When you look back, there are characters that stand out as being highly influential in your life, though you wouldn't have guessed it at the time. And presently, there are people around you who are having more of an impact than you think, and you are influencing them more than you know, too. The Sagittarius moon drives this social swirl.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). There is a social adjustment to be made — an addition or subtraction to help you stay on the road of health. Pinpoint what needs to be done, make a plan and execute it. This won't take time so much as will.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Where the physical space is tight, you can make emotional space. Think: passengers on a plane who wear headphones. Where emotional space is tight, make physical space.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You could distill things down to dollars and cents, but it wouldn't be an accurate assessment of the situation — far from it. In fact, mostly the situation is about invaluable things.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're not about to use guilt as a tactic. While it may work well enough, it's just not an emotion you want people to feel. Either they get you, or they miss out. Guilt doesn't need to play into the equation in the least.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). To get momentum, there must be a push. That push comes today and not a moment too soon. You're in a good position. It's going to be even better once you use this push and get to work.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). For today's approach to relationships, the most critical things to get right all begin with a "T," that is to say, truthfulness, tone and timing. Be honest, keep it light, stay aware and wonderful things will happen.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). While many can do what they're told, fewer can figure it out on their own and even fewer can see the opportunity on their own and then figure it out from there. You're in the final category, and without much competition.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The hard worker will win against the "gifted" person every time. And if you have both going for you in a category, it's something to bank on. Believe in yourself, and put your resources behind it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your friends are the ones who stand by you when you need it, when you don't, when you're right, and when you're wrong. Your best friends are the ones who tell you you're wrong and stand by you anyway.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The control freak is not very much fun. Why? Because this person is trying to insure against mystery — every risk calculated, every move audited. What a bore. Embrace mystery, relinquish some control, have fun.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Adults usually have a purpose for moving and rarely wander without a destination. But if you have the time for it, such wandering could benefit you today, as it will allow you to access an unreasonable sort of knowing.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Patience and long-term thinking are the orders of the day. The big problems will be solved through creating systems that will work for you every day. The big problems will be solved over time.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 30). You're not worried what people think of you, which liberates you to either experiment and try new approaches and identities or to go deeper into the old ones — whatever you want. You're incredibly free, and yet more purposeful than ever. The trust you have in yourself translates to awesome confidence and action. Aries and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 42, 20, 1 and 17.
VENUS MUSINGS: On a beautiful blue sky kind of a day, nature seems like a friend, a mother, a loving deity. But anyone who has witnessed the extremes of a storm or an earthquake — who has cowered at the swell of a gigantic wave or seen lightning crack the sky — knows that nature doesn't play favorites. It's indifferent to our needs and emotions. It can't be placated or reasoned with. And because we are born of nature and we live through it, we sometimes sense that this indifference is a part of us, though a part that we rage against, grievingly so, in all five stages. We deny it, fight it, attempt to bargain with it, become overwhelmed and depressed by it. Is the cruel indifference that lives inside our natural existence something to finally accept?
These are among the ideas and struggles that theme these last days of Venus in Sagittarius. There's a strain of wildness that runs through our pursuit of love and excitement. A passionate fire on the horizon took many out of their emotional safety zones to pursue experience and the wonders of the world at large. What's left to do? What burning ember is still hot? Venus soon will become grounded in responsible Capricorn and this moment will be a smoldering memory.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Christian Bale's ability to transform his body and disappear into a character has made for an impressively eclectic mix of film roles including the recent role of Dick Cheney in "Vice." True to his astrological nature (Bale's natal sun, Mercury and Jupiter are all in philanthropic Aquarius), the Academy Award-winning actor is a generous donor to Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
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