No one is born knowing how best to allot time and resources to get results. It has to be figured out as we go. Today's Venus/Mars trine favors the trial-and-error process with results still in the realm of predictability. Enjoy that while the Uranus retrograde is still young. As it gathers momentum, odd surprises will make our predictions seem silly.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Paint the day with bold strokes and leave the detail work for another time, if it even comes to that. It's a day of experiments. You won't know until you jump in.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're in the thick of a complex task and still trying to get your bearings. It will be a wobbly ride for a little while, but soon enough you'll develop a knack and this section will seem like a mere blip.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Interaction doesn't have to be intense or constant to be meaningful. Sometimes just being near one another, in the same room, doing your own thing is more than enough to bring a sense of comfort.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You've a new interest. It's intriguing but difficult. Don't worry; you can be talented at something without being good at it. Sometimes the talent is just a curiosity that drives you to practice and inevitably improve.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Someone likes you, thinks you're bright, admires you and wants to be around you more. Is that so surprising? Perhaps — because either this person may not readily show affinity, or the timing just hasn't seemed right yet.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're excellent at mixing, matching and merging, and when people go along with your suggestions everybody wins. You'll finally get the go-ahead to do something you've wanted to do for a long time.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Think about it; you're actually living some of your childhood schemes. Why stop scheming now? Let yourself dream outrageously. Outcomes that, at the moment, seem unlikely may not be as farfetched as you imagine.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You want to lay the foundation for a big change. The trouble is that you don't really know how things will culminate and what will develop. You only know that it will be different from what's happening now. A sense of readiness is all you need.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A good friend will nurture your idiosyncrasies and love you for the parts of you that don't conform to her expectations or his beliefs. A good friend wants you to be more of who you already are.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You sometimes wish you were better at affairs of the heart. Then again, people who seem to be in control of their "feels" are possibly not feeling them as deeply as you are.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Surprising events wake you up like cold water to the face. You'll wonder why you didn't see it before. You were looking at other things. No matter. Now that you're aware, new options will open for you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What good is a support system if you never lean on it? Sure, it's nice to know it's there. You'd do well to test it out every once in a while, too. Check in and let yourself be a little vulnerable with the people who love you.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 7). You have advantages you've never considered. Someone will show them to you, or cause you to see them for the first time, so that you may use these talents and boons of position to leverage you into the place you most want to be. This mix of luck, talent and opportunity will repeat no less than 10 times this year. Libra and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 2, 22, 18 and 45.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "Someone I love just stole money from me. I want to trust people, but they disappoint me constantly. I'm a Libra, so it's not like I can just look the other way without judging. Fair is fair."
Cynicism isn't just a snarky attitude; it was also the point of view of one old Greek man, Diogenes of Sinope, who cultivated a body of work expressing his utter distrust of and lack of faith in humanity. Two and a half millennia later, many still follow his line of thought. And who can blame them? It has been proven right time and time again. It has also been proven wrong time and time again. Which side should you fall on? As there is no way of measuring how often cynicism proves true as compared to how often people are good (albeit flawed) and trying their best, much depends on how you want to live your life. Your Libra nature has you seeing both sides and trying to weigh what cannot always be quantified. Let your beliefs factors into the decision, too. If you look for evidence of the goodness or the evil of humanity, you will find it.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: The Addams family is going back to its illustrated roots in an upcoming animated film in which Charlize Theron will voice the role of Morticia. It's one of many upcoming projects for Theron, who is also busy with an "Atomic Blonde" sequel and a biographic drama of journalist Megyn Kelly. Theron was born when the sun, Mercury and Venus were in Leo, the sign of royalty and entertainment.