Before humans could have a text fight there was a lot more sniffing, posturing and physical contact that went into communication. Venus and Pluto align to remind us of the animal nature we're rooted in. We are vulnerable creatures with complex mental defenses. To make a strong connection, first respect the fears and frailties we live inside.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you're in a place where second-guessing is second nature, you need a place of solace too — a home base you can touch where there are people you can count on, doing work you understand well.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're willing to face rejection. It's something you have to muster up, but this willingness is harder than most people pretend, beyond the reach of many, and it's the single most useful trait in increasing your influence today.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Making money doesn't make character. Doing work builds character, and often the work will bring money. It's important to make the distinction today. The riches that earn respect may not be gold.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Know your reasons. This is the difference between resolutions that fail and resolutions that succeed. When your reasons are good and deep enough, your resolve will make things happen.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). When the unexpected thing happens it can be exciting in a good way — something to tell your friends about. Or it can be unsettling and hard to recover from. You're sensitive to this as you set up expectations in those around you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're keeping track. In everything that happens, you've the equivalent of the black box of an airplane accounting for it. Flames and floods and love and war couldn't change the account of the faithful, honest witness inside you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Taste what you eat and get the full impact of what you touch. Treat your daily life and routine as though you'll have to do a report on it later. This level of attention will serve you well.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your family of origin has much to report about the mettle you're made of and the frailties stamped on you but in no way does it define the whole of you. The self-made part of you will shine today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are those who do the right thing when the eyes of the world are on them, and there are those who do the right thing when they're all alone. Align yourself with the latter and all will be well.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you're going to launch yourself into the hard challenges, you'll need your own thoughts and feelings supporting you. Convince yourself. Encourage yourself. Get on Team You.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When passion ignites, it's a stroke of luck but not necessarily a blessing. Passion is the spark, the beginning. It has to turn into something sustainable to be a gift.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's an ethical decision to be made. The morality of the situation isn't deep but it is complex. Getting away with it doesn't make it right, and getting caught doesn't make it wrong.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 24). The mission drives you. At times you'll be hyper-productive, singlehandedly accomplishing more than whole teams do. Respect your need to hibernate and rejuvenate; it's how you'll stay healthy. Lifestyle upgrades are cemented in November. A new study will delight you in 2018, and you'll be paid well, too. Leo and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 4, 44, 48 and 17.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I went to a fortuneteller and he said that my Mercury was 'badly aspected.' He asked me if I ever had a speech impediment or had trouble taking tests. Then he told me that sometimes I lie and gossip about people and that I should stop. I was offended. I actually paid someone to insult me! My Mercury, by the way, is in Aries. Also, I stuttered as a child, but I haven't stuttered in years. As for gossip and lies, I think I do those things the normal amount."
Your upset is understandable. Most people are mean enough to themselves that they really don't need the extra aggravation of paid insults! I like to think of astrological aspects as luck itself: Who is to say what is "good" or "bad"? Most people who have overcome challenges would cite those hardships as the best events in their lives, as those are the events that gave them superlative character and a skillset they would not otherwise have needed to develop. Some aspects, such as squares, semi-squares and oppositions, indicate a challenge. Trines, sextiles and semi-sextiles indicate ease. As for Mercury in Aries, it's a strong position, indicating originality and a strong "voice," not just your actual voice but your point of view, too.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Creator and star of "The Mindy Project" and best-selling author Mindy Kaling was born under the sign of the moonchild, Cancer. This sign is known for emotional range, as they change moods with the fast-changing moon, their ruling planet. Look for Kaling next year among the all-star casts of two highly anticipated movies: "Ocean's Eight" and "A Wrinkle in Time."
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