Once upon a time, we created logical machines, first to mirror and assist what the human mind is capable of, then to exponentially build on those capabilities. Those machines are now the most logical processors of the planet. Humans remain unreasonable creatures who often use logical faculties to justify the decisions we have already made as a result of following the dictates of hormones and emotion.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). In this competitive arena, there are advantages you can pay for. If you have to trade dollars, it will be worth the money. But chances are the currency is something other than money, which is more difficult to account for. Many make the mistake of undervaluing emotional labor; don't let that be you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You envy those with milder temperaments because you sometimes don't know what to do with the big emotions that come over you. But these waves of feeling you experience are a gift. They open you to a wider range of life. The more you feel, the more you learn to manage, direct and utilize the power in this.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It is said that the truth has a resonant ring to it that is undeniable. Even so, there are those who are so excellent at manufacturing trust that you'd like to believe every seduction they present. But what is true rarely is also slick and shiny. This week, truth comes from the mouths of grimy babes and old grumps.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). After the turmoil subsides, a state of peace is the ideal time for rest and rejuvenation. Even so, don't let that moment linger. Peace is also the ideal time for building your resources for the next fight. No state is permanent. Cherish the harmony while it lasts, all the while knowing that it won't.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Take the good with the bad, they say. Be aware of the human bias toward giving "the bad" more significance. There's a trick to overcoming that. When you focus on the good — anticipate and reflect on those things that are going right and are interesting to you — you'll notice the ridiculously lavish amount of good here.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's the hard things that make us better and more effective. An endeavor that gives you something worthwhile will take something, too. You'll be uncomfortable at times. Ultimately, this is what makes it satisfying and worthwhile. You have never been one to shy away from work and won't start now.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You will swing like a pendulum between extremes. There will be moments when what you want is very far away indeed. Then, suddenly, you'll get on a winning streak and it's all within reach. You only have to order it up. At that point, knowing your priorities will make all the difference between success and gluttony.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've played this game before, but it's so nuanced and complex that you may never tire of it. You keep finding ways to improve your score. Whether or not you have a natural acuity here is beside the point. With the kind of effort you'll put into this, there's no way to avoid becoming really great at it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). From crossing continents and oceans to spanning space, if they want to get somewhere, humans find a way. You will own your humanity through path navigation. Whether it's the path you choose, the path you make, or the path that just happens to be there, you'll move swiftly along to your destination.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be adding a valuable skill to the mix. Though you want to do this as quickly as possible, don't skip the breaks. Ultimately the fastest way to learn is with sprints followed by stretches of recovery time. Hours spent doing absolutely nothing will allow the information to assimilate properly.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Opportunities to build your character arise, and you have all of the necessary qualities. The old way of looking at virtue is that it involves self-denial and going against natural impulses. Do you dare see what will happen when you lean into nature's sway? Try and direct that natural flow to where it will do the most good.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The question is: Should you take on more or less? More is the answer. Life is strength training and you are stronger than you know. The instinct will be to turn away from stressors to seek rest and refuge. You are better off turning toward the problem instead. It will no longer be an issue once you overcome it.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: This year is marked by a playful mood that overtakes you and touches everyone with whom you interact. No matter what else is going on in the world, you and your loved ones need to smile and enjoy yourselves. You will facilitate this levity with your choice of focus and a keen intellectual sense for uncovering the humor in a situation. There's an upgrade that makes your work easier, followed by a leadership and teaching opportunity. Family closeness allows for new ways to rely on and challenge one another.
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