The cowhand may appear to be on a chill ride, wrangling the herd to greener pastures. Then again, staying calm amongst beasts that weigh at least a ton apiece could be harder than it looks. Similarly, while Venus and Pluto are in opposition, it's a challenge to wrangle heavy thoughts and feelings. Go easy on yourself and keep a relaxed stride.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Maybe what you think of yourself shapes your identity, but what shapes it even more are how you act and what you do. The movement involved in executing one action will mean more than hours and days of thought.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You want to know how the other person does it. If you ask, you'll learn. But if you don't ask — and do some careful observing, followed by some experimenting on your own first — you'll learn more.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). To get a good balance of yourself and others is not only a very attractive social skill but also a valuable happiness skill. The inconvenient giving you'll do today will count toward a more satisfied you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are a lot of people around. Who is actually helping you, though? It's almost like the more people you could ask for help the less likely you are to ask anyone.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Everything is a path today. There are no one-offs. What you think is a simple agreement will wind up being, in one way or another, a subscription. Avoid obligating yourself. The smallest gesture will do it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To choose an activity that gets the heart pumping faster will be a thrill, a health enhancer and a gamble. The risk is that you just may fall in love with whatever work, play, or person is involved.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll connect with people when the timing is right. So, don't worry about people who haven't called back yet or anything along those lines. What would you do if you believed your social life was divinely guided?
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There have been days when you were so filled with purpose that there was more than enough to cover days like today, when you don't feel particularly strong about it in any direction. Relax, accept and trust.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Living in the moment is easier when there are people or things present to ground you in it. Nature can do this for you today, especially that which involves bodies of water.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You know what the triggers are, and instead of avoiding them, you seem almost to seek them out. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt. Maybe this isn't self-sabotage. Rather, you're subconsciously trying to get over your fear.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People have varying needs for space and closeness, which change over time. Even those you've known a long while may surprise you along these lines today.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Remember when that bit of life you expected would have an emotional effect on you just didn't? Well, some things just take longer to process. You'll likely notice some delayed emotional impact today.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 21). Your cosmic birthday gift will be a sense of freedom. You're free to feel the way you do — no guilt necessary. You've earned and are worthy of emotional riches, so take it. A playful spirit prevails over the next 10 weeks and is quite attractive, too, so expect new friends and opportunities to come into the picture. Aquarius and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 14, 9 and 33.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: It's no secret that modern life is less than ideal. If you're looking for the problems, you won't have to strain your eyes to find them.
The prevailing sense of isolation, the more or less constant political violence and the ever-looming ecological threat are just the tip of modern man's melting iceberg.
Of course, you don't have to look for the problems if you don't want to. If you take a break from troubleshooting and try to see the good in it, you'll find plenty to warm and buoy the heart. It's especially obvious this week in the way human connections are happening everywhere by people driven to help one another. Realistically, people connecting is the norm, and the negative stuff, while very impactful, actually doesn't have to be the highlight of every day at all.
This week, the sun enters the realm of Leo, where it is exalted, as the sun rules this part of the sky. With this transit comes a nudge toward sunshine optimism, playfulness and creativity. What if you believed this life was a theatrical event put on for your delight and entertainment? Would that change your mood this week? Try it out and enjoy.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Today, we celebrate the birth and life of Robin Williams, whose work brought laughter and joy to generations. Williams was born under a soulful Cancer sun and an empathetic Pisces moon. With a full stand-up career and over 100 screen credits, it is no surprise that Williams had Mercury and Pluto in the entertaining and playful realm of Leo, the mark of a natural-born performer.
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