Stoicism, Buddhism and science all come from the same approach of accepting the data of the world as neutral. The world is what it is. It is our interpretations and theories that turn it into an experience. With our thoughts and feelings, we paint a picture for ourselves. Mars retrograde urges us to make it a pretty one we'd like to live inside.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Work on your skills. No matter how talented you are, you need the skills to back it up, and those skills will take you much, much further than natural ability ever could.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When the best idea comes along, the others just don't look the same anymore. They pale in comparison. You'll know it when you see it, and once you do, you can't unsee it. There's no going back.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'd often rather pay a little more for the monthly cost than get the discount of the yearly subscription. Why? Flexibility has value. You hate feeling trapped! This applies across the board today.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You may acquire the winning formula and soundly disagree with it, or seek wise counsel and then do the exact opposite. Ultimately, you want to become a better you, not an effective clone of some other successful person.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Never doubt your power. Don't lie down. Castles are built one brick at a time. Build a little the best you can every day and one day you'll have a beautiful creation.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Though you're not out to get any special attention, someone sees you for who you really are — and will also happen to choose the perfect moment to let you know this.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It will be almost impossible to sell an idea to someone who has to first admit being wrong about it before. You'll graciously let someone save face, or gloss over your differences in the name of moving forward.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The movie heroes control their emotions, which is part of the appeal. If only we could all handle stress like James Bond with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. But you won't be so far off from that today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Instead of solving one kind of problem, what if you trained your mind to adapt to any circumstance? Optimism — to look for opportunity no matter what and to believe it's there — is what will help you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Butterflies in the stomach are related to a primal fight-or-flight response, but don't take them as a bad sign. Go on and deal with the daunting circumstance at hand: It's the gateway to a positive change!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll work hard; that's a given. But there's such a thing as overworking it, too. This thing you're dealing with could use a different approach. Step back. Look at it sideways. Ask around. There's got to be a better way.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Love changes. Anyone who's had relationships knows that feeling less euphoric and amorous than you did at the beginning of a relationship is the norm. But there are more highlights to come. Hang in there.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 26). You will develop your inner values much like you develop your physique: Through repetition and training, you become strong. You'll build on what you once saw as a fault but have come to recognize as a talent. Professional advancement at first won't seem to be. In 2019, you'll lose dead weight. Life becomes a dance. Aquarius and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 30, 33, 4 and 18.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I've been meditating, and I know that the whole point is to lose my ego, but I can't. It's like the more I try to think of nothing, the louder my mind gets. Something inside me (my ego) is saying, 'This is dumb; you'll never succeed doing this.' Any tips for a stubborn Taurus trying to live from the heart?"
The ego's voice is louder than the heart's. And when the ego is stressed, it speaks up with even more force than usual so that you can barely hear what the heart wants. But there's a way to talk to your ego to get it to relax enough to allow you to hear the other messages it's trying to block you from hearing. First, the ego needs to be assured that you're not going to undermine it. Secondly, the ego is like a child that needs to play, so you can use this to your advantage. Assure your ego that it's safe to be playful, and ask your ego to imagine that the situation is a game. Tell it, "You don't have to change your mind. You can still want what you want. But just for the sake of pretending, can you imagine a scenario in which you wanted something different?"
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Ariana Grande is one of the biggest pop stars in the world and a leader of her generation. Her single "No Tears Left to Cry" defies its own title as a triumphant, joyful dance-chart topper, reflecting Grande's heart in the wake of terrorism and tragedy. "We won't let this divide us. We won't let hate win," says Grande, whose natal Venus in Taurus is tenacity, grit and grace all rolled up together.
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