Horoscopes

People say that it is possible to create your own happiness, and yet there’s no recipe for this, because the ingredients just aren’t universal. The best we can do is gather some of what’s readily available and combine it to see what happens. Think of it as an experiment, and one that is sorely needed during this Mars and Uranus situation.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll say the words, take the actions, make the commitments that fix things, knowing full well that you could just as easily, with other words, actions and promises, blow them apart.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Methods for improvement come and go. So do styles of dress, food, entertainment… Some of yesterday’s “normal” now seems barbaric. With an eye to the future, something about your current life needs immediate change.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You become part of whatever you’re experiencing, and it becomes a part of you. It’s a truth you’ll feel today, and it just might change your mind and involvement with certain environments.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s good to be a little careful about what you say and how you present yourself, but if you’re too careful it’s uncomfortable for all. Trust that you’re acceptable. Accept yourself and they will, too.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The world is shifting before your eyes today. Someone you admire is a big part of this. You like how this person sees the world, and it changes your view, which changes what you choose to look at.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’re charged with the responsibility of creating yourself, your happiness, the meaning you derive from life. It’s a privilege, a pleasure and a lot. You’re not always up for it. Rest will refresh you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’re attractive whether or not you want to be or try to be. This makes your life slightly complex. You’ll be in a position to step lightly, dodge trouble and move quickly to avoid getting detoured from your goal.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Relationships are always a risk. The risk is not that they will be bad; the risk is that they will be good. To leave a bad relationship is a rather obvious choice. A good relationship often brings both reward and limitation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You feel like you know what you want, but don’t be surprised if you get it and find out that it wasn’t a good fit. Humans are notoriously bad at knowing what will make them happy. Continue the experiment, and have fun with it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You make the plan and your crew will follow it. You’ll get both credit and blame, and both are good. You make life interesting and memorable for those around you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your personal experience with a full range of human error coupled with the disappointment it has caused you will make it all the more difficult for you to believe the best in others, and yet you will. You are to be commended.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It has never been hard for you to understand that people in the general public matter. You may never see them again, and yet each is an important individual whom you pride yourself in treating with the utmost respect.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 1). There’s quite a history back there, and you’ll put it to good use. You don’t have to look backward to do this. Trust that you’ve already learned from it and you now have everything you need to build toward the idea you’ve created about what you’re supposed to be and do next. Go make your vision real. You’ve got this. Libra and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 42, 10, 13 and 8.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “What does it mean to be a mutable sign? I was told that’s what I was and that it was good for business — no idea why, though. Was that an insult? I’m a Pisces.”

Each sign falls into one of three categories. Astrologers call these categories “modalities.” They represent a sign’s particular strength in working with others. I find that knowing what modality a person is can be very helpful for team building. The ideal team would have at least one person from each modality. The three modalities are cardinal, mutable and fixed. Think of it as beginning, middle and end. The cardinal signs are initiators. They love to dream, envision and begin projects. They are Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. The next modality, mutable, likes to work out the kinks of a project or relationship. They adjust as necessary to make things run smoothly, and maybe that is the quality noted by the person who said you were “good for business.” Mutable signs are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. A fixed modality sign brings it home. They are the finishers of the zodiac, and they are driven to do whatever it takes to perfect the project or relationship. They are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: From “Game of Thrones” to the upcoming feature film “Aquaman,” Jason Momoa’s intensely visceral charisma has a way of bringing fantasy worlds to life. The Leo star was born when the sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter were all in the sign of the king cat: That’s an unusual amount of royal astral-influence.

Leo is also the sign of playfulness, children, the heart and show business.

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