Friday, Sept. 7, 2018

Recent moves of Mercury and Saturn favor the diligent. It’s not always readily apparent who has won. The prize doesn’t automatically fall in hand at the end of the job. There’s not a trophy at the end of every game. However, eventually, hard work is rewarded, as it will be time and again in the weeks to come.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). What is it called when an emoji shows up one way on one device and another way on a different device? Maybe there’s no name for it, but it’s an echo of what happens with real emotions today.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Games are no fun if they are too easy. Think of today’s challenge as though it were a game, and suddenly the parts that might have once annoyed you now seem like simple problems to solve on your way to winning.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Everyone wears a mask with varying degrees of difference from the real face underneath. Today, you’ll be very good at guessing just how far off the mask is from the raw emotion it covers.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Of all the thoughts you could think, the one that will be the most damaging follows along the lines of “if only I had…” You did what you did and you’re better for it. Believe that, and get back in the swing of things.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your ambitions may be surprising to more experienced types who may tell you not to bother with certain goals. But they don’t know what you know — that your way hasn’t been tried and just might work.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll be drawn to passionately driven people and you like that you can tell in no uncertain terms what they want. The most successful people are the ones who help others get successful.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People who change their minds will keep you on your toes. You’ll be driven to find out why. To understand what makes the emotional, social and intellectual tides turn is to have great power.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There’s no such thing as true perceptions, as all perception is subjective. You’ll be well aware of the fantasy element at play in your expectations of others today, though you may not be able to control it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Will this problem still bother you tomorrow? What about next week? Next year? If the answer is “no,” then there’s really not a good reason to let it bother you now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The work itself may not be very difficult, but in a weird way it’s the easiness that makes it hard. Staying focused is made difficult by tedium. Tedium is its own kind of burdensome labor. What if you made it harder?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Work isn’t hard. You do what’s asked of you and anticipate what else might be asked. It’s something you learned to do long ago, and you’ll be struck by those who never picked up the same work ethic. Kindly show them how it’s done.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Just as water reflects what’s above and around it, you’ll reflect your influences in a distorted way. They will be all the more lovely for your generous interpretation.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 7). You’ll adopt new mindsets in the name of peace, progress and prosperity. One idea that will work brilliantly to improve things is total acceptance of all that is and all that’s happened. Things could not have been otherwise. Take the easy gifts of the next two months. Reinvest half. There’s another pay out in March. Cancer and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 13, 9, 10, 45 and 12.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: When you want to talk with someone, you will. Don’t do it before you’re ready though, or you’ll have regrets. TAURUS: Should you accept an apology? It depends on how much the relationship means to you. GEMINI: All flames burn out without fuel, especially the flame of love. What kindling will you add? CANCER: The time with a loved one is sacred. Protect it. Savor it. LEO: Relationships are only as robust as their communication lines. VIRGO: Bickering isn’t good for a relationship, but neither is swallowing your grievances. LIBRA: Restless hearts seek excitement but that’s not always what they really need. Sometimes it’s depth. Sometimes it’s rest. SCORPIO: Some kinds of attraction wax and wane, but true love has an enduring magnetism. SAGITTARIUS: People who love you want you to succeed, even if that success doesn’t involve them. CAPRICORN: Loyalty counts for a lot. Stand up for those who are on your team even if they’re not exactly deserving of your support. AQUARIUS: There will be a point in every relationship when it’s work to do the loving thing. But if that point is very early on, it’s not the best sign. PISCES: An accurate assessment of the person is absolutely crucial to a good relationship.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Leo and Virgo are zodiac neighbors whose differences can seem drastic. Leo might be showy and extroverted just when Virgo thinks it’s best to let the work speak for itself. Virgo peps up with new ideas just when Leo feels like reminiscing and kicking back. This push-pull of energies will make Leo and Virgo great for one another and certainly the most interesting couple of the weekend.

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