In our current celebrity-centered culture, it is difficult for some to understand the wisdom of this ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times and attract the attention of important people.” Those who understand why this is the opposite of well-wishing will be inspired by Mercury in Scorpio to shun shallow things and go deeper.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Most religious philosophies would agree that pleasure is not real happiness, and yet it’s hard to imagine that it doesn’t have at least something to do with happiness. Today you’ll debate the morality of a pleasurable circumstance.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Buddha suggested that practically every other creature on Earth was your mother in a past life. Casual connections will seem charged with complexity and familiarity.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Honesty isn’t always the easiest choice, but if you are true to yourself, you won’t be false to someone else. “Resolve to be thyself, and know that he who finds himself loses his misery.” – Conventry Patmore
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The stars place such an emphasis on doing creative and aesthetically pleasing work these days. Just now it may seem like a lot of pressure to live up to. Loosen up. Really, really bad art can be fun, too.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Don’t gossip, and avoid the messenger role, as it’s a no-win situation. If you deliver good news, you’ll be depended upon for more. If you deliver bad news, you’ll be forever associated with it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Very intelligent people tend to bring out the good sense in others, and thuggish types bring out their worst. You’ll make a smart and productive choice to stick to your own business and expect others to do the same.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your gifts cannot be shaped on the anvil of life without some kind of outside force. A skillful teacher is like a blacksmith who knows just how much impact is necessary to help you transform.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In your mind, you are only doing the thing that makes the most sense considering all of the variables present. In someone else’s mind, you’re amazing. Maybe genius is just common sense in abundance.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re a social person who likes to be alone sometimes, too. But in today’s case, you absolutely need to be alone in order to accomplish the very personal mission of the day.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Bring more optimism to your situation. Even 10 percent more optimism will make the difference between love and apathy, connection and loneliness, success and failure.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). As you strive for mastery of a skill and fail often in this regard, remember to celebrate this interesting juncture. Those who have already mastered the skill are often bored with it. You’re in a good place.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In these indecisive times, some people can’t seem to decide which side of the bread to butter, or whether to use margarine or marmalade instead… They need your help. Decide for them.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 2). Your birthday emboldens you to call up the top people you want to know, do business with or date. You feel ready to mingle with the best of the best. Tradeshows and meet-ups will put you on a lucrative path. Your thoughtful investment in November will double by July. New alliances are formed in December. Aries and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 7, 14, 11 and 9.
12 MAPS TO NOW: Do you sometimes stray so far from Now that you have trouble finding your way back? That’s a good way to miss out on life. Here’s another map to return you to the present.
MAP No. 4: The Strawberry. The experience of eating can be so effective in bringing us back into our bodies and the present moment that reaching for food, hungry or not, becomes an automatic response for many who have drifted out of the moment. Unfortunately, eating without mindfulness won’t fulfill our hearts or our hunger even though the calories are the same.
To reinforce the practice of mindful eating, try this exercise in making a mini-meal out of a single strawberry. Let your eyes feast on the heart shape and exciting pop of red. Smell the sweet berry goodness of this perfect fruit. Feel the tiny scratch of the seeds against your lips. When you bite into a strawberry, there’s a rainbow of subtle color variations inside — it’s an artist’s study in reds and pinks. Is it more sweet or tart? Maybe it’s a fleshy envelope containing the weather report of the season that formed it. Or maybe it’s an edible summary of soil nutrients and water and billions of years of botanical genetics. Or, just maybe, it’s your Zen.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Sting’s highly anticipated album “The Last Ship” grew out of a musical he wrote of the same name that may grace a Broadway stage in the near future. This Libran superstar has stated his new music is a tip of the hat to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Brecht and Weill. Sting was born under an impressive number of artistic Libran luminaries, with five planets in the harmonious sign.
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