIBRA: The compassionate move is to humor that person talking out of school. The blowhard is insecure, but who isn't? SCORPIO: Only the person who keeps his or her word is worthy of your time. SAGITTARIUS: You used to think you had a type, but your best match will defy category. CAPRICORN: You have more influence over your date than you know, so be kind! AQUARIUS: Your heart is as fragile as it is resilient, so there's nothing to be afraid of. PISCES: When a person answers questions that no one is asking, it's a major sign — a pointer to crucial information. Look into it.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Not only do they have the simpatico of the sun and moon favoring their interests but Aries and Sagittarius also receive the benefit of a lucky lunar trine between the Aries moon and Mercury in Sagittarius this weekend. These fire signs will find each other very easy to talk to and will get such a serotonin boost from the connection that they could quickly become addicted to each other's company.
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