Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Dillard wrote, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing." The three lucky trines this week bring mindfulness to "this hour, and that one," helping us stay aware of the opportunities and delights that exist in even the most ordinary moments. As for extraordinary moments, Thursday presents the most obvious window.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). While presentation is important, most people are more concerned with their own performance than they are with yours. If you can help the other person feel good about his or her own performance, you'll win, too. This and other assets (including your warmth and competence) will make this a socially stellar week.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Effort is this thing that many people who are familiar with one another don't bother themselves as much with. Some even consider effort from a familiar person to be a red flag — a signal that something out of the ordinary is up. But effort sprinkled more regularly into a familiar relationship will be the spice of happiness.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Establishing rapport will be pretty simple. You've a kind of calm enthusiasm that people enjoy. You'll speak of positive emotions and share stories with happy outcomes. The decision to add more enthusiasm to your interactions will be the small move that has life-improving consequences.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're on the up and up, and everything about you will reflect the trend. The corners of your lips, your bank balance, eyebrows, spirits, wishes for the future — up, up, up. You'll attract two kinds of people: people who get into your hot air balloon basket and people who stay on the ground to anchor you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're engaged, supportive and curious — the trifecta of reactions that anyone would want in a team member. Most people sense the importance of being engaged and the value of being supportive, but many miss the significance of curiosity. Not you. Curiosity will be the embodiment of intelligence that takes you to magical places.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You say one thing; they hear another. It's the pattern that's defined a relationship. Part of you wants to learn once and for all what the deal is. But you really know the deal already. It's competition or jealousy. The threatened don't hear so well. You'll find a workaround, though, and enjoy a surprisingly happy outcome.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You easily see the truth. You know right from wrong and can distinguish it as clearly as you can light from darkness. And though you think in very blunt terms, you also know better than to speak in them. No one wants to hear it this week, even those very close to you. They need your warmth instead, and you'll deliver.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your experiences have shaped you. Not just the good ones and not just the bad ones, but all of your experiences: surprising, calming, boring, nurturing, foolish, fun, painful, irritating, peaceful, beautiful — all of them. For this you will be most appreciative. You're open to the next adventure, and here it comes.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your competence will be celebrated, but only if you don't advertise it too readily. Be careful not to derive too much pleasure from knowing things before others do, because while you definitely (and accurately) identify as a smart person, there are certain matters of intelligence better kept to yourself this week.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Though guilt, shame and worry are all negative emotions, neuroscientists have proven that they activate the brain's reward center, which may explain why these emotions can be so addictive. Regardless, you are stronger. This is the week you'll break a pattern of feeling badly about something you can't control.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don't be picky. Appreciate everything. You could do this because you're supposed to, and you'll still get some results. But if you do it for selfish reasons — if you're actively and enthusiastically grateful because you know it will make you happier — things will really pick up this week.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You've gone quite a while feeling misunderstood in some respect, and you're beginning to get used to the possibility that no one will ever totally get certain parts of you. Well, don't give up too soon, because this week will bring a breakthrough on the matter as you seek new people and try new ways of communicating.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Polishing your talent will be the theme. This solar return brings the same 365 days as the last, but because you are creative with your hours, time will seem to stretch to accommodate you. A change in your living arrangement makes life simpler while giving you new options. Your emphasis on serving your family will bring about healing. November features social opportunities and winning teams. You'll put your trust in something that will pay off well for you in 2019.
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