Cosmic Torch Pass

By Holiday Mathis

October 20, 2019 6 min read

The cosmic solar torch moves from harmonious Libra to Scorpio. Perhaps nothing about the scene changes exactly, but our filter of it makes for a drastic difference between the start of the week and the end of it. The effect is not unlike that of a smartphone photo app. The same picture can become colorless, or vibrant, or blurry, or all-too vivid. Much depends on what we want to feel. Choose it and adjust to experience.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Maybe it's impossible to perfectly organize one's inner drives, but we can at least try and keep them in check. You're able to stay curious about what's driving you and this gives you the edge on people who think they already know. You respect human complexity and this allows you to achieve a better moral balance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's easier to learn something new than it is to relearn something you were incorrectly taught. Of course, to learn what you believe you already know is the hardest — like trying to park in a space that already has a car in it. Can you forget what you know? Go in with naive eyes. Assume you've never seen this before.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People make poor decisions when they don't feel good, when their blood sugar is low, when they are sleep deprived, when they are upset and more. You give yourself the best chance at success by tending to basics and raising the level of your overall health, well-being and contentment in any way, however small.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Siblings may fight against one another until an outsider comes along. Then, they'll unite and fight that person instead. It's typical tribal behavior that repeats on every higher level of the emergence scale. Keep this principle in mind this week, as you'll be charged with the creation and leadership of teams.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Take a beat to assess the situation before leaning on your wit. Yes, you have a stellar sense of humor, but humor is not a one-size-fits-all situation. While the right kind of zinger warms and unites people, it's very easy to make the wrong kind of joke and wind up putting people on the defensive instead.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People are different and want different things in relationships. Don't assume to know what people are looking for. The words "reliable," "routine" and "steadfast" won't inspire passion in some, while others place these values in the top five. Embrace your own qualities and go where they want what you have.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Practice processing negative feelings in positive ways. That means listening to them respectfully (instead of ignoring, hiding or shoving them down) and directing them to their seat in the auditorium of your mind (instead of the stage, which is reserved for your headlining and supporting emotional stars).

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). To save the world is an ambitious but not impossible aim. If you could only save one person, that would be heroic, even if that one person was you. Anything you do in the name of compassion and self-compassion this week will count toward the evolution of humanity.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). No one likes to do the hard things. Sure, you have more willpower and determination than most, but you're still human. Your best bet is to count on yourself choosing the option that seems fun, satisfying or easy. The trick of good living is to go where the available options match up to aspirational criteria.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Rid yourself of the belief that you must always be doing and contributing to earn your place at the table of life. This mindset produces frantic movement, which is a waste of energy. Between bouts of productivity, get still, relax and gather data so when you do make a move, it will be informed and purposeful.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Would you stop yourself from being happy because someone else has it better? No. And just because someone else has it worse doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own feelings about how things are going. Expressing your feelings to others is quite another matter. Read the room; know your audience.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's impossible to keep the end goal in mind if you don't have an end goal in mind. What once felt like freedom you now experience as being anchorless and lost at sea. If you can't confidently pick a direction, start ruling things out. By declaring what you're not into, you'll start to get a better picture of what might work for you.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You're more attractive than ever this year because you're increasingly comfortable with being you, appreciating and building on your stellar qualities and simply accepting everything about yourself. You'll become more popular and be sought out as an expert and a guide at doing what you do well. Your connection with the natural world will be a source of peace and, alternately, adventure. A lifestyle upgrade in 2020 has as much to do with physical movement as it does mindset.

Write Holiday Mathis at HolidayMathis.com.

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