Lao Tzu said, "A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, 'we did it ourselves.'" This change of Mercury into powerful Capricorn, the sign of authority figures, is a chance to choose who you will follow, reassess past decisions and align with those whose agendas serve the whole.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You can think of a challenge as an unfair obstacle thrown into your path or you can think of it as a test to reveal just how far you've come, how capable you are and where to focus your efforts toward mastery.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). On the one hand, creative people can get easily bored by circumstances that don't inspire them. On the other hand, remarkably creative ideas are born by pushing through that boredom into new possibilities.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The social media influencer lost followers by superimposing herself onto Paris instead of actually going there. There is no substitute for showing up in real life, and everyone knows the difference.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Symptoms are never the problem. Symptoms are the SOS message in a bottle sent from the island of the problem. Avoid picking up the bottle and trying to comfort it. Go find the island. That's where help is needed.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). We're always changing, just not always in the direction we want to change. That's why everyone needs a witness. Trusted friends and loved ones, competent professions and objective strangers provide an outside perspective.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Some shrink from danger. Others seek it. And you do neither. You meet life as it comes, assess your risk and act. This is the cool-headed approach of confident living.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It will be pretty easy to get your way today. It only involves a couple steps. 1. Establish a line of communication. 2. Ask. The heavens are arranged to favor your diplomatic skill.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Write about your daily life including the small details of food, self-care, thoughts and routines. You'll gain objectivity, insight and appreciation that extends both inward and outward.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You respect a careful decision-making process when you see it and will take into consideration other people's experiences before you make your own choice. This is the smart way, and it will pay off, too.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will give people what they want, only if you're sure you can do so for all the right reasons. To avoid future resentment, figure out what's in it for you. If the answer is only "charity," and you feel good about it, that's enough.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). A glance has meaning. Minute gestures convey deep and complicated emotions. Attention flows to certain things and doesn't flow to others and the trail of that attention is a journey and a story.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You know the difference between small gifts and great ones. It has nothing to do with size or monetary value and everything to do with the intention, affection and care that goes into the package.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 28). This solar return inclines you toward the deeper recesses of the soul. Where you were clueless, you will gain clues that lead to treasures both personal and professional. A victory in March will be a highlight, as will the work you do with someone younger and the learning you obtain in a formal environment. Taurus and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 38, 7, 20, 22 and 16
COUNT DOWN TO 2020: With the Mercury change, we're thinking about the improvements we'll make in 2020. It is easier to improve when you're dealing in the realm of that which can be described and executed with clear and factual information. But most of the things you want to improve upon (relationships, fitness, body image, performance mindset) touch into the field of emotion, which automatically requires solutions that are as nuanced, complex and subjective as the issue at hand. All you can do is your best.
The practical earth sign energy that's prevalent in these skies suggests that one approach that could help is to stick to a scientific method as closely as possible. What about the problem is measurable? Start there. And be as honest as possible with your assessments. Maybe the picture you're looking at is so far off from the ideal that it brings up intense feelings and a tendency toward overwhelm. That's when to focus smaller. Tone down the ambition. Opt for explanations instead of excuses. Explanations are relatively unbiased accountings of what happened, akin to pure data. Excuses are emotional buffers thrown into the gap of what happened and what was expected. They are less helpful than explanations because their emotional charge makes them messy and malleable. Venus traveling in Aquarius will be an ally in attaining the kind of perspective that helps exciting breakthroughs happen.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: John Legend has been crooning through the season with the release of a deluxe version of his album "A Legendary Christmas." The Capricorn star began his career collaborating with chart-topping artists and soon went to the top with his own No. 1 single "All of Me." Natal moon and Mercury in Sagittarius bring the passion and sophistication while Jupiter in Leo is all showmanship.
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