Gadfly Moon by Holiday Mathis (Holiday Mathis)

Mercury enters Virgo and the sun forms an auspicious angle to Uranus — a golden, if practical, opportunity. Don’t waste time pondering the mysteries of life or trying to perfect an arrangement. Get to work. It may help to make peace with the fact that you’ll never come to a complete understanding of something as complex as a human being.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The Mercury change presents a real opportunity for you to start ticking things off your to-do list. First step: Make the list. It will bring so much satisfaction to organize your thoughts this way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A long stretch of the same activity over and over will kill your enthusiasm. So keep changing it up today. Every time you start a new exercise, your energy will renew and you’ll mentally refresh and become a little more alive.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Motivation is unreliable. It surges at random times and then disappears without notice. To counteract the unpredictable nature of motivation, set up your own encouragement instead of expecting it to drop in.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Strictly speaking, wanting a thing isn’t enough to make it so. But wanting a thing over and over, deeply and with great willingness to do quite a lot to bring it into reality — that’s the sort of wanting that makes things happen.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There’s a habit-swapping opportunity today. Giving something up is hard, but it’s made easier when you do it at the same time as starting something else new to take its place.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). “Is this really necessary?” That’s the question in the back of your mind that could stand to come forward now. You can’t just get rid of all the unnecessary things at once, but you’ll be amazed at what a few cuts will do for you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ve a stellar sense of direction now and it extends in many areas of life, including physical, spiritual b and emotional. Of course, what good is knowing where to go unless you actually go? Take courage and make your move.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Looking for answers in the familiar places will bring you common, acceptable solutions. It’s fine for most of what you seek, but not for all of it. Unusual problems require unusual solutions found in strange places.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you were to put your own health and joy at the top of your priority list, this would jostle your schedule a bit. You’d do some different things, and some of the same things, only you’d do them differently. Try it and see!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Sweet attractions have a shelf life. Some disappear quickly like a Popsicle in the sun, and some last as long as Twinkies, and for reasons just as mysterious.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You need to nudge things into being more of what you want and less of what you don’t. It’s work. But it doesn’t have to be uncomfortable work. What can you do to make the process more pleasant?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). While the naturally logical thinkers may have an advantage with today’s task, those who think differently will get there with a little more effort. Anyone can learn how to set reasonable goals and go about them systematically.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 29). You can’t do everything your way, but this trip around the sun brings opportunities like never before to do some things precisely your way, specific to your preferences and just like in your wild plans and dreams. The first quarter of 2020 shows you a new route. You could move. A special relationship points the way. Virgo and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 40, 12, 22 and 9.

ASTROLOGICAL INSIGHTS: Beyond the 12 signs of the zodiac: Aries through Pisces may be our favorite characters to keep track of, but they are not the only stars in the sky! For instance, the proud hunter Orion is beautiful, and one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. Orion is the great mythological hunter, depicted holding a sword and shield. Of course, the easiest way to recognize him is by Orion’s belt, three bright stars in a row, and each are several thousands of times more luminous than our sun. In mythology, Orion was created from the hide of a bull. Zeus, Poseidon and Hermes pay a social visit to Poseidon’s grandson, Hyreius. Hyreius roasts a whole bull in their honor, and asks the gods to give him a son in return. The gods take the bull’s hide and bury it in the ground, telling Hyreius to dig it up 10 months later. When he does, Orion is born from the earth. Orion is associated with Taurus and often is considered the first decan of Taurus, the earth sign. Those born under the sign of Taurus are known to be down-to-earth” heroic and strong, just like Orion.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Lea Michele was a child actress on Broadway in productions such as “Ragtime” and “Les Miserables.” This Virgo soprano was born when Mercury, the sign of communication, was in Leo, the sign of show business. Michele has lucky Jupiter in Pisces, the sign of old souls and method acting. Jupiter in Pisces actors can immerse themselves completely in the roles they play.

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Last Updated: Thursday, Aug 01, 2019 01:12:02 -0700

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