It's important to have someone with whom you share an unquestionably good rapport. A fun banter, the bandying of ideas, even an argument is evidence of same-level thinking and thereby being less alone in your head. If you have it, revel in it. If you don't, find it. Offset the gloom of this sun and Neptune square with a quality interaction.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Achievement is based in a realistic plan. If the plan is wishful and includes an element of luck for it to work, then it's not realistic. Start where you are and change one small thing.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It is said that generosity begins at home. Without self-compassion, compassion for others is a show based on approval and external validation. True compassion extends as infinitely inward as it does outward.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Historically, people worked to put bread on the table. Now there's much more personal identity tied into it. A sense of purpose in work is as or more crucial to you now than the compensation.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Though nutritious food and a decent amount of sleep are keystones of your self-care, perhaps the most important element is a gentle and supportive way of being in your own mind.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Most mistakes aren't crimes. Overreactions are a waste of energy. Those who know something of the world are better at keeping things in perspective. These are the people you choose to hang out with.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Though you reserve the right to be interested or uninterested in whatever does or doesn't catch your fancy, you're willing to try a little harder to hook into an idea for the sake of a loved one seeking support or company.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The negligent authority figure brushes things off with a sense that others are being unreasonable in their feelings. Of course, feelings follow their own logic, and the wise will at least make an attempt at decoding.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If the situation seems like a game of elementary school dodgeball in which the teams are painstakingly chosen by fellow classmates, then perhaps the general organization process isn't quite forward-thinking enough.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It's like you need instructions for a thing you thought you knew how to do already. Skills are like home decor. They need a good dusting off every once in a while, and this is that time.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You've been a little unaware of your own needs, probably because someone else's have been so apparent. This mode is fine for the short term, but it's unsustainable. Get back to treating yourself as you would a loved one.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). In every interaction, you think of the other person and how their experience of it is going. This is indicative of great skill in the task at hand, as it is only possible to think of others after the job you're doing is automatic to you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As much as you might dream of a future era, it's still the daily things you experience that will fortify your soul. There's something in your routine that needs tweaking, and you'll spot it.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 8). This year has a most inspired balance of chaos and order, leading you to innovate in life and work. Your time with loved ones is golden because you plan it so well, leaving room to get swept up in the unplanned parts. Tightening down on your budget makes it possible to travel and experience more of the world. Virgo and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 14, 3, 33 and 18
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Mercury enters Sagittarius on Monday, opening the way for broader social interaction. Then, on Wednesday, the full moon in Gemini makes a party out of it. You may advance your interests under these auspicious social omens, but don't lead with that. This is supposed to be fun.
There are people who feel so much pressure in social situations that they forget the purpose — to be together and experience one another — and instead they approach the interaction like a game they need to win. If you can make people feel comfortable, take the pressure off and be generally easygoing, then you will have the advantage that comes from learning who people really are instead of learning who they are trying to be.
Chasing ideas is a favorite pastime during this expansive period when the Sagittarius energy is flowing strong. Note that genius often has succinct eloquence while mere intelligence can get very convoluted in its ambitions until it finally hits its stride. If you're not tracking with an idea, give it time to reveal itself to you. Interact with it to work out the kinks. The more you know about a subject, the simpler and more naturally you'll be able to incorporate it.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Nicki Minaj has told of being a young girl who created fantasy characters and alter egos to escape the turmoil of her childhood reality. Sagittarius is the sign of adventurers, and a rich fantasy life can stand in when real-life adventures are not possible to take. Minaj was born when the sun, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune were all in the passionate, fiery sign of Sagittarius.
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