Those with a low emotional IQ regularly miss the emotions of others. This will not be a problem today though, because Venus and Neptune align in Pisces, the most sensitive part of the sky. As for those who tend to feel others too much, this may seem counterintuitive, but part of building your emotional intelligence is learning what to ignore.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You tend to put pressure on yourself. Some of it is appropriate and is absolutely what you need to succeed; some of it is totally unnecessary. Today you'll figure out the difference.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are three kinds of luck: the kind you are born into, the kind you stumble into and the kind you make by putting yourself in situations with great potential. Of course, you can only really control the last kind. And you will today!
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Happiness doesn't always make you smile. Sometimes it makes you holler, sometimes it makes you cry and sometimes it dumbfounds you into a state of perfect, blissful neutrality.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You figure out that you simply don't need as much as you thought you would, so you can let go and watch your energy level rise. Also, your connection with a fire sign (Aries, Leo or Sagittarius) will raise your energy.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Thinking back to your behavior from your younger days will make you cringe. Years from now, you'll cringe about something you did just yesterday. But it's all growth, trying and learning. Stay light, laugh, forgive and keep going.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Friends and stories will be the great treasure of your day. You'll be surprised by what some people remember about your times together and this will add to your own recollections.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Time can seem like a bully. But bullies can be stopped. Stand up to time — show it who's boss. Take control of your schedule by filling it with what you want to do instead of reacting to every petty demand that's made of you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You know when people say they're ready, but then it turns out that they are not ready at all? It irritates you so much that you'll take extra measures today just to make sure you're not "that person."
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Sometimes the conditions are perfect for slipping into a sweet spot of productivity. Then there are days like today, when you have to practically bribe yourself to get your head in the game. Hey — that's not a bad idea!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You've seen time and again how apparently small and trivial events can have disproportionately influential consequences. Today will present another instance of this, though it will take you months to detect the moment.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're really not sure where the next lucky break is coming from — the last one was so long ago that you're starting to forget it. This is a fine time to arrange for yourself to be in as many potential hot spots as you can foresee.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's a point in which trying too hard to change a negative behavior becomes an even more negative behavior. Obsessing over improvement is not improvement. Try self-compassion and acceptance.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 21). You have changed your definition of success. Because of this, the wins you create this solar return will favorably affect more people than ever before. Your investment in learning will transform your work picture. A faithful companion is along for the adventure come June. November brings domestic improvements. Libra and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 2, 28 and 10.
COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT ... SELF-PARENTING (PART THREE): Adulting is essentially a journey toward becoming the ideal parent of yourself. If you're a Taurus, the biggest self-parenting challenge is the issue of willfulness. Tauruses are gifted with tremendous tenacity and determination. The flip side of that talent is stubbornness and obsessive tendencies. Have you ever tried to move a 2,000-pound bull? As a Taurus, once you decide on something, you will dig in your heels and no amount of force can move you from that decision.
Effective parenting of willful children involves helping the child want to do the right things, and the same goes for Taurus self-parenting. The successful Taurus will recognize his or her own tremendous willfulness, and then instead of fighting it, will find ways of coaxing things along. Taking baby steps in the right direction will work. Rewards systems will work. Sometime distractions are a huge help.
As a Taurus, to oppose yourself is futile, as you have something akin to "oppositional defiance disorder" regardless of who is telling you what to do. Also note that behavioral breakthroughs rarely come from a frustrated mind. If you're a Taurus and you've come to an impasse with getting yourself to adopt a desired behavior, try walking away from the problem for a while. Progress will be born in a gentle, playful approach.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: In the "Twilight" movies, Ashley Greene played a vampire who could see into the future — fitting for Pisces, the most psychic of the zodiac. Greene has her sun, Mercury and Jupiter all in the prescient sign. Look for the versatile Greene in several upcoming projects, including the horror flick "Snowblind" and the comedy "Antiquities" with Mary Steenburgen.
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