Listening Moon

By Holiday Mathis

March 3, 2018 6 min read

One way to ensure that you're always right is to speak strictly on topics you know everything about. You can also employ this strategy when your aim is to be an insufferable bore. No? Then, forget about right and be attractive instead. That's mostly accomplished through good listening. The Libra moon helps with these kinds of graces.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your leisure is another person's work, and your work is another person's leisure. From this frame, it's really not what you do, but the quality of relaxation you bring to it that puts it in the category of enjoyment.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The biggest winners have failed the most times. The great people have failed greatly. Failure is the best teacher, though a reviled one. Is that really fair? Befriend it instead.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's said that fate doesn't like to be tempted, although you're not one to live your life by the preferences of others, not even fate. You're curious about what will happen if you hang a temptation in the air, and you'll find out.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The confident move is to let people take as much space as they need without interjecting your own feelings on the matter. However, it should be noted that sometimes the most confident move doesn't accomplish your aims.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your instinct will be to make quick decisions. Often they will be fast, sometimes not — and that's fine, too. Wrong choices lead to right choices for those committed to learning from them.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Count on it: This is not going to unfold in the way you expect, but it will unfold in the way it's supposed to. Interruptions will be lucky and lovely. Extras and additions will be better than the main event.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There are many ways to expand your creative potential, but the one that will most appeal is the same one you employed so often as a child: copying the older kids as you played and managed the challenges of life together.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. A conversation is only as strong as its most sensitive topic. And a relationship is only as strong as its most vulnerable aspects.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Because learning comes with its own payoff (complete with a wonderful change in brain chemistry at that "I've got it!" moment), it can be very seductive to stay in the education bubble. Take courage. Step out and apply it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be around physical beauty and intellectual beauty, both equally attractive at first. However, over time, intellectual beauty may grow as quickly as physical beauty fades.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'd rather solve your own problem than appear needy. But people want to help. That's a need, too, and one that would be easy for you to serve. Just ask for the help they need to give.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Plato suggested to his young student, "Time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions" — a fine reason to steer clear of the big topics. The same will apply to you today.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 3). This year you'll have the sort of people in your life who will grow and change right along with you, celebrating all of your incarnations — what an astounding treasure! Also it will get easier and easier to see and take the steps leading to your own happiness — simple, yes, but people are generally not so good at this. Libra and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 27, 6, 10 and 22.

COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT... SELF-PARENTING (PART TEN): The road to maturity involves becoming an increasingly adept parent to oneself. In the new parenting book "Achtung Baby," American author Sara Zaske explores the more permissive style of German parenting. When it comes to self-parenting, Sagittarius is all about a similarly permissive style that includes plenty of "free play." Sagittarius feels best when letting the inner child come up with his or her own games and rules without too much direction and coaching. Growing up, after all, is mainly accomplished through experimentation and mistakes — lots of mistakes. It is therefore an impediment to growth to prevent them from happening.

All of this occurs under the umbrella of what's "within reason." Of course, what's reasonable to a Sagittarius is probably risky to most other signs. That's part of the charm of Sagittarius, and also part of the Sagittarian reputation for being tremendously lucky.

This luck is augmented further by an ounce of precaution. Or if an ounce is too much, how about a tablespoon, Sagittarius? At the very least, make sure your friend group is stocked with a Virgo and a very nurturing Cancer. These signs will help you see when you are unnecessarily taking Evel Knievel-sized risks.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: "This American Life" host and producer Ira Glass mixes the true stories of everyday people with an eclectic array of artistry to intrigue and inform his millions of listeners and fans. Pisces natives like Glass have the superpower of deep empathy, which helps them relate to a wide range of personalities. Glass uses his gifts to bridge gaps, increase understanding and bring people together.

Holiday Mathis at [email protected]

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