As people are sharing their opinions more than ever, it may be heartening to note that this doesn't occur strictly out of vanity. The human brain is wired to receive pleasure from sharing, especially sharing that happens to culminate in validation. Stressed aspects and a Uranus retrograde suggest that we'll do whatever we can to feel secure and somewhat powerful in a world that can at times feel frighteningly out of our control.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Small offenses are best dealt with in equally small counter-gestures of defense. If you let them go completely, no one will learn how to please you, and you'll go on unsatisfied. So you'll make note without blowing things out of proportion. Tell people what you want so they have a chance to do right by you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In one-on-one situations, it's easy to forget that everyone is representative of an entire network. When you connect with one person, you are connecting with a whole group. Keep this at the fore of your mind this week, as you will be amazed how your reach extends with a few choice meetings.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some hours feel much longer than others. Time is elastic this week, and so is money. You can actually control the elasticity with your attention. Invest extra focus on happy moments and they'll expand. Forget what you gave and remember what you received and you'll feel rich.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Put feelings first and life gets simplified. It may seem like an odd approach, but for this week it will really work for you. You'll think, "What feeling will my actions likely inspire?" "How might this person feel about this?" "What would make me feel better about the situation?" Brilliant answers will pop to mind.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There are certain tropes about wise people — that they are often silent, and elderly, and are either metaphorically or actually hill dwellers with a higher perspective on life than the folks below. You will seek to encounter such a sage this week on your journey to becoming one.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Greater health, well-being and intelligence will depend largely on what goes into your mouth. It's true that there's plenty of tasty food and drink that are without nutritional value, but there's just as much nutrient-rich sustenance that tastes amazing. Tuning up this area of your life will favorably affect all other areas.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Paradoxically, to rise above negativity and trivial irritations requires that you first burrow down into the depths of your consciousness to identify the real problem. It's usually an affront to your ego caused by a misunderstanding or untrue belief that, like a weed, needs to be rooted out and discarded.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In the early stages of a long journey, the odds favor no one. But every move toward the finish increases the chances of success. Each positive action taken this week will change your odds for the better. The more you do in the name of winning, the more fortune will favor you for the win.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will break the hold of the past by freshening up home and work environs. This keeps you moving in current time instead of reliving yesterday's old pattern. Clean, bright, uncluttered spaces will change the flow of energy through your life to grow (seemingly unrelated) new sources of happiness.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Relay your news in a way that helps others realize the significance. If you take the time to figure your story out in advance, it will be more compelling. Even minor personal stories that fall under the category of small talk deserve forethought. Presentation determines how things are received and acted upon.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You try to set your expectations of the outside world in such a way as to get the most excitement and satisfaction out of life. Extend that kindness to yourself. Count small improvements as the wonders they are. After all, steps in the right direction will quickly add up to remarkable entities.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). To the victor go the spoils. But what about the one who showed up every day and did just fine? Unfair as it may be, luck isn't on the side of mediocrity this week. So you'll aim to be outstanding — to do more than what's asked — and you'll hold yourself to standards set by you and you alone.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: The friendliness you pay the people around you will put you on many lists: lists for invitations or friendship; lists of prospective buyers, sellers, lovers and more. Once you make it onto the list, you're in a position of choice. Some would call this privilege, but it's something you earn with your generosity of spirit. Be discerning. Give respect and attention to all, but keep your inner circle very small and sacred. This will be the way to great joy and success in the upcoming solar return.
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