Wednesday, March 7, 2018
When the choice is between getting out in the world and meeting people or staying home and keeping to yourself, choose meeting people. It might not be more fun in any observable way, but it will put you in a position to focus on others. On the last day of Jupiter’s forward motion, focusing on others is a key part of happiness, and it’s an art that takes practice.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Wanting to do the thing or not wanting to do the thing is beside the point. You do the thing because you said you would, because it’s good for you, because it’s right. This is the way of exemplary character.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s said that the best things in life are free, exempli gratia: love, clouds, podcasts… and so much more today. Bonus: Someone will buy your way — not free, exactly, but close enough.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Head foggy? Does it take you longer to come to a conclusion? Do you forget why you walked into the room? It’s because part of your mind is working on something mind-blowing and the other part of your mind is blown.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are tasks to be completed, and there is pleasure to be had. And there’s no reason that both of those things can’t be combined in the same activity.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You can be cuddly, and you can try to snuggle in with your flock, but don’t be surprised if they can’t completely let down their guards. See, you’re not a sheep. You’re a lion.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Time to face the “yuck” of yesterdays. Have no fear. There are many ways to let go of the past that don’t include lying on your back in a therapist’s office while repeatedly answering the question, “How did that make you feel?”
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ll either burst through emotional blocks or wear them down by pushing ever-forward. You really can overwrite past baggage by creating new successes.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Motivating people is your thing today. You’ll be free with your enthusiasm, encouragement and ideas. Bonus: You’ll be well-compensated for this, though perhaps not in a financial sense.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). We are living in a realm of opposites — a dimension of polarization and contrast. One sign of emotional maturity is when people stop pointing out the contradictions of life and start accepting them as the norm.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Watch your step. Perceptiveness on your part will help you to discover the golden opportunities hidden in a social situation — while avoiding the quicksand that’s also hidden there.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you’re not making a mess, you’re not living big enough. Though you usually clean it up solo, it’s not always possible to get it back in order all by yourself. Ask for help.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You tell yourself that you don’t really need closure — that life is a circle and therefore there is no end, and by extension, nothing to be closed. Tell yourself. But if you still feel incomplete, what exactly are the words you long to hear?
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 7). This year it’s ambition, faith, effort… then throw it in reverse. Everything is doable when you apply yourself consistently and sometimes relentlessly. Love is the luckiest thing that touches your life in the next three months. Keep showing how you feel. Connections and lifestyle improvements are part of the summer fun. Libra and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 30, 16, 28 and 45.
COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT… SELF-PARENTING (PART 13). The road to maturity involves becoming an increasingly adept parent to oneself. The actual parents of PISCES sometimes feel like the children instead, as this sign tends to be wiser than the number of actual years on the earth would suggest. Nonetheless, Pisces can also be very naive and impressionable and is best off when safeties are put in place to stay on the path of health and well-being. For Pisces, this will include the dreaded parenting act of monitoring friendships.
Everyone has liked people who are not the best influence. Sometimes people who are the most fun to be around are also the most likely to make poor choices. Pisces is particularly susceptible to making these kinds of dicey friendships, if only because Pisces is so relatable and compassionate that the choices are wide open.
For Pisces, stellar self-parenting includes erecting and enforcing personal boundaries. Different friendships should be kept at different distances. The inner circle is only for those who have earned the right to be there through consistent behavior that reflects a supportive spirit. Pisces does well to remember that the true friends are the ones who want us to be our best selves.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Versatile Pisces actress Jenna Fischer, who shot to superstardom in her role as Pam in the hit television series “The Office,” stars in “Splitting Up Together,” a new comedy about a couple whose marriage is reignited by their divorce. An avid advocate for animals, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Aquarius show that Fischer feels strongly compelled to help those who cannot help themselves.
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