You're not alone if you feel like there's a tyrant in your mind running you too hard. This part of our psyche has a tough job to do, balancing the demands of the world against the requirements of the human animal, and the angels of the higher mind. These last days of the Libra sun in 2018 remind us to take a breath in the name of balance.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). "Please show me how to do this for myself?" This is the request that will grow your skills, increase your personal power and ultimately give you more control over your destiny than you had before.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Purity-seekers will love your offerings today. From a sacred and remote place where few have ever been, you've cultivated something simple, authentic and innocent.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Love isn't often a loud expression, a big gesture or a showy offering. It's felt more than seen. "Love by the way you walk, the way you sit, the way you eat. This world very much needs love." — Thich Nhat
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll set out to get what seems like a very simple thing accomplished, but the people involved may make it more difficult than it needs to be. Apply flattery, sweetness and compliments to ease the way.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Hope can be a feeling or it can be an action. What you do today is proof that you believe that things are going to get better. In a quiet way, you are telling the world that the future is bright.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Complaining isn't entirely useless. At least it helps to crystalize into words what exactly the problem is. Next, gather up possible solutions and experiment. Change takes action.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In a perfect world, you'd check in often with the many people you love, but your busy life does get in the way of these intentions. It's why you'll make extra efforts today to be sure you don't lose touch.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). While it's certainly impressive to take on the elements of air, fire or water, today's most impressive feat will involve acknowledging those who walk with grace on the element of earth.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It can be much easier to give your kindness and compassion to the world at large than it is to give it to the familiar people with whom you've shared all sorts of good and bad history, or, for that matter, to give it to yourself.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You may be focused on improving yourself when actually what's needed has nothing to do with getting better at a thing, rather it's about letting go of the thing that's keeping you small.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Just like a snack food engineered for a crave-worthy balance of sweetness and saltiness, the balance of spice in your personality is getting someone addicted to you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you're to have a peaceful influence on others, bringing yourself into harmony is an absolute must. Resolve whatever is between you and total acceptance of what is.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 21). You'll find your way through a unique world of knowledge and life will be enhanced through the insight, teachers and fellow students you meet along the way. More excitement will include the purchase of something from your vision board, a political change that favors your side and a long highway ride. Cancer and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 30, 17, 25 and 41.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Yoga. Better eating. A healthier social life. An aspirational fitness schedule. More love! These quests speak to a growing need (one that will continue to surge through the end of the year) to feel whole and centered. The sun's transit into Scorpio, a realm of healing and transformation, will support the cause. Unfortunately, the quest to get centered is often interrupted by thoughts generated by an ego that is never entirely comfortable.
Then there's the full moon in Taurus, the sign of the appetite, which brings to light the fact there's a part of you — a part of every human — that will remain somewhat unsatisfied. Embrace it. It's a slice of ego that you wouldn't want to entirely lose. The ego must constantly negotiate the demands of reality and somehow balance them between basic and higher-minded needs. The natural question that emerges in this process is: How could it be better? This question sometimes leads to improvement, sometimes survival, sometimes exhaustion and decline. Be mindful of your energy levels, and take that into consideration as you strive for improvement. There's a time to push and a time to pull back. Accept stress levels that are appropriate and healthful, and avoid levels that are relentless and anxiety provoking.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: From her wardrobe stylist beginnings to reality television and international brand stardom, Kim Kardashian embodies the aesthetic and affable side of Libra. The "Selfish" author has natal communication planet Mercury in passionate Scorpio and a sensitive, intuitive Pisces moon. Mars in Sagittarius is the sign of a risk-taker, one who is willing to take bold gambles in love and life.
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