The rose family of flowering plants includes pears, apples, almonds, peaches, apricots, plums, cherries and so many more things we don't think of as roses. By the way, you're not one thing either. The moon in the sign of duality is a reminder that there are many lovely and surprising varieties that come under the umbrella of "you."
ARIES (March 21-April 19). A foreign place intrigues you. What's so appealing? Which element of your personality is hooked into this fantasy? The answer to these questions will help you make yourself happy in the here and now.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Powerful internal forces can be resistant to progress. Put another way, in the zoo of your mind you are both the elephant and the animal trainer. Use treats. All moves, however slow, should be taken as progress.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Remember when you felt in sync with the world and excited by the challenge before you? That had something to do with the people around you offering the same kind of camaraderie and encouragement you'll receive today.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). How you got caught up in a particular belief system is a long and perhaps currently irrelevant story. You're caught in its net. To get free, take out your mental scissors and snip away at everything that's not freedom.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Though the gentle way is, over time, the most powerful, some projects and relationships are so brief that unless you exert yourself in powerful bursts you're not going to get the chance to make a change or even an impression.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Lead with your warmth. Your warmth will relax the socially rigid. You'll connect with people who aren't easy. Your emotional sunshine will melt away the fear people have about letting down their guard.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Think carefully about how you're positioning your ideas. The first thing you present to people will put a thought in their mind by which all subsequent references will be compared.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Because you sense that people will act illogically and unpredictably, you'll stand back and watch what's going on for a while. This information-gathering moment will be your ticket to success — or at least your way of avoiding trouble.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Do not doubt that practice will make you better. The slow, deliberate, consistent kind will, in fact, take you beyond where you ever thought you'd be.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Apply that massive creativity that's running through your veins today to your own scene. If you can somehow align your more serious goals to what you're doing for fun, two areas of your life will improve at once.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's not that you're overly afraid what people think of you; it's that you really want to do what's most respectful and appropriate to the situation. There's something beyond just you that depends on it.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Habits get established without regard to health or effectiveness in solving a problem. Instead, they are created because the logistics have aligned in such a way to make them the easiest sequence to follow.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 12). Some of your closest loved ones come from a worldview very different from your own, a dynamic that creates good fortune, amusement, adventure, education and pleasure. In the spirit of tolerance, together you'll do something important for the world. A financial boon comes in the next 10 weeks. Virgo and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 50, 5, 18 and 41.
10 CRIB NOTES FROM POLYHYMNIA, MUSE OF NATURE:
1. The asteroid 33 Polyhymnia has what is known as a "chaotic orbit," which will change randomly over time due to planetary gravitational perturbations.
2. Besides nature, Polyhymnia is also the Muse of, among other things, hymns, geometry and pantomime.
3. Polyhymnia is usually depicted as very serious and meditative.
4. Considering that the natural world is the greatest inspiration known to man, Polyhymnia's job should be easy, but apparently it's not. In the modern age, many humans have lost their respect for nature.
5. New research is being done in regards to "blue space" (oceans, rivers, lakes, etc.) and "green space" (trees and the like) and its impact on human well-being.
6. In some studies increased green space in urban communities correlates with lower rates of crime, depression and poverty.
7. Some poets who wrote (on and on) about nature include Walt Wittman, Robert Frost, John Keats, William Wordsworth and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
8. Almost all the religions of the world have ceremonies and rituals that involve nature, whether it's a pilgrimage, the burning of certain woods, herbs, the drinking of specific juices, baptisms and other rituals with water, ceremonial flowers or plant usage and adornment.
9. Many mythologies around the world feature talking trees.
10. Your body is nature. Remember that.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: One might say that Liza Minnelli was born into her life's work. As the daughter of actress Judy Garland and director Vincente Minnelli, the iconic Academy Award winner is like so many Pisces — an old soul who was savvy about the professional world at a young age. Minnelli wields the high electrical energy charge of Mercury and Venus in powerhouse Aries.
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