The Mercury retrograde ends today. A few lingering effects are to be expected — an abandoned obligation here, an unanswered phone call there — but things will soon resume their typical momentum. It's safe to make plans, put money down for the deposit, send the letter, sign the contract, return the favor and generally keep on keeping on.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll find yourself in a position to give an impromptu speech or pitch. Your quick wit, good manners and some training you picked up along the way will come to your aid. You'll impress!
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The curtain opens on a new venture. Go cautiously forward. Destiny will be cast in early stage decisions. At the very least, you'll be setting a tone for future involvement.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When you know your reasons, the next move will be rather obvious. When you don't know your reasons, do some brainstorming in a notebook. Your pen will reveal to you the secrets of your heart and mind.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You will be given a stage and an audience that feels safe to you. You're free to express ideas in a more concentrated, imaginative and colorful way than before.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It will not be enough to do a thing one time. Repetition will bring you new insights, ideas and meanings. It will be a good seven to 10 repetitions before you start to see benefits and revelations.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's a day to share. Don't be shy. Speak up with your suggestions. Give others a chance to show you why their ideas are better or to see the merit of your ideas and make revisions accordingly.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Strong, clear motives will drive you. People can tell what you want and why. You'll come across as understandable and likeable. If they can help, they will.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The day requires you to deal more than the usual amount in emotional weather. You'll interpret faces and moods quite well and do justice to the poetic potential inside of a moment.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). What could be interpreted as a rejection could also be interpreted as inopportune timing — or opportune timing, all proverbial bullets dodged. Much boils down to how two people's needs and wants align.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It doesn't matter if the work will be received by a top client, a shaky prospect, an enemy or no one at all. Your sense of responsibility dictates that you do the job right no matter who will be on the receiving end.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You are comfortable with intimacy and will derive a great deal of pleasure and strength from being around your close friends today. Also, it will be easy for you to get to know new people.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're so quick to volunteer, it's as though your hand is metal and the ceiling is a magnet. Just don't take on too much. Limit yourself to one or two projects at a time.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 20). You'll direct your powerful imagination well, turning hopeful visions into realities that benefit many. You'll lead a group, assigning tasks that keep everyone productive and on purpose. Love is the main event of 2020. The effort you apply to projects will pay off financially. June brings a decision in your favor. Gemini and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 21, 13, 8 and 39.
COSMIC SPECIAL: THREE KINDS OF LOVE: (part 3 of 4) The brand of love that the ancient Greeks referred to as "philia" refers to the friendships, brotherhoods and sisterhoods that makes the world go 'round. It's an affection and respect that builds trust throughout society and makes for excellent teams of all sorts from families to companies to armies. This sort of love was often assessed by three qualities: utility, pleasantness and goodness.
Relationships that are useful are certainly easy to appreciate as daily life flows through them. If that utility can be executed in a manner that produces pleasant feelings while aligning with our values, then all three categories have been fulfilled for philia to thrive. It's notable that rules of phila are similar to the rules of rapport. Rapport is said to be built with people we know, like and trust.
If there is one sort of love at the heart of the human network, arguably philia is an obvious choice. It is possible for daily life to roll along without the fever of eros or the grace of agape, but it would be a bleak existence indeed without the heartening stability of philia.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Astronomer Edwin Hubble opened minds to the vast and complex nature of the universe. The observations of this star-visionary were key in the advancement of 20th-century cosmology. Three strong Scorpio influences run through the scientist's astrological chart. Though he was a man of logic, it could be that his studies confirmed a deeper intuition about the nature of the universe.
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