Want to avoid making terrible mistakes during this Venus and Mars square? Humility is the answer. New studies focusing on the social dynamics of power support the old adage that power corrupts. Subjects were less empathetic, poorer listeners and more willing to bend the rules when they felt powerful. Keep yourself in check. Be modest.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's difficult not to get attached to things today, especially when they fall so perfectly in line with who you think you are. Of course, we're never who we think we are, any more than we are who others think we are.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Should you maximize your gains or minimize your losses? It depends on what you want. For fame or publicity, maximize your gains. For money and security, minimize your losses.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You are a key player, an integral team member and a big reason your group is functioning so well right now. Don't seek validation for this. Just know it's true and keep going.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You offer many things to people around you every day. Today you already know what they will choose. You've made the default option very appealing; it will take the least amount of effort for them, which makes it easy.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your nearest and dearest love you for who you are, not for what you achieve or do. But what you do still affects the big picture. They cannot help but be influenced, and you'll be keenly aware of exactly how today.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Though you're part of the improvement, the solution, the happier day, you're also part of something that's going to need revision a little further down the road. Stay aware. Don't get too comfortable.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Don't ask them what they think. They'll tell you, but it won't really be what they think; it will just be what they suppose sounds appropriate. You'll have better luck if you ask them how they feel.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your actual choice won't be nearly so important as the level of focus and power you bring to it. So don't stress about what you'll do next. Pick something and then put your all into it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Children, dreams, beauty, love — the good things such as those have a life of their own and don't necessarily do what they're told. They render you powerless and energized all at once.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Kindness and politeness will go a long way toward paving easy daily routines, contributing to healthful and lovely environments, and creating quality relationships.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don't do waiting; do creating. Though there will definitely be a stretch of time between your request and its fulfillment, if you fill it with work on other things, it will seem like a mere blink.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's not that the pot of gold doesn't exist; it's that the end of the rainbow doesn't exist. The rainbow is an illusion dependent on a point of perspective, not GPS coordinates. Find the gold using a map instead of a rainbow.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 25). In the next 10 weeks, you'll learn new strategies and skills for creating the kind of life you want. The educational process is such a pleasure that it will be hard to choose which you like better, learning or applying what you learn to the achievements in June and beyond. You'll commit to something new in August. Leo and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 50, 22 and 14.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The square of Venus and Mars at the start of the week brings up some salient issues — namely, those regarding the nature of power. Those in power cannot assume that their position will last, as power can be even more fickle than luck. With the knowledge that power is temporary, the powerful must never relax. They must be vigilant to fulfill their purpose with the urgency of one in battle.
It should also be noted that those who abuse their power by acting out of self-interest, using intimidation tactics, taking from others and disrespecting the people they are supposed to lead will soon pay for their mistakes. When those who are adored abuse their position, the crowd will turn, and the powerful become subjects of derision and disdain.
The third point to take home from this configuration has to do with the paradox of power itself. No one is immune to its corruptible nature. Power turns good, kind people into greedy, selfish people. It turns weakness into evil. The only way to avoid the corruptible influence of power is through constant, vigilant humility.
Thursday will bring a beautiful and very productive full moon in Virgo, the sign of health and improvement. All is well and getting better.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Rashida Jones is a Harvard graduate from a show business lineage. With Mercury and Venus in Aquarius, Jones is at her best doing work that makes humanity better, whether through laughter, insight or practical solutions. Look for the Pisces actress in the upcoming techno-romance "Zoe," about a revolutionary research lab designing technology to improve romantic relationships.
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