Happy New Year! No, that's not an April Fools' joke. Many ancient cultures celebrated the start of the new year on or around April 1, which closely follows the vernal equinox. The Cancer moon forms a harmonious trine with Mercury and then Neptune, which puts imagination on tap for pranksters everywhere.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Sometimes, you're behind your friends and colleagues. and sometimes you're ahead. Both ways have benefits and deficits. In the end, it's not your position in the race but what you do with it that matters.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Giving your loved ones the best of you will be a lot easier when you don't feel deprived. Just because you choose to serve others doesn't make you their servant. Make sure the roles are balanced.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Well done is better than well said, except in a case like today, when you'll be presented with a possibility that you just don't feel like doing. Then well said is better, and thing to say well is "no."
CANCER (June 22-July 22). A drop of sentimentality can infuse the moment with feeling. Too much of it is like too much honey in the tea. It becomes so overly sweet that the other flavors become indistinguishable.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Hands-on is the quickest way to learn. As for today's interesting work, you wouldn't want to do it all of the time, but having this experience enriches your perspective.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are legends of people living to be hundreds of years old. The truth of them is doubtful, and yet, certain practices make you feel like you're getting younger. You'll do more of those today.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The impression you get when you meet someone new will be like a line drawing in a coloring book. You'll fill in the colors with subsequent visits, but the initial form will remain.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Don't worry about making anyone like you, convincing the skeptics or pleasing the audience. When you do what you're interested in doing, a team will emerge quite naturally to support you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Not every idea you have is worth following, but the good ones will keep coming back to mind. Some of them have persisted for years, and you're just now giving them their due.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Moods are conveyed in facial expressions and fonts, body language and lighting, music and weather. Close your eyes and try to see the mood inside you. Don't let its message be muffled by the external world.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Much about who you are was forged by others when you were too small to make your own decisions. Now that you are able to control some of your circumstances, you're forging your character out of choice.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Since regret never moved things forward, you'll use what you've learned to make new choices. An excellent one will have the sort of quick outcome you can immediately build upon.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (APRIL 1). You're a rebel, a dreamer, a creator and a fighter. You fight for yourself, your family and the health of the world. You fight in small daily actions, votes, purchases, in the people you choose and in the way you show your love and respect. By your next birthday, you'll look back amazed at the difference you made. Leo and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 33, 40, 21 and 6.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "You always say that Aquarius are generous. Well, I believe I have a problem with volunteering, especially at my son's school, with friends, helping at parties or helping at my church. I see something that needs improving and raise my hand. That's probably a positive thing except that, at the end of the day, I have way too much on my plate and end up feeling overburdened. Then giving isn't a joy anymore. I find myself saying frequently, 'What have I gotten myself into?' But giving is just part of who I am. So how can I 'do me' without feeling like I'm losing myself in doing for others?"
Sounds like you are suffering from an unrealistic estimation of your free time. While speculating as to their availability, some Aquarius people forget to factor in necessary activities — showering, eating, sleeping, having time for domestic duties and time to oneself. These activities seem so mundane that Aquarius forgets that they take time and are essential for health and happiness. The answer is to figure out realistically how much time a week you have for helping others, and only take on what neatly falls into that time allotment.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: In her current Ten Tour, Susan Boyle who is nicknamed the "People's Champion" has been known to get a standing ovation before she even sings the first note. Boyle's considerable talent and astonishing success broke boundaries and opened the minds of music marketers everywhere. Natal sun and Venus in Aries indicate deep wells of passion and strength. Mercury in Pisces shows a soulful communicator.
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