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The cosmos is engaged in a tug-of-war and we may find ourselves caught in the middle today. Red-hot Mars is pulling one way and cold Saturn is pulling the other. Mars is the gas pedal initiating action while Saturn is the brake bringing everything to a halt. Frustration abounds when bossy Mars tells us to go while naysayer Saturn commands us to stop. Meanwhile, the Moon shifts into expressive Leo, nudging us into forward motion.

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

It’s nearly impossible to settle your energy today. No matter how busy your schedule is, you’re still feeling restless. You want to be anywhere else than where you are and doing something completely different. In fact, you’re annoyed that you can’t just change everything with a snap of your fingers. Nevertheless, drastic action is ill-advised because you’re not ready to make your move yet. Instead, reconsider your goals and set new priorities. Musician Billy Cox said, “You can’t build a long-term future on short-term thinking.”

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

You might need to grit your teeth and take care of business today, even if that means the possibility of pleasure becomes unlikely. Although you’re often driven by very practical aspirations, you may have more esoteric concerns weighing on your soul now. Sometimes, living with integrity is about doing what’s right for the greater good rather than only considering yourself. It’s not easy to make a decision that leads to more work and less fun, but acting in accordance to your values reaps greater rewards over time.

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

Your actions are all over the map today. You are here, there and everywhere now that the radiant Sun and impulsive Mars are visiting your restless sign. But someone may play the role of a heavyweight when authoritative Saturn stands in your path. Circumstances hold your feet to the fire, requiring you to fulfill your current obligations instead of stirring up more things to do. Television writer Linda Poindexter observed, “Life is a juggling act that sometimes requires that you drop everything.”

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)

Responsibilities at work coax you out of hiding today. Although you might prefer to go about your business unseen by everyone else, you could be backed into a situation where you must stand up for what’s right. Defending your values is not a personal battle now; you must take action to prevent an authority figure from arbitrarily imposing his or her agenda onto others. Fortunately, you won’t need to confront your adversary alone if you explain your perspective to others. A problem shared is a problem halved.

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

You may be fighting an uphill battle today as reality seems to conspire against you. The same activities that were previously enjoyable currently feel like tedious tasks, tempting you to call it quits. Although it’s unwise to take a risk now, hard work and self-discipline can turn this situation around quickly. Thankfully, the Moon’s shift into your courageous sign boosts your confidence, inspiring you to accomplish superhuman feats. Don’t give up; it is said that it’s darkest just before the dawn.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)

You are hopeful about getting ahead at work this week, but domestic responsibilities may distract you from your professional goals. Perhaps you’re being asked to work extra hours on an important project but your time is limited because of previous family commitments. Don’t try to take on everything yourself; you’re not in this boat alone. Discussing your dilemma with your boss won’t fix everything immediately, but it will keep the truth out in the open. Roman poet Ovid wrote, “The burden which is well borne becomes light.”

Libra (September 23rd – October 21st)

Your options seem to be more limited than you thought. In fact, you might decide to make your next round of plans through a process of elimination. Rather than choosing a path into the future and then making it happen, you could end up taking the only road ahead of you after you filter out those that will not feasibly work. But don’t surrender the dreams that inspire you the most now. Even if you can’t make them real yet, no one can take the magic of your visions away from you.

Scorpio (October 22nd – November 21st)

Your relationships — both business and personal — can be so complicated now that you’re not even sure where you stand on several important issues. You might read a situation one way, only to discover that the opposite is true. It’s challenging to run your life efficiently when a lack of simple logistics may be enough to prevent you from reaching your goals. Fortunately, this is not your final exam. Author Jon Sinclair wrote, “Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo.”

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

Your biggest problems now seem to reside with everyone else. Naturally, unsolicited expertise is highly problematic because you can modify your thinking, but there’s no way to unilaterally shift someone else’s attitude. Reality is playing a subtle but powerful trick on you, for what you see is not what you get. Although it might seem impossible, the outside is actually within you. Don’t be misled by the illusion of reality; the change you want must start with you, even if you’re not the one who needs to change.

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)

When someone or something blocks your progress, you can respond in one of two ways. Although there are many subtle nuances in between, fundamentally, you can either acquiesce or resist. Sometimes this is an existential dilemma but the need for a pragmatic solution now replaces philosophical inquiry. There may be several competing plans that lead you to the same final destination. Pick one and get started; the only time to initiate action is in the present moment.

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

You might feel alienated from your peers or your friends, but overcoming this temporary gulf puts control back into your hands. The heartfelt Leo Moon shifts into your 7th House of Relationships, reminding you to step beyond your fears in order to emotionally connect with others. But don’t stick to the rulebook today; it’s your unorthodox thinking that enables you to express your feelings in the most authentic way. Author Suzy Kassem wrote, “Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.”

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)

You’re back to juggling personal and professional obligations today, and picking one arena over the other is quite tempting. However, rather than making any sweeping decisions that could affect your life for years to come, pull back and narrow your field of vision. Luna’s emphasis on your 6th House of Self-Improvement requires that you chip away at the big picture by focusing on the little pieces. Small steps over time produce long-lasting results.

 

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