Horoscopes

Lovely things will happen in these first days of the Leo sun, especially if you step back and let them. That means no striving, pushing or planning. You don’t have to try. You may not even know when loveliness is happening. “The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflections. The water has no mind to receive their images.” — Zen proverb

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Anxiety is not fear; rather, it’s the anticipation of what we’re afraid of. Whereas fear serves a clear purpose — mainly to keep you safe — anxiety is far less purposeful. What tools can you employ to cut it off at the pass?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s frustrating to be misunderstood. Why don’t they get you? Have you considered that you are not so easily “gotten”? It’s a blessing. Your beautiful complications are what will attract the cream of the crop to you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are two actions that, were you to accomplish them today even somewhat, would improve your life enormously. They are simple, but not easy. 1) Accept what is. 2) Give the world your full attention.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Emotions have a way of getting our full attention. In the moment, we don’t think of them as something that will dissipate with time, yet they always do. Hold on past the moment of impulse to see what’s on the other side.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). In all endeavors, there’s a learning curve. Accept your first efforts for what they are — the start of a process. Is it interesting to you? Then there’s probably something there. Are you good at it? Reserve judgment for a while.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Develop a relationship with all of your parts, not just the ones you deem admirable, socially acceptable and worthy of an Instagram post.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Whatever the conflict is, you can work it out. You’ll be especially great at working out the problems between you and those in your inner circle. Agreeing to disagree is always a valid peacekeeping option.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Our brains are brilliant at imagining the links between ideas, people and events — the cause-and-effect scenarios that help us make sense of what happens. Just know that imagining a link doesn’t make it so.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re in a mood to be disobedient and defiant. Why? There’s a controlling force in your midst, and you want to flex to make sure you still have power in the situation.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Do you need excitement to feel alive? Of course not! But it sure doesn’t hurt. That’s why you’ll venture out, unconcerned with how well you know the territory. Life is an adventure.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Watch out for those who want to be the leader of any and every group. They are more concerned with dominance than they are with the work at hand. Seek experts who only want to lead because they feel qualified for it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). No one likes to be startled alert. That’s why it’s called a “rude” awakening. That’s why cold showers are a tactic, not a delight. That’s why you should think twice about what you’ll say about your friend’s dream.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 23). They will think that your open heart is a gift to the world, that your generosity of spirit is an effort to be good, that you’ve done the work it takes to be benevolent. They have it all wrong. The more you give the more awesome you feel. You’ll do it all for you, and the world will just happen to be better for it. Sagittarius and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 33, 28, 49 and 31.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “My marriage of 20 years has ended. My children are grown, and my husband informed me after the last one left the house that he has not been in love with me for a long time. He’s had a girlfriend on the side for the past five years! Naturally, I’m crushed. I think things will be fine financially. I’ll have a settlement, and I may go back to work, too. But I’m wondering whether you see a relationship on the horizon for me. There’s no one currently, but will I ever love and be loved again? I’m a Sagittarius.”

The most important task on your plate now is reconnecting with your own interests, passions and goals. Maybe it will take months or years to heal, but don’t wait around for it. Travel will be an especially effective way to jump-start your new life-groove. Keep putting yourself in new situations, because they’ll always lead to self-discovery. Love will be a natural outgrowth when you’re busy on your own personal journey. I wouldn’t recommend anything more than casual dating for an entire year from your divorce date. In five years, you’ll look back on this period as a fortuitous shift.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Considering Daniel Radcliffe will forever be known for bringing to life one of the most enduring characters of our time, the Leo actor is to be commended for expanding his range past lovable wizard Harry Potter. The dedicated actor was born when the sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars were all in Leo, the sign of entertainment. Radcliffe is currently filming the gladiator comedy “Guns Akimbo.”

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