There's much that has happened as a direct result of ambition and hard work, yet it still pales in comparison with what has happened as a direct result of kindness. Even the smallest act of kindness ripples out in untold ways and unlimited rings. This reminder comes to you courtesy of the philanthropic Aquarius moon.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You've witnessed displays of baffling skill that have made you want to pull off similar feats. These things always take about 10 times longer than you think they should but still may be worth the time it takes to master them.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll put in extra effort and ideas, whether or not they were asked for or will be appreciated, because giving anything less than all you're capable of just feels wrong to you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Opportunities abound, but you have to decide what you're looking for first to recognize them. So take a breath and get focused on what you honestly feel would make your life better.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You lead many lives within this one — a family life, a work life, etc. — overlapping, interconnecting experiences, each an essential part of who you are. Your fantasy life counts here, too; allow yourself to dream.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Loved ones are doing their best, though they may still unintentionally make things difficult for you, be it inopportune phone calls, bad scheduling or loose lips. Remain loyal. These are merely tests of your patience.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're smart not to wait for inspiration. It rarely shows up uninvited. You can "send the invitation" by getting started on your project or immersing yourself in the environment that scares you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may be able to create your desired outcome without paying the typical price. The people around you may only be paying it because they haven't stopped to consider other options.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may be one of hundreds of thousands of people who have seen the part of the world you're in now, but there are still discoveries to be made there. No one sees it the way you do.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Archers know that to hit the mark, you must aim high. In a similar way, this project you're working on will have a better chance at success if you start off asking for more than you think you'll need.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Jump in and participate in life regardless of the number of people joining you. The best things you start will begin as solo missions. Friends will catch up when they see how much fun, money or satisfaction you're getting.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don't let indecisiveness hold you back; there is no perfect option on the table, nor is there even one that's significantly better than the others. Choose and commit, and the world will open up from there.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You can either sort your head by going idea by idea, emotion by emotion, and writing it all out or use the body's intelligence to settle things. Exercise has a way of naturally putting things in their place.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 4). Even though you'll take part in projects that would only be possible in the technological age, you'll still find magic, connection and healing in nature. You have a connection with the animal kingdom and could be an angel to a creature, and vice versa. A change in diet leads to incredible vitality and beauty. Pisces and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 40, 1, 14 and 32.
10 CRIB NOTES FROM CALLIOPE, MUSE OF STORIES^:
1) The asteroid Kalliope (named for the Greek Muse and spelled the Greek way) is a large asteroid currently moving through the constellation Ophiuchus.
2) Stories are a staple of humanity.
3) Humans organize the world through stories. Perceptions are ordered through them, and roles are defined by them.
4) The collective and individual human identity is forged in narrative — stories told to one another and stories told by each human to himself or herself.
5) A string of facts is not a story. A string of facts is the raw material for endless stories.
6) What makes a story is not what's in it but how it's told.
7) If you ever want to change who you are, change your story. Don't make things up; rather, use what's there but think of it in another way.
8) The first step in changing a story is in realizing that it is one.
9) Humans tell themselves stories all the time (often unhelpful and fear-inducing stories!) without realizing that is what they are doing.
10) The best way to test a story is to tell it to different audiences.
^Calliope's realm classically includes epic poetry, but for the purposes of aligning with modern sensibilities, liberties of interpretation have been taken.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: From "Home Alone" to the award-winning Canadian sitcom "Schitt's Creek," Catherine O'Hara is a comic gem shining ever brighter. O'Hara's astral lineup is unusual in that the first four luminaries are all in artistic and empathetic Pisces, lending an uncanny ability to totally lose oneself in a character or an artistic pursuit. Perhaps total commitment to the moment is the secret to her comic genius.
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