The harvest moon is the first full moon after the fall equinox. Gather up the fruits of your labor during this harbinger of abundance, and don't stop there. Meeting new people, loving, taking a chance in commerce or art -- these risks will bring luck in the next lunar cycle. Expect a surge of trepidation as you step into unknown territory. That's part of the thrill!
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Wisdom isn't among the more glamorous traits: Foolishness, shallowness and impulse are far more celebrated. However, you really can't progress without growing wise. Acknowledge the wise part of you and watch it grow.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Many people say "I love you" easily and with no follow-up proof. Love is a verb. You'll enjoy finding ways to help, please, nurture, comfort, understand, support, applaud and celebrate those you love.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Theoretically, you could retreat to the fantasy of your mind for a free getaway. But in actuality, environment matters. It will be much easier to find the new you in a new place.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You've formal training in some areas, and there are plenty of things you taught yourself. Now you'll get the chance to fill in the gaps of your education. There's an exciting opportunity on the other side of this.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your productivity ebbs and flows according to what's going on around you. You'd like to have more control over this, and you can when you take charge of your environment. This is best done by changing it, or leaving it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Someone has asked too much of you. You didn't think the request was too much at the time, and that's why you said yes. Now you see how you misspoke. But don't worry, the decision should, can and will be reversed.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There are some things you shouldn't be too careful about. As one philosopher suggested, "Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness" (Bertrand Russell).
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don't really see being happy as your duty, but what if it is? What if, on some spiritual level, your unhappiness dims the light of humanity? Act as though this is the case and you'll see some magic today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you find yourself avoiding people, this might be a sign that you've some unfinished business or something to reconcile in yourself. Then again, you could be wisely economizing your energy.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What does "authenticity" really mean? Most assume it has to do with acting on some grand individualistic agenda. Today's authentic living may be best expressed by eating a sandwich or doing what everyone else is doing.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Surrender is the greatest stress reliever. The best part about it is that you can choose which direction to take it. There are so many things to give in to. Ideas for today: Surrender to laughter, touch, dance, love, taste, sleep, etc.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Arguments will be best among friends, preferably bright ones with diverse and even outlandish opinions. You'll hash out topics for the sake of sporting debate and come to a universal truth.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 5). Heart connections will be made stronger this solar return as you communicate more openly and thoroughly. Exceptional progress at work will happen over the next five weeks. November starts the process of clearing the old for a January rebuild. Your interest in others will carry you into new worlds in 2018. Gemini and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 11, 5, 20, 41 and 16.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "Why are some signs labeled 'male' and others 'female'?"
To understand this, you first need a firm grasp of the Eastern philosophical concept of yin and yang. Yin is "female" energy, and yang is "male" energy. No matter what your gender is, everyone needs a good balance of both male and female energy to stay healthy, wealthy and wise. Male energy is action-oriented. It's about pushing forward and giving. It's a force moving outward and away from you. Female energy is conservation-oriented, meaning that for every ounce of energy you expend, you should balance with an equal amount of relaxation. Yin is the pulling toward you, the receiving, the "being" rather than "doing" side of life. Think of it like a yo-yo. Yang is tossing the yo-yo out to the full length of its string, and yin is taking it up again on its spool. You need both to make a yo-yo work; they're equally important. So what's that got to do with zodiac signs? It's simply that for thousands of years, astrologers have noticed that planets in certain constellations seem to elicit action-oriented male energy (such as Sagittarius), and others (such as Cancer) tend to foster female-like introspection.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Kate Winslet will get a movie release for her birthday this year with "The Mountain Between Us," an action-adventure drama about strangers who survive a plane crash together. Four natal luminaries in the sign of art suggest that Winslet has a strong visual sense and could one day be a director in addition to acting. Also, this is the chart of a natural-born politician.
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