Be wary of those who are always pushing action, progress and "go time!" Do they have something to gain from the bustle? What about when doing nothing is actually the smarter move? It so often is. "Nothing" is a move that requires no actual movement, yet it does take a lot of energy to be patient (less so under the Taurus moon, though).
ARIES (March 21-April 19). New ventures always come with a beat or two of bedlam. The confusion and chaos only add to the fun! So take a breath and head in, expecting that it won't be perfect but it will be an experience.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Obstacles are necessary. Otherwise, there's no game. Catapult over them and you'll build up your strength. Push against them and you'll build stamina. Rub them out and you'll wind up polishing your work to the brilliance of a jewel.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are those who reach adulthood unwounded; they are the exception, not the rule. Time usually makes its marks. You'll connect with someone over the scars (either inside or outside) that show what you've survived.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Avoid people and situations that test your knowledge. It's better to gravitate toward those who like how you think instead. To know is to close your mind to learning. So don't know. Stay curious.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It's risky to talk to strangers, but you're fearless today, so you'll reach out and expand your circle with an introduction or two. You're a magnet for interesting people.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You embrace life's lopsided nature. You'll be intrigued by people, ideas and places that seem a little off. Also, you crave novelty these days, so if it doesn't look like anything you've experienced, you'll want to sign up.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Magicians know that children can often figure out tricks that adults don't. Why? They make fewer assumptions. They're more open to randomness. They notice more details. Today you'll be like a child whom no one can trick.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). We operate on what we've seen to be true. But sometimes what we've seen is only part of the truth or is actually more of an anomaly. Leave room for doubt. Being wrong happens. Defending wrong — now that's just wrong!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Go mingle in a new place. At the very least, you'll have a fresh experience and story to report. But you're even likelier to find love, friendship, adventure, work or all of the above.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Anyone can give others the benefit of the doubt, but you'll take it into radically generous territory, giving total trust without hesitation. If they have ill intent, they'll go elsewhere; your kindness takes the fun out of the swindle.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your attention actually makes the other person fascinating. The person was interesting to begin with, but his or her story becomes great because of your unique brand of curiosity.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You dislike social situations in which you're expected to network, schmooze and sell. You see life as a creative process, not as a series of trophies. Don't worry; many will find your approach appealing. Show up and just be you.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 20). The objective still seems far off, and you're not even sure how you're going to get there, but that's all part of what makes this year so magical. You sweat and toil for some successes, and others happen by sheer miracle. With a ripple of kindness and effectiveness, you'll make a difference in the lives of many. Gemini and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 44, 19 and 3.
COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT ... SELF-PARENTING (PART TWO). Even for those fortunate ones born to champions of parenting, life is still better when we learn to care for and help ourselves. For ARIES, self-parenting is demanding because Aries is the newborn of the zodiac. Aries has not only the high energy of youth but the accompanying headstrong tendencies. Couple that with a rebellious streak and fire-sign passion... this is a job for the super-nanny. But good news, Aries: You have everything you need to keep up with yourself.
The trick is in realizing that the rebel in you isn't something to quash or tame. That part of you is usually trying to tell you something — that you need freedom and fun, that there are basic pleasures and novelties that should be prioritized; otherwise, you feel stifled and bored. When that part of you acts out, a good self-parenting move is to be patient, loving and curious. Ask: "What is the need that I'm ignoring? What is it I need to face?"
Also, it's worth noting that Aries adults do better with a consistent sleep schedule, just as Aries children do. Going to bed and waking up at approximately the same time may seem boring, but it has many life and health benefits that are anything but.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Barbadian supernova Rihanna mixed many musical influences to produce a style all her own and has sold over 230 million records, ranking her among the best-selling artists of all time. This soulful Pisces songstress with a knack for turning out No. 1 singles was born under a fiery Aries moon, indicating a passionate and headstrong nature. Natal Mars in Sagittarius signals universal appeal.
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