On a Monday rich in lunar aspects and changes, whatever you put in the top priority of your life will thrive. You'll find yourself making decisions in support of your No. 1 thing and taking risks you wouldn't take for anything else. It won't even be hard because the No. 1 spot comes with all sorts of self-sustaining energy.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). In preparation for the upcoming event, give yourself twice the time you think you'll need. Success will be determined by the setup. Think ahead — about not only the logistical aspects to a project but the emotional ones as well.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Some people don't recognize beauty outside of its frame. Some don't even see it when it's inside the frame. They let the frame itself dictate the value. It's sad, but it's happening often enough that you need to be aware of it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Don't give all of your attention to the ache and the ardor that will greedily submerge you. Head for shallow water, and plant your feet where the currents can rock but not drag you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There is a generation that listened to the bow drag the string, and one that touched needle to vinyl, and one that scrolled and tapped. They all sought the music. Whatever it is, find the commonality and dance to that.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're a good friend, practically an entire support system in and of yourself. You'll somehow give double what you actually have. You'll explain it by saying more than you believe, with hope and love that didn't exist before you made them.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're not holding back out of trepidation, uncertainty or indecision. Quiet can be the most eloquent way to contribute. There's wonder in your understatement, profundity in your silence.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Breakthroughs are emotional. The path to get there is paved with a mix of poetry and math, but the actual bridge between the old you and the new you is made of braided feelings.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People cope, but then afterward they can't tell you how. Some things you just have to go through to get through. You're as ready as you'll ever be to make a change. One small but brave step kicks it off.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Maybe you can change more than you think you can. What's holding you back is just a thought — a self-imposed limit. Ideas are plentiful and today's special is to try before you buy.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). This is one of those days when the world just needs you more. It's good that you're ready to pitch in from exactly where you are. This couldn't happen without you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This day is a visitor, and soon a ghost. In this light, do you want to do it differently? Probably not. All the same things you were going to do still apply; all that's changed is the feeling. Still, that could be everything.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Pain is confusing. Sometimes we try to avoid it, other times we seek it. So much can override the signal, change its meaning or even its nature. Seek a cordial relationship with pain, as it is merely a messenger.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 6). Start thinking of the emotions and reactions you want to come away with when looking back at your year and reverse engineer this solar journey. Your new plan kicks in this month, and by May you'll have created a better and different flow for your finances. Family grows in numbers and in closeness. Aries and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 22, 17, 4 and 26.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "She's a Taurus, and I'm starting to think that she's not a good friend for me. She always wants to see new places, travel, go to parties, try new restaurants and the like. I thought that I was broadening my horizons by doing those things with her. But I always wind up spending way too much money and time. Honestly, I don't have that much fun. It's like she's on a constant mission of pleasure, but it seems so brief. I'm thinking of distancing myself, but part of me worries that I'm just being a stick in the mud. What do you think? Signed, Virgo workaholic
We each have our own set point for pleasure tolerance, and it sounds like yours is considerably lower than your friend's, which is typical of your respective signs. Honor who you are. If so-called pleasure is making you bored or irritated, doesn't that defeat the point? Consider this quote from 18th-century writer Oliver Goldsmith:
"None has more frequent conversations with a disagreeable self than the man of pleasure; his enthusiasms are but few and transient; his appetites, like angry creditors, are continually making fruitless demands for what he is unable to pay; and the greater his former pleasures, the stronger his regret, the more impatient his expectations. A life of pleasure is, therefore, the most unpleasing life."
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Comic Capricorn Rowan Atkinson is among Great Britain's national treasures and a favorite of humor lovers worldwide. Atkinson's character, Mr. Bean, is a nearly silent individual, challenged by the rigors of daily life. In contrast, Atkins was born under a chatty Gemini moon. His natal sun and Mercury in Capricorn show instincts for power, business and the mastery of difficult tasks.
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