Pressure begets pressure. Resistance is met with resistance. People are naturally inclined to push against whatever is pushing against them. But we don't always have to go with our natural inclinations. Mercury and Saturn embolden a nontypical response to life — the kind that will shake things up, if not heal the situation.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Honest self-reflection requires a big person with a little ego. You'll review the chain of events that led up to an undesired result. Your willingness to look at what your part may have been will enable to you to see a solution.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If allowed, there are some rather unhelpful ideas that will go marching around your mind with all the pomp and circumstance of bonafide facts. Check them, challenge them, or just ignore them and they'll diminish in the distance.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What seems like a formless mess may very well be just that now, next week and next month. But it will not always be this way. Trust that things yet unknown are shaping slowly into the structures of your future.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Coral reefs make up only about a tenth of one percent of the earth's surface, yet that's where nearly a quarter of the known species of marine life live. You want beauty. Go to a rare place of concentrated diversity.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Of course you can be creative all alone and you often have a peaceful experience creating in solitude and silence. And yet, you need the group energy to keep you motivated. Get involved.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You've been emphasizing output over input, and that's fine for a while as long as you realize that when the inspiration dries up, you'll need to go replenish it. But why wait?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). They may look at you appraisingly, figuring out what value you might add to their lives. And yet, do not fall into the trap of thinking you are as good as what you can do for others. You are invaluable and your worth is inherent.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In regards to finance, you'll benefit from erring on the side of caution. What builds slowly will build strong. The same will go for partnerships of all types. Be methodical and stay aware.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Someone is going to get the best deal, the highest quality and in the most abundant quantity available — why not you? Nothing is guaranteed, but ask anyway. Those who don't ask, don't get.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A certain amount of political play is to be expected. And yet, if it seems that the intrigues and falsehoods surround you on all sides, it's a sign that you are in a toxic game. Get out. No prize is worth this.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Discovering why what you offer is different and necessary is the usual burden and challenge of business. Being the total original that you are, you will find this neither burdensome nor challenging today.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Oddly, there are some people in the world who find it extremely difficult to be happy for other people. They are the opposite of you, with powers of empathy so strong that you feel every human victory almost as if it were your own.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 28). Go on and set those ambitious goals. The next three weeks bring the clarity to organize your efforts, prioritize your responsibilities and make a doable plan. One special person brings sunshine to your summer days. You'll create new income for your family in July; also there's a big sale in October. Sagittarius and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 39, 40, 47 and 1.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I consider myself a rational, practical person. Yet when I tell people that I follow astrology, their skepticism challenges me. I'm not sure if I even believe in astrology, and I certainly can't justify why it speaks to me, it just does."
My favorite letters from readers are the ones that start, "I don't believe in astrology..." and end "...so what's in the stars for me?" Plenty of people don't believe, but "believing" is kind of beside the point. You can use astrology whether you're a believer or not. Astrology provides an opportunity to pause for self-reflection. It's all about the personal: What's happening to you, in your life and in your head? One fun exercise is to read your horoscope at the end of the day and use it as a lens for reflection on the events and interactions you've had since you woke up. What did they mean to you, how they shape you, what do your reactions say about you?
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Aries natives are risk takers. Grammy winner Lady Gaga eats risk for breakfast. Whether she's wearing a meat suit, diving off a stadium, posing for her painter friend Tony Bennet or simply changing genres for an album, she keeps it hot like her fire sign nature. Her Scorpio Moon lends a talent for transformation. Mercury and Jupiter in Pisces suggest untapped acting talent.
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