Narcissism is the glaring flaw in the collective mentality of the digital age. It's a mesmerizing malady, though, and the more it is accepted in society the less people realize they have succumbed to the disease. To immunize yourself, make sure you're doing something to help the others. This message comes courtesy of the Aquarius moon.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Clearly, the social dynamics are not so peaceable as you'd like today. Using your keen mental discernment and good judgment, you'll avoid outright confrontation.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The most attractive thing you could do today is to accept and appreciate yourself for who you are. One way to get there is to delve deeper into your interests and further nurture your talents and finer qualities.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An excellent diet and regular exercise are essential aspects of self-care that, for some reason, you've been known to mistake as luxuries. It is not frivolous to spend money on such things.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). This is a day to be sure to tell the truth. Even white lies are like the Hydra of Greek mythology, which keeps growing more heads. The lie may solve one problem but will create new and unexpected ones.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will find meaning through responsibility. The takeaway will be similar no matter which responsibility you choose, so just choose the one that appeals to you most, pick up the load and carry it to the next place.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A person who is too naive to know the right or the wrong thing to do will need to be taught the rules. We are all naive about something. It's a day to extend the benefit of the doubt.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When people are too nice, you suspect them. Is their niceness a cover? Do they feel guilty for something? This isn't the most hopeful view of humanity, but it's often accurate. For now, though, accept the niceties, eyes wide-open.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've long believed that the way to get respect is to give it. That's at the root of your admiration for a certain someone — a leader who humbly listens to everyone, at every level of the team. You'll soon grow into this role yourself.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A little gift will mean as much and go as far toward creating a memory as a big one will. It really is the amount of thought you put into it that matters — and also what you write on the card.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The people who want you to be a part of their lives will pursue you, include you and generally make efforts to be near you. You do not have to chase anyone down, plot or scheme. Relax and let things unfold naturally.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Timing is everything today. For instance, a mistake with good timing will be taken as a joke. A joke with bad timing will be taken as a mistake. Your timing will be spot on, and this will lead to a fortuitous meeting.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It would be wonderful to travel, but it is not the only way to gain worldly experience. You will gain sophistication points by learning about other cultures, languages and cuisines, which you can do from your own home.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 3). No one is always the same person, but you'll be guided by qualities at your core into an ever more honest and soul-aligned direction. You become fearless about cutting out the things you don't enjoy or were only doing because you thought you had to. You become powerfully more you than you've ever been. Leo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 40, 2, 22 and 18.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Though it may very well be, as the masters claim, that our consciousness exists in many different states at any given time, the consciousness that matters most on this plane is the one that responds as action that the others understand as common decency, basic respect and the general "right thing." So, when it comes to spiritual evolution and existential growth, the practical person wins. This is a principle to hold dear, given the conjunction of the sun and Neptune, planet of hopes and dreams. If you can place your hope one step away — hope that you become incrementally improved — you will have moved the needle in a good direction for not only yourself but everyone around you, as these things have a way of catching on.
Furthermore, there's the Mercury retrograde to consider. We all hold beliefs, harbor emotions and nurture ideas that, whether we realize it or not, cause us to take action. Those beliefs, emotions and ideas are running the show, and half the time, we don't even know what they are. During this Mercury retrograde, if you're not a fan of your own actions, poke around. Peel back the curtain. Figure out what's behind them.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Pisces Jessica Biel and her Aquarius husband, Justin Timberlake, are an example of astrological neighbors becoming best friends and lovers, joined as partners through life. Aquarius is the realm of friendship and Pisces of spiritual connection, so this relationship balances real-world fun with deep meaning. Look for Biel in the upcoming TV crime drama "Limetown."
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