Familiarity is the enemy of glamour. It's why fashion changes each season. It's why there's always something coming up to replace the old phrases, songs and dances that were working just fine. Even if you're not into glamour per se, fresh excitement in some form is still undeniably a necessity of the human spirit — so sayeth Venus in Aquarius.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Watch out for laziness in others, and be vigilant against the tendency yourself. As the ancient wisdom suggests, "He who is lazy in his work is brother to him that destroys."
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's time to travel light, both metaphorically and literally. Why carry more than is necessary? Leave past pain and future worries out of the satchel. Carry only what you'll need in this hour.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Did you know that over half of college graduates don't wind up in the field of their major? Relatedly, today you will not apply what you've learned in a direct and logical fashion. You're still better for having learned it, though!
CANCER (June 22-July 22). To handle the current problem, you will need more data about it. You'll also need a few different tools and resources. Gather information, and look for people who have already solved this or something similar.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It's not too late. It's never too late. If you knew with every fiber of your being that this was the truth, what would you do now? That's the best way to spend your day.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Getting out of yourself will be the biggest challenge. One way to settle in more comfortably (which is the first step) will be to turn your focus to the environment and become curious about the people in it and all that's going on there.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Seductive and glamorous propositions abound. Before you head further into this, find out more from trusted sources. Ignorance, like darkness, is a lack of illumination that can cause some pretty serious stumbles.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). What if you knew that trying to make something better was as absurd as trying to perfect the sea or improve upon the sunlight? What then? Maybe this isn't about changing so much as it's about learning the magnificence of a thing.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Some use the term "free spirit" as a put-down akin to "flaky." It's a stance rooted in the fear that, given the entire range of choices, we'd go all wrong. Loosen the reigns on yourself today and you'll see how untrue this is.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Love will be like talking to the moon. The light inside you will be quietly, constantly reflected. You'll feel at once big enough to hold the vastness of space in your palm and small enough to be enveloped in it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Any harm that is done in the name of believing the wrong thing can be undone in the name of believing the right thing. Go back and examine the beliefs that led to the discontent. One or more of them is faulty. Root it out.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The message can be the most eloquent, reasonable and perfectly crafted expression in the world, but if it is pitched to a non-receptive person it's still a communication fail.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 17). If there's one thing that will make this solar return a sweet dream for you, it's good timing. Don't rush! Life only happens one moment at a time and trying to cram in too much will rob you of the delicious experience. Stick to your top wish. Prioritize and hold it sacred and you will succeed beyond your wildest imaginings. Leo and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 22, 23,14 and 38.
COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT... FRIENDSHIP RULES FOR THE HIGHLY SENSITIVE PART THREE:
FRIENDSHIP RULE NO. 3: Discretion, please!
It's an unfortunate fact of digital reality that you can pretty much track what anyone is doing without you these days. You don't have to be a highly sensitive person to get utterly bummed out when you scroll through your feed and learn what you weren't invited to. You might not believe this, but rumor has it that there's this very cool and mysterious breed of people who prefer to keep their social lives on a need-to-know basis and will be especially mindful not to broadcast events that might make dear ones feel left out. Those people are called real friends. If you're extraordinarily empathic, sensitive or introverted you should find people like this and hang on tight.
FRIENDSHIP RULE NO. 4: Be a volleyballer, not a vacuum.
Empathetic people are patient people who attract those who most need a kind heart and a listening ear. But a friend who soaks up all the love and attention and never returns the serve... well, it gets old. Sensitive people will put up with it for much longer than the average. Their rich inner life reduces their need for a lot of external praise and attention, so they are happy to focus on others... but not forever.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Former first lady Michelle Obama was born under a powerfully disciplined sun and Mercury in Capricorn. Empathetic, wise Pisces influences lend large emotional intelligence to her chart, as do Mars and Saturn in altruistic Aquarius. "Lead by example with hope, never fear, and know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life." — Michelle Obama
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