Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017

This alignment of the center of our solar system with its largest planet is a lucky omen for understanding personal power. We can participate in a shared dream of reality without expending much energy, and yet it takes a great deal of energy to create and operate inside your own dream. The energy is available, though. Plug in!

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The mighty warrior knows that battling is one way to the victory, but it’s not the only way. Some of the best victories are handed over. Negotiation will serve you well today.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To keep the peace you may have to let a few things slide. It’s in your best interest not to be difficult. There are so many benefits to playing well with others. Success will be as simple as finding and sharing some fun.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re excellent at paying attention to others in a casual, low-key way that winds up somehow making them feel very special. Consider dialing up the effort a few notches — turning the gesture into a memorable experience.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Fitting opportunities will be the cosmic boon of the day. You’ll find out where to get training to improve an area of life in which you’ve been ailing or ignorant. This is the start of something good.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You could be feeling uncharacteristically reserved. Counteract this bout of shyness with a friendly action. Start up a conversation. One connection will lead to another.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It’s not like you’re searching for tenderness and friendship in this harsh and competitive world, but when you accidentally stumble across it today you’ll realize how much you needed it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). What starts as a gentle and workable plan will quickly turn into something that creates change in many areas of your life at once. Small improvements will add up to big differences.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Certain rituals make you feel in control. For instance, making your bed. Nothing bad happens if you leave it unmade. But you make it anyway, because it reminds you that you’re a person who cares about order and beauty.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll hit a pocket of very interesting chaos. Observe, but not too close up, or you’ll get sucked into the vortex of this strange distraction, and it won’t be so easy to find your way out.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ve an uncanny sense of timing. You pick up on the pulse of things around you and can ride and participate without missing a beat. This talent will serve you well in matters of finance, poetry, comedy, music and flirtation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Things happened in one order, but you may choose to relay them in a different order, which changes things. That’s the thing about stories: They belong to the person telling them, including accompanying liberties.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Don’t ask if they know what you mean. The ones who do know will find the question superfluous and the ones who don’t are a lost cause. If you know what you mean, that’s enough. Go forward in confidence.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 26). You reach out. You give. You build. You’re mostly just following the leanings of your heart in all this, though you never can tell whence your next string of good luck will begin. Business flows to you with the surge of December popularity. A competition is featured in April; the preparation is its own benefit. Capricorn and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 49, 33, 12 and 28.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “I have dated several Gemini women in a row, and I have come to the conclusion that I am no good with Gemini. I’m a Leo. I want to date an Aries woman. I cannot ask every woman I meet when her birthday is. They will think I am crazy, rude or both. What are the physical characteristics associated with Aries?”

Physical characteristics are usually associated with a person’s rising sign and other strong influences in the astrological chart. You would have to have the exact birth time and place of a person in order to ascertain this information, and that would probably make you seem even more odd or rude. Most people know better than to ask a woman her age. I suggest that you have a conversation with your own heart, dear Leo; your sign rules the heart, you know. You are getting too caught up in analyzing your love life and setting expectations, and you are forgetting the most important part. You can only make a connection in the ”now” moment. When you meet a woman, focus on what your heart is experiencing as you get to know this person. Later, you can use astrology as a tool to further enhance your own intuitive leanings.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Hillary Rodham Clinton was born when both the sun and Venus were in the fixed sign of Scorpio. Whatever position she is filling, be it first lady, senator, secretary of state, presidential candidate, wife, mother or grandmother, she’s resolute in the role. Other prevalent energies in Clinton’s natal chart include Leo, which offers a comfort level with the spotlight, and Pisces, enhancing intuition.

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