Greed. It's a hard thing to watch in others, and a hard thing to spot in oneself, as most greed stems innocently enough from a need for pleasure and a sense of control. The trouble is that greed answers the need without regard to others or the big picture. It's small-minded and mean-spirited. With Jupiter turning retrograde this week, steer clear of situations and people whose influence leans in a greedy direction.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You don't need everyone to like you, and that's usually a big part of why they do. You're not afraid to say what's on your mind. You don't concern yourself with how to please people. You set out to make yourself happy and share that happiness — an intention that will serve you well this week.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It may seem that others aren't as complex as you, though if you could witness the inner workings of their brains you might be surprised at the similarities you share on the inside. Even so, you'll be dealing with people who think nothing like you do. With compassion and clarity, you'll manage. Assume nothing.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There were times when you flitted from one distraction to another to avoid your own mind. Now you're curious, ready to get to the bottom of things and prepared to look for the answers inside yourself instead. As your interior world gets sorted out, so will your exterior world.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's not that there's a ticking clock on your decision-making process — no hard deadline, late fee or major consequence for indecision. However, you can be sure that if you don't make a choice, one will be made for you. This happens both in obvious and subtle ways. So get in the driver's seat and choose.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Many people you'll come across will not have the time management skills, social graces or natural gift for prioritizing tasks that you have. Some of these people will be children trying to act older, or adults trying to fit in. Instead of assuming people are immature or irresponsible, assume they need help.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). On the plus side, this week will include a fair amount of magic, dreams and good madness if you let it in. On the minus side, you're really after a particular result, and you could get tense when that certain thing isn't happening. You'll have to keep reminding yourself to relax and let the bigger picture reveal itself to you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You've been loyal and you've invested time and energy into another person's dream. It's appropriate for you to now ask for help from this person. Whether or not the other person helps is out of your hands, but you can be certain that you've earned the right to ask.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You know how in the movies what's going on in the scene is almost never what's really going on? Enemies banter back and forth with wit and civility ... until the crime scene. The lovers hide their feelings like they don't care ... until the kiss. Life comes with a toned-down version of cinematic tension this week.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Emotional pain is a message. Just like physical pain tells you, "Don't move that way, don't touch that, turn back," emotional pain also indicates that life will be happier and healthier for you when you take things in a different direction. This week brings wisdom in both your comfort and your discomfort.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). On the subject of work, there are usually many people who could do a job. No one is irreplaceable. Some people would be very difficult to replace though. You aim to be one of those people. You'll bring the new ideas, improvements, relationships and personal touches that make you one in a million.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This week's cosmic gift is the return of something that was yours all along. You might think of this as the equivalent to loose change under the sofa — valuable tender you lost at a time you were focused on something else, though you probably didn't even realize it was gone from your pocket. Finding it now is a treat.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In walking and in life, trust is what makes forward movement possible. Stand up, lean forward and then count on the other parts to kick in support. That's the way it goes this week. You have to stay loose enough to be flexible and make the necessary corrections. You have to stay firm enough to stay up.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Your original work will finally get a well-deserved highlight this year. You'll have to concern yourself with staying modest, as the accolades will keep coming and you'll want to remain immune to them in order to continue turning out the best work possibly you can. A partnership will reward you in May. There's a decision hanging in the balance and someone will want a commitment from you. Financially, the odds are most in your favor in July and September. You'll learn while traveling in August.
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