We may be so optimistic early in the day that we make promises we can’t keep. Trickster Mercury forms a friendly sextile to exaggerating Jupiter, encouraging us to paint pictures without any shadows. However, ignoring potential problems doesn’t make them disappear and difficult aspects to Saturn later in the day confront us with issues we might rather avoid. Thankfully, an exacting Virgo Moon gives us the analytical skills we need to save the day.

Aries (March 21st – April 19th)

People are impressed when you show up with your I-can-do-it attitude, but they’re not as happy if you don’t deliver the goods. You could sweep others off their feet with your positive assessment of a situation because they want to believe you have all the answers. Unfortunately, hyperbole is not your friend today. Being honest from the start keeps things on an even keel, instead of pretending you know more than everyone else. Facing the truth is messy but worth the inconvenience now, nonetheless, if you want to build solid relationships.

Taurus (April 20th – May 20th)

In your haste to keep things simple, you assume that what you see is actually what you get. But you can set yourself up for a fall by believing everyone is telling you the truth today. It’s not that anyone is purposefully misleading you; in fact, they’re probably just trying to help now. Nevertheless, you’ll be happier in the long run if you counter everyone else’s positivity with a touch of moderation. Do your research before signing on the dotted line.

Gemini (May 21st – June 20th)

You have a special knack for delivering bad news today in such a way that it seems better than worse. Although you can see a silver lining in even the darkest of storm clouds now, you are walking a fine line between hope and fantasy. There’s no doubt that your power of positive thinking influences people’s lives in a profound manner. But inspiring others only works if you keep it real. However, sometimes it’s unclear where to draw the line. As science fiction writer Robert Heinlein wrote, “Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done.”

Cancer (June 21st – July 22nd)

People are encouraging you to speak up today, but you’re not eager to share your thoughts until you explore all of your alternatives. Although your first reaction might be quite enthusiastic, your idealism is more of a reflection of your state of mind now than the actual circumstances. You’re not interested in being a leader who rallies the troops at the expense of your own emotional security. Don’t overstep your limits of comfort just to impact someone else’s behavior. Listening to your intuition enables you to know when enough is enough.

Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd)

You might believe you already missed the chance of a lifetime to pursue your dreams. However, you’re probably misinterpreting the current conditions. The cosmic energy is not denying your success; circumstances only delay you to create additional time for you to get your act together. Rather than fretting about what’s not ready for prime time now, sharpen your tools and start working. Your future is calling so don’t hesitate to answer with a resounding yes.

Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd)

You are doing your absolute best now to prevent your work relationships from changing dramatically, but your singular focus may not be enough to stop the dynamics from shifting. You could exhaust yourself by attempting to force your agenda on others. Nevertheless, it will take more than a minor setback to halt your progress. Don’t let a bout of pessimism keep you from manifesting your dreams. Nelson Mandala said, “I am the master of my fate and the captain of my destiny.”

Libra (September 23rd – October 21st)

Although your friendly nature usually puts others at ease, much to your surprise it could have the opposite effect now. Don’t try to convince anyone that you’re on their side, especially if people seem to bristle at your good-natured attitude today. But a personality conflict is not a good reason to raise a white flag and go home. Pay attention where you meet resistance and confront it head on. Even the smallest struggle can help clarify the route to your new destination.

Scorpio (October 22nd – November 21st)

Your words brighten someone’s day today, but only if you’re willing to talk about your feelings. Sometimes you steer clear of personal disclosure because it places you in a highly vulnerable position. However, sharing your full spectrum of emotions strengthens your position now because it demonstrates how solid your thinking has grown. Don’t be afraid to reveal both sides of your current conundrum; your honesty fosters a sense of trust in others.

Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 21st)

You’re hard-pressed to keep up appearances today, even if you begin the day with a hopeful heart. But an existential encounter with self-doubt is not nearly as bad as it sounds, especially if it acts as a wake-up call. A reality check can be quite invigorating — like a cold shower — and motivates you to get serious enough to overcome a disappointing setback. Thankfully, your irrepressible spirit is able to rebound quickly if you draw upon your support network and get down to work. Positive results create lasting confidence.

Capricorn (December 22nd – January 19th)

You’re no stranger to mapping out an agenda and then doing whatever it takes to achieve your goal. Unfortunately, you might feel as if you’re in over your head when you realize your master plan got a little out of hand. But don’t wait until there are others depending upon your success. The sooner you pare back your expectations, the happier everyone will be. Make something happen now; every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

Aquarius (January 20th – February 18th)

You’re tired of somehow being at the bottom rung of the ladder and always looking up. Nevertheless, you can gain real traction now, as long as you’re willing to respect the limitations imposed by your superiors. However, this does not mean you must blindly accept the rules. Question authority if you want to overcome the obstacles in your path. And remember, the key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

Pisces (February 19th – March 20th)

Your hope blossoms today, only to be shut down once again by someone close to you. But you don’t need to internalize anyone else’s negativity, unless it’s already your own. If it is yours, process it the quickest way possible and then move on. There’s no use crying over spilled milk; pull your overcommitted promises back within the confines of reality and don’t take no for an answer. A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.

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