Though circumstances have propelled each of us through a particular history, we were always partners to some degree, however small. The great cluster in Capricorn's sky suggests a deal with fate that's weighted in the direction of independent control. Feel that? The steering wheel of life just got more responsive to your hand's direction.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). To what degree are you responsible for the mistakes of your forebears? And what are you willing to do in the name of rectifying their wrongs? This is the question that subtly guides the day's patterns.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll be looking for proof that another person's passions are directed to a somewhat realistic understanding of you as opposed to a projection of their own making.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Most of what wears the costume of urgency is ego (your own or someone else's) needing external validation. Were you to respond to everything that passes as urgent, you wouldn't have time to do what's important.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You can't put a price tag on thoughtfulness. You'll exchange something specific that proves you're tuned in to another person. This goes beyond the realm of commerce and is deeper than courteousness.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). No one is shallow for thinking that appearances matter. Of course they do. We use visual cues to get around, assess situations and know what's expected. Shallowness is making appearances matter too much.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Everyone is a novice about something. Though innocence must be lost to move to the next realm of awareness, what is gained in the way of awareness, humor, wit, taste, etc. will be a trade that's more than fair.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Girl Scouts vow to live by the Girl Scout law. Postal workers vow to deliver the mail regardless of weather. And physicians vow to do no harm. Today you'll be made aware of the vows you live by.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Beware of those who would rather be popular than serve others, or who would rather be famous than great. In a balanced venture, ideally those qualities will emerge together.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To count the ways in which a certain person doesn't meet your expectations would only mire you in a joyless thought pattern. Instead, focus on getting your needs met.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You wouldn't keep wearing a sweater that gives you a rash, and neither should you stay close to people who irritate you. If it can't be helped, change your analysis of their actions. "Irksome" is but one interpretation.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If anyone keeps you waiting more than 30 minutes today, leave — not out of anger but rather from a desire to communicate your respect for time in general, and your boundaries in particular.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your lifestyle isn't just about how you eat, where you live, or what you do for work and fun. It's also a coping style and a way of managing the complexities of society. What about it is working? What isn't?
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 14). The care and challenge you give your physical self will repay you, as you seem to get younger as the year progresses. Friends connect you with opportunity. You'll have the courage to make a change in the way you're getting and using money, and this improves your quality of life across the board. Pisces and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 40, 44, 42 and 18.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: A 54-year-old Cancer who lost a job in the 2008 financial crisis and, subsequently, his marriage writes: "Since then nothing has fit. Jobs and romance have been unstable. I don't feel like I've changed from a character standpoint, but nothing has come together like it had for many years. Will I get one last professional or personal hurrah, or is this it?"
Every winner has a story of loss. You've weathered the storms of life with your shell intact, Cancer. Recognize and honor yourself for finding a way forward even as the sand washed away under your feet. This alignment of Saturn (lessons) and Pluto (personal power) will overturn ideas about authority and provide you with an opportunity to seek a stronger internal locus of control. The personal and professional hurrah is something you make happen — not through the traditional ways you once followed but through challenging yourself like never before. How well are you willing to get to know yourself, root out our fears, master strengths, reinvent? Mix up the two areas of your life. Personal work will lead to professional wins, and vice versa.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: "Ozark" fans anxiously anticipating the fate of the Byrde family will finally get the goods when the Netflix series starring Jason Bateman drops later this year. From child star to producer, Bateman has followed his hardworking and down-to-earth Capricorn sun to create what's shaping up to be quite a media empire. Natal Venus in Pisces indicates an intuitive approach to life and work.
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