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Horoscopes: March 21, 2015

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We are still riding high on the bright energy of the new moon, the total solar eclipse and the spring equinox of yesterday, with the Aries moon leading the way with the energy of a rambunctious child. Everything is a wonder seen through new eyes. “In the springtime, the only pretty ring time, when birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding.” — William Shakespeare

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Research shows that a stressed or nervous person can focus on only a few things at a time, while a calm person can take in more details. It’s one more reason for you to make yourself comfortable.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Part of the work ahead will have to do with healing family relationships or finding new ways of handling them. Focus first on your own feelings, especially the ones you’ve tried to push down or deny.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The clock hands will smile on you. You’ll find shortcuts and ways to maximize your efforts. You’ll get the work done in half the time or fit twice the fun into your leisure hours.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Softness and weakness are not the same thing. Anyway, forceful tools and attitudes won’t work today. A warm smile will put people immediately on your side.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). People aren’t always that nice. It’s why you choose to honor the kind ones you meet along the way with exchanges of appreciation and encouragement.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). In the culture of consumerism, effective marketing of substandard goods can net more profit than quality goods with bad or no marketing. You’ll busy yourself with the homework of a savvy consumer.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Trying to get a commitment out of someone is work, while trying to engage a person in one interesting moment is play. Don’t worry – you’ll be able to string those moments together with the right person.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll truly feel like the master of your destiny this year, though you should understand that, as with all master-and-servant relationships, the servant also has quite a lot of power.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A specific and unique reaction is a kind of gift that you give to another person, letting this person know that you are paying close and special attention to the nuances of who he or she is.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be tested. You have an unfair advantage in this: your sharp powers of observation. If you watch and listen closely, people usually will subtly indicate to you exactly what they want you to do or say.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be inspired by a hero. This could be one you’ve long held in high esteem or one that’s created in a moment of valor. You, too, have heroic qualities, which is why you’re so impressed.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). On your quest to being a better person, you’re usually up for making improvements. What’s needed most now has nothing to do with action and everything to do with accepting and relaxing into how you are “as-is.”

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’re in sync with the cosmic clock, as evidenced by the “coincidental” good luck you experience over the next six weeks. May brings the kind of personal success that vindicates past slights. You’ll raise the morale and effectiveness of your family or a group. June shows you dancing with your love. Taurus and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 17, 42, 38 and 21.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “The problem I’m having now is that getting along with everyone in my family and doing what a person has to do to keep a household of four running takes so much energy that I feel like I never get a break. I feel like I’ve been exhausted for nearly a decade. My husband is a kind person, but he is not very helpful or supportive. Whenever I get angry with him for being so self-centered as to expect that I’ll do everything around the house, work and take care of our children, he says, ‘At least I’m not a drug addict.’ I do not even know how to respond to that. What is an exhausted Pisces to do?”

The main thing is to sleep. Also clear the schedule to do things such as lounging around and loafing. There are many self-improvement and relationship-improvement techniques you might employ to make your life more organized or your husband more loving, but I don’t believe that will speak to your main problem as stated: exhaustion. And so, dear deeply empathetic, highly responsible, sensitive and caring Pisces, the very best thing you can do for yourself and your family might simply be to go to bed.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Aries are known for youth and vitality, and the perennially boyish charms of Matthew Broderick prove the point. This father of three with wife Sarah Jessica Parker was born when the sun and Venus were in energetic Aries, and Mercury and Mars were in artistic, sensitive Pisces – ideal aspects for an actor’s life and craft. Look for Broderick in the upcoming Neil LaBute project “Dirty Weekend.”

