Horoscopes

Coming on too strong is a danger under this opposition of Mercury and Mars. Going in like gangbusters may get attention, but it will also cause people’s defenses to go up. Snap judgments will be made. Start humbly while defenses are down, and you’ll already be somewhat on the inside. From there you can build a connection.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll be asked to work on a job that you don’t know the first thing about. Maybe you’ll have to bluff a little just to get things rolling, but don’t pretend to know everything. Stay receptive. Ask questions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If productivity is your only goal, you might miss out on the real pleasures of this day. The goal of being present without requiring any particular product of the moment will result in beautiful times.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Don’t think you can do it? Then you must try. No… do better than try. Make a mission of it. Taking on extraordinary challenges will make you brave, strong and better in all the ways that count.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Tell them too much and they’ll recoil. But tell them a little less than they really want to know and you’ll have them leaning forward in their attempt to sate the appetite you’ve whetted.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A situation will heat up, causing you to go into hyper-observant mode. The more details you can notice, the better you’ll be able to take advantage of the opportunities here.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Worrying does have a benefit. It causes you to be aware of possibilities and choose your course carefully. But don’t agonize over heavy stuff. You’re supposed to climb the mountain, not carry it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Heartache isn’t a problem to solve; it’s a healing process. Relax and accept the feelings you’ve been running from. When your heart is peaceful, you move better, feel healthier and have more vitality to work with.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People decide one another’s value based on how much benefit the other person brings or could bring to them, which is totally subjective. Decide your own value, because any assessment others make will be wrong.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). On days like today, you’re better off not calling it a success, a failure, or even a wash. All that matters is having the courage to continue, and you have that abundantly.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As serious as you are about work, you may choose to socialize instead of hunker down. There’s much to learn from others, and you won’t be sorry if you put companionship over business, but that’s just for today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Time and attention are not renewable resources. The moments and focus you give to other people matter, maybe more than anything else. You value what you give, and appreciate the value of what others give.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Just because you’re an old soul doesn’t mean you can’t be naive, silly and surprised by fresh life. Today you’ll be wise and awoken. You’ve seen it before and yet experience it as brand new.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 5). You’ll love the swirling dance of this solar return, but this is more than a whirlwind of activity. There’s a real purpose to accomplish here. It used to be about getting your goal, but now it’s so much more. There are many who will work and live better when you get what you want. You can’t let them down, and you won’t. Taurus and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 30, 25, 8 and 39.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “My birthdate is June 2. I’m beginning a relationship with a man born April 18. We both have bad pasts and trust issues. Other areas are awesome. Can we overcome our obstacles and make a real go out of our relationship, or are we just playing with each other?”

Playing with each other is the whole point of dating, at least in the early stages. It’s all about getting to know as much about each other as you can in way that doesn’t feel like an interrogation. A lighthearted approach is the best way to get to know your Aries, who is the first child of the zodiac and ever young at heart. Through play, you can both let down your guard and find out about the real person under the social veneer.

It’s OK to have problems trusting. That just means you’re smart. But a sure way to get hurt is to place your expectations of the early dating process too high. It’s unreasonable to think of the future together at this point. Also, it will ruin the fun, as fun always happens between two people who are sharing the very same moment.

So don’t worry about whether it will work out long-term, and instead focus on having a good time. That’s exactly how many find themselves in a really good thing that neither person wants to end.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Edie Falco recently played Leslie Abramson, defense attorney of the Menendez brothers, in the miniseries “Law & Order True Crime.” The “Sopranos” matriarch is a moonchild who naturally fits the maternal roles she takes on, as her sign is known to do. Cancer is the sign of mothers and home, and Falco was born when both the sun and Mercury were in Cancer. Virgo is another strong influence.

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