One thing that all humans have in common (as do so many of the earth's creatures) is that every last one of them has a mother. Under the Leo moon, hearts will swell to accommodate the calling of the day, and early festivities will be tinged with a delightful theatricality. Then the moon shifts to Virgo, highlighting a nurturing energy.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll deal with a system that's far from optimal, or you'll operate without a system in a situation that clearly needs one. This is a chance to use your organizational talents to make a difference.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you take your whimsical ideas a little more seriously, you'll realize that they're actually extraordinary ways of fixing a scene that was in grave danger of becoming very boring.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Nonverbal communication will be the most direct (and perhaps the politest) way to communicate your boundaries. One great strategy is just to leave the room. Another great one? Don't enter the room in the first place.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The critical moment of a project is in the final approach. To the airplane pilot or the marathon runner, this means the last five to seven miles. To you, it means the point you're coming to. Make a plan.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). In classic astrology, the planetoids were mostly unknown, and now we can delight in the nuances they add. You're getting more detailed in your work, too, recognizing the smaller things and using them to hone your style.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). As the corona crowns the sun, the halo crowns the head. Your aura extends like a crown, too. Though few can see this with two eyes, they'll sense it with the third and respond to your spiritual beauty.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Throughout your life, you have admired and modeled various people. The old influences remain in your pantheon as a new one comes into view, shining as the polestar of this next journey.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In your area of expertise, you're a forward-thinker. You don't follow the trends in this area because trend-chasing would put you behind. All the opportunities are at the start of the wave.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Make the most of a beautiful thing. If there are no beautiful things, make one. If you can't seem to, then find the next closest thing and treat it as though it's a beautiful thing and see what develops from there.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What allows you to be brilliant is knowing that the mundane tasks, like personal accounting, groceries and laundry, are taken care of. It makes sense to catch up on that today and expect brilliance from yourself tomorrow.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There are things you can say to a person and other things better left to those who have a closer relationship to the person. If you're on the innermost circle, there's a certain responsibility to deliver candor that comes with the position.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's really no such thing as a higher value person. Everyone is inherently the same value. However, within the context of solving a particular problem, there are more and less useful contributors.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 12). The trust you've built up with people over the years has earned you a level of comfort and support you will enjoy this year. As relationships are the true wealth of humanity, you're truly rich in this way, but it's not the only way you'll experience good fortune this solar return. There will also be gold. Leo and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 1, 11 and 34.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Most scholars agree that the legend of Camelot and tales of the Arthurian Knights of the Round Table are the stuff of myth. However, some speculate that there may have been some factual basis for bits of the fantastical tales of enduring mystique. Certainly, the idea of magical swords, maidens in lakes, wizards, dragons and the like continue to inspire the fantasy realms of modern entertainment, perhaps as metaphors for the magic and power we believe might be inside of us, were we courageous enough to slay our personal dragons, and fearlessly wield our talents for such purposes as loyalty, romance and our heart's noble calling.
This week's astral lineup includes the movement of Venus into the realm Taurus, where she powerfully energizes and emboldens our passions. May you find the weeks ahead epically inspiring.
The other big change begins on Wednesday as Mars marches into a territory where he feels he has no business. Eventually, this transit through Cancer will strip Mars of his armor, leaving him far more vulnerable than a soldier cares to be. This is a test. As Mark Twain said, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy 91st birthday to the acclaimed master of pop music, Burt Bacharach, whose songs have been recorded by over 1,000 artists and have ridden the pop charts to the tune of no less than 70 Top-40 hits. With unmistakable melodies and a timeless style, he's a Taurus who fulfills his Venus-ruled sign's reputation for taste and tenacity with relevance that spans decades.
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