Mercury and Pluto square off to highlight many ways to miscommunicate about sensitive, difficult and private matters. It is secret wounds that cause the worst interpersonal flare-ups, as we reflexively defend our deepest cuts. Pluto points out that it causes as much pain in the world to take offense as it does to give offense.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). At the root of a predicament is a motive. To understand how the predicament came to be, you must understand the motive. Today, the answers will defy logic. Today, the answers will be hidden in a heart.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Hesitation, reticence, dread, anxiety — these are all messages sent from one part of yourself to another. Listen and heed the call. It will help you steer away from the rocks and into deeper waters and calmer situations.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Who is in control? If you know this, you will begin to know how best to work the situation and possibly turn it to your advantage. If you misunderstand this, the consequences will teach you where you went wrong.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Love doesn't solve every problem. For instance, you can't eat it, nor can you rely on it to make two lives jive together in perfect sync. Love is a crucial ingredient in the recipe, but it's not the only ingredient.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The one who makes the first move is always more vulnerable — to rejection, judgment, errors and more. That's what makes the first move a power move. The advantages are commensurate with the risk.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll be the mouthpiece for the group, but first you'll be its ears. You'll gather the info and then present it, putting minds at ease and settling expectations into just the snug spot where they're most likely to be met.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Saying "we should get together" almost never winds up as a plan. It's almost as though people who say it don't want to actually see one another. You'll have luck extending a specific invitation.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're in a position to give exactly what was asked for, and it's a good thing because, in this matter, close will not be good enough. Before you deliver, check and double-check your work.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People close to you know which of your buttons to push and how hard. You have the power to rewire the inner circuitry however you like. They'll get pressed, and what happens next is up to you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You've received so many unexpected benefits from an endeavor that what you were originally trying to accomplish doesn't even seem that important anymore. Still ... it's time to get back to it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Some people seem like they want to be in a relationship, but what they really want to be is served. When you stop providing what's being explicitly or implicitly asked of you, what happens?
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Circumstances remain the same, but their significance to you changes. Because of this, you'll process your environment differently and experience a deep sense of calm.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 20). You'll break a karmic chain and favorably alter the future for generations. This is not done in one crucial moment but rather through small daily decisions that cement a way of being. A strange trade opens financial resources to you. The relationship sector is positively ripe with sweetness, love and laughter. Leo and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 33, 7, 14 and 1.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: What comes with the you-package? What's it like to talk to you, love you, live with you? As the sun moves into Libra, the sign of partnership, we are wise to consider our own value in relationships. It's a cosmically perfect time to gain awareness around this key part of being.
To take up the cause of another is to put one's own agenda on the back burner for a time to prioritize the other person. Not everyone is capable of this selflessness. There are some who are so afraid of losing themselves they cannot operate in this order. Even when they help, they have their own reasons for doing so, which they keep front of mind. It is fine to accept help from these types as long as you don't go in blindly. Smooth dealings absolutely rely on understanding other people. The greater the understanding, the more ease there will be.
The rules of transaction are different from the rules of love. To treat a relationship based on quantifiable exchange, as though it were based on less tangible qualities such as loyalty and adoration, is a mistake that will have consequences. Expectations are different for various types of relationships. To get this wrong is to create a degree of suffering — which is what happens when expectations get set and unmet.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Academy Award-winning actress Sophia Loren is a Virgo born when Venus and Neptune were in Virgo. Because Virgo energy lends emphasis on excellent self-care, health, fitness and nutrition, it is in many ways like a magic elixir of youth. Loren's career began when she won a beauty pageant at age 14, and she remains a radiant model of elegance.
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