Before you act, you need to give yourself the time to think. If you go off alone for too long, you'll likely get caught up in an unhelpful thought swirl. But if you make a decision in the midst of a discussion, you'll be overly vulnerable to influence. The answer under this industrious Virgo moon is to talk it over, and then let the ideas resonate in solitude.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your spirit is so big that its warmth breaks down barriers and defies the boundaries of space and time. So you can be there for people without being there with them.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The aim that a person attains without forethought is not his own. Having a thing is different from achieving it. You will most enjoy the processes you've long imagined and anticipated.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll adjust your energy to that of the others in the room, subduing it somewhat, and then slowly turning it up to arrive at a more joyful and expressive place together.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Things have more impact when they are fresh. You're like a chef, managing the ripeness of your ingredients so that you can use them at the exact optimum time they will taste the best.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The path before you will be smoothed by people who like you and want you to have an easier time than you've had. Accept the special attention. You've earned it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Enthusiasm is an attractive emotion, especially when it's dialed to a level that the other person can accept. People will be skeptical if they feel they haven't earned the level of support on offer.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll be dealing with a wide variety of communication styles, some of which will be rather vague and imprecise, though still not impossible to understand. Most likely, they mean what you think they mean.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Bad habits have their rewards. To stay oblivious to those or ignore them is to let the habit rule unchecked. Once you recognize the reward, you can start to find other ways of reaching that end.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're better off assuming that you can improve the world than believing you can't. In all likelihood, you have far more power than you know. You'll only find out what you can do after you've made your move.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be waving goodbye to an unwanted burden soon enough, so you may as well make the most of its presence. There are gifts inside even the most inconvenient facts of life. Why not savor them while they're still on offer?
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don't use every aspect of your presentation at once. Keep some novelty in the back of the closet so you can bring it out to dazzling effect later when no one is expecting it.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Outsiders mistakenly assume that success depends on certain factors that may or may not have anything to do with the matter. Drop your previous notions and get in a little deeper. Things are different on the inside.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 24). The older you get, the younger your mind becomes as your sense of curiosity keeps the inspiration flowing through the solar year. Your need to explore is as real as your need for food, and you'll find a way to adventure wondrously. Conflict resolves in February. Family will be the source of surprise, delight and support. Gemini and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 60, 4, 40 and 1.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "This is creepy. I have gotten three tarot readings over the course of three days and each one prominently featured the Death card. I'm only 35 and I'm not sick so my mind is racing to some kind of accident or murder situation and it's got me really stressed out. Am I going to die?"
Most likely. But chances are very good that you will live a long life first. The Death card is an indication of an ending but not necessarily The Ending. So you can stop worrying about your imminent demise. Look closely at that creepy card. There's the grim reaper, boney fingers around his scythe while a death-white thorny rose opens its petals to the blood red sun. Wait — what a pretty rose. And the sky looks warm with hope, free birds dotting the horizon... is this a sunrise, or a sunset? The fertile flower and fauna suggest that as much as death is inevitable, life is equally inevitable. The circle is unbroken. My interpretation of this persistent card showing up in your reading is that something will occur to inspire you to reinvent yourself — to change your life, to live a new incarnation of yourself, to create something fresh and different.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Kevin Kline stars in a new drama "The Diary," written and directed by Jackie Chan. Kline is an Academy Award-winning actor who does not let accolades influence his artistic process. "I've never felt completely satisfied with what I've done. I tend to see things too critically." Sun, Mercury and Venus in Scorpio and a Pisces moon bring a deluge of emotional water sign energy to his astral climate. He's too emotionally connected to the moment to witness his own greatness.
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