New Moon Perspectives

By Holiday Mathis

May 17, 2020 6 min read

The first manned lunar landing occurred in the Mare Tranquillitatis, or Sea of Tranquility. No, it's not a real sea, but it's easy to understand why the shadowy basin could be mistaken for one. The lunar influence enters a dark serenity with the Gemini new moon, recalling how perspective can make all the difference. Maybe the ocean is just an indentation — bad news for fish, great news for landing astronauts.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Ambition, the attention of strangers, praise from your colleagues and peers — you've cared about it before, but this week it's not the least bit interesting to you. What you'll do, you'll do for the sake of quiet trying and incremental improvement. Every day, you're getting better.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If mistakes happen to bring good fortune to someone in the form of a valuable lesson, a job or setting some fortuitous course of action in motion, can they be called mistakes? Your open mind allows you to see benefits everywhere and is a key reason why your stress levels plummet this week.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In a sense, it's not a story until you've told it to yourself. And in doing that, the actual events get rewritten to fit into your broader narrative. You'll process recent occurrences and decide how you're going to frame them to complement the design scheme you're rocking in the mansion of your mind.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You know you're loved. It's not just a feeling you get; it's a conviction. You want to give the same comfort of this certainty to the people you love. You strive never to let their trust be eroded by actions that would cause doubt. As you proceed, mindful of this noble endeavor, your relationships will thrive.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Tact and diplomacy will win the day. You'll address the needs and wants of others and argue your points with gentle persuasion, speaking in a way people are most likely to listen to. Your point of view will be respected and is exactly what's needed, as it will positively sway the group discussion and decisions.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are those who seem predisposed to irritate you and others who consistently bring out your kind, compassionate and friendly nature. Regardless, you take full responsibility for how you operate in the world and work to build up your core so that you can maintain your balance around anyone and everyone.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Splendid raconteur Quentin Crisp once defined entertainment as, "The spectacle of someone doing something the beholder could not do." You'll provide just this sort of show this week and be met with well-earned applause, or more likely with likes, loves, hearts and retweets.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're getting stronger in every way. Excellent habits make it so. It is a worthy pursuit. You're not in it for the muscles, be they physical, spiritual or intellectual. Rather, you're in it because it makes for a smoother life. You can more readily handle the rigors of life and help others out, too, putting everyone at ease.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Maybe there is an art to breaking up, though who would want to be in that position enough times to perfect it? The art of reconciliation, on the other hand, is a joy to master, as the emotions of hope and inclusion tend to be worn comfortably, and after feeling disconnected, the relief of union is soul-fortifying.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Sure, you're known for your ambitions. Even so, it's usually about being the very best person you can be and not about showing anyone else up. You're not interested in feeling superior. There's power in fitting in. You have high standards and will do what it takes to raise the collective vibration of the group.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Everyone likes and needs a certain amount of attention. For you, it's a matter of getting the right kind. Right now, you don't want anything too serious or demanding. A lighthearted inclusion with a side of honest appreciation will suit you just fine. Though, you'll get a bonus: laughter, compliments and a caring act.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Exciting developments will occur soon after you take a few practical steps to clear the way. You know what to do. You've known for a while now what needs to be dropped, rearranged or sent on. Execute the process of getting your internal and external world in order, and then open your arms.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Your support is worth more than diamonds. Give it to yourself first and you'll have more to give others. Your heart will be emboldened, and the renewal of a childhood interest will have you following a path you hadn't dared to until now. In early 2021, the answer to your prayers will come in the form of a person — likely an air sign (Gemini, Libra or Aquarius.) Thus begins a novel phase for you, and you'll be newly creating yourself as you apply your talents in different ways and places.

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