There are certain emotions that can focus a person better than the others. Love. Jealousy. Anger. Passion. Planets align to help us focus — and sometimes focus with a vengeance. A touch of obsessive behavior is not necessarily a bad thing if it's centered on something worthy, as it could be at this point in the Virgo solar journey.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will figure out how a thing works. This takes time, curiosity, care, patience, intelligence, attention. And for everything it takes, it will give even more.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Recharging your brain is as or more important than any of the other activities you do to maintain your health and well-being. Listen to what your body tells you and obey.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The one who puts you on the defensive has something to teach you about what you have to protect, where you're vulnerable and what matters to you. Finding the lesson will be easier in retrospect.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There's something you want to accomplish that you think should be done right where you are, and you're probably right. But a bit of travel will help you get perspective on it. Don't stay put just because you're "too busy."
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Those who belittle others are feeling littler than them inside. Yours is a personal culture of generosity. It hurts you to see people mistreated. You'll do something about it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People see you in one role and don't know how multifaceted you are. But they sense it, and you'll give them a taste today. You're in the mood to shake things up and get a reaction.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Someone you love may play the victim. It will not suit you to buy into the game and become the savior. Rather, help others by teaching them to help themselves.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're more worldly because of this day's events. Mainly, you're able to pay attention to them and decide where you stand in it all without leaning in any particular direction.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll waste no time in getting down to business with the people you know, and this will wind up opening doors for you. You'll bring new people into your world.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're the matchmaker of your own destiny. It's a lot of responsibility, and many times it feels like it's not even in your hands. A good match promotes prosperity. A bad match will do the opposite.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The way it's done in the world of theater is to change the setting or the costumes to get get noticed anew. You'll do this sort of thing today and enjoy the attention.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Considering the present star configuration, here's a question worth asking: "Why am I listening to you?" The answer will provide you with an enlightening answer.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 4). This year you'll have reason to reach higher, believe more fully and push yourself harder. It will pay off. Write to yourself. A diary will give you the clarity to grow into the person the world really needs you to be. The next four weeks bring an improvement in the domestic arrangement that will support your efforts. Aries an Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 33, 31, 28 and 18.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "Holiday, I've read that you are a songwriter. I like to write songs, too, but I have trouble writing with other people. Every time I try that, it doesn't work out. When the other person doesn't like my ideas, this causes a disagreement. Sometimes I can't get over it, and we end up losing our friendship. It seems like most songs are written by more than one person, right? How am I supposed to sell my songs if I can't work with anyone? I'm a Leo."
Sometimes songwriting is a collaborative art, and sometimes it's not. There are plenty of writers who write alone, including the Songwriting Hall of Famer Diane Warren, who once had seven simultaneous hits on the Billboard singles chart with different artists. I'm a Leo, too, so I understand how important it is for us lions to have the attention and respect of your colleagues. The best way to do this may be for you to go it alone for 100 songs. Once you have crossed this threshold in your work, you will know what you are willing to compromise on and what you are not. Then working with others won't be so difficult.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: If the world were one big high school, Beyonce Knowles would be the perpetual prom queen. With this September issue of Vogue, once again, Knowles is a cover girl on a popular magazine in her birthday month. The Virgo was born when Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto were all in the highly aesthetic realm of Libra.
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