Mars and Neptune Play Pretend

By Holiday Mathis

December 27, 2017 6 min read

As good actors know, it's challenging work to become someone you're not. It can also be fun, exciting and enlightening work. Pretending has a way of expanding our mind and being. This is the lesson of the current trine of Mars in Scorpio and Neptune in creative Pisces. There's luck in playing roles and tinkering with matters of identity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). In the cry of one broken heart is the song of all the broken hearts through history. It's why you can't listen without echoing the mournful resonance inside you. At least there's a comfort and healing in this.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you don't easily fall asleep, there are good reasons; perhaps too much is on your mind, or an exciting possibility has you reeling. Or could you be awake in someone else's dream? Embrace the mystical: It's good for imagination.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). While Frank Sinatra may have had a hit doing it "My Way," for most people the real adventure begins when "My Way" doesn't pan out and we must learn to do it "A Way" (or in today's case, any possible way that will work, really).

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There's something coming your way — an important sale or a bonus. The rewards will have a direct correlation to the work you put in and the stellar attitude in your approach. It's nice when things happen this cleanly.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're usually pretty intuitive about what others might need, but what this intuition is probably telling you now is to just ask. You'll be quite surprised by what you hear.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Dreams are good; plans are better. A little of both will serve you best. Because if you only plan, it won't be interesting enough, and if you only dream, it won't be practical enough.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll be on the hunt for a new experience. So while the cost matters, and the risk is a factor to consider as well, the enticement of the unfamiliar teamed with your curiosity will trump your trepidation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You care about something that isn't conventional. Getting into it more might lead you slightly and temporarily away from certain people who will never really get it, but it will bond you with people who share your interest.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The moment when it happens is not the next one; it's always this one... if for no other reason than the fact that you can't live or do anything in the next one. Keep reminding yourself to stay alert to what's happening now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Since you are the beholder, you get to say what's beautiful. Try to do this away from the influence of others to get a true read. Otherwise you'll be unduly swayed.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's easy to say no when you have already said yes to something else. Since your schedule fills up on a first-come, first-served basis, you'll do well to be the first one to fill it up with what you really want your life to be about.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). According to Grabel's Law, two is not equal to three, not even for large values of two. In a related story, getting something different from what you want (even if you get a lot of it) is still not getting what you want.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 27). An investment made years ago will finally pay off in 2018. Among the stellar decisions you'll make this year will be your choice to rely on the reliable. Loved ones will give you the lift you need to stretch into new roles and challenges. A friendship gets sweeter with a shared adventure. Speak your heart in June. Gemini and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 45, 22, 19 and 31.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "My mom is insane. She only lets me watch television for two hours a week. My friends can all watch as much as they want and some even have televisions in their rooms. I'm a 13-year-old Libra, and my mom is an Aquarius. How can I change her mind?"

Consider the ancient Greeks. They believed that humans could only realize their full potential during free time. Education, arts and politics were pursuits of self-development that could and should occur when a person had finished their work. The Greek term for leisure is schole — the same word from which the English "school" comes from. To the Greeks, leisure time was study time. Thank goodness the Greeks didn't have television. Otherwise we might not have things such as maps, the alphabet or Hula-Hoops today.

For many, the modern notion of leisure has more to do with being stretched out on a couch than it does being involved in higher learning. But your mom and you are both intellectual air signs, so deep down you probably sense that you'll ultimately benefit from following your mom's rules, which are perhaps not so "insane" after all.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Hayley Williams recently launched a line of temporary hair dye that can be mixed to create custom shades. The Paramore singer knew who she was as an artist from the get-go, turning down a solo pop career to stick with her alternative-rock band. Williams' sun, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, all in Capricorn, point to a seriously driven individual with a wild colored mane befitting her Leo moon.

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