Mars and Neptune square off to remind us that big issues can take longer to work out. Maybe a lifetime just isn't enough. But when it comes to soul-elevation, time isn't the most relative variable anyway. The measurement that matters is commitment. Wholeheartedly agree to do whatever it takes, for however long, because it's all that matters.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The bottom line is important, but it's rarely what a situation is really about. To know what really matters to people, study interactions. Inside the smallest gestures will be the gift of everything.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You've decided to get good at something. It doesn't matter how far off you are from the mark right now. Figure out what small part of it you can learn. You only need to get 1% better at a time.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don't like to start a thing unless you think you can finish it. The rookie move is to put together the puzzle before you notice how many pieces will be involved.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). What do you have to do to make your heart a zone of peace? And can you do it alone? No. That's as impossible as harmonizing with yourself in real time.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A ring of fire is an enduring symbol. Johnny Cash sang about it, circus cats jump through it and, recently, it was found illustrated on an ancient Egyptian map. In some way, you'll be jumping through such a burning loop today.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sure, maybe you could be going faster, more efficiently and doing it in better form. But that's not the point. The point is movement. Forget what it's supposed to look like, just make it count.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In every moment, you have choices. Being too aware of that fact is paralyzing, and not being aware enough of it is worse. People get stuck when they mistake sliding doors for walls.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Something interdimensional is occurring within. For this reason, you'll make as much of an imprint on the world by observing passersby as you will by interacting with them or staying home.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Early judgment is inefficient. Then comes opinions and disappointment. Then comes arguing with reality — what a waste. Before you judge, let reality show you what it is. Then accept that, and go from there.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Knowing what you need is not so easy. Most of the time, people just guess at it, get it wrong, and try again. A person who can accurately assess your needs is an invaluable gift and should be cherished as such.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Tolerance needs a better public relations campaign. It's not regarded as particularly glamorous, and yet tolerance is the value most closely linked to "cool." No one can be cool without allowing a wide range of life to happen.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're never really on a straight road. Even the most linear, endless unchanging line of pavement is subtly wrapping around the curvature of a spherical planet. Dips and climbs are inevitable.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 28). Even though the early weeks pop with excitement, the real surprise will be the thrill that comes from being needed. The more you do for others, the better you feel. And as you execute your plans, you'll notice who you inspire. Your past and your professional life merge in helpful and lucrative ways. Scorpio and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 2, 18, 44 and 6.
APOTROPAIC SYMBOLS: NAZAR BONCUGU: Visit a bazaar in Istanbul and just about everywhere you look — windows, signs, awnings, alters, necklaces, key rings — there will be an eye staring back at you. This is what the Turkish call "Nazar Boncugu" an amulet whose purpose is to ward off the "evil eye" of covetousness and jealousy. The Arabic "nazar," which translates to something like surveillance, sight, attention or a similar concept, represents a design that is among the most famous and easily recognizable global symbols. In almost every religion and culture, there is a symbol of eyes looking back at your eyes in defiance, recognition or maybe something like love.
So whose eye is depicted in the Nazar Boncugu? There's good evidence it could be a version of the eyes of Osiris or the related Egyptian god Horace. Three or four thousand years ago, this beloved pantheon wove a story of death and rebirth. Osiris was killed by his brother, cut to pieces, planted, and then somehow was reanimated by the goddess Isis. As can be expected by a story that's thousands of years old, there are many versions of the life and times of this crew, though a consistent theme is the benevolent intent of godly eyes, watching over the foibles of earthly life. May earthlings never be totally alone.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Ariel Winter has played the smartest member of the Dunphy family for over a decade, and the acting credits keep coming for the "Modern Family" star. Winter was born when the sun, moon, Jupiter and Uranus were all in the intellectual air sign of Aquarius. Mercury and Venus in Capricorn suggest business acumen to rival her considerable acting talents.
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