Horoscopes

Would you rather have an ideal long-term result that happens because of a number of rather uneventful days that blur together or a mystery result at the end of a number of exciting happenings? If you’re in it for the journey and the story, the upcoming week should please you immensely. Use this day to rest up for it.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You don’t have a name for every feeling. In fact, you’ll have one today that has yet to be named. Were you to give it a name — make one up — you would recognize it every time it comes back around.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The world very much needs your love, but it’s going to be hard to give it if you’re not around the things and people who inspire it. If you’ve needed an excuse to go where your heart is, this is it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Wear confidence; it’s always in fashion. No one feels confident all of the time, but going through the motions of it will get you closer. Power posing will really work for you today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Trust makes work lighter, smiles brighter and spirits higher. You will be surrounded by trustworthy people. And you will bring honor to your own word by keeping it no matter what.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re not trying to be mysterious, yet you are a mystery. People around you may not totally understand you, but they will enjoy you and be magnetized by the intrigue of you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Borrow what you need. You’ll be putting something to good use that would otherwise be neglected. You’ll be cutting down on waste, and you’ll have none of the burden that goes with possession.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your friends trust you, and they’ll tell you things they wouldn’t trust to anyone else. You’ll be the keeper of secrets, including some of your own, as not everyone is as good at this as you are.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don’t even realize when you’re being kind, it comes so naturally to you. Someone will brighten when you take the time to chat, smile and generally make it known that you care.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The person who would have the most wisdom on matters you’re dealing with these days is also very likely to remain silent until asked. So seek counsel with the quiet sage.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your gift for communication is the stuff of fairy tales. You’ll be a Rumpelstiltskin of conversation as you spin straw small-talk fodder into golden threads that draw people together.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your influence is growing. Try it out on yourself! If you can persuade yourself to do what’s best for you, you’ll have conquered the most difficult challenge of all.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Whatever stopped you before, you can now think of it very differently. It may even be what you are most grateful for, your No. 1 teacher, your motivating force.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 5). You’ll go into this solar return on a change of pace, sparked by a new responsibility and/or relationship — the start of something wonderful. Embrace leadership in October. Train your team well and you’ll have the time and energy to be a visionary in 2019. Ideas and improvements you implement will touch many lives. Cancer and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 20, 38, 15 and 18.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Most people have not been formerly instructed in the art of conversation. If only life were run more formally, like a board meeting in which only the person with the baton is allowed to talk. But life is without those formalities, and offenders will interrupt and shortchange their conversational partners who don’t have the skill needed to make conversation more equitable. There’s an opportunity in this, under the social Gemini moon. If you give more than you take, listen more than you talk and are more concerned about helping others win than about being dominant or saving face, you’ll be given riches of the heart beyond your imaginings. Sadly, the world isn’t exactly overflowing with such grace lately.

We’re headed into one of the most precarious weeks of the 2018 calendar, with many stressed aspects and a Uranus retrograde with unsure results. But it all culminates in an extremely hopeful new moon in Leo on Saturday, which happens also to be a supermoon, and a partial solar eclipse. Trust in goodness. Anticipate happiness. Desire the best for everyone. And believe that all will be well.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Leos love to be in the spotlight, but they also like to share it. In the spirit of this, I will reveal that I was born today, and I’m proud to share the Aug. 5 distinction with the late Sydney Omarr (the astrologer and newspaper horoscope columnist I grew up reading), as well as the astronaut hero who first put footprints on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Happy birthday to the stargazers!

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