The watery realm of Cancer has held Mercury in its soulful, maternal arms, but alas, the day of planetary graduation has arrived. It's time for Mercury the messenger to launch from the safety of domesticity into the fiery realm of Leo. The change in our communication style will catch on quickly. Stories spread like wildfire. What's yours?
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The rivalry going on may not be your own, but it matters to some of the people you love. Emotions are high. Alliances are drawn. And you may find yourself rooting for someone despite your best intentions.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You've picked up wisdom along the way as well as pithy sayings, fun jokes and interesting anecdotes. Armed with elegant erudition, you'll make friends and do well in business.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Simple patience looks like waiting around, but it's not the same thing as inaction. Patience is an inner stance, accepting the circumstance and looking for the best in it.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Group situations can bring out the best in everyone, or they can cause people to relax into the illusion of safety in numbers. As you do your part, you can't help but influence the next person.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The drive to create fun is as important as other human drives and the priority of the day. Bits of life turned into humor will be the healing balm that makes life sweeter.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The good ideas don't take hold any faster just because they are good ideas. Any idea at all must be exposed several times before it's adopted. Present your option again. You're going to help people, though it could take a while.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). History has its own recipe. The truth gets mixed in with the needs and wants of those relaying the story. A mythology slowly forms as facts change just a little with each retelling.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your imagination is going strong today, and you may not be sure whether to correct it or assist it. Much depends on the direction in which your thoughts are flowing. Your happiness depends on imagining in a good direction.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To be satisfied or discontented with oneself is more a matter of decision than of any fixed state of reality. Self-esteem is nothing more than a judgment you make, and you can change your mind about it any time.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Truths are often half-spoken. It's like we know how potent the truth is, and therefore, the first form it comes to us in is usually a whisper or a hint.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's the same with operating people and machines today — you have to first learn what buttons to push to make things happen, but once you know, it will be obvious what to do and what to avoid doing.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your tenacity of purpose is strongest when you know you're in the flow of all that's right. While it would be nice if such a knowing were an innate feeling, it's not. You have to check, question and doubt to realize what is right.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 26). You go into this solar journey with a passionate flame in your heart. The next two months are a blur as you share your excitement and ignite the spark in others. You'll soon have a whole team helping you make your vision come to life. November shows you bringing something remarkable home from your travels. Virgo and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 40, 23, 14 and 49.
MERCURY IN LEO: If Mercury in Leo were to have a theme song, it would be the cacophony or a pit orchestra warming up right before the downbeat. First comes the clash of every instrument noodling along, then the tap, tap, tap of the conductor's wand against the music stand, then a pregnant pause, house lights lowered, footlights reflecting off of the closed red velvet theater curtains that seem to breathe in anticipation of opening into another world — a world where stories are enacted.
Our communication planet tests out different modes as he hurls through different sections of the sky. In Leo, the mode organizes into something of a three-act structure. We are made more aware of the dramatic potential of our lives, and we share in the way that makes the best retelling. Of course, storytelling varies from culture to culture, person to person, each of us coming with our own preferences, rules and stylistic tendencies. What is considered a fun device to one person is an exaggeration to someone else, and an outright lie to a third person.
Have fun with your stories in the weeks to come. Know what they are, how they define you in the eyes of others and how they can be used to connect, position yourself and help you to be better understood.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Ariana Grande is touring the world on "The Sweetener" tour in support of her fourth and fifth studio albums "Sweetener" and "Thank U Next." The pop superstar and philanthropist was born when the sun and Mercury were in nurturing Cancer, and the moon was in Libra, the sign of beauty and harmony. Venus in Taurus lends tenacity, grit and a killer voice to the mix.
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