Schoolchildren study a good deal on subjects that may never again come up in life outside of a gameshow or crossword puzzle. That doesn't make the knowledge superfluous. Learning to learn is a valuable skill for anyone living an ever-evolving life. The sun and Jupiter square off in the manner of a pop quiz on what we've learned so far.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It gives unexpected satisfaction to learn why things are the way they are, especially as you get to know the limitations someone was dealing with that led to the creation or completion of a feat.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It may be a bit of a stretch to suggest that those born under the sign that rules money should delight in austerity, and yet even the financially minded bull gets the occasional pull toward the simple elegance of minimalism.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You enjoy being the first to try products, methods and trends of all kinds. The word "new" will capture your attention and spark your curiosity, and you'll likely be the first one in line. Later they'll all want your account.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). When you're bored of something, don't bail right away. Stick with it another step or two. There's a real gem of a prize for pushing through, and you don't have to stick with it forever, just longer than most would.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're not thinking about how much people do or don't appreciate you. This is the last of your worries. Your actions are motivated out of spiritual generosity and a belief that people are in great need of your help.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When people find out about your special talent after knowing you a while, they'll be surprised. If, later on down the line, they find out about another unrelated talent of yours, you'll officially be alluring.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). So many of our behaviors are habits. Laughing is no exception. You seem to be doing more and more of that lately, and the people around you love how funny you make them feel.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Many people who achieve high status want to be treated the same as everyone else. You've a good handle on dishing due respect and still maintaining a shared reality in which everyone can relate as equals.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Today you'll be among friends and people who wish they were your friends. You may dare to share a vulnerable, embarrassing, weird human story and in doing so push your likeability factor up a few points.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Others are uplifted by your presence. Maybe it's something you don't think too much about, because it's an easy thing for you to create, and yet this is no small achievement.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Because you're so comfortable with who you are and because you don't think of yourself as very different from the others, you're capable of doing things in group environments that others wouldn't think to do.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Those who don't pay compliments comfortably will give it up for you today. This will mean more to you than the niceties you regularly hear, considering the rarity of such an acknowledgement from this particular source.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 11). You go into this year with an experimental agenda that helps you get to know yourself better. The next two months bring new joys, appetites and fascinations. A big move in April allows for more satisfying work. Family celebrates together in June. August brings an education that helps your social life. Libra and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 12, 2, 22, 45 and 18.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm a 42-year-old single mother of a 5-year-old, and I'm a Cancer. My little girl is a Sagittarius. She's very smart and always has an agenda. She wakes up wanting to know what we're going to do, and she usually has a few places she wants to go and people she wants to see. I accommodate her as much as possible. My mother says I'm spoiling her, but I can't see the harm in it."
Cancer is the sign of motherhood, and Cancer women who become mothers are often so immersed in the role that all previous definitions of who they were become dim shadows. For some Cancer women, the adjustment is difficult, because the transformation seems so total. Other Cancer women go with the changes and begin to live their lives for their children. If you are comfortable letting your child weigh in heavily on the daily agenda, then where's the harm? However, if you find yourself resenting your role as personal assistant to a kindergartener, it's time to pull in the reins. Remember that you are the adult, and she has come into this life to join yours (not rule it) and learn from you.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: The queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige has multiple Grammys in place of crown jewels, and that's just fine by her. Capricorn's nature is to climb to the career pinnacle, but once they get there they immediately start seeing different mountains they have yet to scale. The satisfaction is fleeting, and that's what keeps these ambitious sea goats striving for mastery in several areas of their art.
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