Scientists can tell the difference between bad stress and good stress because of the chemical reaction it causes in the blood. You can tell the difference because of how you feel. Brave the unfamiliar under this Mercury/Saturn conjunction, and you’ll get both kinds of stress. But at the end of the day, all you’ll remember is the excitement.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Everyone is flawed in some way. Accepting your own imperfections takes courage. You don’t have to be fearless; you only have to be willing to endure the fearful feelings and stand by yourself.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The way to amplify your attractive qualities is to feel good inside about who you are. A stellar shampoo is an easier route, but you won’t be sorry for the effort you make to get right with yourself.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Don’t start a competition where there doesn’t need to be one. Why put yourself in a position that requires you to do more just to prove a point? Besides, it will be a pain if you have to soothe the ego of a sore loser.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll have many options, and you’re in just the mood to make the most of them. You can clearly see what needs to happen next, and you’ll do the thing that makes you feel healthy, robust and vital.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Progress is coming gradually these days – so gradually, in fact, that you may be too impatient to call it a win. Day-to-day forward movement will contribute more to your success than a sudden sweeping victory.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Superficial beauty is as much an illusion as superficial ugliness. You’re after something deeper now, a kind of beauty that is unchanged by the passage of time.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When it’s time to call on a stranger for help, for instance a repairperson or other professional, you may encounter a certain amount of reluctance in yourself. Today this is an instinct to heed, not a fear to overcome.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The situation you believe is causing you unhappiness is actually not the cause at all. The cause is something random, and the solution is exercise.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Beetles and roaches were born with hard shells on their backs, but the hardest parts of you are on the inside – and they’re also the softest. Surrender to your human frailty, and you’ll find the sense of connection you seek.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Refrain from comparison. Right now, you’re likely to feel threatened by other people’s assets, which in reality have nothing to do with your own success. Do your best, and ignore the rest.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There’s a quiet confidence that comes from giving back that cannot be duplicated through any other action. Selfless generosity orients you differently. You radiate outward instead of being self-conscious.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Forget about the mistakes of the past; you now have the chance to start new. You’ll walk a little faster and speak a little louder today – two of the main reasons you get things done.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. Overdoing things is counterproductive this month. You are lucky when you relax, do less and let things unfold, especially in matters of the heart. November brings news that you’ll act on and eventually turn into a moneymaking opportunity. Sever a tie in January, and you’ll make three more that better suit your life. Cancer and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 24, 33, 31, 28 and 17.
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. 8: Group Story
Conversational skills must be learned, and they don’t come easily to the introverted population. But even those who enjoy conversation and do it well sometimes have trouble staying present in the discussion because it’s so easy for the mind to race ahead and think of what to say next, or to hang back with some sticking point that was said earlier. While it is easy to drift in and out of being present in a normal conversation, here’s an exercise that promises to keep everyone in the Now moment.
A group story is told by two or more people. One starts off with, “Once upon a time,” and the next person contributes only one word or a punctuation mark. The next person builds, adding a word or punctuation and so on. Racing ahead is pointless because there’s no telling where this is going. And you can’t build the next word and lag behind at the same time. Therefore, the exercise is an ideal vehicle for synching everyone involved with the Now moment.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Chart-topper Bruno Mars comes from a family of musicians in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been performing since he was a child. This harmonious Libra was born when Venus and Mars were both in Virgo, indicating that this multi-instrumentalist and producer has an intense work ethic. His natal Leo moon gives the sparkle of entertainment to round out his diverse chart.
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