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Sunday, August 20
We are on a collision course with destiny as the weirdness builds through tomorrow’s Total Eclipse of the Sun. Nevertheless, optimism reigns supreme today as superhero Mars forms a cooperative sextile with auspicious Jupiter. But we might be so swept up in the buoyant energy that we miss an obvious disturbance in the field. An anxious Mercury-Venus connection can mix doubt into a conversation, even if we can’t discern the origins of our stress.
Aries Cancer Libra Capricorn
Taurus Leo Scorpio Aquarius
Gemini Virgo Sagittarius Pisces
Aries     Ironically, what appears to others as your blind optimism is actually twenty-twenty vision now. Granted, an enthusiastic Mars-Jupiter sextile leads you to believe that you can overcome nearly any obstacle once you commit to the challenge. Nevertheless, it’s true that the cosmos has stacked the deck in your favor today. Rather than letting false pride hijack your day, improve your odds by graciously accepting help when it’s offered. Poet Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “Everything comes to us that belongs to us if we create the capacity to receive it.”
Taurus     You might be slow to say yes to an opportunity today because you think it’s too wonderful to be true. However, there is a high probability that you are wrong if you assume the worst instead of the best. Don’t let your fear of change create problems before they even arise. Set a goal and work toward it steadily now, whether or not you actually reach the summit. Author Ursula K. Le Guin wrote, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.”
Gemini     You don’t know how you’re going to handle all the social commitments on your calendar today. In fact, it may seem as if you’re so popular now that you have little time left over for yourself. However, silently complaining about the frustrating situation won’t change it; learning to say no and establishing healthy boundaries will create the personal space you seek. Dr. Steve Maraboli wrote, “The Universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts; it gives you what you demand with your actions.”
Cancer     You’re being pushed outside of your comfort zone and you’re quietly resisting each step of the way. Of course, you enjoy rambling around in your imagination now, but you might not be ready to manifest your fantasy yet. Your road to heartfelt satisfaction could be confused if you are distracted by the material world rather than spiritual experiences. Greek philosopher Democritus wrote, “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.”
Leo     Your current exuberance demonstrates the intensity of your convictions. Your powers of belief are so strong now that you can unknowingly will something into existence. But forcing your agenda onto others might prompt them to quickly abandon ship. Stay fully committed to your decisions, but be willing to bend in your approach. Author Ken Blanchard wrote, “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
Virgo     You might be overly concerned with your appearance today because you want to be seen in a professional light. You worry that your attempts at projecting competence could be undermined if it looks like you’re having too much fun. But hiding your smile requires constant vigilance and you may be smarter placing your focus on more important matters. There's no need to perform if you are in front of the right audience. Author Vironika Tugaleva wrote, “You’ll never know who you are unless you shed who you pretend to be.”
Libra     People are attracted to you because your positivity is highly contagious today. There is little doubt that you are on a roll while assertive Mars energizes jovial Jupiter in your people-pleasing sign. But somehow, you are extremely serious-minded, even if you appear to laugh your way through the day. Your contradictions become even more apparent once you open your mouth to join in an already heated conversation. Fortunately, a judicious use of whimsy can lighten the mood. Poet Langston Hughes wrote, “Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.”
Scorpio     Sometimes, when you are quiet, you can hear the wisdom of the ages speaking to you from beyond the veil. You may choose to close down, fearful that your imagination has lost touch with reality. Or, you can remain open to the undiscovered possibilities of the cosmos. However you intellectualize it, nothing is gained by being cavalier about your inter-dimensional allies, even if they are unknown to you. Astrologer Rob Brezsny wrote, “Can you imagine what it would feel like to become aware of an omnipresent ocean of wild divine love that has always been a secret to you in the same way that the sea is invisible to a fish?”
Sagittarius     It’s a special gift when you feel so connected with your community that you know help would arrive with a snap of your fingers. However, the positive energy flows both ways, since you are also an inspiration to others while red-hot Mars energizes propitious Jupiter during its visit to your 11th House of Groups. Naturally, you can accomplish plenty on your own, but collaborating with others enables you to surpass your dreams. President Bill Clinton said, “We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.”
Capricorn     Your friends and acquaintances admire you because it’s apparent you are playing at the top of your game today. You’re not fooling around and everyone wants to be a part of your prosperity parade now that impulsive Mars and prudent Saturn tag team propitious Jupiter in your 10th House of Status. But accomplishment doesn’t come to you as a gift; you still must earn it. Author Robert Collier wrote, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
Aquarius     Those who know you best could have such passionate ideas of what you need that it’s challenging to accept their help in the way it is offered. They shower you with their opinions now, whether or not you actually want any interference. Unfortunately, you may be so fixed in your ways that you miss a wonderful opportunity to move your life in a new direction. An open mind is key to your evolution. Sufi Poet Rumi wrote, “Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
Pisces     Forget about taking a day off for rest and relaxation; there are too many unfinished chores awaiting your attention now. Fortunately, a task that seemed insurmountable yesterday is a piece of cake today. Of course, your projects still require dedication and hard work; nevertheless, the energy flows easily now, empowering you to accomplish more than you expected. Nelson Mandela wrote, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
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