When Jupiter and Neptune square off for the first time this year, they perform the cosmic carpentry to frame a window to the future. This window has a variable tint. Many see it as rose-colored, which, on the one hand, is good because the world needs more optimism. Hope is a powerful energy that can improve everything. On the other hand, powerful energies, if poorly wielded, can be destructive. Stay aware. Let reason prevail.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You've been trained formally, informally, traditionally, unconventionally and more, all of it seeming worth the while. Though from time to time, you do find yourself wondering how it could possibly pay off. It will pay off, this week, and in interesting ways at that. In fact, you're now a perfect fit for a certain job.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Do you think a person can have too many hobbies? As long as you're able to focus on one at a time, and pursue each in a way that feels satisfying, what's the harm? Besides, curiosity is one of your best qualities. You can't help that it tends to lead you in unexpected directions. It's one of the ways you live large.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's not hard for you to do your best. In fact, that's just naturally what you do. It's who you are. What's hard is working at something that you don't clearly see the purpose in doing. Anything that feels like drudgery needs a deeper investigation as to the "why" of it.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's the work you do within the walls of your own home that will matter most. You won't be paid for this work in a monetary currency. You won't be publicly praised for it. You'll be lucky if your nearest and dearest notice. But this work will bolster you. Random brilliant ideas will come to you while you're in the flow.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Wishing won't make it so. But wishing is certainly a start! Try it. You might be surprised what you wish for. Wishing will access a pure part of yourself, or at least a part of you that is, like a child, more focused on acting on natural impulses and appetites than wanting what the world expects you should want.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You've a developed visual sense, and you appreciate the beauty around you when it's there. When it isn't — well, that's when your talents really emerge. It's like you just can't let ugly places happen. You have to do something about it, even something seemingly small. When you smile in an ugly place, it becomes beautiful.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You usually know what you want and don't have to think twice. But you've been burned. You wanted, and got, something that made you unhappy. Now you're obscuring your desire from yourself, unsure of your own instincts. It's OK. It happens to everyone. Don't overanalyze it to death. Get back in the game.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Follow someone, or let someone follow you, and life gets easier. Be like birds, cyclists and race car drivers. Use the science of drafting. Two move forward, one behind the other. The turbulent wake created by the first one lowers the pressure for the second one, whose position eddies the first one. All benefit.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Whatever you do to protect, uplift or shift a person's feelings, you usually do unconsciously. That is until you make an effort to be more alert to interpersonal dynamics. Such awareness takes emotional work, and can be painful at times, but will also be incredibly illuminating. You'll be wiser for it.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The emotional component of being alive is rarely as described. In polite company, people who despair will say they are "fine" so as not to worry others and people who feel amazing will also say they are "fine" so as not to make others jealous. For the truth, listen past what others say and what you say to yourself.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This week shows you as a reluctant, yet effective, leader. It's hard to see your own competencies. But others don't know what you know, and if they follow you, they will gain skills, insights and abilities. They sense this. You don't have to do anything beyond being yourself, ready and willing to show and tell.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The first decisions of the week will be crucial. They'll set you on a trajectory. Approach with all the enthusiasm you can muster, even if it's fake. You need a boost of activation energy to launch you out of the gravity of life as usual. You'll enter higher realms of greater ease and buoyancy.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You're not quite the same, something strongly apparent as the sun graces your natal position. Your vision of your purpose has crystalized, your inner fortitude doubled, your heart fire reaching record temperatures. Because of this and other factors freeing your time, you'll figure out how to do many things you weren't able to fit in last year. An affectionate fan will show up. Also, in about 10 weeks, you'll get new motivation to tackle personal goals; in May you'll hold the prize.
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