This Mercury-Saturn alignment reminds us that creatures of all kinds have similar ways of dealing with pain. One way is to lash out — either in an attempt to keep others away or with the intent of causing others to experience the pain, too. In short, when you know someone is hurting, approach with great readiness, because anything can happen.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your sensory awareness leans toward the spiritual today. It's as if your ears can hear intentions instead of words; your eyes can see vibes instead of faces; and your hands can touch souls.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Just because you see what's funny about the situation doesn't mean you're making fun of it. Make sure people know your intention — to bring levity and amusement into play, not to make others ashamed.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In the same way that telling people to "relax" tends to really agitate them, suggesting that people "be themselves" just might send a thinking person into an identity crisis. Offer no advice, only a hand to hold.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). People don't grow alone. They might grow solo, but it's because they are in an environment conducive to growth. To give yourself the best chance at success, build an environment conducive to your own growth.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). One coping mechanism that really works to manage stress is to walk away from the stressors. Leave the room. Leave the building. Changing your view will change your perspective.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Remove yourself from stressors. Go easy. If you get angry once, you'll only get angry again later with yourself for allowing yourself to lose your cool in the first place.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you see the truth and they don't, it can be really frustrating. But you actually don't need them to know the truth in order to accomplish your goal. Knowing it yourself will be enough to get you there.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Plan your next move quietly, and keep it to yourself. It's not that you can't trust the people around you — you can — but you'll learn to trust yourself more if you keep this one close to the vest.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Truly, the same condition that one person calls good fortune another will deem miserable, and both will be accurate. Today you'll benefit from seeing everything as a neutral circumstance.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You've already attracted a rapt audience. If you walk, they'll follow. If you run, they'll chase. Decide carefully what you want to do with this attention before you make your next move.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Shakespeare summed it up for you in his "Sonnet 116": "Love is not which alters when it alteration finds." Your heart hasn't been updated as to recent observations, and even if you were to tell it, it wouldn't care.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're slow to bring yourself to believe in all that's going on today. You've been burned before by buying in too early. Anyway, it behooves you to do more research and fact-checking.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 6). Your ideas get funding. Your goals attract a cheering section. Your problems bring you to answers. One of the secrets to your success is in continually finding happiness in the right places: inside you, inside the work, inside the details. It's your attitude more than anything that unlocks the chains that once held you back. Libra and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 35, 33, 8 and 11.
PUPPY PROFILE: If you know when your pet was born, check out his or her sun sign and the personality that goes with it.
LIBRA: The Libran realm of the sky highlights design and aesthetics. It is where art and culture come together. It is the realm of beauty, fun, ease and love, sweet love. This is why the Libran dog, regardless of pedigree, comes across as a designer breed. The Libra dog is born with dignity, refinement and universal appeal.
This pup blends seamlessly into multiple-pet families and has the uncanny ability to tolerate even the most difficult of personalities. It's not because the Libra dog cowers or suffers bullies kindly; rather, it's because the Libran dog has a strong sense of inner structure that other animals and people find it easy to understand. It is immediately apparent how to include and interact with this animal. The dog is, in short, likable.
People and families going through rough times may find the Libra dog to be a harmonious influence that brings them together in shared love and amusement. Libra is the sign of peace and diplomacy, and this dog can accomplish a kind of treatise forged in the language of love.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: "I almost had a psychic girlfriend, but she left me before we met," says the mind-bending comedian Steven Wright. This avant garde humor springs from a Sagittarian born when Mercury was also in the open, curious, independent-thinking station of Sagittarius. Wright also has natal Uranus and Pluto both in the entertaining sign of Leo.
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