Feats of magic are called tricks because deception is key in pulling off the illusion. No foolery means no surprise and awe. We'll float along with the fun of this Pisces new moon; Neptune and Uranus will highlight its illusive potential. Benevolent as they may be, tricks still turn our perceptions inside out. Can you stay awake and still enjoy the dream?
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Tension is the sweet sounding string music of life. Without conflict, there are no stories. Instead of running from those who oppose you, you find a way to work together toward a mutual aim.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The trouble with overly high standards is that they can be a grind to keep up. Should you forego fun out of a slavish adherence to your own rules? Maybe so. Then reinforce that it's a conscious choice to avoid resenting yourself.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In every life, even the busiest and seemingly most fulfilled, there's a void. Without it, we wouldn't continue to grow. So answer that tug at your heart. But don't confuse a fuller life with a more complicated one.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). As much as you enjoy being the one who gets to cross a thing off your list, sometimes you're actually the "thing" someone else is crossing off theirs. There's an odd satisfaction in that too today, so don't discount it.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You've been known to feel skeptical of mushy romanticisms and fairly so, as they can be quite over-the-top. Love won't come on the wings of hyperbole, rather it will show itself in subtle specifics.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). At some point you have to stop worrying what the others think and just do it your way. Maybe it's a mistake — offensive even. But you need to put it out there to learn from it instead of holding it in and never being corrected.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Eventually the gentle forces will overcome the vehement ones because the intensity just isn't sustainable. Volcanos expire. Fire dies. Heat cools. The placid lake remains for hundreds of millions years.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People may or may not like what you're pitching, so, whether or not you'd like to admit it, your pride is at stake. Good. Ultimately it will make you sharper and help you align your aims with the needs of those around you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You just might be able to simplify everything at once. What you do to simplify a relationship will in turn simplify your schedule, priorities and domestic flow. It may even eliminate your need of a possession or two.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Wanting to win, not wanting to back down, needing to come out ahead or be right... these are all natural human instincts to be acknowledged, embraced even, but also transcended.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Grown-ups have the same intense feelings as children; they just (hopefully) manage them differently. You may internally throw a tantrum today. Externally you'll find a different outlet. Just be sure to fully vent.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). However informally you may engage in this afternoon's negotiation, it will be an interaction of consequence. Even though it's a seemingly minor commitment, you'll be held to it.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 6). The simple act of accurately deciding what's yours to solve and what isn't will lighten your load and make your actions count! You'll do what you love so the accolades that come in June, though nice to receive, are minor treats along a fruitful journey. In August, the big goal is achieved finally, and you can rest a few weeks. Libra and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 16, 7, 31, 20 and 46.
10 CRIB NOTES FROM EUTERPE, MUSE OF MUSIC:
1. The asteroid 27 Euterpe is part of a family of asteroids (with more than 400 members) in the inner asteroid belt.
2. The mythological Euterpe is often depicted playing a sort of flute and wearing a laurel wreath on her head.
3. Archeologists have found and dated flutes over 40,000 years old.
4. Music activates many parts of the brain at once, including pleasure centers.
5. Victims of speech-diminishing brain damage can often sing words as lyrics that they cannot otherwise verbalize.
6. Setting facts to music is a known way to commit them to enduring memory, which is why we learn our ABCs this way.
7. Music is the fastest shortcut to a range of emotions. Tears, chills, fears, triumph, celebration, euphoria and so much more can be evoked with but a few notes.
8. Learning to play music alters the brain. Scientists have found detectible differences in brains of musicians versus non-musicians.
9. In hopes of representing humanity to passing space aliens, a large variety of musical selections have been launched into space including recordings of Bach, bagpipes and Chuck Berry.
10. Your life is your song. Sing out!
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Pisces basketball star Shaquille O'Neal is widely regarded as one of the best centers of all time as well as being a respected sports analyst, rapper and spokesman. Mercury and Venus in Aries, the warrior planet, are the aspect of a competitive spirit. Mars in Taurus represents strength, consistency, stability and luxury. Jupiter in Capricorn, the sign of moguls, shows natural business acumen.
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