Two conjunctions (Mercury/Mars, sun/Mercury) add to the glistening galactic landscape. Behavior will be the best indicator of character. In short, when people tell you who they are, consider that to be evidence worth listening to. Though it pales in value next to the information you get when people show you who they are through action.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You want people around you to behave in a certain way, though you may not be aware of your own expectations until there's been a violation. The violation sheds light on social dynamics and enhances self-knowledge.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It may feel like the opinions people are coming up with about politics, economics and life in general all serve as a source of self-entertainment. You have a choice about what to tune into.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you speak less, the mental energy builds up. Then, when you do decide to express yourself, there's greater thought behind what you're saying. This is why you'll be profound today.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you love something enough, it doesn't matter how well it works out on a practical level. You could be bad at it, or good. You will bear the awkward moments and love the learning curves. Love makes it worth the effort.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The way you give love makes people feel free. So it's all the more special to you knowing that with all the responsibilities and options and distractions of the world, someone still chooses to be with you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll cycle through an entire plan. It starts with a list. Then there's a preparation period in which the things on the list are assembled and executed. Lastly, there's cooperation and tenacity involved. You'll have plenty of both.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It will be better to accept that anything can happen than to spend much of today's energy envisioning and predicting. The stars warn against placing focus away from the main action of this day.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You want to be challenged, especially intellectually, and that's why you're drawn to intellectual sparring partners — contrarians who will force you to sharpen your arguments.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Knowing that something is good for you doesn't really make you like it any better. This is why children resist vegetables. It takes time to become fond of the things that best nourish you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Some of the time needs to go by unfilled. Without silence, there is no music. The most invigorating music is the one with the most rests. The beats per minute cannot be measured without the spaces per minute.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you were a child, you didn't feel particularly young and beautiful, but you were. There's something similar going on with you today. Know that your experience of this time will change retrospectively and relax.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The money and goods available to you will impact your success, but not as you might expect. More won't be better. It's not your resources but your resourcefulness that matters.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 3). You've a generosity of spirit people sense straight away. You'll attract kindred souls and needy souls alike. A big deal closes in November. You'll change your routine and rules at the end of the year. In 2020, you'll expand yourself through travel, education and relationships with people who fascinate you. Libra and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 20, 11, 47 and 31.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "My children are rotten. I have a Taurus, a Gemini and a Leo. They can be very sweet, but mostly they behave as though their father and I were put on the earth to serve them. They aren't grateful for anything we do for them. How can you make someone feel grateful if they don't?"
The mystics agree that "thanks" is among the most important of prayers. It's an easy one to say, and a harder one to feel genuinely. Negative circumstances help. In matters of gratitude, the crucial role played by difficult emotions like stress, loss and lack cannot be overlooked. Without the pain there is no relief. Relief brings a flood of gratitude that happier emotions cannot provide.
You have protected your children from quite a lot. They do not know enough of the downside of the human condition to feel grateful for the upside. There is something precious about this bubble of reality. Appreciate it while it's still intact, as it will inevitably be pierced. Sooner or later, a fuller range of human experience catches up with us all.
Modeling gratitude will effectively help all three of your children learn it. Stories of your own experiences will help. Telling them they should be grateful won't. It never does. It's frustrating, but take heart. Each will learn differently and in his or her own time.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Olympic gold medalist and superstar Shaun White was born with solar charisma so it's no big surprise that the snowboarder/skateboarder has had corporate sponsors since he was 7 years old. And though he makes daring physical feats look effortless, his sun, moon and Mercury in Virgo suggest that mastery comes from hard work and a relentless drive for perfection.
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