Venus and Jupiter Tug o' War

By Holiday Mathis

August 23, 2020 6 min read

On one side of the cosmic mud puddle there is Venus in luxury loungewear, grasping the tug o' war rope and bearing back with all her dainty weight. On the other side is mighty Jupiter, pinching the rope like it was nothing. This game is one of love versus time. Time will win a competition or two, but as Neptune gets involved on Thursday, followed by more planetary assists, love will win the week.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Who is asking? Who is looking? Who benefits? The answer changes everything about what unfolds. It will be impossible to direct every scene, but you can at least be the star of your own story. Think about your life in a way that empowers you. There is power in service, too, as long as you claim it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your impressions are neither wrong nor right, they just are. Keep track of them this week because there's actionable information there, especially when you refrain from judgment. Observe as many details as you can and leave the analysis for later. You don't need to side with anyone. Clarity is free of bias.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Needing to be liked is the enemy of social grace. You'll have none of it. You will bring your own happiness and make yourself comfortable. You will seem to contain your own weather. As a self-charging system, you'll become very useful and attractive to others and will be in a position to carefully choose your company.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Did you violate your own rules? While it's not ideal, it's also not the end of the world. You have to cross those lines sometimes before you realize your need for better structures. This is why fences, checklists and schedules were invented. You will come up with new ways to keep yourself in line and act in your own best interest.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Uncertainty and the possibility for disaster make people more upset than actually seeing bad things happen. Have compassion for the worriers in your life. Not everyone can be as accepting of reality and as trusting of the future as you are this week. You'll be the brave risk-taker, and others will be amazed at your daring.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sometimes, you are able to focus deeply for hours at a time completely on your own volition. Other times, it's like you have to convince yourself of it. That's where good training comes in. Focus is another one of those stellar abilities you acquire with practice over time. Your ability to really dig in will net spectacular results.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Often, a thing will prosper when enough individuals in a society have a love of said thing. You'll be among a group keeping the entity alive by enjoying, talking about, supporting and loving it. The crowd attracts numbers. The numbers exponentially multiply. Maintain your individuality as the social tides rise and fall.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Can one really be overeducated? Only in so much as the knowledge slows or paralyzes the action. There's a ratio to hit between knowing and doing. As you seek useful knowledge and apply it well this week, you'll also learn what cannot be immediately applied and file it for later.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There was a time when you didn't feel well supported. Now, that is turning around. However, it should be noted that one community is not enough. Ideally, you need friends in every area of life — some professional, some personal, some who know about your favorite things. You'll find them this week, too!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There are always different ways to think about a thing, but most people go with their initial reactions. You're not most people. You'll ask around. You'll move to the left, to the right, get close up and look for anything that can elevate you to the top-level view. Ultimately, curiosity will serve you amazingly well.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When it comes to people, there is no such thing as a neutral effect. However mild a person's energy may be, you always leave the presence of another person with more or less energy. Choose your company mindful of the ability of each person to drain or energize another.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Make your tomorrows easier by adding very few new things to it. If you feel you must make additions — in the form of purchases, friends, possessions, activities and other — then at least go for the entities that are likely to be low buy-in and low maintenance. Don't make your future self pay for impulsivity.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: A habit change is at the root of the thriving health and vitality that colors this wondrous year of feeling and doing good. Extra discipline over the next six weeks will help you begin a big project with excellent early results and even better long-range effects. To induce exceptional financial luck, take on the responsibility nobody else wants. You'll shine in the position. In 2021, you'll follow a mentor to the sort of fulfillment you'll want to teach and write about in later years.

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