Thursday, March 1, 2018

You believe things that you don’t really know to be true. Everyone does. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t function so well in this complex environment. Some degree of assumption is mandatory. Between what’s known and what’s believed — that’s where the magic is. The skepticism of the Virgo sky sector will be swallowed whole by the full moon.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Part of the reason for your tough time back there was that your gifts were not fully appreciated in the arena in which you were trying to apply them. You will focus your natural abilities differently and net much bigger rewards.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Today it will be futile to try to move things along at a different pace than is currently happening, and no one cool is doing that anyway. So just relax and let things meander as they will. You may even like where they wind up.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Much will depend on the question you ask. The right question will be like a magic button that opens up the elevator doors and allows you to step inside and go as high or as deep as you like.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). As much as you might like to be fooled by that charismatic pitch person (especially if said pitch has to do with being utterly in love with you), you wisely recognize the large element of drama here for what it is.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you can finish it in 10 minutes, don’t take 20. It will never be perfect, but it was probably good enough about five paces back. As they say in business, ”Ship it.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you don’t draw a line between what you’re willing to do and what you’re not, that line will emerge as if from great unseen forces — like hot lava drawn up from the core of the earth, thick and red.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ve made compromises, some of them tremendous. It wasn’t such a big deal to you because you sensed that what you were getting out of the deal would develop you in untold ways. Now here you are, about to push ”repeat” on that.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll fix dysfunction and address what’s not quite right. How? First of all, no one will even see it as ”dysfunctional” until you point it out. Of course, you would never point out such a thing without a solution to offer.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you say only what you mean, some won’t hear you, some won’t understand you, some will take offense. But the ones who hear, understand and accept the message will give you total trust.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It seems that the stability model doesn’t offer all that much stability after all. It’s time to spend more time with the visionaries — the creative people who are more excited by what could be than by what has been.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). In poems and in parties, a great entry point is when things have already happened. Actually, this is true of relationships as well. You’ll get the sense that you’re hopping onto a moving train.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll present yourself through a variety of formats. Whether it’s a meeting, an online forum, a telephone conversation or another medium, it’s the listening you do that will make the best impression.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 1). You know more than you let on. The silent power in that will be a key to your breakthrough this month. A lucky paycheck is involved, too. Family ties bring about strange and story-worthy events. There’s a contest of sorts this summer and entering will make you a winner in more ways than one. Sagittarius and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 3, 33, 38 and 14.

COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT… SELF-PARENTING (PART NINE): The road to maturity involves becoming an increasingly adept parent to oneself. Whereas some signs can think of themselves as a vessel in which many personalities, ages and possibilities exist, for SCORPIO it’s more cut and dried than that. Scorpio isn’t totally comfortable swinging from a childlike mindset to that of an authority figure, preferring to embody one role at a time and be fully that. As the sign of life and death, Scorpio likes to move through an age and then let that one die when the year is over to be born into the new age.

Therefore, the key to mentoring oneself is really in checking in with others — claiming actual mentors who will advise and help and hold Scorpio accountable. Scorpios of every age thrive with a mentor, and it doesn’t have to be a person who is older than Scorpio, either. The mentor’s role is to keep Scorpio on track with goals, offer an outsider’s view, point out the pitfalls and provide resources to assist Scorpio in avoiding them. In short, self-parenting is a matter of choosing surrogate ”parents.” Scorpios do best when they actively seek the assistance of people with more experience and follow their advice.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Justin Bieber goes into his 24th solar return with over a hundred million records sold and 14 Guinness World Record titles, and yet, from an astrological point of view, it is very possible that the Pisces has yet to hit his stride as an artist. With his sun, Venus and Saturn in the sign of souls, the measure of Bieber’s true artistry will not be in discs or dollars but in spiritual resonance.

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