Just because Neptune is considered the higher octave of Venus doesn’t mean the two planets always get along. When they form a stressful angle, as they do today, people have a tendency to choose inconvenient and impractical romantic partners. This can be good for fantasy life, but bad for reality.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Vague hopes without a step-by-step plan will stress you out instead of motivating you. Get specific. Your optimism will return when you make a few small, achievable and measurable goals.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The best talkers don’t always have the best ideas. That’s why you can’t always trust the most charismatic person in the room, even though everyone else is listening to him or her.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You may feel that you have to prove yourself in a crowd of strangers. But the key to winning them over is in dropping that feeling to join your own side. What’s in it for you?
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The others are not trying to get in the way of your work, and yet their very presence may be keeping you from concentrating. Make a getaway for an hour, and you’ll accomplish what you couldn’t in three.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You like to try things before you make a judgment about them. This can be costly, but not today. Someone will foot the bill for you so you don’t have to assume the risk.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Which achievements give you the most pleasure: the tangible ones that come with certificates, money and material evidence, or the intangible ones that happen in a person’s heart? You’ll enjoy a taste of both today.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Surprise, surprise! You are once again caught between two options and trying to make a decision. You of all people make this look graceful. Your light heart refuses to be weighed down by indecision.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Social skills are important, but they are not the only important skills. Quietly tuning in to your own private muse is also a skill. You’re not being antisocial; you’re being pro-you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll be entering into new relationships. This is the time to be mindful of pacing. It’s also the moment to really make sure another person has interests that complement your own.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you initiate a new deal now, you’ll likely be held up while too many people deliberate on the terms. Consider going paperless for a while. A lot can be said for an old-fashioned handshake arrangement.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It’s as though you dive into a pool of intense, focused energy and go for a nice long swim. When you emerge, instead of being exhausted from the exercise, you’ll feel cleansed.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The machinery of your life is humming along unimpeded. This is a fine opportunity to stockpile the product of your efforts. Save something for a rainy day.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’ll switch instructors or schools and join a new school of thought. Projects and assignments pour in, and you’ll turn it into cash in December. February shows you adding to your family and changing your schedule to accommodate the new addition. January features a commitment, contract or lasting bond. Aquarius and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 3, 33, 21 and 18.
12 MAPS TO NOW: Do you sometimes stray so far from Now that you have trouble finding your way back? Here’s another map to return you to the present.
MAP No. 10: Find Nature
”I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” — Henry David Thoreau
Good news: You don’t have to go all the way to the woods or Walden Pond to learn the essential facts of life that nature can so expressively yet wordlessly impart. Any nature will do. Sit a moment under a tree in the park or on the grass of your own yard, and observe the life buzzing about. The insects and plants are always changing with the wind and the seasons. Sit in the same place tomorrow or next month, and the observant eye will see a completely different scene. Note the subtle changes in color, temperature, species of flowers, bugs and birds, and the changing sky. Nature reminds us that we are small, we are big, and we are alive right now.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Libran pop artist Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds made her international breakthrough with the album Electra Heart and is working on a third studio album. This rising star was born when the sun and communication planet Mercury were both in harmonious Libra. Her three Virgo luminaries suggest a stellar work ethic and the tendency to make an indelible impression on fans.
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