Accept your thoughts; it’s as silly to fight them as it would be to fight a ghost with your fists. The way to win with a ghost and a thought is about the same. Acknowledge the thing, and then ignore it. Neglect renders the unwelcome specter — or cogitation, as it were — powerless. This message comes courtesy of Venus squared Saturn.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Wanting certain aspects of life to be different will come with the territory today, as does ambitious striving. Temper the intensity of this with contentment about something — anything. You have much to choose from.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Life is complex and layered. To find peace and poise within this will require you to tolerate some mixed emotions. Take courage, and move through the feelings.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Self-doubt comes disguised in the costume of responsibility, “urgent” needs that really aren’t and other distractions. Call it what it is — resistance to growth — then ignore it and do what your soul knows you must.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It may seem that forces beyond your control are attacking your biography. But what if they are not infringements on your plotline, and are instead the very elements that make it a good story? What then?
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Willpower and self-discipline won’t be enough to accomplish the goal. That’s good news because it means you’ll have to add the architecture that will make getting there a whole lot easier.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Maybe the human mind has no mechanism for comprehending the vastness of the universe, and yet you still look up and let your piece of sky absorb you into as much infinity as you can bear. A meditation most divine!
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Fear of failure or fear of success is not a good enough reason for inaction. So jump. Leap to the imperfect action. There won’t be a better time. You’ll never be ready. You’ll only be doing it or not doing it.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ve friends who animate the day with big emotions, living a life of excitement and urgency. You’ll enjoy connecting with them for a time; then you’ll seek a more peaceful, measured tone for the remainder of the day.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Once you fantasized that someone with secret knowledge and super abilities would swoop in and save the day. Now you will save your own day. After all, you’re the expert on being you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The day provides a steady stream of necessary assessments. Will this activity be worth my time? Will this person do as promised? Will this job net me the next one? By day’s end you’ll have made dozens of determinations.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). What seems to be an arduous task will also make the hours pass in what will later seem to be a blink. It’s as though you were built for this type of work. What you do is sorely needed.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Because you are so honest with yourself, you are able to see the frailties of others. You see them hiding behind a facade; you witness their struggles for acceptance. Your tender heart will be a gift to the world.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 9). You’ll be publicly praised for what you do this solar return, but it’s your personal definition of success that will matter most. In the next five weeks you’ll earn favor from those who are difficult to impress. November brings luck for finance. Priorities will shift in 2019. A personal mission will inspire travel and connections. Aries and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 1, 10, 20 and 18.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “I have my dream job at a new company. Innovation is the buzzword around here, and now I’m in a position to choose four people for my team on a project that everyone will be paying attention to. I need to make my mark and prove I’m worth my salary. I’m not going to use astrology to assemble my team, but I do wonder if you have any advice for a Leo who needs to kill it in the next three months.”
Choose teammates with diverse talents, and encourage their candor. Choose people who listen well and people you respect enough to listen to regardless of whether you agree with what they have to say. It’s not about finding the people you like and get along with. Results come from a group you can bounce ideas off of. Bouncing is a form of collision in which the things get back the energy they imparted to the surface of the hit. To bounce ideas off of another person, the other person has to meet you with some degree of resistance. It is impossible to bounce ideas off a “yes” person. It is silly to bounce ideas off of someone who will get all the benefit from validating them. You’re not using astrology, I know, but the practical intelligence of a Virgo or Capricorn would serve you well.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Antonio Banderas radiates the regal energy of his Leo sun, and the sun also happens to be the ruler of Leo. Ancient cultures worshipped gods of the sun, such as Ra, Apollo and Helios, for their admirable qualities of nobility, integrity and leadership. This year Banderas will channel his kingly swagger into the role of God in the comedy “The Devil May Care.” Boxing champion Mike Tyson will play the role of Lucifer.
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