Assumptions are among the most dangerous things to make. Furthermore, often we're not even aware that we are making them. We have an idea of how the world is and we take it as a given. The disappearance of the sun and moon (with the eclipse and new moon) is a cosmic blink asking us to look again, without assumption, seeking truth.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's said that a great library is a diary of the human race. If you visit one, you'll be privy to the human mind and heart. If you don't, you'll certainly grow your mind on juicy information you get somewhere else.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The change you're thinking about may seem risky to others, but it's not really that risky to you. You have a strong vision of where you're going, and you know the way. Trust yourself.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're used to things clipping along at a snappy pace, especially in the case of promptly returned communication. So try not to be offended by the lag time you experience today. Pause and let the others catch up.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). True friendship is a gift, the benefits of which double up on themselves, boomerang back and and forth, and spread out to the world in ripples of goodwill. False friendship, on the other hand, feels more like a curse.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll get the amount of attention you need, but only if you ask for it. And you should definitely ask. Otherwise, people won't understand your preferences and expectations.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). An open mind is a loophole. It allows you to gather wisdom even from a person who offends you. It allows you to find insight that helps you lead a better life even from someone you disagree with 80 percent of the time.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your kindness always comes back to you, often not from the place you invested it. Also the timing can be unpredictable. You're not overly concerned with this, as giving brings you joy, but sometimes you do wonder. Have faith.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In case you were doubting your ability to work under pressure, today will provide you with such a time crunch and a resource shortage, it's almost funny. Well it will be funny, after you've succeeded, which you surely will.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are many people who might fulfill similar needs for one another, but none of them creates exactly what you do in a relationship. Only those who recognize the uniqueness of your contribution are worthy of it.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Potential is not a thing you can buy, but you can invest in it, which is always a gamble. Before you invest anything — time, energy or other - into the potential of a thing, do a massive amount of research.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There's a lot that will need to come together to pull your plan off, and it's absolutely possible, but your conviction will make the difference, too. You'll have to believe and believe hard.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). No matter how close you may be to another person, even living in the same house and doing many of the same things, you are still each in your own reality. Share that and you'll find out just how different those realities are.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 5). This solar eclipse/new moon birthday is a cosmic "do over" that you can apply to any area of your life any time during the year. So you can be slightly bolder, fearlessly true to your nature and audacious with your love, knowing that the fates delight in your daring, even as they offer a safety net. Cancer and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 39, 15, 44 and 18.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "Why can't I ever seem to keep my New Year's resolutions? I make them every year, and by Feb. 1 they are always broken. Some years I've made 20 resolutions, some years five or six, and one year I only made one. But to no avail. I don't seem to have the self-discipline necessary to do what I say I want to do or be who I say I want to be. Should I even bother? Signed undisciplined Aquarius."
Aquarius is often extremely focused on doing good in the world and helping others to the exclusion of his or her own desires. I'll bet that a lot of your resolutions are at war with your actual priorities. For instance, you may have a resolution to lose weight, and yet it's also important for you to feed your family so you wind up eating what you feed them, which isn't supporting your diet. These things take time and commitment to work out. I suggest that this year you have only two resolutions, the first being your No. 1 goal and the second, a commitment: Every time you falter in your efforts with that No. 1 goal, get back up and try again.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Bradley Cooper has the resume of an intellectual, an adventurer and a philanthropist. The Georgetown University graduate has traveled the globe and taught inner city students, accomplishments that contribute to his special charisma. The Capricorn movie star, producer and songwriter was born under a moon in harmonious Libra, indicating refined taste as well as an easy approach to partnership.
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