Horoscopes

This happens more than not. People talk, but the words aren’t what they are really saying. Those who listen to just the words are missing the connection. Perhaps this analogy will sum it up under the moon of the Water Bearer: The surface of the ocean is not the ocean. What happens on the surface is answering to the depths.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s not finding answers that matters most today; it’s the searching. While searching, you embody your essence and feel connected to all that makes you human.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Here’s a way to reduce worry and anxiety while helping you solve the problems that pepper this spicy day: Make a decision. Once you decide, life falls right into place.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you’re having trouble fitting in, that is probably a good thing, unless you’re selling something. When you’re selling something, fitting in is totally essential.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The act of choice. If you have a choice, you’re probably taking it for granted. Many don’t. This is the day to recognize your freedoms and privileges. Get out of your bubble.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Some people are abler to compartmentalize than others. It’s a skill to work on. Because life is messy. Being able to organize it will be crucial to the plays of the day.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). This is brain science. When people have to work for something, they work for it harder and derive more pleasure from the experience. Don’t make it too easy for people you love. Devotion grows with effort.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Think about investment. If you want to know what’s inside, you have to walk through the door. It’s a risk. You don’t just choose the things you like; you like the things you choose.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Which way is best? Well, that’s a question that could very well waste your day away. Try this one instead: Which way is fine? Then do it. Moments later, you’ll be a mile down the lane instead of stuck at the crossroads.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The value of touch cannot be underrated today. To connect with loved ones on a physical level is to fulfill a very basic human need. Just a pat on the back or a shake of the hand will be immeasurable bonding.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The work you’ve done will be obsolete one day, and then much later, it will be historical instead. So commit as though this is the most important moment. In many ways, it is.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The support you give others in the form of kind words, eye contact, touch, sharing food, space and every signal that they belong in your group — that’s something precious, especially to the lonely. Extend these kindnesses.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Whatever goal you make for the day, even if it’s solely a personal goal, it’s important. It’s sacred. Your intentions and your word are as important as anyone’s in this whole world, especially when directed toward you.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 1). You make many people’s lives better, and if you let them, they will heap tons of love on you this year. You’re not in competition with anyone but yourself, yet you’ll push hard to make something happen before the end of the year. You’ll deliver something precious in January. March and June bring group wins. Taurus and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 18, 1, 22, 38 and 14.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Buddhists call them the three poisons — hatred, craving and delusion. These destructive emotions have plagued humankind since the start, yet there is hope. Each has an antidote. The antidote to hatred is tolerance and compassion. The antidote to craving, which is essentially greed, is generosity. The antidote to delusion, which is essentially ignorance, is learning and wisdom. The more an individual applies these antidotes the less suffering he or she will experience. To lighten your own suffering is to alleviate some of the collective suffering of humankind.

There will be three lucky cosmic trines this week, to echo the three antidotes — a cosmic elixir to counter the toxins of the human spirit. Make these virtues your intention and this will be a week when ordinary moments feel extraordinary and extraordinary moments feel well within your capability to handle with grace. Let compassion, generosity and wisdom rule.

July 4 is American Independence Day. It will occur this year under a thoughtful Pisces moon. Accompanying the songs and fireworks will be a ruminative mood likely focused on the question of what it really means these days to let freedom ring.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Many will gather to mourn Diana, Princess of Wales, on her birthday today. Born in the sign of mothers, the princess exemplified the maternal energy and nurturing nature of her sign. With her natal Mercury — the communication planet — also in this sign, Princess Diana was a mother figure to multitudes beyond her own family. She often followed the leanings of her philanthropic Aquarius moon.

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