Hope, like salt, is necessary for human life. Without sodium, the body cannot transmit the nerve impulses that make muscles work. Without hope, people are unmotivated to go on. In the case of both hope and salt, it doesn't take much to do the trick, and too much is harmful. Mercury and the sun enter Libra. Fantasies meet their counterbalance in truth and reason. Reasonable hopes lead to effective action.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). A cleaning and organizing effort will be a stellar way to start the week. The endeavor will not only make your external life more organized, it will also make the inner structures of your thought process sparkle and shine. Everything you get involved in this week will be favorably affected.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In Egyptian hieroglyphics, the ear is an often-used symbol for imploring the gods to hear the prayers of mortals. If the ear were a letter in your alphabet, you might use it often this week, too. The attention of higher ups could make a huge difference toward reaching your goals. How can you make them listen?
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Most of this week shows you in a spontaneous and generous mood. You'll certainly keep the others on their toes, as they'll quickly learn not to make assumptions about you. Your company is a treat. Maybe they'll get an entertaining story, or maybe they'll get their needs met and their wishes granted.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The landscape of your life has changed. The change happened while you were looking right at things, only it happened so gradually that you couldn't detect it. And now, you'll have fun discovering what's new. After some exploring, you'll find it's best to adjust your expectations according to what you learn.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Younger people need to be selfish. It's a normal part of human development. They are charged with creating their own sense of identity, which cannot be accomplished without a degree of self-centeredness. Whatever your age, this fact of youth will have impact as you, or people you love, set out to build a life.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A good dentist never pulls out her own teeth, and a lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. You would be wise to consult other trusted experts to handle a part of your life this week, too. Sure, you could do it yourself if you really had to, but that doesn't mean you should. Let others work and advocate for you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). What you call things matters. Hunger moves when you call it fasting. A friendship changes when you use the word romance. The same cuts of surgery are feared or desired, depending on whether they are called necessary or elective. Your mood will lift when you give something a new name this week.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're ready to get into a new way of of thinking about your situation. For this to happen, you'll have to let some old thoughts die. It's the way to intellectual levity. Emotional and spiritual benefits will follow in the wake. The weekend brings a rebirth of sorts. You've done this before, but this one is really special.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The gymnast aims to "stick the landing" i.e. to end the acrobatic move with both feet planted firmly on the ground without a stumble, fall or adjustment. Paradoxically, learning this kind of certainty can only come from stumbling, falling and adjusting. Be patient with yourself as you bumble toward certainty.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). So many are involved in the argument that it seems like attendance is mandatory. While you don't want to risk being left out of the culture, isn't the fighting ridiculous? It's like blind men arguing over the colors of a rainbow. Stay out of it, and you'll have time to devote to a burgeoning new interest.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). While some friendships are like fashion that comes and goes with the seasons, you devote yourself to the sort of bonds that never go out of style. You'll focus on relationships that, like classic jeans, have suffered wear and tear over time and are somehow better for it — softer, more comfortable and more valuable.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Knowing everything about the way clouds are formed will never be enough to know the particular shape any cloud will take. Similarly, you're not going to know the result of this project until you finish it. So revel in the suspense and keep working. You're in for experiencing something you couldn't have predicted.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You are the emotional ballast of your tribe. Though sometimes you feel like you're in a lowered position, you improve the stability of the group just by being there. And don't worry, whether you seek it or not, you'll get more praise and attention than you know what to do with starting in November. What happens in January may leave you stroking your chin, but don't stay bewildered. This is only the beginning. Find out more, and then act. This is a lucky break. Travel in July is magical.
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