Horoscopes

Far from the frivolity it once was, entertainment has become a matter of identity. Our ancestors had limited options where we have millions. The fact that we can get so specific with our choices makes each decision more significant. For better or worse, we are changed by what we watch. The lunar trine to Mercury says: Choose carefully.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Creation takes time; destruction can happen in an instant. You may think long and hard about how to take your life to the next level. Reality will quickly shoot down some (not all!) of those ideas, but don’t let that stop you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Happiness and simplicity will be linked up today. The minute you feel that things are involving too many elements or getting too complicated, busy, messy, fast or expensive… stop. Start over.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It’s not just that one solution doesn’t work for everyone; it’s that one solution doesn’t even work for anyone all of the time. Each moment and circumstance is different. Stay sensitive and awake and you’ll do great.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Disillusionment is the thing that happens when you find out that what you thought was real involves a manipulation of perception. Knowing that tricks abound is a necessary step in understanding the nature of reality.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The habit of trying to get things in order to be happy is an addiction, and it should be broken. You really don’t need anything else. The expansion of your spirit is the happiness, also the work, also the prize.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). After careful consideration and planning, the best plan may be no plan. It’s one of those rare days when all you need is your openness and a belief that the best will happen.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’re a wonderful self-editor. You know that it brings you luck, love, relationships and more. Unfortunately, those who don’t self-edit are prone to say too much, confuse people, and make them afraid to approach the next time.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You hate to overpay for a thing that will disappear in a moment. To forgo perishables in favor of a lasting memento will be your action — also a metaphor for other choices you’ll make in the near future.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Two people will try to tell or sell you the exact same thing, and you’ll much prefer one to the other. Why? It boils down to style. Tone is a part of this. Go where the resonance is, and don’t look back.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). People want you to go one way or another, so they psychically lean on you, trying to get you to sway in that direction. Be strong. Go where you want to go. Don’t be guilted. Tell others to stay in their lane.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your life could be much like yesterday, or it could be something very different. The choice is yours. A new start won’t require a big effort, merely a mental shift that happens once you claim this as “day one.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When people want something, but they’re not saying it, you can feel that. It will seem to have an actual weight. Encourage others to unburden themselves from the weight. Make it OK for them to speak up and say what they want.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 2). You’ve made a discovery, and you’ll keep expanding in knowledge and skill with it. This is social in nature, having to do with transmuting the abundant love lavished on you this year into an effective, creative and powerful force for good in the world. Your way of organizing life and work is totally brilliant. Scorpio and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 46, 23, 1 and 28.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “Where do you stand on the idea of soul mates? Is there one person out there for me? I’ve been circulating so much, I feel like I’ve met everyone. I’ve done everything short of internet dating to meet that person, but no luck yet. I’m 33 and looking for Mr. Right. When will I find him? What sign will he be? I’m a Leo.”

You haven’t, as you suggested, “met everyone,” nor could you possibly do so in a lifetime. I’m wondering what you have against internet dating, as it’s one of the fastest and most direct ways of finding friends with similar interests by pre-screening potential dates. Sure, there is some effort and cost involved, but if you are really serious about meeting someone special, you might find all your effort quite worthwhile.

I do not believe that there is one soul mate for each person, or that your soulmate will be any particular sign. Life doesn’t entitle us to a partner. There are many potential soul mates for you, or none, really it’s your choice. Your natural lion charisma is turned up right now with the sun in your sign, so get online and start broadening your horizons.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Writer, director and entertainment personality Kevin Smith shares his creative Leo spirit in many ways, including live tours, podcasts and a best-selling tell-all Hollywood memoir. With his sun, moon and Mars all in the sign of show business, he will never tire of generating new entertainment. Take, for instance, his upcoming comedy/horror film, “Moose Jaws” — like “Jaws,” but with a moose.

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