Given the Venus and Jupiter alignment, it's a lucky day to make an investment, especially one that involves something other than money. Mental equity is worth much more than dollars, but is not nearly as valuable as heart equity. Favored activities include: letter writing, stating a case, clearing things up and assembling a team.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). This plan you had is working, mostly because you steered it well, without imposing total control. Because you don't have to be in control of absolutely everything for things to go right.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A dream isn't a dream unless it's a little off. Bigger than life. Smaller. Stranger. You'll head into the day reasonably enough, but it's when you introduce the dreamy element that things start to get really interesting.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You tell yourself to do something, and then you do the opposite. Why? The complexities of will are confounding! But you can be certain there's a rebel child in you who doesn't trust authority, even if that authority is you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The way to power is not taking more and more; that's the way to destruction. True power is knowing what you can influence and accepting what you can't.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There's no such thing as a mediocre goal. Is it beyond where you are now by an inch? Half an inch? A foot? It's progress. Count everything. It's the kind of day when you need every win you can get.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). How do you know if you're being arrogant? You don't. That's the disease of arrogance. You're checking yourself, so you're probably in the clear. People who are truly arrogant usually forget that step.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Remember when sleeping seemed like a luxury, money was scarce and you weren't sure where you were getting the extra energy to forge forward but you did it anyway? It was a test that made you strong. Appreciate it.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may think that someone has "arrived" but that is a perception based on a criteria of success that is subjective. The important thing is not to act weird when people achieve things and other people don't. Be cool.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The hard work is coming up next. But don't worry; you're ready. In fact, on some level, you've been looking forward to this. Bonus: You're about to find out which of your colleagues the worthiest.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Good relationships are built on mutual trust. Right now, you're reaping the benefits of doing something as simple as showing up when you say you will and doing what's expected.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Even though you don't have a ledger telling you how much you owe and are owed, in some way you're keeping track. You're noticing an imbalance in the give and take department. Start thinking about how it might be rectified.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll be dealt a wildcard. Think carefully about how you want to play it. Much depends on the others at the table. Make your best guess about their hand.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 23). It starts innocently enough. First you make someone's day, and then you get addicted to seeing that kind of smile. So you do more and more, making the world better and brighter. Interesting new hobbies and friends are part of the package. A carefully researched investment will make life a bit easier. Capricorn and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 3, 33, 21 and 40.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "My Capricorn man will not make a commitment to me and it is driving me crazy! I can see clearly how much better our lives would be if we were married. I want to talk about this with him, but he tenses up when he feels me getting near the subject. We've been dating a year already, and I just know he's the one. What do you think? Gemini wants a ring!"
Consider that you and your Capricorn have a different sense of timing. Just because you are comfortable enough to go for it doesn't automatically make the other person ready — but it is definitely a start. Think about building rapport. It's not something you do once and it's done. It's an ongoing process in relationships. Make it safe to talk freely about a number of different subjects and then you can talk more easily about the business on your mind. Another thing to consider is that you need to honor his right to live life on his terms, and steer his relationships accordingly. He'll move when he is comfortable — when it makes sense to him to go forward. The same is true with you. You wouldn't want to be forced or manipulated into a commitment. You'll have more fun if you don't push him along.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay was born to the famous couple Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay when the sun was in creative Aquarius and the moon was in stable, strong-minded Taurus — an aspect that may have helped Hargitay deal emotionally with the tragic loss of her mother. Venus in soulful Pisces shows a strong connection to the other realms of being.
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