Horoscopes: March 20, 2015

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The new moon, the total eclipse of the sun and the spring equinox today are a fresh start, a “get out of jail free” card and a naming ceremony all in one. By the way, if you had to choose a different, more adventurous name for yourself, what would it be? Even if you only use this name when talking you-to-you, it could change your life.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You get a blast of cosmic sunshine and will continue to grow in vitality and power in the weeks to come. Already you may feel that you have the ability to see the potential in everything.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When traffic lights aren’t working, the intersection becomes an every-man-for-himself situation. This illustrates the importance of clear communication. Be the functioning traffic light.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Face-to-face meetings will be extremely effective and well worth the trouble taken to make them happen. What you do for them may soon fade from memory, but what you do with them will stick.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s like you have a velvet sack full of money, only it’s not money. It’s actually something much more valuable because it’s a currency that translates in every country without conversion. It’s love.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A young Walt Disney once claimed to love Mickey Mouse more than any woman he’d known. Similarly, you’re falling in love with one of your own creations, and it will bring you great joy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll use your natural comedic powers for good, helping people laugh at the absurd, the hypocritical and even at the painful experiences that go along with just being human.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Making people feel comfortable is a talent of yours, and you can put it to good use today, especially considering that one nervous person can ruin the vibe of the whole party.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In a way, you’re an avenger ready to balance the scales of justice, though you’re not sure yet which methods and weapons are likely to work best for the situation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Because you enjoy the ordinary, you are more likely to observe and experience extraordinary events. You’re headed into a cycle in which life will delight you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The journalist Wes Izzard said, “If a man wakes up famous, he hasn’t been sleeping.” The hard work you do to gain attention for your cause, talent or project will pay off later.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). All relationships thrive on measured pacing. Reveal too much too soon, and the mystery is spoiled. Build anticipation instead. Make getting to know you a kind of adventure.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As the sun leaves your realm, simple efforts may seem to take too much energy. When you don’t feel like it, do it anyway. Show up strong. Consistency will give more than it takes.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. Your equinox birthday is an omen for high energy, self-creation and self-declaration. You’ll lead others by being relatable and vulnerable and by connecting on the deeper levels that inspire true loyalty. Loved ones celebrate and spoil you in April. A professional win in July may inspire a new business later in the year. Scorpio and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 1, 22, 39 and 16.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Confrontation can be loving or unnecessarily hurtful – make a heartfelt judgment call. TAURUS: If you compare everyone to an ideal, no one will be good enough. GEMINI: You’ll enjoy a well-matched volley of lighthearted argument – proof of a good match. CANCER: Your powers of observation are your most important dating tool now. See what the others don’t, and you’re golden. LEO: It is possible to enjoy the company of a totally self-absorbed person if you are also absorbed in this person. Otherwise, it’s a pain. VIRGO: You’ll either be holding out for someone of character or asking the one you’re with to rise to the occasion. LIBRA: Be careful what you say, write or send, as it could go on record for all to see. SCORPIO: Whether you get the social graces right or wrong, you’ll have an adventure. SAGITTARIUS: They’ll compete for you whether or not you realize you’re in a position of choice. CAPRICORN: Your compassion is luminous; your selflessness, heroic. AQUARIUS: With your best match, you can do more together than the sum of what each of you could do alone. PISCES: The ambivalence of people around you inspires you to commit fully to love.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The sun and the moon in Aries punctuated by an exciting total solar eclipse begs the question: Are two Aries a good match? These fiery, passionate, ever-young energies meld into a spectacular blaze that just might burn bright and then burn out. But if they stay together, it will never be boring. The couple can be saved or ruined by their love of competition, ala Brad and Angelina in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”

Horoscopes: March 18, 2015

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Do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person? If so, to what degree do spiritual pursuits impact your personal rituals, schedule and views? As Mercury and Neptune conjoin in the sacred realm of Pisces, you’ll ponder such matters. Even those who do not consider themselves to be very spiritual may find themselves searching the heavens.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Finding the blessing in each circumstance is like hunting for ancient buried treasure. You don’t even know what you’re looking for, but whatever object you strike, it will pay to mentally dust it off and investigate further.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What you want to happen will require vitality, bravery and honesty. You have it in you, and you’re ready to do the work it takes, mainly because you see the worthiness of realizing this goal.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can’t airbrush the present, but the past and the future can get as many touchups as you want to put on them. It’s not a bad idea, either. A little glamorization won’t hurt things.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Set down the weapons you use against yourself, as they will not be required today. Neither will the weapons you use on the rest of the world. The events will unfold peaceably if you let them.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The socialites and the dilettantes can be good friends to have, but you also need a few people in your mix who are ready to get their hands dirty and go to the deeper level of an interest that will take work. This is what inspires you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you’re not given the advantage you would prefer, what you are given instead is the chance for an up-by-the-bootstraps story that will show you (and the world) just how resourceful you are.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Disinterest can be mighty effective in making others try harder for your attention. That’s why you sometimes choose to deal reluctantly with something or someone you secretly can’t wait to get involved with.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Unprepared? It’s to your benefit. Today you’re the perfect candidate to try a relaxed approach. Stay ready to use whatever resources show up in the moment (including your charm).

