Today is an effect of our past and yet maybe we wouldn't have predicted it. Today is the cause of our future, though we can't tell how. The cosmic conundrums come to mind courtesy of a conflict between Mars and Uranus. Accuracy in forecasting requires us to remove bias, dash assumptions and think as clearly as possible.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Emotional bumpers can go up like air bags, preventing injury but also closeness. These protective cushions have their drawbacks and need only be employed in extreme situations.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You and yours will agree about the big-picture items though there will be some major differences of opinion on the topic of how to go about bringing that vision to life. Luckily, it's a fine day for finding compromise.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). For complicated reasons, you're more easily unsettled today than most days. While there's nothing wrong with this, it could be uncomfortable for you. Consider buffering your emotional core with extra self-care and kindness.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Creativity takes courage. By definition, it's doing something new, which means uncertainty, which is the birthplace of fear. Give yourself credit for your creative bravery.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You like to think of yourself as spiritually more evolved than a lot of the ego-gratification-based desires that people around you seem to be chasing. And yet a certain status symbol still appeals to you. Embrace it. You're human.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). This represents a window of time when you feel strongly about your choices. Next week you'll see other options and even more open up after that. In this light, flexible and short-term contracts are favorable.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's one of those days in which it will be easy to tell others what to do and hard to implement your own plans for your life. Therefore, skip the former and focus all of your energy on the latter, where it will do the most good.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sometimes you get to live life on your own terms. Enjoy it fully, realizing that, as a rule, life (being considerably bigger than any individual) doesn't make a habit of acquiescing to any particular person.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). How do you know what's true? That's the question of the day, and you'll be sure of many true things by sundown. One test of truth: It remains unchanged by weather or moods.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're really trying to be better than you were yesterday in one particular regard, and you will be. Trust that it happens naturally, whether you try so hard or not.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll stand and face a thing. It's a small bit of unpleasantness you could have easily blown off, but you won't. And this minor act of courage speaks to something major about your character. You're a quality person.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As the sign that rules the feet, you realize the importance of being where your feet are. And as the sign of imagination, you don't always follow the dictum, but you'll bring yourself fully to the present moment when it counts.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 18). Though you're not striving for it, you'll still net a fair amount of extra money by the end of the year and do something great with it, too. Other highlights of this solar year include: a voice from the past becoming a figure in your future, a brush with fame that becomes a fun story and a love connection growing powerfully. Leo and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 17, 1, 22, 41 and 28.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I'm a Cancer who loves to be on stage or in front of the camera, but I don't audition well. Do Cancers have the star power it takes to make it in show business?"
In addition to acting class, take a class that specializes in auditioning. Auditioning is an art form in and of itself and may have little to do with your actual ability to nail a role. In regard to your star power, you aren't prone to declaring yourself before the world in a roaring manner like your Leo friends, but despite temporary eclipses of self-doubt, you emerge with new strength and vision to bring into whatever spotlight is upon you. You love publicity and you hate it, vacillating constantly about how much or little to reveal about yourself. At times you want to be available to the public, signing autographs or shaking hands. At other times you prefer to shut yourself away, letting others do your talking for you even over the phone. No matter your mood, however, when you are on stage the audience sees your art in motion, the character you've so lovingly crafted and the beating heart of creative joy. Note that plenty of Cancer people have "made it" including cinematic treasures Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Aisha Tyler added "filmmaker" to her long list of hyphens with her feature film directorial debut, "Axis." Tyler was born when the sun, Mercury and Mars were in detail-oriented, hardworking Virgo. Venus, Jupiter and Neptune in Scorpio indicate an intuitive artist who easily senses what is going on beneath the surface of things — a quality that is as helpful to Tyler as an actress as it is to a poker player.
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