With this sun to Mars situation, curiosity is king. Incuriousness is not only repellant, but also it could be taken as an insult or judged as a clue to inferior intelligence. Incuriousness is often more about trust and fear though. Curiosity only survives alongside some degree of safety. It takes confidence to ask. To invite curiosity, create a safety zone.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Right now, you're building. This isn't the easy part. Get into the mindset that you're going to hack away at it until you figure out what you're doing. Later, you'll be proud.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're making a difference in the life of another. Their gratitude is nice but optional, and in no way connected to the reward, which you're still unaware of. In time, you will know precisely what it is.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Duties land on the most dutiful. If they are landing on no one right now, a situation will form that serves as a clarion call. The dutiful will soon rise up.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You can give all the best options, but you can't control what other people will choose. As the saying goes, "There's no accounting for taste." There is, however, learning of taste, and it will be a curve indeed.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). "If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things." — Rene Descartes. Now, how far is possible for you?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You might be aware that there is, as there always was, this ringing out of your heart — a beacon calling all who can get the signal and even those who can only feel the bounce.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your team is large in number and strong in stature, diverse in nature and geographically extensive. And yet, you get the feeling that there are more of them than you. More creative thinking is called for.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Generally speaking, it's bad for the mind to follow any instructions too closely. And if there's such a thing as a recipe for good relationships, follow it loosely and recklessly.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Ask for what you need; reward what you get; promote the loyal; ban the disloyal. These are the workings of power on every level, from the kindergarten playground to the high-tower capitals of the world.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The authority lays down dogma. It is their job to make it seem like this thing they are saying or doing is incontrovertibly true. It is your job to assure that this is not so.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Deja vu? You've seen this one before. The faces may be different, but the situation is the same. Knowing what you know, you can change the outcome if you like.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When it comes to humans, neutrality is a myth. A neutral eye, opinion or party is nowhere to be found. There are only more or less biased people to seek feedback from. Proceed advisedly.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept.19). Don't wait for permission or for someone to grant you the status you need to move forward. Here is your cosmic birthday gift: Claim what you want and you can have it. In December, a worthy competitor will help you achieve your best. Special times with family make 2021 sing. May brings financial highs. Scorpio and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 4, 44, 20 and 19.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: Thursday's astrological question opened up the subject of "emotional labor," a concept that is now commonplace in the realm of workforce terminology, describing the process of managing feelings and expression in the context of fulfilling certain roles and jobs. But emotional labor is not specific to the workplace, as it happens in all social interactions to varying degrees.
In Thursday's question, a Capricorn suggested: "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."
For these hardworking earth signs, emotional labor is a key metric to track in the dating process. As a rule, less labor equals more fun, although no labor at all is also no fun at all. Consider labor to be like the string of a violin. Tension is necessary to make it sing. One must ask something of people — stretch the string, or it won't play. Pop it and it also won't play. The optimal voicing depends on finding that sweet spot of tension.
In all interactions, consider what you are really asking from the other person. Asking for validation is the death of fun. Asking for company in fun is its essence.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Loveable Jimmy Fallon has traveled a cross-section of Hollywood from "SNL" to feature films to his own late-night talk show where he racks up the awards. Fallon was born when the sun and Venus were both in the hardworking, ever-young earth sign of Virgo. Mercury, Mars, Uranus and Pluto are all in Libra, the sign of diplomacy, art, harmony and working cooperatively with others.
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