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The pursuit of pleasure won’t result in pleasure. This is because you don’t yet know what will bring you the most delight – it’s not the common or conventional thing. Today’s pleasure will come out of service to another.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When the teller has to say “it’s a joke,” it’s not a joke. You’ll see right through lame humor and into the heart of a message. This is an opportunity for truth, and you’ll use it to set things right.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be in a contemplative mood. When you have to speak, you’ll do so with brevity and sincerity. Don’t be surprised if this makes you the most interesting person in the room.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The reason you’re not moving as fast as you want to is because your mind is burdened. The mental ball and chain strapped to your ankle has physical consequences. You also hold the key, though, so free yourself.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. Adventure, financial bonus and exciting relationships are featured through the next three months. You’re prompt, and you prefer life events to meet you in that spirit. That’s why the waiting you do in August and September may baffle you, but will ultimately turn out to be your biggest blessing of the year. Love signs are Gemini and Sagittarius. Your lucky numbers are: 5,1, 3, 16 and 42.

UNUSUAL SPIRITUAL PRACTICES: The alignment of Mercury and Neptune in spiritual Pisces brings to question the role of spirituality in our daily lives. Certain spiritual practices may seem unusual to you, but different religions, cultures and individuals connect with their higher power in different ways.

Digambara Jain monks do not own or wear any clothing. At all. Ever. They have but two holy possessions: a feather broom and a gourd for water.

In some Mormon denominations, adult devotees wear undergarments considered so sacred that even speaking of them publicly is considered offensive.

The Mevlevi Sufi Order practices “whirling” to honor God. Wearing felt hats and long flowing garments, participants enter a state of religious ecstasy by twirling until dizzy.

African sangomas believe that to harmonize the energy between the living and the dead, animal sacrifices must be made. Sangoma rituals also include chanting, drumming, dancing and potions.

Jehovah’s Witnesses maintain their identity and religious sanctity by adhering to many strict rules. The list of forbidden activities includes the celebration of any holiday including birthdays, wearing a beard, getting a blood transfusion, saying the words “good luck” and purchasing Girl Scout cookies.

Horoscopes: March 17, 2015

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May the luck of the Irish be with you this Saint Patrick’s Day, which happens under the socially uniting Aquarius moon. Also of note, Venus enters Taurus in the morning, a part of the sky that activates her cravings. Taurus is the sign of appetite, and people will be looking for sensual gratification, quality and luxury now through April 11.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are times when it’s better to risk, but not today. Chance will favor you because you make choices not to take chances. It’s as if chance appreciates the break.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s a balance to strike between what you want to do and what life seems to keep leading you into. This has to do with a piece of history that needs to be revisited and forgiven.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll get the best results because you turn it into a competition or because you realize you’re already in one. The challenge will be difficult, uncomfortable, exhilarating and productive.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don’t have to be fearful or tense. Your risk will be minimized by a safety net. When you feel like you have nothing to lose because you’ll be saved if you falter, you do much better.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll enjoy small talk and casual relationships now. A casual relationship that happens on a regular schedule will at times be more intimate than relationships in your inner circle.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The family member who is misbehaving will get some of your focus, but try not to dwell there. You have better things to do with your thoughts and better emotions to feel, too.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The thing is, you won’t know how much kindness is necessary for the situation, but it’s probably more than most people are applying. Anyway, you won’t be sorry if you give a little too much.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Change is much more strenuous than lazily pulling the covers over our head and staying in the cocoon of the life we’ve built thus far. This day pushes you up and out because you want the change badly enough.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It doesn’t matter that they behave in illogical ways. Your own illogical reaction will be that you try to help and love them anyway. In this case, two wrongs do make a right.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Getting back on track might simply be a matter of making friends who have as much ambition as you have or used to have or want to have. They are out there. Put the word out.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you let go, you create space for something else to move in to your life. That doesn’t make letting go any easier, but it should make it more of a hopeful process.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You wouldn’t bet against yourself, and that’s what you’re doing if you project a negative and fearful view of the future. No worrying! This thing isn’t as major as your mind wants to make it.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You’ll be proud of yourself at the end of this year for how hard you worked and how much you were able to accomplish. Stick with a tested plan for the next seven weeks – that’s how you’re going to be successful. After that, you can experiment, explore and push the boundaries. May and July are the most romantic months. Cancer and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 2, 33, 37 and 19.

FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, COME ON, GET LUCKY, PART TWO: Shamrocks, leprechauns and the color green aren’t the only symbols that bring luck during this celebration of all things Irish. What talisman could your sign carry and keep to inspire greater fortunes? See the archives for yesterday’s part one report for Aries through Virgo! LIBRA: The mystic star is a seven-pointed star that not only represents your number of the zodiac, but also the seven treasures of the kings: wealth, happiness, love, luck, wisdom, respect and glory. SCORPIO: Your magnetic personality attracts greater fortune with actual magnets, especially naturally magnetic lodestone, also called magnetite. SAGITTARIUS: Dice are your lucky charm. These ancient game pieces have been used since before recorded history. They will remind you that in the risky game of life, anything can happen. CAPRICORN: Jade speaks to your earthy nature, and like you, it stays cool even when everything around it is hot. AQUARIUS: A good-luck compass tells you which direction to move for luck, love, money and more. There’s even an app version that suits your techno-style. PISCES: Pet fish bring good luck to you, specifically a goldfish or multiple gold fish. Note, it is said that for every eight goldfish, you should add one black one to the aquarium for temperance.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy birthday to Rob Lowe, whose Hollywood life has been filled with the kind of poignancy, thrills, danger, political activism, comedy and romance that one might expect to see in the movies. The Pisces actor with Mercury and Jupiter in fiery Aries writes skillfully about it all in “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography.”

Horoscopes: March 16, 2015

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Uranus and Pluto are playing a high-stakes game the likes of which will not be repeated for more than three decades. For this one, we’ll need to be daring and courageous, willing to do what’s radical, rebellious and even ridiculous. Note that sometimes acceptance, deep and real, can be the most radical move of all.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). This age-old business dictum will apply to you today: Sell them what they want; give them what they need. Also, note that it’s your attitude and not your skill level that will make a difference in your income.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You are capable of being fiendishly clever but will use your powers for good. Mostly you see the value of charming a certain someone, and this person is ready for your best moves.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With those you love, there is a kind of “logic-free” zone today. You’re willing to extend your grace to include the things they say that don’t make total sense, as much of it won’t.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). What’s required is a perspective shift toward the lighter side. It’s a game, and you’ll go out there and win the game once you’ve approached it for the game it is.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). They might not like your ideas today, and that’s nothing to take personally, though it might bug you only because you know how right you really are. Approach again and tell them, “Let’s rework it.”

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What you want to do has been done before and to great effect, and so all you have to do is tell your people how well it went. Describe in detail the wonderful future that awaits.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The actions of the day bring both intended and unintended consequences. The less you try to control it the better. Grace will land you in interesting circumstances.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You have a tendency to overlook that which you know very well. You need good friends around you who will point out the qualities they admire in you, which are likely the ones you are blind to now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The tendency under this sky will be to stew and obsess on things. There may be an intellectual or comic benefit to doing so, but that doesn’t make it healthy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Egyptian pharaohs weren’t the only people to bury themselves with their belongings as if it were possible to take it with them. Your realization that it’s all borrowed stuff will guide your choices today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It’s no use holding a mental seance for something you know is safely, patently gone. For you, this message is a reminder, but for the one who is obsessing about you, it’s a directive.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). For a while now, you’ve wanted to create some art. It’s not a matter of getting a chance; it’s a matter of seeing the chance. Try making quick things out of the sources available to you in any moment.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. You set your expectations of this year accordingly and find joy and satisfaction in many experiences. You have a gift for bringing people together to celebrate or make a difference in the world, and you’ll earn a role as a go-to social planner. April brings a windfall; June, a romantic surprise. Aquarius and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 24, 31, 29 and 50.

FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, COME ON, GET LUCKY: Tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will happen under a friendly Aquarius moon, promoting goodwill, good fun and good luck. Shamrocks, the color green and leprechauns aren’t the only symbols that bring luck during this celebration of all things Irish. What talisman could your sign carry and keep to inspire greater fortunes? ARIES: The seeds of a puffy dandelion say that luck is in the air. Capture them in a glass to remind you that everything can change with a wish. TAURUS: Lentils are lucky, which is why in many cultures they are eaten on the first day of the year. Carry a few dried ones in your pocket for prosperity. GEMINI: A $2 bill in your wallet speaks to your duality and attracts money-doubling. CANCER: Driftwood is a beautiful call to your water-sign nature. LEO: Because your sign rules the heart, heart-shaped rocks that are naturally carved by wind and water speak to you. Collect as many as you see. VIRGO: A symbol of Lady Luck (typically a curvy bombshell swinging from a horseshoe) is another dimension of the maiden your sign is named for. Stay tuned for part two, Libra through Pisces, tomorrow!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: On this day in 1751, the father of the United States Constitution, the author of the Bill of Rights and the fourth American president, James Madison, was born. The sun was in Pisces, a highly intuitive, compassionate and theatrical placement, while Madison’s moon was in intensely motivated Scorpio. Mercury, his communication planet, was in Aquarius, which is the sign of the people.

