Rejection is a pretty substantial fear in the human psyche, right up there with the biggest baddies. And yet, now that 5,000 years from our prehistoric lifestyle, rejection seldom ends fatally. We have to teach ourselves that it's really OK not to have everyone's acceptance all the time. In that teaching: liberation, Leo moon style.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). There is warm affection around you, and you won't mind if small surprises are part of the fun, although it doesn't take much to get to a level of excitement you'd deem disconcertingly spontaneous.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). All of life is a rhythm. Finding yours can be quite natural, though you shouldn't let nature dictate every move. Don't underestimate your power to change one that's not working for you either.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Entrances and exits have power you can use. Decide how you want to show up. Visualize what it will look like, who will pay attention and what feeling you want to create by stepping into the room — and by leaving it.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Are the earth, sun, moon and stars in selfless service to you? Probably not, but would it really hurt to move forward as though that were the truth? Certainly, the heavens have no agenda to oppose you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). To like and accept yourself is only the first level of being at peace in the world. True effectiveness comes with moving up the scale. What if you were crazy about yourself? Work on it. The success that rolls in with this is spectacular.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To check your ethics will be prudent, conscientious and more than most people will do. Most assume they're right without giving a thought to the bigger picture and far-reaching consequences.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Maybe you don't need to feel guilty, especially if someone is trying to make you feel this way in order to forward their own agenda. Relatedly, don't be tricked into taking responsibility for someone else's problems.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Games of chance will favor you. That doesn't mean you should run to the casino and throw the dice, but if you have a little to risk on the whimsy of the fates you might enjoy the outcome.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Ever feel like you're doing a bad impression of yourself? That's social tension for you. To get comfortable, find the cause of discomfort. Probably, it's a story you're telling yourself. Or it's your shoes.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's good to be royal! Your approval makes plans roll into motion. This isn't the case in many areas of your life. Even blood-born monarchs aren't the kings and queens of everything. So celebrate what you rule when you do.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll do instead of worrying about what to do. This is where mistakes get made — excellent. Mistakes are the proof of life. Mistakes are the foliage around the roses of success.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). They say that the truth hurts. Though, to be fair, maybe it's the artless way truth is often delivered that really causes the pain. You'll have a message. Think about it, practice it, try and make it land as softly as possible.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 8). There's a first time for everything — or at least there ought to be. Fill your year with firsts, as bursts of newness will be the secret to invigorating your experience. Caring for others will, in an unexpected way, provide you with the opportunity to advance private interests. Your family will grow. Sagittarius and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 4, 44, 42 and 18.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I am a Cancer, born July 12, 1963. I seem to have remarkable luck as far as my professional life goes, but I have not been able to settle down and get married. I meet many men and have had several serious boyfriends, but my fear of commitment is really holding me back. At the moment, there are two guys I am interested in, a Pisces (2/21/63) and a Leo (8/17/63). I think the Leo is more of a player even though he has tried to say otherwise. I have decided to hedge my bets on the Pisces, but I don't want to make a mistake. Can you give me any advice?"
You're right, the Pisces man will make a stellar lifelong mate. You want a man who will take care of business at home, and Mr. Leo wants to let the good times roll. The trick is getting your Pisces to feel safe enough to let his love flow; he has more intense feelings for you than he lets on. Be not afraid: Once you attach yourself to this man, your relationship will satisfy you on so many levels that you'll forget why you stayed single for so long.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Few celebrities achieve undying relevance at the level of Aquarius actor James Dean from the iconic "Rebel Without a Cause." Mercury, Venus and Saturn in cool Capricorn indicate great wells of self-control and emotional restraint as well as lofty ambitions and the talent to get there. Mars, the passion planet, in Leo, the sign of entertainment indicates a strong need for attention. Dean's Scorpio moon brought the brooding intensity to this natal chart.
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