Mercury and Pluto in Opposition

By Holiday Mathis

June 29, 2017 6 min read

"Smart love" may be a contradiction of terms, but no one, not even love, can be foolish all of the time: Even a stopped clock is right two times a day. Mercury tugs across the sky at Pluto to bring awareness to what's really important. You may find that what your heart wants not only is intelligent in a way but is good for others, too.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Boredom lacks the fiery passion of other emotions, but it's just as important as many of those super-charged feelings. You won't find your peak creativity, originality or unique genius without tolerating some degree of boredom.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You lived your story; you earned it! That doesn't mean that you want to tell it to everyone. In fact, you'll be effectively choosey in this regard, waiting for the right audience and the moments of maximum impact.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Those who have earned big-time results are the only ones who can afford to talk a big talk — though, usually, because experience has taught them the precariousness of success and the value of modesty, they choose not to.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Love the mess. Frame it as you would the artwork of a beloved young child. In many ways, you are the parent and the child all in one, and you're in need of a little praise and enthusiasm for the early attempts.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You may feel like you're being put on the spot today. If so, consider moving "the spot" off to the side a bit. The sideshow will attract a crowd without having the same pressures and liabilities of the mainstage productions.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The nature of marketing is hype. Since you're being marketed to during your every waking hour, it only follows to pick up and use language of hype in your you-to-you communications. Recognize it for the exaggeration it is.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). True to his methodical, consistent nature, the tortoise wins the race. Plodding ever forward is harder than it looks — especially for those who are easily distracted (which is everyone) — but it works. You can do this!

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Instead of ruminating about what went wrong back there, imagine that it didn't. Think of yourself as saying and doing it the way you would have liked it to go. This increases your chances of getting it right the next time.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you're only partway into the situation, it will take energy from the rest of your life and give you back nothing in return. For a proper return you'll have to ramp up your commitment or get out completely.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If there's anything you need more of, it's not money or fun, it's meaning. When meaningfully engaged you become more yourself and yet somehow simultaneously more everyone else, too, melding with the universal mind.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Comfortable ideas about who you are will keep you interacting in a certain way that may or may not benefit you, let alone keep you interested in yourself. Trade comfort for boldness, routine for adventure, worry for curiosity.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When you laid down the boundary for your friend, you had a good reason. But the scene has changed and so have the both of you. It's time for some new rules that better fit this current incarnation of the relationship.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 29). You're becoming increasingly informed and in touch with your surroundings and yet you're not completely tied to things as they exist. Parameters change. You'll come into a brand new scene and alter it forever for the better. Affection and devotion will be heaped on you in 2018. Travel figures prominently. Sagittarius and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 3, 38, 34 and 40.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "You say that Geminis are supposed to be communicators. So why do I freeze up when it's my turn to talk?"

It's because you have so much you could say. Push yourself to jump into the conversation and be fine with whatever you contribute. It will get easier. In India there is an odd old saying: "Over time, and with the right teacher, a mongoose can learn to speak." In 1931 the legend seemed to come true with a mongoose named Gef who uttered the strangest stories to a family who lived on a farm in Dalby on the Isle of Man. The mongoose told the family that he was born in Delhi, India, and that his birthday was June 7, 1852, which would make him not only quite old for a mongoose but also a Gemini — the most communicative sign of the zodiac. Whether Gef was indeed a mongoose, an alien, a poltergeist, an imaginary friend or a ventriloquist's dummy remains unclear, but whatever his origins, he illustrates an important point: One can never underestimate a Gemini's potential to delight and mystify using his powers of communication. If a mongoose can start talking, imagine what you will be capable of once you push yourself through this fear.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: With over a hundred film credits, Gary Busey has been known to play a lunatic or two on screen, true to the name of his ruling luminary. In folklore, la luna causes mysterious behaviors — ah, "luna-cy!" With four luminaries in moon-ruled Cancer, Busey gets a big dose of this complex, mysterious, highly artistic, soulful and ever-changing energy. Look for Busey's contribution to the new documentary "The Gettysburg Address."

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