Sun Throws Shade on Mars

By Holiday Mathis

June 6, 2020 5 min read

It's pretty tricky for a bright star to throw shade, but the arrangement of the sun to Mars enacts the emotional equivalent. The Gemini solar influence angles the warrior planet to embed context in verbal interactions. Conflicts simmer under the surface. To know what's up, don't listen to just the words. Get a physical sense of the scene.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The urge to complain is a natural reaction to frustrating circumstances, though the mature response is to move past words and into solutions and action.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll need to include more people, and you'll probably add them before you realize that you also have to make room for them. Don't underestimate the adaptability of others.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll do your best. What more can you do? Face yourself like you would a kind parent facing a child who hands in the stick figure drawing. Appreciate your own innocent charm.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You can be yourself and also be the one who gets those goals on your list, the one who makes mistakes, the vulnerable, exuberant, afraid and powerful one. You contain multitudes.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Cleaning and clearing bring enormous satisfaction. You'll scrub the surface of projects, mysteries, countertops, relationships and get a shining reward for your effort.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Mistakes are not only opportunities to for growth and mastery; they are the best relationship glue there is. Nothing will go wrong without producing an obvious upside.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The requirements of the day are pretty awesome. You don't have to solve problems or answer questions. You don't even have to "just be you." All you have to do is relax.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). While you're well aware that there's a certain way to serve tea or launch a spacecraft, you're fine with not knowing what it is. As for the things you're actually going to do today, you're inclined to learn all rules upfront.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Eventually, you'll be able to handle more and move faster. But this is still the early stages. You're still learning, and you won't regret taking the time to learn it right.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll bring together the best of all worlds — a spiritual person with a practical point of view. Your open mind will lead you to test theories and run with what works.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). To ask, "What's wrong?" when nothing is wrong creates something wrong. You're aware of this and other misuses of focus, and so you'll seek and find the intelligence, beauty and fun in situations.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). To accept differences and tolerate others is only level one. The next level is a celebration of diversity. A world where we honor not only our own traditions but everyone's could be heaven on earth.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 6). Your cosmic birthday gift is a talent for being deliberate with your love. You can offer it to any situation at any time, overcoming obstacles to compassion and letting go of unhelpful feelings. There's an aspirational theme to the next three months. You'll float an idea to a tough crowd and get swept into an exciting venture. Aries and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 49, 2, 19 and 10.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "What's your advice for a painfully shy Capricorn? My sign is supposed to like challenges, which I do if it has to do with games or work. The biggest challenge in my life is making friends with people I'm attracted to. When I try to talk to women, I get symptoms like a person going into shock. Tunnel vision, sweats, heart palpitations, dry mouth, memory loss... I could go on but I won't. Fix my extreme social anxiety."

Yours is an ambitious sign, and you have a tendency to expect too much of yourself. You're also goal-oriented, so use this to your advantage. Break the challenge down into smaller goals. For example, you can give yourself the challenge of making a friendly acknowledgment through eye contact with five people in passing. Smile and say "hi" to a stranger. Repeat until you eventually feel comfortable doing that.

From there you can move gently into goals that include a short conversation. Start with three minutes. Know that you will feel extremely uncomfortable, but you can bear that for three minutes, right? It may take you several months to work up to that point, but your natural tenacity will prevail!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Like her character, Lily Tucker-Pritchett, on the television series "Modern Family," witty Gemini Aubrey Anderson-Emmons makes people laugh by giving voice to honesty and reason. Venus and Saturn in Leo signal a love of entertainment in many forms, which for this Gemini includes ballroom dancing and Instagram pics of home life and her dog for her legions of Instagram followers.

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