When Mars and Venus are at odds, it seems that the very yin and yang of life is discordant. It’s not only about a clash between male and female energy, it’s a disagreement about what it means to grow a thing and what it means to destroy it. Often, the same action serves either purpose. Avoid trouble. Lend others the benefit of the doubt.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). A special friendship is gathering momentum. Not only is it bigger than the sum of its parts but also it’s as though the relationship is an entity with a life all its own, independent and distinct of the two of you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What matters to you personally matters in the larger scheme, too. How could it not? You’re an integral part of this web of life. You may not see or feel that all of the time, but never stop believing it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Moods come and go, but the product of them often lingers. Symbols of good times and bad may be scattered around your psyche and/or your house, and if you can proactively manage them, you’ll be better off.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Friends will offend and disappoint. This is practically a hallmark of friendship, as a certain level of intimacy is needed for this to occur. The good will far outweigh the bad if you stick with it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There are power-ups in this game of life. They come in the form of uplifting people, bright and shining situations, inspiring media and tools to pick up that energize you or give you special powers. Seize the opportunities; they will be plentiful.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Subtle power conflicts will be at play, so pay attention. It’s all in the face. If anyone can smooth things over with charm, you’re the one to do it. You’ll ease tensions before they get out of hand.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you’re not sure whether you can do it or not, you’re smart. The crisis of confidence only happens to people who live in the real world, observe their surroundings and assess their risks with skill. A realistic point of view will pay off.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are those who will use a situation for all its worth and then move along when something better comes. Loyalty is important. Weigh your next move carefully.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re a self-creation, but not entirely, of course. And that line you’ll walk between forming yourself and adapting yourself will be the main interest of the day.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be surrounded by comfortable, accepting, fun-loving people, and you’ll feel free to be yourself. This is a gift. Later, the hard-nosed types come in with their lofty expectations, and that will be a gift of a different kind.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You won’t just join the conversation; you’ll give yourself over to it and let it lift you like a magic carpet into worlds unknown. Ask a good question, open your ears, and get ready to be carried away.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It is sometimes necessary to be very discriminating and critical of the world, though too much analyzing is likely to cut you off from the natural, giddy, carefree joy that is your gift today.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 8). This solar return comes with emotional complexity. You won’t always understand why you feel the way you do, but it’s how you channel these strong feelings into action that matters. Your actions will net you your heart’s desire in many categories. Let logic rule the tail of 2018. Then, in the new year, go with your gut. Scorpio and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 3, 5, 28 and 35.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “I fell for this Leo. Everything was a fairytale! But now he’s taking things too fast and I’m thinking about ending our relationship. What is a Libra do?”

It would be a shame to throw away this fine romance for a difference in style. Libran women love the heady romance a Leo man offers, but after the blush of love, your fixed sense of pattern and timing kicks in. You have preferences as to how and when this relationship should progress. Interestingly, when the situation is reversed, and you’re the pursuer, you Librans break all your own rules. In short, you like to be in control.

Here’s another issue: Leo men in love are like giggly little children, unabashedly genuine and spontaneous with their feelings. He knows he’s found what he’s been looking for, so why hide it or wait? Leo opens his heart so wide, and this vulnerability can be too much for a detached air sign to handle. The thing is, if he knew this was moving too fast for you, then I bet he’d back off immediately and wait for you to make the next move. This is how you’d prefer it, right? So just be frank. What do you have to lose?


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