Horoscopes: March 14, 2015

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Saturn goes retrograde and will continue this way until August. This change will not be as noticeable as the retrogrades of other planets and may even be experienced as a relief. Retrogrades tend to turn energy inward. Saturn retrogrades inspire people to work out their problems privately, which, for most, is the preferred method.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s said that the smallest good deed is greater than the grandest intention. You’ll prove the point today with something you do spontaneously and unselfconsciously.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you can’t find time to exercise today, exercise your insides with laughter. Laughter makes your health better and your life longer. When you laugh, it’s because you can relate. It’s like your common sense is dancing.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The altitude of your aim will make all the difference. You may not reach that flag, aircraft or star you’re shooting for, but you’ll get much further than the person trying to shoot at something on the same plane.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). All the seemingly good advice you hear today quite realistically is not. It’s because you can’t win in the future by doing the same things that worked in the past. Be inventive.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Experience may be the best teacher, but her methods are not for the faint of heart. The strong (like you) won’t mind how she tests you first and teaches you second.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are a lot of talkers around you. Don’t be seduced by their pretty words, because words are not enough. What people do only matters if they really do it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). “What could have been?” is a question that seldom produces many helpful insights. The tendency is to fill in the blanks with a projection of a highly unlikely reality that is more glamorous and prosperous than this one.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may feel that you are being experimented on, and that is not entirely untrue. But don’t be too paranoid. Instead, give the experimenter a run for his money.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It’s not like you’re trying to fit in, but when you happen to go where people think, believe and do as you do, it’s a natural byproduct of the experience. Enjoy the perks that come with this, including close friendships.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be tempted to go in for a quick fix. It might be the right answer for you, but don’t do it unless you’re sure. Examine all of your options first. You’ll regret acting out of impulsivity.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have a unique way of connecting ideas and understanding the relationship between things. Some will find your methods “trippy,” but that won’t keep them from admiring and respecting you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The pressure to be happy is too immense. Don’t succumb. People are not always as happy as they seem. Social media lies, and so does your internal voice at times.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. What you’re looking for will be less important than the journey. As soon as you win at one game, you’ll be on to the next. Power players will teach you the ropes in May. June will bring a windfall. Visitors will spice up your June. September will be a magical month during which improbable things will happen for you. Capricorn and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 2, 22, 28 and 39.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “For the past few years, I seem to be more in tune with the flow of nature, people and circumstances. I was born May 5, 1954, at 7:49 a.m. in Pasadena and was always very intuitive. About 20 years ago, I began working for large firms with all the technology that entails, but lately I’ve been drawn back to a simpler and greener life – and to using my favorite old film camera again. I’m even thinking of changing careers. Recently, I have had many dreams about flying, nature and history. And in the conscious world, animals of every kind respond to me as if I’m one of their own. What is going on?”

Beautiful! You’re spreading your roots. Taurus people feel most alive in the natural world, and as your life so beautifully illustrates, people can come back to their true nature at any time. Simplicity, animals, artistry, peaceful time spent in the wild – they’re all immensely satisfying to the Taurus-born. Your heightened sensitivity to the natural world and your gift for translating this artistically are evident. As the year progresses, revel in the different avenues for self-expression you’re discovering. You’re onto something.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Early in his life, Albert Einstein struggled to harness and focus his extraordinary genius and was expelled from school. One of the greatest scientific thinkers of all time, Einstein was born under a Sagittarius moon. His natal Mercury, Venus and Saturn were in headstrong, curious Aries. His Jupiter in Aquarius suggests that his fortune came from a sincere sense of indebtedness to humanity.

