The week begins with a transformation. The love goddess of the zodiac leaves behind her experimental phase in Sagittarius with the intent of getting serious and, as uncomfortable as it may be for the queen of frivolity, practical. Love goes from being an ideal, a fantasy destination, a blissful state, to something much more concrete. Love is as love does. Without evidence, there is no love.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Time and distance are supposed to make things farther away, and yet you somehow defy the natural laws, take improbable mental leaps and close the gaps. In your mind, 10 years ago is as close to you as yesterday, and your feelings are just as intense. Use your time-traveling power for healing this week.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There is a difference between being accepting of the moment and being resigned to your fate. As you walk that line, have the courage to be active in the choice. You have more influence than you think. You might be surprised how little it takes to tip things in your favor — a breath, a smile, a blink.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What's amazing won't be easy and what's easy won't be amazing. Is it unfortunate that you have to work for the pleasurable experience? Not at all. In fact, the work is what makes the experience pleasurable. The work trains your mind, primes your being and gives you the proper focus to fully appreciate the reward.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). They say, "Don't do the same thing and expect a different result." The only problem is that sometimes it actually works. Sometimes what's needed is repetition, or a bigger push, a more forceful shove. So one answer doesn't work for everyone. Be willing to try crude, blunt methods. Not every solution is clever.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). When it comes to choosing what's best for you, you must hold yourself to a vigilant standard. It's often not obvious. It's often not desirable. The tendency is to claim what is preferred because it's easier than challenging oneself — doing the spiritual equivalent of choosing cupcakes instead of vegetables.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can admire another person's intelligence (or beauty or success, etc.) without questioning your own. But if you find yourself comparing yourself to others a little too often or too closely, consider that you could be setting yourself up for an unhealthy and unnecessarily competitive dynamic. Eyes on your own page.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll have the courage to ask for a little more from people this week. It's easier when you're asking strangers. With no prior relationship, you have nothing to lose. In the case of your friends and loved ones, familiarity makes the approach easier but the stakes much higher. Go thoughtfully and all works well.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Before you give yourself over to a process, you'll want to see how it worked for others — read the reviews, revel in the testimonials, let yourself get intrigued and excited about your prospects. Actually, when you really think about it, this is half the fun (if not all of it). So draw it out and put off your final decision until later.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your mistakes have been so valuable to you that you may wonder why you ever tried to avoid making them. Of course, you'd rather get the reward than the lesson, but the fact that you're willing to risk and then accept what comes puts you in a terrific position this week. You truly can't lose.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You trust life's process, you trust your support system, and you trust that no matter what happens, you'll figure out a way through it. With these three tenants in place, you'll be able to find remarkable balance and stability even in precarious places. In a sense, this opens the world to you. Go with confidence.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's like that point in a police drama when the chief tells the hot-headed officer who's acting out to "take some time off, and clear your head..." and then the officer only goes further into the case, this time without the rules. You're both characters in the scenario, trying to control yourself and trying to still get the job done.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What others around you are doing will be something to note, but you shouldn't let it influence you too strongly, as you'll probably be surrounded by so much appropriateness that, were you to distill it and encase it in a gel cap, you could use it to tranquilize a large zoo animal. Do you. The world needs it.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Do not fear your own success. However mighty and skyward bound you are, you also have roots, which will extend deeper in equal measure to balance out the new developments of the year. Also note that the dormant times when things slow down and output becomes minimal (like early May, late July and November) are absolutely necessary in this pattern of self-actualization and growth. Invest in yourself this month. March brings the end of a trial and an improved structure to daily routines.
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