When the playwright doesn't know how to wrap things up, one way is to introduce an act of God that solves everyone's problem, the "deus ex machina." It's unsatisfying to a modern audience. We prefer to see characters learn, change, grow and solve their own problems. It makes us feel that we can, too. Mercury in Leo will urge us to try!
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Knowing that your reputation will precede you, what do you think it should be? What could they believe that will set them up for a fulfilling experience with you? To a great degree, you'll be able to shape this story if you choose to.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To know what you do — the value you bring and the possibilities that lie in a relationship with you — makes for confidence that speaks better than your words could today.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your soul's code is like DNA. While it might be interesting to study, you don't really need to understand it to operate by it. Ask questions if you must, but the answers you seek will be revealed through action, not questions.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The subgroup you know so well has its own set of very specific problems — problems that other people don't even know are problems — and you'll solve more than one of them in the weeks to come.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A meditation for the day: At any particular time, you're either feeling connected or disconnected from the love source. You can be with people and feel disconnected from love, and you can be alone and feel connected to love.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There is so much that you share with others, and there's really no need to highlight differences. The peaceful way is to focus on how we are all essentially having a similar human experience.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The muses will come and go on their own schedule, like birds flying overhead. You can do certain things to attract them. Put out a feeder, so to speak, to invite inspiration to land and stay awhile.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). One can use many different rulers to measure success, such as the ruler of finance, of social media numbers, of fitness... but it is the ruler of inner peace that will tell you the true measure of your success.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Instead of asking whose responsibility it is, assume it's yours. It's really "ours," but you can't do "ours." You can only add the "Y," and maybe others will do so, too. In this way, you cultivate a sense of universal responsibility.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Modesty isn't always meek; nor is it always mild. You'll stand tall without bragging and people will feel the weight of your presence, which is not heavy so much as substantial.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You've been known to go to great lengths to stay out of conflict, and this is often for the best. But there are some things worth fighting for. You won't have to fight for them today, but you'll make note of what they are.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's pretty easy to tell the bad habits from the good ones. The answers are always the result of a long-term formula. Bad habits ultimately deplete you, and good habits ultimately grow you.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 29). Your vocabulary changes this year. The words you use most and least often will be different as you progress along the path to your goals, picking up new knowledge and changing your priorities as you go. Adventures with family will be the stuff of legends. September and November bring cash-outs. Capricorn and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 40, 6, 24 and 38.
WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: When the relationship changes for the better it will happen through trust and friendship. TAURUS: Genuine smiles bring people closer together. GEMINI: A calm mind makes you better at love and at socializing. CANCER: The relationship will be defined not by what you call it but by the action you take. LEO: You don't get to make your own rules for everything about the relationship, but you do get to make your own rules about what success in love is to you. VIRGO: What you do in the name of healthy relationships will raise the vibration of the planet. LIBRA: Love thrives when the boundaries and expectations are understood. SCORPIO: Know yourself. Which is greater: your yearning for intimacy in relationships or your need for excitement and adventure? SAGITTARIUS: You're creative, and you're strong, and you'll put your ideas across in ways that others pay attention to. If they don't, don't date them. CAPRICORN: You're more susceptible than usual to compliments and sweet gestures. Good! Take them to heart! AQUARIUS: Meeting the family, or further endearing yourself to them, will be part of the fun. PISCES: Paradoxically, the less you worry about fitting into another person's idea of attractive, the more you will.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The moon in Capricorn reflecting from the Cancer sun intensifies the interest between these two responsible signs. Cancer rules the domestic realm, and Capricorn prefers to apply power in the world outside the doors of home. In a sense, these are monarchs of two different kingdoms and will delight in figuring out how they can work and play together for mutual benefit.
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