Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

We all have a story about ourselves we run in our head, ticker tape to keep continuity with a certain identity, purpose, personality and role. A person cannot run this story and live in the moment at the same time. One must forget oneself to be totally present. For those who succeed in this under the new moon, it will start a personal trend.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There’s harmony in your relationships now — a happy but fragile condition worthy of your protection. You intuitively understand that good times are too precious to take for granted.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can be spontaneous when you feel like it, but the opportunities don’t always arise. They will today, though, and it will be lucky to say “yes” to unexpected invitations.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It’s easy to tell who the poor listeners are. They may turn their heads toward a speaker, but their bodies are inclined away, seemingly blocking the message. Trust your instincts.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). In regard to your special project, you’ll need just a little more faith to accomplish a desired result. Go forward as if you already had the funding in place. What happens after that will surprise and delight you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll be a sort of teacher today, and you would do well to make it a policy to grade on a curve, holding others to standards relative to the current situation instead of standards of some ideal beyond the realm.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). A financial win is in store. This has little to do with math skills; rather, it’s your high emotional intelligence to credit. Your top-rate social skills are such that people with money want to buy into whatever you’re selling.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Don’t worry about what to say. If you’re fully there, you won’t even need words. Your presence will say everything. A focus on being increasingly aware of your surroundings will bring profound knowledge.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Avoid bribing people. Don’t pay for what should be given to you naturally. Payment has a way of supplanting people’s intrinsic motivation — and even their sense of decency.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re all about providing real help, workable solutions and genuine care for those around you. You have no interest in getting people to buy into what they don’t need. Herein lies the secret to today’s success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Those overly concerned with their correctness will miss the point that you understand perfectly. Some things are never going to be all that great, but you still grow from the experience of dealing with them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Even though you’re smart to assess what’s in it for you or what’s in it for others, don’t assume you’ll figure it out. Some things are just worth it, even if nobody really knows why.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Sacred things have a different resonance but are no better or worse than regular things. So while you honor sacred things, you love ordinary things, too, seeing them as worthy of your attention and care.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 9). Your success secret this year is simple enough: You’ll make promises that others find useful, and you’ll keep them. You know your value, and you’ll set standards that reflect it. Your efforts to learn new skills, develop your talents and become a better friend will open the way for joy like you’ve never known. Libra and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 3, 22, 28 and 49.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: When learning to drive a car, people have historically been instructed to keep their hands on the 2 o’clock and 10 o’clock positions of the steering wheel (as if the wheel were the face of a clock). New standards suggest a more centered position of 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock instead. Life will go better from a more centered position during this week of the Virgo sun. The new moon at the top of the week helps with the effort. These grounded earth sign energies can be harnessed to get inwardly calm and rooted. Awareness increases from this place. The heightened perception will help us avoid trouble, accidents and the metaphorical deployment of air bags.

As Mars moves into Aquarius, social deftness will advance friendly relationships and networks. Here’s a tip for the savvy: It is often the case that people ask what to do when in fact they have already made up their minds and are just seeking confirmation. Seeing as most matters that come up will be minor, we’re better off making the charming, socially astute choice not to offer many opinions. After all, agreement and rapport are too precious to squander on pettiness. The wise may simply turn the question around. “What did you think?” And then, “That’s what I think, too.”

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Could it be that the multi-media mogul Adam Sandler is actually shy? With five luminaries in Virgo, his natal chart indicates that he’s a thoughtful, careful, introverted perfectionist who loves hard work. His characterizations and creations are ideal vehicles for this natural comedian to connect and create, as he will do with Jennifer Aniston in the upcoming comedy “Murder Mystery.”

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