Before glasses, the reading stone was invented — a piece of polished quartz, flat on one side, that monks held over texts to make them easier to read by visually enlarging them. Mercury’s opposition to Saturn urges us to take the technology that’s helping us to a more personal level today. Bring the glass from the page to your face, so to speak.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). “It gets easier,” they say. That’s the shorthand version. The real truth is that “it” stays about the same and you don’t. You get better and stronger and more creative and faster until “it” seems like child’s play.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s easy to be fooled by words, and it’s quite possible to misread the actions a person takes. Consider taking note of what you hear and see without rendering a judgment. This isn’t about one incident; rather, it’s about a trend.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An array of options will open up. This won’t be difficult for you. You’ve known your choice for a while now. Like someone on a scripted reality television show, you’ll go through the motions, explaining your reasons.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Natural attractions are difficult to resist, but today it will be appropriate to try your best. The old standby, “Out of sight, out of mind,” could be the ticket. Redirect your attention. In time, what’s relevant today will no longer be.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Part of a loving relationship is being good at being loved — appreciating what others do without trying to control it, and letting them show you instead of being so capable that you never need their help.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Let someone know that imperfections are not only acceptable but also necessary and even desirable. We’re all in this together. Sometimes we forget to help one another until we see the reasons we must.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ve come to an impasse. Neither person is right; neither person is wrong. Nonetheless, someone has to move, or the flow of life will be needlessly and frustratingly blocked.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When people feel better, they behave better. Therefore, your strategy of helping people to feel good will keep you headed toward peace, harmony and productivity.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People promise you so much that if they make good on even half of it, you stand to gain greatly. Tonight, you’ll be confronted with the past. Nostalgia will play into your current feelings about someone.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). To think, wonder, imagine, obsess… there have been times when these modes served you very well. Such times will come again! As for today, a peaceful, quiet, content mind will better serve the situation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you genuinely want to help but don’t understand enough about the situation to be truly useful, the most helpful thing you can do is observe and seek greater knowledge.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It’s strange. You alter your appearance, and for some reason it changes the dynamics of a relationship. Why? Because even a slight change of costume means you’re playing a slightly different character.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 15). Because of the new people coming into your life, coupled with a willingness to let go of any pettiness that was holding you back, the months to come feature an expansion of your heart. What you do out of love will not follow the usual course, and that’s part of why it’s so memorable. There’s a windfall in August. Cancer and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 30, 29, 42 and 6.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Relationships go through phases. Loyal people make adjustments so they can be there for one another in some way through the changes. TAURUS: Ask, “Who am I doing this for?” Do it for you. GEMINI: These are happy times. Take pictures so you can relive the joy later. CANCER: Stories can be as fragile as glass. Be mindful in the retelling, as someone’s reputation is at stake, possibly your own. LEO: There’s a reason you admire the people you do. You’re like them in some way. Develop that part of yourself. VIRGO: Changing your appearance will change the dynamics of a relationship. LIBRA: Your attitude makes you irresistible to someone who wants more of the optimism you have. SCORPIO: Don’t ignore when they do what you disapprove of. Disapprove nicely. SAGITTARIUS: Everyone is acting to achieve a goal. But do you know what that goal is? This will help you understand the dynamics at play in a relationship. CAPRICORN: Love has irrational ways of expressing itself. AQUARIUS: Having more time to spend with another person only helps the relationship when the time is spent in ways that bring mutual fulfillment. PISCES: Learn about each other in small increments. That’s the exciting way!

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Leo and Gemini have a special affinity for one another as the Gemini sun reflects from the moon and Venus is in the sign of the cat this weekend. The secret to capturing a Leo’s interest is to be genuinely interested in a Leo. The lion thrives in the energy of eyeballs. To win a Gemini is a bit more complex, involving humor, charm and a manner of social engagement befitting the times.

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