How is the Mercury retrograde treating you so far? Quick review of the protocol: Check your work, look both ways at the intersection before proceeding and then look again, never use your cellphone while driving or walking through a parking lot, and before you leave the table/bus/party, double check that you've gathered your belongings.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Unselfconsciousness can be very attractive until it happens to offend (and it will, because its very nature is a lack of concern for each person's individual opinions and rules.) But usually by then it's already won people over.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When you can't think of anything to make the situation better, the best thing to say is nothing at all. Let your compassionate heart lead you. If it leads you away from the drama, you won't be running, you'll just be staying out of it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You stand by your people even when you know that they have behaved in ways that are less than ideal. Because they trust you, they won't be so defensive. Together you'll work toward solutions.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Today's theme: managing expectations. Your performance will set the bar. Better to make a credible attempt and fail than to nail every contest like a superhero, setting an unsustainable standard.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You were convinced of the truth and now you're starting to see things a little differently. It's not that you were lied to, it's just that the situation is more complex and nuanced than you were able to understand back then.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Take the attitude that "this is it" instead of expecting life to get better, which of course isn't how it works. Attitudes get better. Moods, other things too. But life — life is the landscape. Take it on, and then you're the one who gets better.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You've been known to give care when people need it, so they gravitate to you for this time and again. You may think it's fine, as long as they also come to you when they're strong and ready to give back.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you clearly see how a thing is wrong, you'll speak to it. When you don't, why rush into a statement? You'll align with the qualities of stellar leadership by taking time to form a thoughtful response.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You've handed off a responsibility, necessarily so, and now you may be having second thoughts. But if the stakes aren't too high, the best thing will be to let people do what they can and learn from it.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your hobbies and entertainments are well within your budget, so enjoy! As Henry David Thoreau said, "That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Even the events that seem to belong comfortably in a timeline with a beginning and an end are actually part of an endless continuum of actions and consequences. You'll like how this section of the circle plays out.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Ward against interruptions before they happen. The little distractions may not seem like too much trouble to handle, but the adjustments you have to make to get back into your flow will take more time and energy than you think.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 9). Love isn't the aim of your plan, but it's what will make pursuing your plan quite wonderful. The way you click with a certain person makes a whole lot else go smoothly. You'll push yourself physically and/or intellectually toward a difficult achievement. Play the long game on this one. Good fortune will be tied to ancestral guidance. Gemini and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 29, 34, 11, 38 and 15.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "Some of my friends got on the trend of writing letters to their 17-year-old selves as an exercise in perspective. Most of them said things like 'be nicer to your mom' and 'enjoy the scenery.' If I wrote to my 17-year-old self I would tell her to have more fun, kiss more people and stop being so serious. I would tell her that she has her whole life to be studious and responsible and she should take this time to be selfish, bold and adventurous and emotionally reckless. I would tell her that she's never going to remember that term paper anyway so she should go to the party instead. Anyway, this 44-year-old Sagittarius mom is getting stir-crazy in the suburbs and secretly thinks her self-righteous friends are prissy idiots."
Perhaps it would be enlightening for you to write a letter to your current self from the perspective of your 88-year-old self. A version of the advice you just gave your 17-year-old self will apply to your bold Sagittarian sensibility. It's not too late to shirk a few responsibilities, embark on an adventure and become more selfish with your time.
Next week we will return to the realm of Muses!
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche is a Pisces with Mercury and Mars also in the ethereal realm of the fish. The ultimate French movie star, Binoche chooses her projects with great discernment, and has turned down several Hollywood roles in the process including the lead for blockbusters like "Jurassic Park." Pisces follow a strong intuitive sense to make the choices that best suit them.
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