Women on bicycles, electric guitars, Elvis' dancing — what is radical to one generation is commonplace to the next. On this final day of the current Mercury journey through Cancer, take stock of the status quo. Note how far we've come and how far we still have to go. Use this as the benchmark from which further data will be measured.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You know how to hook up to the internal well of peace within your own being. Not everyone around you has this knowledge. Be patient with those who have yet to find serenity within as they relentlessly pursue external validation.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To listen well is to give a gift. The tricky part comes when your knowledge of how well you were listening gets tested. It feels as though all hard-won trust is hanging in the balance of one right answer.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You are constantly updating your skills. In fact, it's become such a regular happening for you that you no longer give much thought to the fact that you're learning something. Learning is your way of life.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You care deeply about what you're presenting to the world today. Purpose matters. Sometimes you dress for your own pleasure, and sometimes you're more concerned about representing your group.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll make it about the other person, not because it's generous or friendly, but because it's the smartest way to go about getting what you want. Everything is a trade. Find out what the other person would like to get out of it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What you have is perfectly suited to solving another person's problem. Your effort is better spent finding that person with whom you share compatible needs than trying to change yourself for someone who's a bad fit anyway.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You see yourself as an adviser who wants to help. From this position, you can go so many more places than a person who's only on a mission to fulfill his or her own agenda.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A single cloud can hide the whole of the sun. One wrong or unhelpful thought could be the equivalent of such a cloud. Recognize dark ideas. Flood them with light or entreat the winds of change to blow them away.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll do well to choose your mode and stick with it, as today is all about establishing trust. People will appreciate knowing what to expect from you. Settle into a tone, and then play it through to the end.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's certainly not difficult to convince you to do a good deed. In fact, you feel quite acutely the need to serve and be helpful. Just be careful to give to people who need it instead of people who just enjoy the feeling of being served.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you dedicate a certain amount of time and attention to self-care, it's not really for vanity's sake. When you look good, you make everyone you associate with look good, too.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). No one else can tell you what beauty is, though many will try. You'll be bombarded with images that suggest that one way is preferred and other ways are out. Don't believe them. Trust your own eyes and heart.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 25). This year represents a magical crossing. You start out in one territory and end up in an altogether foreign realm, a changed person. There's an August priority shift, brought on by a period of greater financial ease. You'll change your style and enjoy relating to a new group. Family success will be a rising tide that carries all boats. Libra and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 3, 19, 20 and 4.
VENUS ALERT: The current position of Venus and Neptune features opportunity, especially for those interested in art, music and drama. The opportunity won't be presented on a silver platter though. Most likely it will come out of a problem, a broken promise or a dashed expectation.
And let's put out a cosmic alert for one of Venus's favorite tactics, the good old love triangle. It's been called the oldest story in the book. When a relationship between two people gets too routine, or affections seem to dim, Venus diverts her fascination to a third party. The ignored companion becomes jealous and feels passion more acutely with the knowledge that this love has to be fought for. Of course, the dynamic shortens tempers and causes tension. This tension and passion can ultimately have a positive result, but it's a time to be careful. This is the irrational side of romance, and irrational people are more likely to do stupid things.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Cancer comedy king Ricky Gervais is the mastermind behind the television series "The Office," "Extras" and "Derek." Moonchildren are sensitive souls who develop their comedic sense out of a need to protect themselves against harsh realities. Like a crab whose best defense is a hard shell, Cancer comedians deflect harm by turning it into humor.
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