This Mercury retrograde is well underway, but don't you worry your (potentially relatively scattered) head about it, because avoiding the typical retrograde mishaps is rather simple. Always keep your keys and phone in the same place. Know your purpose at all times. Double-check yourself as you enter and exit any situation.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your ideal day today is very different from what your ideal day would have been a few years ago — more proof that you're growing and changing. You'll do a navigation check to make sure you're on track.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's not so easy for you to set boundaries today, but do it anyway. This is a situation to nip in the bud. Expect a little awkwardness. It'll be better to be a little uncomfortable now than feel totally stuck or cornered later.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll get advice. You can afford to be choosy about what you take seriously. Anyone with sight can see things, but it takes someone with wisdom to see into, beyond or through things.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're holding on to a moment in the past to learn from it, or maybe it's because it has become so much of who you are. But are you giving it too much attention now? If it causes you sadness or sentimentality, let it go.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you start off the same way, you'll soon find yourself in the same spot that made you want to start over in the first place. There's a chance to begin again, and you'll do it very differently this time.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People around you may be pretending to love things because they feel they're supposed to. Maybe their jobs or friendships depend on it. You'll have a more objective, accurate and perhaps unpopular view.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When a project doesn't work, it's not always the project's fault. The environment may not have been conducive to a thriving result. Before you throw in the towel on your current project, take a look around to figure out what you could change to make the setting more supportive.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You think; therefore, you are. And as you become aware of some of the shady things going on around you today, you won't exactly like what this implies. Seek inspiration and light. Let the sun shine on your thoughts.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It's as if your playlist is on repeat. But don't worry; it won't be long before a fresh influence shows up. In fact, the excitement that tumbles into your world this afternoon is the start of it.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Bandages of the modern world often come in stylish colors and patterns because why shouldn't healing have a little joy in it? Apply the same principle to an emotional healing, which doesn't have to be solely drudgery.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Because of your stellar sense of humor, you may be tempted to make light of something other people hold sacred. Q: If a joke falls in the forest and no one is there to laugh, was it funny? A: Nope.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your insights today will be spot on, but that, in and of itself, is not a good enough reason to share them. Jot them down. Collect them. They're gold, but you have to wait for the right exchange rate to get the value.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 4). This year motivates you to create new rules and goals for yourself and stick with them. Your work will be graded over the next 10 weeks, and you'll love what comes of this. People do extreme things for their love of you. Your public persona becomes key to success in May. Fun changes ensue. Cancer and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 3, 22, 38 and 14.
PUPPY PROFILE: If you know when your pet was born, check out his or her sun sign and the personality that goes with it.
LEO: Just as Leo people are born entertainers, the Leo puppy has something inside that wants to entertain and delight. Truth be told, this lion of a pup wants all of the attention all of the time but will usually settle for most of the attention most of the time. The Leo dog takes adorable to new heights. Adorableness is a secret weapon, a key to forgiveness and a method for obtaining table scraps.
Leo has a strong drive to be the alpha dog, as this pooch is from the royal sector of the zodiac and feels entitled to wear the crown. Discipline can be a problem with a dog who thinks he or she deserves to rule over an owner, but with consistent leadership laid down from the start, this dog will fall into line. Ultimately, the Leo dog is a pleaser and just needs to be shown the right way to do this.
The Leo dog is filled with family pride, is loyal and will protect ferociously, regardless of breed. If he feels that his family is at risk, even a teacup-sized puppy can be fearsome!
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Hip-hop mogul, Grammy collector and Roc Nation emperor Jay-Z is currently launching a fragrance and putting together a luxury goods partnership with Barneys. Diversity and expansion are buzzwords for Sagittarian entrepreneurs, and Jay-Z has his natal sun, Mercury and Venus in the sign of "more." His moon, Jupiter and Uranus are in partner-oriented Libra.
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