Ramp-Up to Harvest Moon
This is the ramp-up to the harvest moon. Once you get some momentum going the hard things become easy. Momentum can be dangerous, too, as speed can have an adverse effect on awareness and control. So cherish the hard, slow part of the process for what it allows you to see, and the fast-blur part of the process for where it takes you.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). A completely peaceful and quietly powerful frame of mind will allow you to control what you can and ignore the rest. It's a brief and fleeting state for sure, but take these kinds of lucky breaks as they come.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You envy people who have the luxury of being able to follow their whims. It takes free time, after all, and disposable income. You could make more of both of those things if only you had, well, the luxury to follow your whims. Today brings a lucky break.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Be proactive as you look ahead to the weeks to come. Block out large chunks of time that you can dedicate to what you want to do. If you don't do this now, your time will be quickly booked up with what you're only mildly into.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The scientists suggest that the secret to science is asking the right question. Of course, this is the secret to everything else as well. Start with what's relevant, and expand to the question that covers more than that.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The situation seems a little boring, but there's something very important happening here, and if you don't tune in you'll miss it and waste time going back to pick up what you missed. So tune in. Awareness now will prevent problems later.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Fear, when channeled well, is better than coffee at keeping you alert and focused. Fear will elasticize time for you. You'll experience the power of nanoseconds! Your performance will be better for it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Coming up with a good plan means recognizing a bad one. You may blow through hours making plots that fill the wastebasket but it's nothing compared to what you'd waste following a bad plan. Back to the drawing board.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It's not foresight or hindsight but insight that will serve you the best. Examine your reactions to experience -- how you're interpreting this and what meaning you're assigning to it. Insight is the easiest kind to change.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). This is an ideal time to clear the air and balance unbalanced relationships. Listen to what's said: That's a no-brainer, though it's even more important to understand what's not being said.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). People often believe what their friends tell them over what the expert might say. Ultimately though, people believe what they tell themselves. The truth will matter less to people than the source.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Irresistible things are not rational things. They tug at a part of the mind and spirit where logic's never stepped -- a place of magic and memories and happenings that defy the rules of economics and commerce.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There will be selfish attention-stealers out there -- marketers, companies and people who want your focus but will not repay you for it in any meaningful way. Stay self-directed.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 4). Heart connections drive the action this year. Changing one habit will lead to favorable results in many areas of life. Your reach broadens through efforts of the next five weeks. You could take your work international, add many new friends to your life or touch people far away with your message. Taurus and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 12, 3, 30 and 17.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm a Taurus. Which tarot card represents me?"
Taurus is represented by the tarot card known as the Hierophant, which represents a teacher or guru. An older name for the Hierophant card is the Pope. This card is about taking spiritual or religious principles and applying them to your everyday life. The Ten Commandments, the golden rule, the Seven Deadly Sins, even the Declaration of Independence's famous line about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," these are all good moral codes to live by, and they fall under the Hierophant's jurisdiction. Likewise, Taurus is a stickler for following rules and regulations. He's a straight shooter who won't give you any, well, "bull." Follow the advice of a Taurus and you can't go wrong. Of course, there's a flip side to everything. When the Hierophant is reversed (upside down), you get too much big government, bureaucracy and red tape -- too much interference by preachy people who think they know better than you. Beware, Taurus, of your tendency to become too rigid and inflexible at times. Sometimes doing the right thing means bending the rules a little.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Alicia Silverstone was on the forefront of the plant-based cookbook craze with "The Kind Diet," which became so popular she extended the brand with a book on kind parenting and a kind lifestyle website. The actress and activist was born when the sun, Venus, Mars, Uranus and Pluto were all in Libra. For Silverstone, harmony and balance are achieved in choices that resonate with her beliefs.
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