Mars, traveling retrograde, backs into Capricorn today, beginning a powerful cycle of opportunity — to learn, to strategize, to, after many failed attempts, get it right at last. Today is only the start. Most likely, this will manifest in a focus on a certain goal that has yet to be realized and a few ideas about what to do differently the next time around.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Life's routines are so much sweeter when you're doing them around people you enjoy. Today you'll appreciate the interesting point of view that others bring to daily life.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You equate rest with laziness, but it's not that, not at all. Really big things are happening when you rest. It's your moment for recovery, renewal, regeneration.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your outreach is kind. You assume the best of others. Kindred souls will come into your world to share what they can and give you company and entertainment.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are those who profess to have deeply held principles, yet they abandon them for a more pleasurable or lucrative opportunity. You're honorable. Surround yourself with the honorable.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Something you romanticized about last year will come to fruition in the days to come. Stay awake, aware and diligent, even if your diligence is in your own health and rest.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You are concerned with what's right, not with winning social Brownie points. That's why your choices may cause feathers to ruffle. But better ruffled feathers than false friends.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). This is a beautiful moment. What you're looking for is trying to find you, too. Things like this don't happen every day, yet you still have to keep your cool to pull this off.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The feeling you'll have when a friend reaches out to you in the moment you need it most is eclipsed only by the feeling you give when you're the one who reaches out to a friend in the moment of need.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're a skilled diplomat who knows that getting a person's hopes up is not nice. Not only is it not nice but it's the work of a novice. You'll expertly arrange the expectations of others.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You are the egalitarian of the zodiac today. You sincerely don't think that your work or station is any better or less than that of any other person on earth, and for that you'll be rewarded with a wider range of knowledge.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're noticing, and therefore you'll see more that's wrong and more that's right and more that you can't explain or understand. Do not let your awareness confuse you. Take notes without judgment.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's a tone to strike today between mysterious and accessible. Hitting the right note will get you access to treats and delights without the encumbrance of weighty commitment.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 12). You know what you want, and your will is so strong this solar return that it would take a very nervy person to oppose you. You'll override any who dare. Your confidence will attract supporters. A variety of unrelated events will lead to fortuitous relationships and deals and a major win for your finances and your family. Sagittarius and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 1, 11, 12 and 5.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Traveling retrograde, Mars will now back into Capricorn, a place where the warrior planet displays his strength and skill. Capricorn is symbolized by the leaping goat, a creature uniquely evolved to manage mountainous terrain that would be dangerous and deadly for the less adapted. The goat is compelled to get to the top of the mountain, where it will have less competition from other creatures for resources and where it will have the highest, loveliest vantage. Capricorn is similarly driven by hunger, ambition and a sense of destiny, to rise to the highest level in any endeavor that Capricorn finds currently relevant.
This week will be marked by the ambition of the goat, but because Mars is retrograde, the omens suggest that many will face a situation they have already attempted to master or conquer. The upcoming week will be a chance to review what went wrong and right on the past attempts and to employ new tools, teachers and information to make a new plan.
Hard-won victory is ever more satisfying and meaningful than easy spoils. This week will present the chance to be tenacious. Persist!
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Casey Affleck will be playing a great explorer of the West, Meriweather Lewis, in the television miniseries "Lewis and Clark," though first he'll be chasing down Robert Redford in "The Old Man & the Gun." Affleck was born under an entertaining Leo sun. A mysterious and private Scorpio moon lends intensity to his natal chart and to his on-screen presence.
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