Would you rather have a diamond with a flaw or have a flawless pebble? If your aim is to cut glass or propose, the choice is obvious, though you'd be hard-pressed to skip it across the surface of a lake. Under the Aquarius moon, options will be similarly interesting and various. Mars in Gemini inspires us to see merit in different options.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you do something potentially impressive, you crave a reaction; that's human! But they won't react if they don't notice. You have to wake them up first. Do the metaphorical equivalent to a drumroll.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you want to learn something better, teach it. In spending time explaining something, you'll come to understand it with new clarity and most likely develop the next phase of the idea, too.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You already asked yourself the "why" questions, and it's time to switch to "what." This will include such hits as "What am I going to do about it?" and "What's next?"
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Claims to character are always suspect. "Trust me, because I'm honest" is a red flag, and anyone who claims to be humble obviously is not. It's why you're very careful to behave the claim rather than verbalize it. Action speaks.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You can be very much like the person next to you in all the ways that come naturally, yet your habits differentiate you, vastly at that. With this in mind, there's a certain habit you will either lose or employ.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To be clear with others about what you want and what you expect — now that's an aim and a life skill worth developing. It does take courage and light touch, both of which you possess today.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You're fully aware that anything that can bring you joy can also bring you sorrow in equal measure, and you're willing to take the risk. Your courage in daily living is commendable.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Fame is not a skill, and it's not nearly so useful as many other skills a person can master. Concern yourself with acquiring new abilities. This will take you much further in life than any sort of publicity could.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The problem will not be solved by coming up with some new thing to help us fight the institutions and the mindsets that are keeping us down. "New things" are only as good as the people using them.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The first law of good leadership is that the leader is for the people. The people come first. Some of the best leaders are invisible. The strength of the group is the voice that speaks for them.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You want the satisfaction of knowing you did a thing all by yourself, but don't dwell there. It wouldn't be worth it! The solo journey is overrated. Better to reach out and share. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing with others.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Too bad you can't find courage in the places where you're already comfortable. Alas, the very definition of courage involves withstanding discomfort. Leave what you know. Go where you're not sure what's going to happen.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 31). Much seemingly unrelated good luck comes of your role as a best friend. It's the moves you make out of loyalty and love that elevate your work and inspire new adventures. You'll help put a memorable event together in June. You'll raise a good deal of money for what you care about. A contract is signed in September. Gemini and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 4, 27, 13 and 50.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The movement of Mars into the Twins highlights the ambiguous genius of humanity. Unlike artificial intelligence ruled by algorithms that resolve, the glory of human intelligence is that it can make room for wonder, awe, the nonsensical and the unresolvable.
Furthermore, even the greatest minds on the planet make claims that are just plain wrong. They do so on the regular! Because to be wrong, spectacularly and often, is a part of the learning process. To love learning is to embrace not knowing and to understand that "wrong" happens. A person who believes he or she has it all figured out cannot learn, and neither can someone who is terrified of being proved wrong.
Friday brings the new moon in Aries, which is a reminder that we can collect experiences the way some people collect stuff. The secret to making every experience in your collection more magical is threefold. First of all, plan it so the future-minded you has something to anticipate. Enjoy it for the present you. And take pictures and mementos so the nostalgic you can revisit and reminisce.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Christopher Walken specializes in madcap characters — delighting, spooking and intriguing movie audiences for over six decades. Aries are known for high energy, and Walken lights up the screen with it. Should it come as a surprise that Walken was born when the moon and Mars were in quirky Aquarius? Look for him next in the comedy "The War with Grandpa."
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