Horoscopes: March 13, 2015

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Aristotle observed that reality looks different when experienced through various emotions. That’s why one can never assume that the others involved in an event are having a similar experience. The Pisces sun alerts us to tune in, check in and empathize with the intention of giving what’s needed wherever it’s needed most.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Integrate your talents instead of choosing between them. Anyone who tries to limit your activities isn’t being a friend right now, because you have the ability to do several things at once.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There is no success without failure. No one feels good without the contrast of feeling bad. If you keep your attitude on track with the positive, the contrasts in this day will only make you stronger.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You build your reputation with each action you take. Little by little, day by day, your legacy is coming together. Tonight, someone new to your situation will give you a fresh point of view.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don’t want to “cry wolf,” and yet, in order to truly understand the strength of your support system, you have to put it to the test. Implement some version of a fire alarm.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Follow an orderly process, and you’ll be lucky. It will require more preparation than you think. In fact, most of the day will be spent in preparation for something that will unfold in less than an hour.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Heed the physical manifestation of hesitancy: a tightness in the throat and chest and/or a heaviness in the arms. While your ambition tries to push you forward, your intuition may hold you back.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). We all think things that should not be said out loud, but some people haven’t developed the social filter necessary to keep conversation polite. Luckily, your friends have you to keep them in check.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You love your family today, and you’ll treat most people you meet like they are a part of it. Domestic projects will be lucky, as will anything to do with feeding your people.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). What’s in your mind cannot be observed by anyone else, and today that’s a good thing, because you’re working on what truly belongs to you. Don’t share it. The world isn’t ready for it yet.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Wishes are not goals, but if you add a timeline, they will be. Tonight features an unexplainable spiritual bond. In the upcoming weeks, you’ll become more and more convinced that you belong together.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your enthusiasm is catching. Your joy needs no qualifiers. It will open people up and make them feel like unleashing their own natural exuberance.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll get better results when you ease up on yourself. Approve of yourself with that same generous approval you so readily give to others. Tonight will bring the end of a struggle.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. The next three months are a makeover for your life. You’ll fix the bothersome parts and celebrate three distinct wins. In June, a quest will take you to gorgeous locations where you’ll connect with interesting people. July brings a disruption to your plans, and the result you get in August will make it all worthwhile. Capricorn and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 33, 1, 14 and 18.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Happiness doesn’t come along every day. If there’s someone who makes you happy, treasure that person. TAURUS: You never know who is falling in love with your smile. GEMINI: As you search for love, keep this in mind: People who always do what they want are much weaker than those who regularly do what they don’t want. CANCER: They say people can’t make other people happy — that happiness is something generated from within. That premise will be disproved this weekend. LEO: Unlike cookies, you can’t copy a recipe for love, because there’s so much variation in the ingredients different people bring to the table. VIRGO: You wouldn’t believe who has a crush on you. You just wouldn’t believe it. LIBRA: Gold has no value until a human puts a price tag on it. Don’t be like that. Don’t wait for others to tell you what you’re worth. SCORPIO: When you laugh, you do it with your whole heart. That’s why loved ones laugh with you. SAGITTARIUS: When the ones you love are happy, you’re happy, too. CAPRICORN: Freedom means different things to different people. The restrictions you impose on yourself are more stringent than any imposed on you. AQUARIUS: Even though you have many attractive qualities, your humor will shine the brightest. PISCES: An intimidating someone is waiting for you to break the ice.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: As the earthy Capricorn moon and the watery Pisces sun collaborate to cool down the fiery cosmic alliances of late, the natives of these two signs will feel increasingly attracted to one another. Capricorn is just the balance that Pisces needs, bringing structure, a winning attitude and a workable plan to the picture. Pisces paints Capricorn’s world with color, art, whimsy and deep emotions.

Horoscopes: March 12, 2015

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When people change the subject, it can seem random, but it’s usually for a good reason. The universe is the same. Mercury’s shift from Aquarius to Pisces will be like changing the channel from the news to a Ted Talk. Don’t let the new programming throw you. You’ll still learn from it. The information will just hit a different part of your brain.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You admire self-control. That’s why you relate more readily to a person who is apparently struggling to hold back emotions and remain decorous than you do to someone who displays every passing feeling.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You wish your emotions had a volume control knob that you could twist at your leisure. Maybe they do! The more you practice the better you manage your feelings.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your sense of humor will send a message: You’ve already risen above the petty squabbles and whatever other unpleasantness happens to be standing in the way of a good time.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everyone has insecurities about where they stand in a group. Your sensitivity to the topic will endear you to those who feel anxious and unsure of their standing. They are learning to trust you, and you are learning to lead them.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You lived it, and you can’t unlive it. But you can put a new frame on this little piece of history – one that goes better with the new paint on the walls of your psyche.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You may feel like you have to hide your true identity, but that’s not a horrible plight. Pretending to be less than who you are is the fate of all superheroes.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Avoid argument. A peaceful aura is attractive. In the evening, a loved one will impress you. Be sure to voice your feelings and share them. This person could use the validation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Mistakes will happen during practice. Actually, mistakes are the very essence of practice. If there are no mistakes, it only means you’re not stretching enough.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don’t really need a rescue, but someone will offer you help, and you would be wise to take it. Not only will it make your life easier, but the “helper” will get more from the experience than you will.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When the machines won’t let you accomplish what you need to do, it’s a sign. Instead of calling technical support, which could take hours, move on to the next (non-digital and ultimately rewarding) task.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Let someone in on your driving ambition, because help is all around you. With the support of a team, your best qualities will shine: a light heart, a witty tongue and a heartwarming laugh.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have more charisma than you know what to do with. There are people out there gauging their social status by how much attention and affection they get from you.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. The biggest difference manifests because you take time for yourself every day this year. As your understanding of and relationship with your “self” deepens, so will your relationships with others. Love is a big theme starting in June, and you’ll move and change because of this. May and July are your biggest money months. Leo and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 14, 38, 22 and 19.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I’m a photographer, and I feel like I’ve gone creatively dead. Last week, I went out to take some pictures in a field I often use and brought two models with me. Nothing seemed to work or get me creatively sparking like it used to. I’ve lost my mojo, and the calls aren’t coming in. How can I get it back? I’m a Scorpio.”

