To those who pride themselves on great taste and a wicked sense of humor, the concept of “nonjudgmental” anything may seem like a joke. The full Capricorn moon speaks to that with a question: How important is peace? Would you rather cling to your personal criterion for taste and decorum, or would you rather have peace?
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re in a daredevilish mood. Your invitation to risk will come by way of your heart. Extend it and you’ll likely get hurt at some point, as it goes with hearts — and it will also be completely worth it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The social excitement is like a fire. It might take a second to get it started, but once it catches on it will keep going until all the fuel has been exhausted. Have fun!
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Before you make a choice, it will feel as though you’re being weighed down. But once you choose and go, the universe will be like water, getting out of your way as you move.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). In real life, there is no clear first-place winner of anything. Each case is unique. There is no linear judging system. Such a system can be created, just to simplify things and name a winner, but it will be a forced and false construct.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Don’t bother with trying to be universally liked; it’s not going to happen for you or for anyone else, and it never has in the history of the world. Luckily, it’s safe for you to go against the flow and to speak the truth that others don’t share.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The energy has been low, and the progress has been slow. Things will pick up after a nice long rest. So if you needed permission to take one, consider this your yellow slip.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ll be looking for ways to increase your talents, powers and capabilities. Currently, that doesn’t require learning or adding; rather, it requires pulling back to assess and organize.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). For you, intuition isn’t an alternate form of intelligence. It’s always engaged. Today it will be the driver that has you getting ready to take a turn before you could possibly see which way the road goes.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Effective people move on when the project is completed, knowing that nothing will ever be perfect, and good enough is good enough. In other words, get out while the getting is good.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You probably don’t want to be the one to break the spell with reality, to point out the problem or to speak the unpopular opinion. And yet, the responsibility falls to you. Use a kind voice and all will go well.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Be wary of advice from those who feel that they’ve figured life out and now know how everybody can win. It’s a mistaken assumption. There is no “everybody” when it comes to life paths. The wins happen on a case-by-case basis.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A break from routine will be an energy-restoring, soul-satisfying luxury, no matter what the break is. As long as it’s out of your ordinary pattern, and also out of your alternative pattern to that, it will revitalize you.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 28). Your elastic heart will expand to include more people. Joy will double up inside your world. Anger and compassion cannot coexist. As you become increasingly compassionate, fewer things frustrate and irritate you. You’ll get a power surge in September and change something that’s been bothering you for a long time. Leo and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 33, 37 and 42.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “I’m a Capricorn with a strong idea of who I am and what I want, but some goals end up not being very satisfying. I get what I want then find out that I didn’t want the right thing.”
Instead of wanting with your ambition, try listening to what your heart wants. This will require you to tune out the messages of the mind and turn up the volume on your inner guidance system. Being dead set on a particular outcome is the primary reason why people ignore the heart’s messages. A narrow view of what constitutes a favorable result closes people off from universal wisdom. Their investment in one outcome prevents them from being open to other options, even ones that are much more beneficial. The primary reason people become so committed to one outcome — to the point that they cannot entertain the thought of any other result — is the power of their egos. You can ask your ego to kindly step aside to allow for seeing the whole picture, but a tenacious ego will likely balk at the request, convinced that the concession will lead to a loss of the ego’s control. You can lessen your threat to the ego by playing games of make-believe. Ask, “What if?” and let your imagination entertain different possibilities. An open mind will relax the ego’s grip on any one particular outcome.
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