The sun and moon converge in Virgo for the new moon pause, a catch of breath, a measured exhale in the dark. Maybe someday we will know our place in the greater design. For now, the energy of Virgo urges us to bring our quality of character, our virtue or, as the Greeks elegantly named it, our "habitual excellence" to all things.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Competitive urges can be exciting to follow, but there's risk here, too. Some of your impulses will be to do dangerous things and you'll quickly rule them out or water them down to a more appropriate intensity.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's like you're waiting for something to happen, though you're not sure what since nothing has been ordered, planned or promised. This is your intuition turned all the way up.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It seems counterintuitive, but coming across tremendous good fortune is generally not what makes people happy, unless they feel that the luck is earned. Small earned luck brings more gladness than big dumb luck.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll be very busy, and mainly it's your own fault. You are so vivacious, knowledgeable and attractive that everyone wants a piece of your time and attention.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Casual elegance, kindness, worldliness — these are qualities you are attracted to in others, you aspire to embody and you are credited with today, though maybe behind your back.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People make decisions for the reasons that make sense to them. You'd love to know those reasons. Was a choice made out of desire or a lack of other options? You'll learn answers you can bank on.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Be careful what you acknowledge in others because you can count on getting more of it. Focus on the kindnesses you'd enjoy an abundance of. If you give lots of attention to bad behaviors, they will continue, too.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Today brings a suspenseful scenario, so enjoy the exquisite tension of mystery at play. You could guess 12 times and still not predict this one.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It will be the daily kindnesses — feeding someone, driving them, listening to them — that add up to the stuff of good relationships. Even so, you'll throw in the extras because it's so easy for you to give in that way.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There is no persuasion without observation, no influence without understanding the needs and wants of others. If all you do is open an inquisitive mind to the behaviors of others, you'll grow in influence.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's like a wind-up toy: you turn the key, set it on the ground and release. It should be predictable, what happens next, but somehow it isn't. The same movement in a different environment changes the outcome.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's the higher virtues that call to you today — courage, nobility, loyalty — the ones that work as well in the modern world as they did in more feudal times.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 17). Of your many talents, the one that gleams at the top of this new cycle is your knack for finding and making mutually beneficial arrangements. You bring people together and create scenarios that only you could. An exciting breakthrough in your personal and financial life happens in January. Aquarius and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 39, 2, 50 and 13.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "Why has she stopped flirting with me, liking me and making me a priority? My guess is that someone else has come into the picture for her. How can I get her back to thinking I'm the one for her? She is a Virgo. I'm a Capricorn."
As a rule, people do what works for them. If your Virgo is getting something from another interaction that she deems more worthy of her attention than what she is getting in the relationship with you, then it is only natural that she'd wander over to that.
One of the many excellent qualities that go with earth signs is the innate understanding of the value of work. In light of this, and the fact that both you and your Virgo share this earth sign value, you might consider gearing your approach with the frame of "labor."
What creates emotional labor is asking people to behave in a way that is counter to their natural impulses. If they have to mentally control themselves in any way, this is work. The most attractive relationships are the ones that require the least work. Tune in Saturday for more astral insights on the topic of emotional labor.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Virgo racing champion Jimmie Johnson began his motorsports career racing 50cc bikes at age 4 and went on to become a seven-time champion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Virgos are known for their disciplined, hardworking, methodical ways. Johnson also has a strong current of passionate, risk-taking energy in his chart with four natal luminaries in fire signs.
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