Consider taking a break from models and fields to document the bits of your usual daily life. Scorpios have a talent for seeing deeply into ordinary things. But this is such a natural part of you that you tend to take it for granted. You often don’t even realize that what you see is different from what others see. Documenting a regular part of your typical day will help you appreciate what it means to be you and see like you do.

Ideas about what to document: a month of your breakfasts, the inside of your closet, the light from your favorite window at different times of day, the eyes of your favorite person – just the eyes – in a variety of moods. Put your mind to it, and you’ll come up with dozens of “studies” that will bring your mojo back!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Sweet-voiced, soulful Pisces James Taylor has become a musical diplomat, serenading victims of terrorism and war. The multiple Grammy winner and occasional actor was born under a Pisces sun and an Aries moon. Each element of the zodiac is represented in his natal chart, suggesting varied interests and a well-rounded point of view.

Horoscopes: March 11, 2015

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Mars lines up with Uranus and then forms a square to Pluto, and the musical score goes “dum, dum, DUUUUUM!!!” Watch your step, choose your battles, and when things don’t feel quite right to you, do not hesitate to cross to the other side of the proverbial street. The best way to handle trouble is by avoiding it altogether.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Listen between the lines. In today’s case, “That might be possible, we’ll try our best . . .” may actually mean, “That seems pretty unlikely, and hopefully you’ll be satisfied with less.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What one person considers direct, honest and necessary, another person may deem blunt, rude and unnecessarily hurtful. Test your audience before you choose your communication style.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Ask your question, and then wait and listen for the real answer. Don’t telegraph the answer you desire, or it will stop you from hearing the truth of what’s actually happening.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your gift from the cosmos is the gift of interpretation. You assign personal meaning to impersonal omens. You figure out what someone’s random acts mean to your life.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Statistics measure the past but can’t predict the future. It will be helpful to know about the past, because this will provide a rich context for the leap of faith you are about to take – a leap that flies in the face of historical evidence.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The one who imparts a forceful and persistent vision will change the direction of a group. You’re still not sure whether you want that to be you or not. Take your time.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Right now there are more than seven billion lifetimes happening at the same time on this planet. A few of them are going to cross purposes with yours. Just remember, without challenges there are no adventures.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Today will bring the reality check you need. You don’t have to earn your worthiness. You were born with it. You have every right to speak up and push back, so do it unapologetically.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Ideas are fun to spin, but to manifest them in your physical environment, you have to make agreements with the truth and reality around you. Truth and reality are the foundational blocks you can build on.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll do the things that make you nervous. Don’t bother calming yourself down, because the nerves are precisely what will help people drop their defenses and relate to you on a human level.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Top performers know that you can’t always wait until your mood fits the task at hand. Neither can you rest on your personality and reputation. Whatever you lack in the moment, perform it. Pretending will make it so.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You are tempted to purchase a service that you don’t need. Is this a selfish splurge? Maybe and maybe not. If it makes you feel better and doesn’t put anyone else out, then go for it.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. This year you’ll be sunshine in the lives of those who need it. The next seven weeks amplify your passion, and you’ll be most persuasive – apply it to getting something big. April brings a seemingly high-risk opportunity (the odds are secretly and definitely in your favor). June features new friends and great love. Leo and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 15, 26, 33 and 5.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “My Taurus husband wants a divorce. I don’t want to get divorced because I consider that to be giving up. Also, I will feel like a failure at life if I can’t make my marriage work. Also, I’m afraid of how my three boys will be affected – a 5-year-old Gemini and two 8-year-old Capricorns. I do understand that we don’t have fun anymore as a family and that my husband and I have not had much between us for over a year. He wants to move on, and he thinks we’ll all be better off. Is there any way to save it? I’m a Gemini.”

