If you want a second crack at New Year's resolutions, this is it. The elevated consciousness of the Pisces moon in these early stages of the porcine era encourage you to create a sacred vision for the next 12 months. Without this purpose, it just won't turn out as well. Human nature has a way of corrupting unguided moments.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Scientific studies suggest that many humans rate their skills and traits as much better than they actually are. Then there's you, totally underplaying it all. Speak up! Too much modesty means everyone could lose out.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The power struggle is between two parts of you, one that's parental and one that's childlike. Both parts want what's good for you and what will make you happy, though each has an extremely different definition of those concepts.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're feeling rather uncharacteristically quiet, perhaps because you're still learning, observing and cataloguing what you see, at least mentally. You're just not ready to put this education into words yet.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You do certain things because you want to make sure that your efforts don't go to waste. But in a way, once it's out of your hands, it's no longer your business. Let go for now completely. You can check back later.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your parents gave you life, but they didn't give you their lives. In matters emotional, professional, spiritual and practical, do it your way regardless of how well it might please your parents or any other authority figure.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). "You're a lot," said the member of Generation Z to her overly dramatic friend — a mild-sounding yet crushing insult. You've been on both sides of this sort of dialogue. It's why you're so careful and compassionate today.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). A person's record may be clean, but the real standard isn't about what a person has been caught and tried for. The real standard is a matter of personal integrity that has to be reconciled between the individual and the higher self.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). How do you know you're being too hard on yourself? If the way you push yourself or talk to yourself doesn't advance your purposes, and is in fact more of a hurdle than a help, then you're being too hard on yourself.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Favored activities include next level cleaning and organization, the sort that handles the closets, files, drawers and little-seen areas — maybe even the secret chambers of the heart.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Creative pursuits will show early signs of success, perhaps in the interested eyes of others, the smiles, the excellent questions you get about your process and goals. This is exciting!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're never too busy to be charitable when the call comes, though often there is no call. To do good in the world these days, you have to be proactive. Notice who needs help, instead of waiting to be asked for help.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The way a person feels about himself, the way she sees her position or exerts her power, these are the sorts of things you can read rather easily today, and there's a way to use this for mutual benefit.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 6). Remember when you thought you were functioning at full capacity? Well you'll do more this solar return and you'll do it better, and with greater love and joy. The secret is losing what is excessive and superfluous. Also of note — you'll travel with loved ones, at once expanding horizons and deepening relationships. Cancer and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 21, 5, 28, 3 and 10.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: Today's question is a continuation of a series begun on Monday, Feb. 4, which deals with the intersection of privilege and creating one's own destiny. See the archives for parts one and two.
The idea that we create our own destiny, not only the good parts of our lives but the sickness, terrible circumstances and even whatever we were born into genetically, socially or economically, is a seductive one because it feeds into our deep need for control. We are vulnerable beings who must learn to survive the indifferent forces of nature and operate inside systems that are largely not within our control. How do we reconcile our vulnerability with what it takes to make a life? Perhaps other animals don't worry so much about it. But because humans have a higher thought process, the idea of our own existence, or death, is ever-present, at least in the subconscious. Were it not for the employment of one particular survival tool, we would be probably be completely unable to live rational lives in an irrational world. That survival tool can be summed up in one word: Story.
More on this tomorrow.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes of American culture and best ball players of all time, Baseball Hall of Fame's inaugural member Babe Ruth was an Aquarius with a Cancer moon, indicating hypersensitivity to human behavior and an uncanny ability to predict it well. With this and his natal Mars in the bullishly strong realm of Taurus, he dominated the game.
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