The Retrograde Idea

By Holiday Mathis

July 30, 2018 6 min read

Ideas are, in and of themselves, quite insubstantial in that they have no actual mass. They are not things. But ideas are certainly forces, and one idea can change everything. The predominance of retrograde planets reminds us that these are precarious times in which we need to put our ideas to test before we get too attached to them.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Don't let volatile and violent forces steal all of the press. Celebrate the gentle forces alive in your life. The succession of hundreds of beautiful, mild days may one day be eclipsed by a storm, but this is not that day.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Children are tomorrow. What's done to children is done to the future, and vice versa. Every little bit of proactive effort today will count much more than you would imagine toward a better tomorrow.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your friends and loved ones are very unlikely to tell you how right you are or were, even if they know in their hearts that it's true. So don't waste another thought on it. Better to just be right than to have to convince others of it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There's an opportunity you're keen to seize that comes with a risk you're not. This package is indivisible. You can't water the roses without watering the thorns.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You can't see electricity because, like gravity, it is a phenomenon (not an object) detected only by its influence on the world. You will also be experienced through your influence on the world today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The attraction between certain people has such strength that it's almost as though they don't have a choice but to be drawn together. It's difficult to imagine a world in which they would not interact.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you see something displeasing in others, use it as an indicator of what you might change in yourself. For instance, a person who is disrespectful reminds you of the necessity for kindness in the world.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Feelings express themselves in waves. A wave is a phenomenon with a trade-off between space and time. At one moment in time, it's here, and it's somewhere else at another moment. In short, feelings change.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you feel as if working on yourself from the inside out would be a bit too intangible and strange an approach for you today, it might be a better bet to work from the outside in. Equally effective!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If there's too much of something or too little of it, if something is too small or too fast, it's the "too" (not the thing itself) that makes it impossible to deal with. Perhaps your problem is not with the thing but with the amount of it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The solution may not be at hand; in fact, you'll travel miles to find it, and it won't be where they said it would be, which motivates further journeying. But that's what you get for choosing worthwhile pursuits!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). People will reach out in love and also in need. Then there are those who reach out in something else — something not worth labeling, as they are only expressing a symptom of their own sickness. Your compassion will be required.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 30). It is said that people are amalgamations of those they're most often around. That's reductive, yet it's true that you're changed by relationships. You endeavor to be around the people who make you better — those who push you, attract you and help you grow into your best self. Savor the prizes in September and May. Pisces and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 39, 37, 43, 26 and 32.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I have feelings for a Capricorn whom I have known for some time. He has been hurt in the past, and it may take some time for him to express the feelings that I believe he has for me. Should I continue to be patient? I am a Cancer born on June 25, 1982. He was born Dec. 25, 1975."

Cancer, have you ever visited Mount Rushmore? Even if you haven't, maybe you recollect the mountain monument of former presidents staring out into the same spot in space, year after year. As the earth sign of mountain scaling, the Capricorn man can be as oblivious to surrounding loveliness as the unchanging gazes of Rushmore. I'm not saying Capricorn is forever unmoved; I'm simply acknowledging that you, romantic and patient Cancer, are prone to biding your time pining for this love from below and he's looking off into the distant somewhere, totally unaware you're interested. Even if he is still nursing wounds from past hurt, he's still a guy and a human and thus someone in need of love. So make a move. And then, if he chooses to remain stuck in another time and era, at least you can move on.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Fanciful friend Lisa Kudrow is a typical Leo on a mission to entertain and delight, most recently in the comedy series "Grace and Frankie" and the upcoming film "Booksmart." Kudrow's having her natal sun and Mercury in theatrical Leo indicates that she is vibrantly happy in the spotlight. Her Sagittarius moon brings a cheerful spirit of expansion, experimentation, sophistication and worldly insight.

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