This new moon, with the change of Mercury, is a bit like a mystery box. The box has a door that unlocks with a key, and the key is a single, burning question that is private and unique to each person. Before we ask it, thus turning the key and opening the door, there is perhaps one more thing to consider. How badly do we want to know?
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Tune into the subtleties of your language. Avoid using words that convey pessimism, cynicism or sarcasm. Ditch the negativity, not because others are listening, but because you are.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Anyone not at the meeting gets talked about. So go to the meeting. It will show your solidarity with the group. Maybe lower your expectations first. It could get boring. Little will be decided or learned. Go anyway.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's one thing to accept that you're human and you've made mistakes and quite another to actually love your mistakes because they contributed to who you are. Also, no one can (or wants to) relate to seemingly flawless people.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Good living is like good chocolate; there's a little bitterness in there but not too much. Acknowledge and explore your negative feelings (they are part of the recipe, too), but don't dwell there. Life is mostly sweet!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll advise and be advised today. A good thing to keep in mind is that no single piece of advice fits every person. Even if it were the soundest and best line of thought in the entire world, it still wouldn't be right for all.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Because you want to experience more, you'll meet different sorts of people and let them influence you, all the while never losing sight of who you are. You can do this because your roots grow deep.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). No one likes being in environments they can't, at least to some extent, control. An environment has become stifling. You may resent having to be there. But you can influence this place. Look for ways. There are untried options.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Unencumbered people move quickly. Something is weighing you down. Throw the baggage overboard. A person without baggage is a person who will soon be getting new things.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). While there's nothing less funny than a person trying too hard to be funny, you appreciate the effort. In this and other ways, people will try to impress you. It's flattering.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Each phase of the day has a gift. Morning gives you your freshest mind. Afternoon gives you a body warmed up and ready for the hardest thing it has to do today. Night gives you the need to give and receive for loving comfort.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There is no "perfect." And if there were, it would only close your mind to new ideas and standards. Instead of seeking the ideal, seek a solution that's as quirky and flexible as you are.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You may be agitated by today's sky because it calls for more honesty than you feel would be kind. Perhaps the poet Kahlil Gibran can help: "If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully."
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 6). Don't worry about being heroic. Heroism is the byproduct of doing the right thing consistently. That's the true aim of your heart so you can't go wrong. More highlights: the purchase of property, a leadership role in which you share what inspires you, inspiring others along the way, and countless escapades with a jolly friend. Pisces and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 7, 22 and 19.
CANCER AND THE HOLIDAYS: Cancer loves to be home for the holidays. And if this isn't possible, the Cancer native will make wherever he or she goes feel like home. There is in each moonchild's mind an idyllic version of the holidays to be lived up to. But Cancer is also realistic enough not to be too rigid in these ideas. "Easy come, easy go" is Cancer's holiday motto. If the fantasy turns out anything like the reality, even if it's only one small detail, Cancer will be pleased with the outcome. Cancer enjoys all the steps involved in staying organized. The brainstorming process in particular is a pleasure for Cancer, who enjoys making endless lists and schedules. The point is not to get overloaded with things to do, but to be very involved in creating a bit of fun to share with loved ones. As long as Cancer stays organized, the added activities, decorations, places to be and things to exchange are all part of a fluid and fun experience. A single notebook and pen is Cancer's secret to peace of mind and a happy attitude.
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 in the entertaining sign of Leo.
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