Saturday, October 7, 2017

You don’t have to believe in witches and magic to know that words have power and that people can essentially cast spells on one another with what they say. As Venus moves away from Mars and into a difficult arrangement with Saturn, relationships will be vulnerable to gossip and the ill opinions of others. Steer clear. Speak only kindness.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The thing that’s working will continue to work for a time, and when it doesn’t anymore, you’ll move on. Why worry about all that now? The joy comes from concentrating on the part of the story you’re currently in.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Just because someone has accomplished the task doesn’t mean he or she can teach it well. Seek an instructor who not only knows the material but also is gifted at teaching.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It will feel like your work is at the mercy of the good opinion of others. This is a lie. Your work has an integrity that is totally independent of anything anyone else thinks or says. So soldier on toward completion.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). In this age of narcissism and over-sharing, many people won’t show the kind of restraint necessary to build a mystery. The silent guy in the corner may very well be the one who comes off as the most eloquent.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You like to speak your mind without worrying how it will be received, and yet it’s rare that you can find a person with a strong enough sense of self and a good enough sense of humor not to take your pure outspokenness personally.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll make a difference with people who really want to interact with you. Even if the difference you make is something extremely practical or seemingly ordinary, this is, in a way, living the dream. Celebrate.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Some say that great ideas always start out as controversial and that if it doesn’t start an argument, it’s not great. On the other hand, the fact that people are fighting over an idea doesn’t necessarily mean it’s great either.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Trusting a person allows you to relax and be yourself. But you also like the edge you get when you’re not sure of the relationship. Today, if you trust someone but still want to impress him or her, it’ll be the best of both worlds.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Maybe it’s not the first thing you think of when you think of the word “fun,” but you will actually enjoy activities that connect you to your beliefs and strengthen your faith, in whatever form that might take.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). No one really enjoys interacting with a loved one who is tired, distracted and preoccupied, yet these are very common moods that prevail in most households. Yours will be different only because you make sure it’s so.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don’t do nothing about something, and don’t do something about nothing. If you follow only those two rules, your day will be on point and on purpose.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Those who see unfulfilled desire as an affirmation of powerlessness will experience that. Those who see unfulfilled desire as an opportunity will grow and learn the art of fulfillment.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 7). This solar return finds you in a sweet position to leverage your talents and work your advantages, although it may take you several weeks to figure out exactly what they are. Expert advice will help you get what you’re missing. December and May are the luckiest financially. You’ll close a deal in January. Aquarius and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 16, 3, 28 and 11.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “If the planet Mars is represented by the Emperor card in the typical tarot deck, does that mean Aries is, too?”

Yes! Mars is the ruling planet of Aries the ram, and so they share a lot of the same characteristics and properties, including the symbol of the Emperor in tarot. Aries is known as a natural leader, being the first sign of the zodiac. He typically starts things off with a bang, charges into a project with guns a-blazin’ and the best of intentions — and then loses interest. Yes, Aries is great at getting things rolling, but often burns out before finishing the job: one of the pitfalls of being a fire sign. Hire the right people to see a project through to completion, however, and Aries comes out a hero. The Emperor can be like this, too, a master of the short-term vision. (He’s better off leaving the long-term plans to his wife, the Empress.) If the Emperor is reversed (upside down), he’s kind of like a politician who gets elected on a platform of urban renewal, gets construction started on all these new buildings, and then runs out of money to finish them.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Simon Cowell is often accused of being heartless, but his natal chart reveals him to be quite simply pragmatic. His natal sun, Mercury and Mars are all in the relationship-oriented sign of Libra, which suggests that he does his best to make sure that his business and personal partnerships are peaceful. His outspoken Sagittarius moon spurs him to say what others might think but wouldn’t utter.

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