The Pisces moon brings deep thoughts. Here's one by Jack Handey: "Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes." Whether your deep thoughts produce answers, introduce options or just amuse you, you'll be better for having them.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Touching can reduce pain. To reach out to a loved one with the validation of a handshake, an embrace, even a celebratory fist bump — it will solidify the bond and the moment.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). An agenda is nigh complete. How do you know? There's an air of finality around it — a sense that the job has been done and the next one is quite pressing. Wrap it up; excitements lie ahead.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). To show up and do your work — well, that's just not enough for you. You want to be remarkable. You want to be the best. It's why today you'll sign on for something the others shirk.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Most don't reach adulthood without a scar or two, either on the inside or on the outside. You can be proud of the way you've healed. Don't wait for the chance to share your story; just share it. You'll be helping others.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). What happens today happens for a reason, and that reason isn't necessarily a part of some universal plan; it's simply the effect of a cause. You were noticing. You took action. And now here you are.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Although the entire problem is not yours to solve, there's a little part of it that you can and should handle. You're the best person for the job, and it may even be your responsibility. Good fortune will follow your solution.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You have great taste and a knack for putting things, words and people together. It will be lucky to share the connections and creations you make with your real-life friends and the virtual friends on your social networks.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Time's winged chariot hurries near. In other words, it's as if you're being pushed around by the schedule, which can seem artificial and against your natural rhythm, but at least things are getting done.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you connect with others who have similar talents, things will go very well, but reach out to those with talents that are merely related to yours and it will go even better. Brilliant co-creations are possible.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When you get interrupted once, chalk it up to the other person's excitement. Twice or more, though, and you can take it as a red flag. Think twice about getting very involved.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You don't have to stay abreast of every new trend to be relevant, but it helps that you have an excellent overview of what's important to the generation behind you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the name of progress, you'll be the bigger person and rise above an annoying and essentially wrong situation. Defying emotional gravity in this way won't be too hard, once you let go of your need to be right.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 2). The word that describes you best over the next six weeks: driven. You'll hardly stop to replenish your joy. Recharge at the end of August. Get involved with the things that help you stay positive, and stick with it. In 2019, you'll lavish in new and better habits. Self-promotion leads to promotion by others in October. Sagittarius and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 48, 3, 49 and 1.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "It's weird. I think I'm growing as a person, but I'm doing a lot less, owning less, staying home more and cutting out a lot of things and relationships that for whatever reason I no longer feel attached to. What's going on with this Pisces?"
When we think about metamorphosis, the transformations that come to mind are often from less mobility to more mobility. Caterpillars grow wings to fly. Tadpoles grow legs to leap. But the move toward mobility and complexity isn't always the direction of development. Sometimes we advance to a simpler state.
Seeing as you're a Pisces sea creature going through changes, perhaps you should consider the sea squirt. In an early stage, this mysterious ancient ocean species has a brain and a simple eye and can swim about. But once it finds a place to attach, its brain, eye and spinal cord get absorbed by the rest of its body, and it becomes a stationary creature with fascinating regenerative powers. Essentially, the sea squirt's intelligence is decentralized in a retrogressive metamorphosis that turns a complex vertebrate into a simplified stationary creature with extraordinary self-healing powers. The sea squirt is being studied by scientists who hope to cure neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Cancer Larry David is the ultimate crabby comedian, born when Mercury was also in Cancer. If Cancer natives have a hard-shell exterior, it's only to deflect potential harm from their highly sensitive souls. Humor is the perfect armor. The co-creator of "Seinfeld" and creator of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" was born when the moon was in Capricorn, the sign of moguls.
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