The old adage in storytelling is "Show; don't tell." This week, the sun change from entertaining Leo to the practical magic of Virgo will put us all to work. While everyone likes a little flash and excitement, we'll get the sense that what matters most is the effectiveness of our work. There is no arguing with results. Mercury straightens out at the top of the week to reinforce a straightforward message. What you see is what you get.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's time to take things how they are, without a lot of extra opinions and judgments about it. You could use a little less cynicism in your life, and it's why you might choose to be around innocents or perhaps animals. You may also make efforts to simplify your day to day — a use of your energy that is sure to repay you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Two beings' trying to get along is always going to be a complex dance. Space must be negotiated at every level — body, mind and spirit. It is as necessary to open yourself as it is to guard yourself. The duet depends on this. You'll be especially graceful this week in all the ways that help relationships develop.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You want to be accommodating and to kindly clear every obstacle from the path of those around you. However, consider that some of those obstacles are half the fun, and taking them away might diminish another person's experience. Make sure that others need and want help before you give it.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're on a mission, and you're going with or without the others. You should know that your independence is very attractive. People will join you because they sense your leadership, or because they feel very free around you, as you make sure not to psychically lean on others and have very few requirements of them.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're really putting yourself "out there" this week. That takes courage, but it also makes your life better with such immediacy that it really won't take much endurance. As you express yourself, you'll train others on the subject of you and also set a precedent that they may choose to follow in future interactions.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There was a time you needed to make unemotional, objective decisions, and you learned to do this well. But you still understand the unique logic of emotions, and you can expertly stir them if you have a good enough reason to do so. This week provides you with such a reason, and you'll touch people's hearts.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People like to have a sense of what those around them are doing and where they are going. Discomfort sets in when those factors are unknown and unpredictable. This week, what you do to signal who you are, what you want and your direction in life will help others trust you, smoothing your way.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There will always be as many sides to the story as there are people telling it. This week, it will be as important to give your own version credence as it will be to listen to others'. You'll look at all sides, grant them equal merit in your mind and then blend the wisdom of the collective into a solution that suits most.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You know yourself well, but what you don't know is what effect you actually have on others. You might be surprised to know that your very presence flusters someone. Your choice of activities will make all the difference when it comes to forging bonds. Well, that and your approach.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The race is basically over before it's actually over. Don't skip out on the rituals, however superfluous they may seem in the moment. Cross the metaphorical finish-line tape; claim your medal and complimentary drink, too. These rituals mean something, if not in the moment then eventually.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There's no one like you and never will be. Even if you were cloned, the clone wouldn't have your experiences and would in fact over time build a completely differently shaped brain from yours, because our brains are constantly changed by what we experience. Because you're an original, you don't have to try to be.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If it were enough for people just to know what to do, everyone would only have to read one book on relationships or diets or any desired topic to be an expert. But it's not enough to know what to do. We also have to feel like doing it, or nothing happens. This week's cosmic gift is the passion and motivation required to act.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Take pictures of yourself on your birthday. You'll compare them with pics from your next one and be amazed at the transformation. This solar return releases soft, bright blessings that fall delicate as snow, giving your life a magical look. Someone who loves you like crazy will do wonders for your confidence. Laughter and friendship improve your health. You'll make bold choices in 2019, especially involving work. By February much time will be devoted to fulfilling a new and very satisfying role.
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