All things come to an end — good, bad and otherwise. The Mercury retrograde hasn't lived up to its experience as a negative omen, and anyway, it's coming to a close. What is your takeaway from these last few weeks? Do you feel you can communicate better or worse with your loved ones? Do you feel better or worse off for the mishaps?
ARIES (March 21-April 19). The price of a thing is not money. Money is only a representation of effort — someone's effort, though maybe not the person exchanging the money. Things are worth the life that's been exchanged for them.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A visit is in the works. Having some time to prepare will give you an advantage. Of course, what happens in the moment is all that matters. But preparation relaxes you, and that makes said "moment" all the more pleasurable.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Being surprised or startled might be fun for some and a lot less fun for others. When it comes to control, people have varying needs. Life might startle you today — not your favorite thing, but you'll do something good with the rush.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Though you live in the midst of an interesting and ever-active crew, you could only describe this existence from a distance. It's why you owe yourself, and everyone, really, a vacation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). This existence is one of interpretation. One thing can mean many things, depending on whom you ask. The truth is often a soft blend of many different interpretations, which is why it's important to stay open to ambiguity.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are things you're compelled to do. It feels as though providence is pushing you toward them in spite of rationality. What makes no sense and is costly and, by all objective opinion, rather dumb might actually be just the thing.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It doesn't have to be an official party to be a "party." There will be quite a lot of details to tend to in the name of making a gathering memorable. Remember, a party is only as good as the people attending it.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind, or so they say, although maybe it's just a matter of being kind and truthful upfront instead of letting untruths linger, stagnate and become toxic.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You wake up thinking about a thing then fall asleep thinking about it and then wake up again with it on your mind. Time to do something about that, as it's taking up more room in your brain than is fair to the other things.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Don't concern yourself with the comings and goings of other people. Concern yourself with your own happiness and most of that will, by extension, be settled.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There's almost nowhere you can go to air your opinions without offending or delighting someone. Take care in your choosing of confidantes. The walls have ears.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's no fun to watch someone doing the thing they know they can do. The fun is in watching a person do the thing they think they can't do. Internal conflicts are more real than external ones.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 18). It's a power year. You will weave a mystery in November. Maybe you don't start out trying to do this, but it happens, and your life story gets very interesting with this bit. Professions of love happen in March and June. The financial picture gets more to your liking in September, and a deal in January makes a difference too. Libra and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 50, 1, 27 and 14.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I'm a poet. I never show anyone my poems, though, because it's embarrassing. Also, whenever I think I might show someone, my heart starts to race and I start to sweat and it's so uncomfortable that I know I can't do it. But how will I ever be successful as a poet if I can't show anyone what I've written? Also, I'm an Aquarius. I'm supposed to be outgoing, and that's not me at all. Why?"
Sigmund Freud wrote, "Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me." Aquarius artists have a way of pulling from many disciplines and areas of study, including science and religion, to create their art. And because your inner world is so rich, originality is a strong suit for your sign. Your imagination constantly sparks unusual associations as your keen intellect draws ideas from a wide variety of experiences. It's true that a friendly, outgoing personality is usually associated with Aquarius. Would you like to have greater social ease? Developing this aspect of your personality, though challenging, will lift the mental blocks that keep you from sharing your work with others. Investigate the concept of stage fright and social anxiety to get to the bottom of this obstacle.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Sundance Film Festival founder and movie star extraordinaire Robert Redford was born when the sun was in the last degrees of Leo and passionate Mars was also in this chivalrous part of the sky. The strongest force in his natal chart, though, is Virgo: Redford's moon, Mercury, Venus and Neptune are all stationed in that down-to-earth, detail-oriented, nurturing and hardworking sign.
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