Most instances of "winging it" are born out of a lack of preparation. There's another more masterful sort of improvisation — the sort you might see in jazz or comedy crowd work — that brings consistently excellent and yet unpredictable results. It usually takes years of practice to achieve, though it could just happen during this Gemini moon.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). There's a time to challenge people and a time to make things easy and fun. You've an excellent sense of which mode to use for any given situation, and for this reason you'll be tapped for leadership.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Reactions can be even more important than actions. There are people close to you who count on your feedback and will take your response to heart, whatever it may be.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The story doesn't really start until the main character decides to stop letting life happen to her and start happening to life. You'll reach that point in your story today.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll put out a certain strength, and you'll attract the equally strong. They'll have different talents from yours, and together you'll be a force to be reckoned with.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There's nothing wrong with sacrificing something of yourself for the good of others. But when they consistently miss the inherent gift that is you doing you, maybe what they need isn't a sacrifice so much as a wake-up call.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). One man's gossip is another man's good information. The spirit of the talk is what matters to you. When the motive is self-elevation at the cost of another, you'll want nothing to do with it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Ideas have a liberating effect. They can unstick what's stuck, create what didn't exist, save the day. Exercise your idea muscle by coming up with a few each day. The more ideas you have, the more you will have.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you're not sure what you should do next, look to your feelings for clues. If your feelings are confusing, look to your likes and dislikes. It's like playing a game of "hot" and "cold" with yourself. Simple questions lead to discovery.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). In centuries past, it wasn't at all uncommon for people to never travel beyond their own village. Now there's really no good excuse for confining yourself thusly. So when's your next mind-expanding adventure?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Someone needs to keep the action on track, or time and money will be wasted. You're the perfect person to set a tone. You have excellent instincts and superb taste, and you'll stay to the point.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's fun to see people you love doing interesting things and succeeding — until it's not. When it hits uncomfortably close to home, take it as your cue to do the thing you haven't been letting yourself do.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Here comes an opportunity to carry your name to a larger number of potential new friends, fans and customers. You'll have a great deal of fun positioning and presenting yourself.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 7). It doesn't seem like freedom would be a bonding agent, but easing up on the rules and limits will actually help you feel more connected to people, especially over the next six months. You'll grow in confidence and take on new sorts of adventures. There's a windfall in July and a status bump up in October. Capricorn and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 29, 35, 1 and 48.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I graduated from college last year, and the past months have not been fun. I never see the friends who used to be a major part of my daily life. I can't find a job. I don't know how I'll ever be able to move out of my parents' house. My student loans are steep. So far, adulting is the worst. Also, I don't have a boyfriend, and that fact only adds to my loneliness. What should a Scorpio history major do to get unstuck?"
Independence is important to most people your age, but to Scorpios like you, it's critical. You prize your privacy, and you crave the freedom of making your own choices. To grow the spirit of independence in your life, take charge of whatever matters you can. It will all start with your financial picture. You may have to take a job that doesn't line up with your history degree, and that will be far better than waiting around for the perfect opportunity. Become obsessed with finding a job you like and acing the interview process. A stellar attitude will be crucial. It's good that you don't have a boyfriend now, as this will help you focus on getting work.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Alexander Ludwig has portrayed many ferocious characters in athletically demanding roles, such as Bjorn Lothbrok of the television series "Vikings" and Cato of "The Hunger Games." The tenacious Taurus was born when Mercury and Mars were in Aries, the high-energy sign of the warrior. Look for Ludwig in the historical Drama "Midway."
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