On this, the last day of the Aquarius solar sojourn, Mars angers Neptune and the sun sidles up to Mercury, who flees hours later into the sign of the fish. What does it mean? That dreams change once you get a whiff of what's really actionable. That you can walk the walk and talk the talk, but ultimately the only person you need to convince is you.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Why does it have to make sense to be valid? It doesn't! "Making sense" isn't a universal law like gravity or motion. In fact, much of what works won't make sense today, and much of what makes sense won't work.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). In the way that big moves require the packing and transfer of many small boxes, big projects will have you working in a world of details. By the day's end, you'll have "packed" about a hundred "boxes."
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The omens say your energy increases as you trust your inner light. The more practical voices are pretty sure it's dark inside of your body, as it should be, but you can get your energy going with exercise under the outside light.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have a gift for discerning between what's necessary and what's not. This will be valuable to you and perhaps even more valuable to others who are struggling with focusing on the wrong things. Don't hesitate to help them out.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Success is not an achievement. Success is a feeling. If you don't allow yourself to feel successful until a certain metric has been met, that's a choice and not a fact based on the rules of success. Feelings don't follow rules.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your life could take many different directions from here. As you entertain possibilities (even just in your imagination) you'll be joined by flashes of memory and ghost guides from the past.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You don't have to believe in reincarnation to understand that you've already lived many lives in this lifetime and you will live many more. So what do you need to do to become your next version? Don't worry. You'll become it.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are amazing talents around you and here's hoping you'll use them as inspiration instead of comparison. You are quite capable of your own kind of greatness, and that's a very good place to put your focus.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). And your picture of life won't look anything like your neighbor's because even though you connected the very same dots, you didn't do it in the very same order.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Respect lasts longer than attention. Those who make a grab for the spotlight without delivering something of real value soon lose their audience and their credibility with you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Anyone exerting pressure on you to make the best choice (most likely you're the guilty party here) simply doesn't realize that there is no best choice. Many are good. All will lead to the future.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's said that you can never be overeducated, and yet you wonder if you'd be better off not knowing some things. What's there to do is to learn even more about it. Because the wider picture will be somehow more palatable.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 17). Love will have a daily impact on your life. You'll make sacrifices for your people and your interests will get served, too. Being redirected will bring wonderful results in the spring, so respect obstacles and take detours. There's a payout in May. What you spend to get business going will come back to you. Virgo and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 8, 44, 28 and 11.
HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER IN 12 STEPS, PART FIVE. See the archives for parts one through four.
Step 10: The P.S. The postscript is an opportunity — often it's the very best part of the whole letter.
P.S. No pressure.
Example: Fluffy the cat wants to know when you're coming back with more of that sweet catnip-stuffed-mouse action.
Example: Rhode Island. Really?
Step 11: Edit. Yes, the essence of good writing is rewriting. If you have the time, you might want to wait a day or two before you do your edits, because you'll see it differently after 24 hours.
Step 12: The presentation. Handwritten is the best. Something printed is the next best. Cool paper is a plus. Do yourself a favor: Don't put your heart into something and then send it digitally. Love letters aren't for emailing. They aren't for texting. Love letters are a gift from the heart, worthy of a physical embodiment. Give 'em something to hold and keep. And blackmail you with later.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Before the Kardashian empire, the original celebutante, Paris Hilton, ruled the realm of those famous for being famous. Hilton has an aptitude for entertaining befitting her moon in Leo, the sign of the spotlight. Her natal Mercury and Venus in Aquarius highlight philanthropy. She's generously supported dozens of causes including the fight against breast cancer and various animal charities.
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