Moon in a Cradle

By Holiday Mathis

April 8, 2020 6 min read

The Libran realm of the sky, which rules relationships of all kinds, cradles the swollen, pink moon in its ethos of balance and fairness. Relationships don't usually thrive in extreme circumstances. All-or-nothing attitudes scare off reasonable people. Let this moon inspire give-and-take and the small, lovely gestures that give relationships solidity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you have clear standards to aspire to, you don't need a bunch of rules mucking up the vision. You expect yourself to deliver in a manner that is fair, timely and excellent, and this you'll do.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If your efforts spark interest, jump in. If your efforts fall flat, pull back and become unavailable to the disinterested party. Try a different audience. The right people love you back immediately.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In some arenas, the rules are upheld as sacred. In other arenas, breaking the rules is not only valued; it's glamorized. As long as you don't get the arenas mixed up, you'll do mighty fine in both.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Inspiration comes while you're working. So don't wait to be inspired. Just dive in, and by the halfway mark, the unseen forces will have joined in to carry this project along.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Expectations will not serve you well now, so you may as well trade them in for something more useful like close observation or appreciation. Set out to learn all you can and the day will go very well.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Bitterness is a prison. You'll let go of the past because you don't want to stay trapped. You have better things to fill your mind with than the ruminations of what's already happened.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). They say self-love is the best love, but the particulars of being the superstar of your life can be hard to wrap your head around. Regardless, you won't be sorry you put the time and money into supporting yourself now.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you feel like you want to impress someone, let that alert you. If they speak your language and value the same things you do, they'd already get you, and you wouldn't feel you have to strive.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It's usually easy for you to be reliable, though it hasn't always been so. You're grateful for situations like the one today in which you're genuinely interested and commitments are easy to keep.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll recognize that you're really satisfied with a certain aspect of your life. You built this. Now you'll take pleasure in sharing your fulfillment with another person.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Though much of your life is organized, there are also those higgledy-piggledy areas — a drawer, a trunk, maybe a swath of emotional history... You'll be willing to dig in and sort some of that out today.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What was terrible in the moment gave you great strength later on. In a weird way, you're glad for it. You wouldn't have chosen it, but you're remarkable because of it.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 8). Good things will happen. This is not what makes a year good, though. Fortunate events are like bricks. As the architect, you'll build your gifts into a sound and pleasing life structure. It will take creativity and some finagling with the people around you to get the space, resources and leeway you need to boldly be yourself. Scorpio and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 2, 20, 18 and 40.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: This is part three of the answer to Monday's question from a Taurus seeking to raise levels of emotional IQ. See archives for earlier parts.

Because people are constantly trying to feel and perform better, moving between states of mind is an endeavor taken on by religion, science, art, sport and virtually every organized human thought process. This is great news because it means that you can come at the puzzle from anywhere that feels right to you. You don't necessarily have to start on a psychologist's couch or in a leadership seminar. It is perhaps just as valid to increase your emotional intelligence by reading a novel or participating in a team sport.

The way in is through your sincere desire to know how you and other people are feeling. Questions will open the door. Since you said that you're not good at recognizing how others might be feeling, you could start by asking yourself things like, "If I had to guess what she's feeling, it would be..." Do you have a safe person to practice on? It's helpful to check the accuracy of your hypothesis on someone who won't be upset if you get it wrong!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: From "The Princess Bride" to "Forrest Gump" and beyond, Robin Wright has a knack for choosing projects destined to become time-tested classics. Her work in the political drama "House of Cards" follows suit. Wright's high-intensity Aries sun is tempered by the maturity and artistic sensibility of Mercury, Venus and Saturn in Pisces.

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