One glorious idea that could befall you on this fine conjunction of Mercury and Neptune is the realization that you don't have to weigh in on everything. In this recommendation-ruled society, we mistakenly think opinions are required instead of optional. The wise will save their energy and their judgment for the important things.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). No need for formalities. Get to what matters. And don't be afraid to join in a conversation in the middle of it or, even better, to start there — because today, the middle is the new beginning.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're hearing the same advice from different, unrelated sources. It's a sign. It's not a sign that they're right; rather, it's a sign that there's value in doing a deeper dive. Look into it!
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People appreciate a structure, and you're extremely structured in your thinking and doing today — a boon to everyone around you. You model the behavior you'd like to see in others, and they catch on.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Remain vigilant if you can manage it, because it will count for double over the next 24 hours. You'll affirm to yourself and show others that you're serious about reaching your goals.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There's no such thing as an ordinary problem when you've an extraordinary mind. As Isaac Newton proved, even getting hit on the head by a fallen apple can lead to unlocking a secret of the universe.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Maybe perfection can be achieved in such things as sandwiches and a few hours of fine weather — but it can't in most other things. And in relationships, perfection is an impossibility. Reasonable expectations are the magic of life.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To look at the big picture of your own life, you'd probably have to be standing somewhere other than smack in the middle of it. So it's a good thing you have good people around who can help you get perspective.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You can trust in the power of groups today, especially groups with an excellent leader (such as you!). The best leaders listen about 90 percent more than they talk.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The more living things you're in charge of (plants, pets, offspring) the more crucial it is that you consider your No. 1 responsibility in life — your own survival and nurturance.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your plans will change according to cost and other factors. This will be an overwhelmingly positive occurrence, as living strictly according to one's plan isn't really living at all.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Do you get the feeling that a certain person enjoys pushing your emotional buttons? Who knows why? It could be that your attention is wonderful to obtain by any means. If you want it to stop, don't react.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your vision for your personal life is expanding, but think of it as an exercise. You're certainly capable of growing, but don't be too quick to move into the bigger version. Bigger isn't always better. Think it through.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 24). Amazing instances of emotional maturity are in store. You'll come to see your feelings as navigational data telling you your position in life and how it lines up with where you want to be, where you feel you should be and more. You'll use this information to move into a life circumstance of your most wonderful dreams. Sagittarius and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 38, 1, 3, 28 and 9.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: To keep cool — to maintain your composure when the scene takes an unexpected turn or when circumstances get out of hand — this is one of the most impressive social feats achievable, yet it's an opportunity that won't come up unless things go suddenly badly. So in a sense, when things go badly but you don't, it's actually a stroke of excellent luck.
Relax. There's nothing inherently negative predicted in the week. But it is a week of changes. Mercury changes direction. Venus and Mars both get sign changes. And the prevailing energy is one of Aries newness, which could also be translated into youngness. With youth come mistakes and awkward growth spurts. Roll with it! It's adorable at any age. Commend yourself for trying new things and becoming a new person, even if that requires you to stretch, be pretentious, make embarrassing moves; it's all part of being vital in this changing environment. Love yourself no matter what.
But if you do happen to keep your cool — to miraculously skip the awkwardness as some people do or, more likely, to finally get to enjoy your own maturity after years of practice — then thank your lucky stars for giving you the obstacles necessary to achieve this rare act of human grace.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Harry Houdini was born on this day in 1874 and died on Halloween night in 1926. Every year since, the groundbreaking magician and escape artist has been called for in seance circles around the world, especially on his birthday and Halloween night. The high-energy Aries had Venus in this risk-taking sign, as well. His having Mercury in Pisces indicates he had strong intuition, and his having Uranus in Leo signifies he had a passion for show business.
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