Sometimes, the next level is obvious, as when the game says there are 10 levels and you're only on two, or the hotel has singles and suites. But the sun's strife with Uranus reminds us that there's not always something better. There's something you have right now that is the best that is or ever was — at least the best for you. Happiness is appreciation.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your capacity for self-directedness is strong and getting stronger every time you do what you tell yourself to do. You're always fortifying one side or the other — the commander or the rebellion.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Good people don't need other people to say they're good in order to embody the label. It's self-given, self-upheld and self-defined. Stand-up people often stand alone.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are many ways to capture in your heart the life inside of life — admiring a vase of flowers in the sun, a book that pulls you into a different world, the intoxication of dancing, a highway drive to nowhere in particular, etc.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're a fountain of solutions, for yourself, your loved ones and the world. Focus on the solutions that are for you. Of course, those are the only ones you have the full power to apply.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The habit of collecting your thoughts isn't just for moments of anger or passion or for times when you're going to be in the spotlight. You're at your best after you've checked in with your thoughts, so do it often.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You like the way it feels to scheme, dream, plot and plan, but it's nothing like the elation that comes from getting into action and seeing what works and what doesn't.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You could use more excitement. The simple act of buying tickets to an event that's weeks away will give you a boost that lasts until the date arrives.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you don't have one, then this is the day to establish one (and only one) spot for your keys, wallet and phone. Firm rules for yourself in this regard and others will have you winning over the cosmic inclinations of the day.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're not afraid of hard work. Historically, the mental buildup is typically worse than the reality. Besides, you like what happens after the hard work — satisfaction, respect and sometimes even glory!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You wouldn't help a person training for a marathon by giving them a ride to the end of the run. The best assistance is accountability and encouragement, not a free pass.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People lie when they are afraid. Think about what could be frightening to them. What are the possible reasons here? If you can address and reduce the fear, you just may get to the truth.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's a new day. Feelings change. Maybe you'll be negotiating or renegotiating the rules. And maybe you'll be tearing up the rulebook and relying on something beyond social conditioning and yesterday's ideas about fairness.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 23). A poem for your solar return: You will issue commands to you/ to quit something you like to do/ put muscle, heart and mind into/ and then collect the prizes due/ none of which compares unto/ the pride that's born of follow-through. Also: There will be a reunion and a second chance at a childhood wish. Cancer and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 17, 11, 24, 38 and 50.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm a Leo. When do I know it's time to cut off a relationship forever? I had a very intense relationship with someone I still love completely. We used to live together. For a while it was bliss. But then something about the familiarity didn't work. He seemed to lose interest in me and would resent the way I clung to him. I wanted things to be tender and exciting like they were when we were first together. I couldn't force him to feel that way. My neediness freaked him out. We've gone back and forth, on and off, for two years now. Even though we love each other, I don't see us making a commitment. But maybe I'm just being cynical? He's a Capricorn."
Leo, it's time to separate your attachment to this Capricorn from your attachment to drama itself. Admit that you've been addicted to the tumultuous intensity — the rush of feeling that accompanies this union. As wonderfully heady as that is, it's not love. It's infatuation. It's based on the chemistry of the moment — a moment that's long past. So break up for good and go cold turkey with the drama, too.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: True to her Aquarian birth sign, Princess Caroline of Monaco has devoted her life to philanthropy, especially through her work with the Red Cross, the Princess Grace Foundation and as a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations. The protection of children, families and human rights at large are in line with Aquarian values. Natal Mercury and Venus in Capricorn suggest no challenge is too daunting.
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