If you fight your Taurus husband on this matter, he will only dig his heels in and become even more convinced that he is right. If he is to come around, it will have to be of his own accord. Your best bet is to get into a happy place with yourself and your boys. This may sound impossible at this juncture, but it’s well within your ability. Go on a vacation. Have fun. Get moving. Join a gym, take up karate or start a hiking club with your girlfriends. Make your own healing your No. 1 priority.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: The Madden Brothers, Benji and Joel Madden, turned the hard knocks and family pain of their youth into the music that ultimately liberated them from the financial and emotional hardship of their past. The creativity and soul of their natal sun and Mars in Pisces mixes well with the fiery theatricality of a Leo moon. Venus in Aquarius shows a strong impetus to “pay it forward.”

Horoscopes: March 10, 2015

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The particular kind of fiery cosmic harmony that’s happening between Mars and Jupiter is not going to happen again this year, so be sure to act on the bourgeoning bold feelings. Go at your situation from a new angle. Ask a different question. Decide to play a fresh role in the scene and watch how this transforms the main action.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are things you want to do that your life isn’t allowing for right now. Good news: There will be time later. Hopefully, knowing this, you’ll be able to focus joyfully on your current responsibilities.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Riding the tide is easier in a friendly ocean. Do some research before jumping into a new situation. Ask around for personal recommendations. There are many choices out there, and some will be better than others.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You will get what you want, but not all at once. The small increments are a kind of test. When you’re grateful for each part of the blessing, blessings will keep coming.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Get back in touch with your values and preferences. They’ve changed, and that’s why a decision has been difficult for you. Once you’re clear again about what matters to you most, deciding will be easy.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll walk the line between being super-responsible and being the kind of person just about everyone can relate to. Because people feel they can trust you while still having fun, you’ll win friends and new business.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Whether you’re trying to motivate colleagues, entice customers or simply ask a favor of someone, take time to set a mood first. A beautiful environment could be the difference between success and failure.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Some parts of the day will go according to schedule, and some will not. Keep your cool. An attitude of flexibility and friendliness will establish trust and promote good will.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Listen up! Loud silence will tell you more than soft words, especially when you’re communicating with a water sign (which are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces).

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The best advice, input or direction you get will be downplayed. The magic words to listen for are, “This might sound crazy, but . . .” The phrase may come from your own psyche.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You forge bonds with very few words and build instant rapport. You hesitate to use your talent for connecting with people for personal gain, though. There’s good reason to stop being so self-effacing. Get on your own team!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Those who have great virtues are also capable of having great vices. That’s why it’s important not to place anyone on a pedestal. We are all equals with different circumstances.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll be dealing with people who want to please you today. If you really want to know what they think, don’t share your own thoughts first. You’ll be surprised at what you learn.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY. People like what you’re about. You’ll double your support base over the next 10 weeks. April brings heart-soaring adventure. You get serious about a personal goal in May. Pursue a business, product or invention in June, and continue working on it until you’re satisfied your work has made the world a better place. Cancer and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 8, 28, 4 and 15.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “Please tell me the best way to deal with my psycho ex-wife. She makes my life miserable at every turn. We have been divorced for 12 years, and she is still at war with me, even though she has remarried twice in that time period. As far as I can tell, she got her law degree simply so she could make my life a legal nightmare. She always makes it difficult for me to see my children, she turns them against me, and she bleeds me dry financially. Please help. She’s a Virgo, and I’m a Taurus.”

As two earth signs, you have similar values, which can make negotiations tough: You both want the same thing, mainly your children’s well-being, love and respect. Consider that you may be more stubborn than you want to admit, and try to own up to your part in this drama, if only to yourself. The honesty will help you stay calm and balanced. Avoid a fight. Give in wherever you possibly can, especially on the minor details that matter so much to her. Try to be civil even when she is not. Take heart in knowing that you will only be tied to her until your children are grown. The end is in sight.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Carrie Underwood was feeling “too pregnant” to attend the Grammys this year, but the Pisces superstar was thrilled to win. The accomplished and yet still relatable country music superstar was born when the sun and Mercury were in Pisces, indicating strong intuitive guidance. Her Venus and Mars in Aries brings the endless energy she’ll need for juggling motherhood and a busy career.

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