One theologian defined sin as loving a lower, uglier thing instead of a higher, more beautiful thing. But given the choice, why would anyone do that? Perhaps there was no choice, and the "sinner" simply took the best available option. Under the Pisces moon, it's wise to extend the benefit of the doubt rather than assume to know what's available to others.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Things are working, so let them. New methods will develop soon enough; there's really no reason to rush things. Don't get the update just because it's available. Get it when you need it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). They say, "Stop," and you leap forward. They say, "Jump," and you sit down. It's odd how you feel like doing the opposite of what's expected of you, but you're also honoring a contrarian voice inside you with its own good reasons for being.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your process won't require a lot of seriousness and commitment. Lighten up, and get playful. You're allowed to be like a child following the trends and whims of youth. Life is an experiment.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don't show your true emotions to just anyone. That's what makes it so special when you finally do open up with honesty about how you're feeling. Only do so with those who can be trusted with your tender heart.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Giving is different from selling. Selling is an exchange with expectations and rules that need to be upheld. Giving shouldn't be this way. Give without conditions. It's the way your gift will do the most good.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The situation will require you to simmer down, settle your energy into the same tone as the environment and get on with the business of fitting in. This will be a lot more fun than it sounds.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There will be a time for getting hard on yourself and pushing yourself through to the next level. This isn't it. This is the time to ease up and celebrate the many things you've already done right.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You can come up with a plan that will help the most people with the least effort and complication. Brilliant! Then, with a calm sense of purpose, you will move everyone toward a common goal.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Remember when you let someone into your world and heart a little too soon? What followed was regret and a whole new set of rules for entry — rules to stand by today.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your aim will be to surprise and delight the public. This cannot be accomplished through doing what they expect and delivering what they've already seen. Bonus: the unique satisfaction of raised eyebrows and the sound of laughter.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Somewhere between your high aspirations and the current demands of your daily life is a wonderful fantasyland. It's a playground, a vision board, an escape route. It's a good place, a place where things get done.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's little to stop you from winning the admiration of your peers and the good opinion of your superiors. In the future, this approval will translate into financial abundance.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 20). Rest assured: Your optimism is not only firmly rooted in what's possible for you; your best-case scenario is practically a blueprint for exactly what will happen. If you mainly stick to the plan, you'll be golden. March will bring a new mode of transportation or a far-off destination. Your family will grow in October. Cancer and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 22, 11 and 16.
COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT... SAYING "NO." Earlier this week, a sensitive Pisces asked for tips on saying no without hurting anyone's feelings.
TIP NO. 1: Always project yourself as having a lot going on.
People with known busy schedules don't offend others when they can't make the barbecue, because no one is expecting them to be available in the first place. And here's the thing: You don't have to be busy in the social or professional sense to be busy in general. Maybe you're just busy watching TV. That's a legitimate excuse, yet it's for you to know. Get used to telling people that you're working on a project or that you have another involvement or something equally vague that sounds much more important than "I'll be busy making a sandwich and watching YouTube videos of baby pandas."
TIP NO. 2: Know your yes.
Every no is a yes to something else. When you pick strawberry ice cream, maybe you're technically rejecting the vanilla and mint ice cream, but nobody thinks of it that way. When you focus your mind on what you're saying yes to, you'll have the energy of choosing instead of the energy of rejecting.
More on this next week!
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Aquarius Rainn Wilson contrasted his role as the megalomaniac Dwight Schrute of "The Office" with his real-life entrepreneurial role as creator of SoulPancake, a media company that invites participants to "chew on life's big questions." The themes explored by this venture fall into the realm of both Aquarius and Pisces: philosophy and art (Aquarius), spirituality and religion (Pisces).
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