On the birthday of the United States of America, Venus begins a cycle in Gemini, and Mercury and Uranus square off. The discussion of country will continue to trend in a lively direction. Seek understanding before trying to influence others. "Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have." — Harry Emerson Fosdick
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The moment you decide to impress yourself, the adventure will be on! (But if you are hung up on impressing anyone other than yourself, it will cause a delay in your journey to greatness.)
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There is some heaven here on earth, and you want to experience it. Also, heaven on earth wants to experience you. When you approach the moments with this in mind, the portholes open.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Those with many opinions may have few facts. As for the ones who have plenty of both, they're worth listening to today. You may not agree, but you'll come to a resolution faster for learning what they know.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Orphans and strays will be attracted to your generosity and compassion. Your posse will get bigger and bigger. The growth won't be the least bit draining to you. In fact, you'll get back more than you give.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Counting the cost isn't the same as paying the price. In fact, often those who paid didn't count. The bottom line is that you don't have to know the bottom line to do the right thing.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Living well is spending your life in your own way. You realize exactly what way that is by being forced to live by other people's rules and figuring out, "This just isn't me."
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Don't be in too much of a rush. If you want everything yesterday, you miss the opportunity to learn how it's made, earned and delivered. There is wisdom and creativity hiding away in the origin story.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You have taken a child into your heart even though you probably already knew that children have a way of bruising the hearts they live inside with their naive will. When that part comes, you'll handle it and be stronger for it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It will take a great deal of personal restraint not to say the thing on your mind, but if the idea seems the least bit unhelpful or has the slightest chance of causing offense, it won't be worth the breath it takes to utter it.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Enduring love isn't always so visible in the action of your daily life. There are those you communicate with in thought only who continue to influence you in ways both minute and remarkable.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The luckiest thing you can do today will be to teach others born in another time. It doesn't matter if they are older or younger than you; there's much of value to impart about the experience of your own particular slice of time.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Usually, you can see quite well with your heart, and its vision extends as far as needed or becomes microscopic for things that are very small or extremely close. It can even see what's invisible. Your heart will never need glasses.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 4). You're so often asked to be creative, look for the opportunity inside of a problem, rise above the situation. You do an excellent job of that, but you deserve a break from it, too. The next 10 weeks hands you good luck you don't have to work for. You had this coming. Invest in August. Domestic transformation comes in December. Leo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 2, 26 and 4.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "What is a T-square? I have one in my natal chart, which I read many years ago. It doesn't look like a T or a square. It actually looks like a triangle, so I wonder whether there's some kind of mistake. I know that squares can be negative and stressful, so I'm hoping that it's a mistake."
You are very observant. Much depends on how you connect the dots. A T-square, sometimes called a T-cross, can look neither squarish nor crossish if you connect the planets in a certain way. It is essentially an isosceles triangle. The T-square configuration occurs when two planets are in opposition and a third planet is 90 degrees from both.
Do not fear your T-square. It's a gift — albeit one like a college education or a vacuum cleaner. It implies that there is work to be done and you'll be the one doing it. Sure, you were hoping for jewelry. But jewelry isn't going to get you a job or clean your house. There are many famous people, past and present, with T-squares in their charts — Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King Jr., Clint Eastwood, to name just a few. It signifies that there will be something to overcome. You can and you will.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: What better gift to a patriotic American family than a daughter born on the Fourth of July? Malia Obama is a loyal Cancer with Venus and Mars in communicative Gemini. These aspects indicate one who is fast on her feet, a quick thinker and an excellent debater. Her moon's being in Scorpio indicates a need for privacy, yet Mercury in Leo suggests a strong public persona.
To write to Holiday Mathis, visit www.creators.com/author/holiday-mathis and click "Contact."