When you're making choices for yourself, the answer doesn't have to be objectively optimal, it only has to be a good fit. One person's good decision is another person's disastrous choice. Considering the difficult square between Mars and Jupiter, the shortest route to creating harmony may be simply staying true to your own values.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Being stuck is a thing that happens when you're afraid of loss. Once you're willing to lose a thing, you can drop it. There's suddenly some wiggle room, if not an entire swath of space you can simply walk on out of.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you can't quite put words to this thing you're doing, don't let that bother you. As suggested by the ancient philosopher Laotzu, "The way is ever nameless."
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There is no need to reach or struggle for your contentment; you only need to claim it if you want it. If you don't, that is fine, too. It will be waiting for you either way.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). When you can't lessen the measurable impact of a thing, you can still alter the immeasurable elements. Only you can determine how much it means to you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You can love a plant all you want, but it will grow according to the sunlight and soil, not according to your love. To position and provide what's required for thriving — this is how to effectively love a plant or anything else.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you experience it at home, and then, when you try to get away from it it's still there but no matter where you go, that means that you're it. This is about the best news you could get; that the thing is well within your locus of control.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The river never stops. It is moved by water falling from the sky to the mountaintop, where water rushes down to the deepest part of the ocean. You, feeling stuck, are, in fact, in motion. Your connection to others makes it so.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Even though you receive praise for being versatile and adept at many endeavors, you'd feel like you're somewhere instead of everywhere. Today, you long for and will achieve, focus.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Before you ask a person to give you something, you might want to check to make sure that it is within their ability to do so. This one assurance will steer interactions in a productive direction.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There is a point in which the most productive thing you can do is nothing at all. Think of a screw. If you tighten it past a certain point, it becomes stripped and no longer can perform its purpose. Know when to stop.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your mindset around money and what it's for is changing. Try this on: You have enough and therefore you are rich. Could this statement be true? How does it make you feel?
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The infinite is formless, which is why we need frames made out of our judgments and rules, our boundaries and negations. It's a day to use and celebrate the word "no," as it creates the frame around all your yesses.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 3). You can trust instinct and intuition better than any other influence around right now. You are like a blessed baby who doesn't have to know where it's going or what it's doing to be blissfully protected. A risk taken in September brings abundantly more opportunity. Health and love improvements happen in November. Sagittarius and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 45, 2, 28 and 16.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "How important is it that my Cancer girlfriend make the apartment look the way she wants it to look? I am paying for this, by the way. She wants to spend about $3,000 on upgrades, all of which seem unnecessary to me. I'm a Capricorn man who is having trouble justifying an investment in designer pillows or matching linens. She seems to be willing to fight for these things, which is alarming to me."
Your Cancer girlfriend wants the following things from you:
—Validation of her taste.
—Acceptance of her need to live in an environment that makes her comfortable and reflects her aesthetic.
—The secure feeling of knowing that you will put yourself out (you worked to earn this money and are willing to hand it over to her) to make her happy.
This is what you are investing in when you plunk down money for designer pillows. Born under the sign of domesticity and home, your Cancer girlfriend identifies strongly with everything within the walls of her domain. These matters have more to do with power and love than they do with money. When you think of the matter in those terms, what are you willing to do?
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Ultimate homemaker Martha Stewart is a Leo with Mercury, her sign of communication, in Cancer, the sign of home and mothers. Venus in detail-oriented Virgo suggests that her love and appreciation of details is matched only by her amazing capacity to tend to them. Stewart's moon is in Sagittarius, the sign that represents worldliness, expansion, social ease and sophistication.
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