Under this sensitive and impressionable Pisces moon, two things keep us from seeing the true nature of things: sensation and delusion. It's easy to become so dazzled by sensory stimuli that we cannot comprehend what is really there. Also, we must look beyond what things are in relation to us to try to understand what they are without us.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The love (philos) of wisdom (sophia) is philosophy. You'll be thinking a lot about your personal philosophy, deciding what it is (and whether it's changed), honing it and living it more fully.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A person's character is only as great as he or she treats the weakest in the group. Be very wary of anyone who seems to take advantage of (or be oblivious to) those in a down position.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll be drawn to connect. You have a lot to share, but you won't know what it is until you get into the jazz of social interaction. Even you will be surprised by the interesting tidbits that come up.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You are in perfect step with your people, and it is for this very reason that you're able to step back and create a new and complementary rhythm. Think of it as a syncopation that keeps everything livelier.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll put your heart into what you make. People who experience your creation will feel this, perhaps experiencing it as an intangible tug on their own heartstrings.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your service is a sacrifice, yet you may also be paid for it. That fact doesn't take anything away from the gift you give when you dedicate yourself to doing the job with full attention and love.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). This is a time to do full disclosure, be totally transparent and show your work. You will create bonds as you fascinate others. You'll improve quickly when they point out your strengths and help you see mistakes.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Usually, you know when to step in and lend a hand. If the day needs saving, you'll save it. But today brings up some gray area. You may not be sure whether it's your place or your turn. Pause. Only step in when you're sure.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don't want to be repetitive, but the fact is that they won't get it unless you repeat yourself. Say it differently each time or say it the same; that doesn't matter. If it's worth saying, it's worth repeating.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll have some self-editing to do today. You'll pump up the fun parts, amplify the essential, ax the superfluous, nix the unnecessary. All this polish is only possible because you once put it all out there. You should be proud!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're wary of being sold, as you should be. When it's a good match, you don't need to be sold. When it's something you've been looking for or something you believe in, need and will use up, you'll go all in.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There won't be a lot of transactions that absolutely must happen today. So you can turn off the distractions and concentrate on what you most need to be doing, which will be producing and creating.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 9). You look younger than you did last year. Way to annoy your friends! You'll complete a big project, revel in freedom for weeks and then quickly be immersed in a new interest. In July, you'll either move or refresh your digs. The work you do to improve daily routines will open unforeseen lucky opportunity. In September, you'll cash in. Leo and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 12, 39, 4 and 14.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm puzzled. If a birthday falls close to another sign, do you often have traits of the other sign? I feel I am a pretty strong-hearted Leo, but Aug. 21 is close to the cusp, and my Leo traits are often overshadowed by unseen forces that stifle my creativity and ambition."
I wish I knew the year of your birth, as this information is required to do your chart. But you are correct in noticing that nobody is all one sign. Even though you relate to your Leo birth sign, you also relate to other energies in your chart — the placement of your moon and all of the planets in their various stations at the moment you were born. In fact, every person has every sign represented to some degree, however minute, in his or her natal chart. When a chart is rendered, each sign of the zodiac rules one house of the chart. These house rulers serve as nuggets of potentiality — optional ways of being, attitudes to take, experiences to have — regarding each area of our lives. I believe that free will plays the biggest role in our destiny. Astrology is best used as a tool to gain more information and leverage over situations, not as a limiting force that tells us what we can and can't be.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Billy Joel has set a record as the artist to play the highest number of consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden. The quintessential rock-'n'-roll piano man is a Taurus, the sign known for tenacity and golden voices. Joel, who has two young daughters at home these days, was born when Saturn and Pluto were both in Leo, the sign of children and also of show business.
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