The bird's beak is shaped to fit the food it eats. The hummingbird has a dainty dipper suited to hollyhock. The vulture is built to tear into muscle. And don't mess with the woodpecker. The lunar conjunction to Uranus has us considering the ways in which we are suited to fulfill our own needs. Lean into those strengths, or adapt as necessary.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Balanced is not the same thing as equal. Strange things can balance out and often do. You can't argue with what works, nor is there any point in arguing with what doesn't.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're always making efforts to accommodate. Usually, life is better if you can swing it. But right now, it's just easier when everyone eats the same food and likes the same kind of entertainment.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You realize what's at stake for you, but in order to reach an agreement, you also have to know what's at stake for the other person. You'll reach agreement in at least three instances before the day is done.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Because you take business personally and treat people so well, you'll reap the benefits of a fulfilling atmosphere where you spend a good deal of your time.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It's fun to think about the future so long as you can avoid getting so caught up in planning and dreaming that you miss what's happening right now. What you have is extremely precious!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's comfort in knowing what you can expect. When you tell people what they are about to experience and then deliver on that, the reaction will be extremely favorable.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Take the high road. You don't have to take it out of benevolence. You can take it out of utility, just because it's the way most likely to solve the problem, and take the benevolence points as a bonus.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The time to set a goal for a conversation is before you have it. It may help to write down your goals and questions because it's a lot harder to recall this reasonable part of the brain when face to face.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are so many wonderful things about your current position, most of them so common to you that you can't really see them. It's why the perspective of strangers is so valuable to you now.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be evangelizing for a cause that will make the world better. Ignore the nonbelievers. You'll gain real numbers and momentum with those who are on the fence, just waiting to be convinced.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). All the kindergarten rules apply, and those much older will avoid all sorts of mayhem from applying the basics like "eyes on your own page" and "hands to yourself."
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Remember when you made that commitment when you really don't know much about it? Now you know. Future commitments are harder to make from this wizened position.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 6). The celebration of your birth won't be just a day. It will be ongoing, sporadic and surprising, the way the cosmic forces seem to gift you through this solar return. One of the gifts comes in the form of people who really get you and get behind what you do. Another is the environment that better supports you. Aquarius and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 30, 1, 19 and 10.
TO THE VIRGO DEALING WITH HUMILIATION: (See Thursday's column.) So you embarrassed yourself. Does it help to know that everyone has or will at some point? Bonus: If you do this in a way that is, as you suggested, bizarrely inappropriate, you might be an artist or something. It takes creativity to be bizarrely inappropriate! Since humiliation is part of the human experience, even if you were to get your wish and become someone else, you wouldn't be immune to the effects of humiliation. So let's try and focus on what's good about it.
I'll bet that right now you can come up with five things you'll do differently as you go forward in life being you. It's like you got a new operating system! Humiliation has a way of autodownloading the upgrade.
Take heart in the fact that this new version of you is more grounded in humility than the old version. With this feature, people will find you more relatable, likable and trustworthy, as they will be able to tell by your attitude that you've been though stuff; you don't feel like you're above them; and you probably understand their suffering.
Bonus: The self-monitoring system of your upgrade is now better than ever. It's not foolproof, but it's certainly not going to make certain sorts of mistakes again.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Even before he became the diminutive Ant-Man, Aries actor Paul Rudd often employed an understated sense of humor and low-key charm to delight audiences. Modesty tempered with the fiery Aries passion is a winning and rare combination in Hollywood. Look for Rudd in "Living with Yourself," a new comedy series about a man undergoing an experimental self-improvement treatment.
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