There are things that need to get done and things that could be done. Oddly, we can gravitate toward the latter even though the former is obviously more important. It has to do with the pleasantness of a task and the amount of willpower it takes to prioritize. Willpower is still in good supply, but tomorrow it goes out the window with the full moon.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Does it feel as if you're looking for something to believe in? Start with you. Believe in your breath, your heart and your body, and go from there. The more you can embrace about yourself the more powerful you'll be.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your attitude is more important than any other factor today. A winning attitude makes you a winner, even if, by the rules of the game you're playing, you technically lost.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your intuitive hunches will guide you to do something that probably won't make complete sense as you're doing it but will nonetheless bring tremendous luck in the near future.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). When the whimsical Dr. Seuss quipped that "there is no one alive who is youer than you," he might as well have written it specifically for the version of you that you will joyfully fulfill today.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). When does achieving become overachieving? And where is the line between making people happy and people-pleasing? Be mindful of your drives. Do it for you, not to be impressive or loved.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Can you converse with the naturally optimistic without secretly thinking they're just not keen on what's really going on? Maybe. But it won't hurt to try it their way today. Actively seek good news, and ignore the rest for now.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People may seem willing to do what you need them to do, but willingness is not action. Action is the test. If the task isn't crossed off the list by tonight, assign it to someone else tomorrow.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). We all have our own emotional set point — a tone in which we feel most comfortable. It would be futile to try to brighten the mood of someone who enjoys a muted state. Put your energy where it will be welcome.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your thinking cannot be controlled, but it can be managed. You can distrust and even ignore unwanted and unhelpful thoughts. You'll also validate and encourage successful thoughts.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The problem can be solved at least 200 different ways, though it will take a breakthrough to begin the thought process that allows you to see even one solution. It all springs from a willingness to learn.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's a "go big or go home" kind of day. There will be absolutely nothing to be gained from going tentatively forward. To the others involved, you're either in or out. Declare it with gumption.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're usually the one who sets trends, not the one who chases them. Stay on your path and trust it, even when people around you are jumping on this fad or that. Your instincts are only as good as the trust you invest in them.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 23). Each month adds a sparkle to your personal life as your relationships get increasingly aligned with your true self. More highlights: A pattern breaks, yielding to a new one that better suits you. An attentive partner accompanies your adventures. And better self-care will include a fascinating hobby. Scorpio and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 13, 20, 7 and 19.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Monday brings the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox, otherwise known as the harvest moon. If this cosmic aspect had a fable, it would be the folk tale "The Little Red Hen," in which the hen plants, harvests, threshes and mills wheat without the help of the other lazy barnyard animals. Then, when she bakes the wheat into bread, everyone wants a piece of the "work" of eating. Alas, the hen gets all the pleasure.
Tomorrow's harvest moon warns against passivity. Of all the self-defeating tendencies a person could have, passivity is among the most dangerous because it's harder to detect. Passivity is prone to wearing disguises. It can look like peace. It can look like amenability. But it usually winds up looking like regret eventually.
The second cosmic warning comes late in the week via Saturn, and its message is about focus. Our experience is always directly correlated to our level of focus. Multitasking is thievery that robs all tasks of our engagement. We really can feel less alive as we bounce between tasks, and that's because every time you're pulled out of one task and into another, you lose a little energy at the juncture. Reduce distractions and avoid multitasking. You'll have more energy and results at the end of the day.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Bruce Springsteen has stood for the rock-'n'-roll dreams of all those working-class folks who affectionately refer to him as "The Boss." Even while the iconic Jersey rocker is raking in the lifetime achievement awards, he continues to be about creating the future of his legacy. Springsteen was born when the sun, the moon, Mercury and Neptune were all in Libra, the sign of art, harmony and unity.
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