Planetary Patience Trial

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Tests of patience are tests of character, as the best and worst of human qualities emerge when patience is tried. Such is today's cosmic challenge, with Mars and Saturn forming a stressful pattern custom-designed to elicit frustration. Dig down deep and show that you're made of something stronger and more mature than false urgencies.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If it's good, it will be good in many situations. You'll be able to present it with pride. You won't have to wonder whether or not it's going to hold up. Look for what's good. What has integrity. Look for it, and honor it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The takeaway isn't always something neat and clean that you can tuck away in a wallet like a business card. The takeaway might be a messy little feeling.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You work this way, they work that way... now how does it all work together? That's the question to be answered today, and you'll answer it best when you collaborate with a Taurus or a Sagittarius.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There is no perfect partner. The list of qualities that might make up such a person go out the window as it becomes clearer to you what really matters now -- namely chemistry and compatible lifestyles.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your loved ones appreciate you, though you can't feel it at all times. When do you feel it most? When there's enough space and time between you for them to get some perspective on your wonderful qualities.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's a habit you've been trying to break, and you certainly can. The answer is right in front of you. All it will take is one good you-to-you talk to sort it all out.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People think they can help you, and yet they have no concept of what it is you really do. It goes against all you're thinking, and yet it really is true: The only one to fill the role the way you do it is you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The saying goes, "You can't hunt two hares with one dog." There will be multiple options available to you, but only one viable one. Which one is that? Either, really, as long as it's the only one you choose. So choose one and chase.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Work on. Work how you are. Work when you're up, sluggish, inspired, tired, enthused or used. Work for you. And work because the real glory is in the work.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's so easy to explore new worlds these days; you're only a few keyboard clicks away from it. You'll dive into a virtual adventure and learn so well about what's there that you'll soon be able to give a tour on the subject.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The critical thinking might not serve you so well right now, and you shouldn't let the details weigh you down. If you refuse to get mired in minutiae you'll get a powerful big-picture perspective.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You will solve problems and generate ideas while your brain is in a kind of default mode, occupied gently by some kind of low-stress rhythm, such as the type created by walking, driving, showering and the like.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 11). You'll meet the people you want to know right at the start of this solar return. Love fills your life with joy. It all happens for one reason -- because you're paying attention, seizing opportunities to connect. A perspective shift and a new way of setting up your days will make you more productive in 2018. Taurus and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 1, 13, 7 and 41.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I have three young children, and they're each so totally different. What might astrology have to say about my girls -- a 5-year-old Gemini, a 2-year-old Capricorn and a newborn Taurus?"

Sibling rivalry won't be an issue for your Gemini, who will love the social fun and all that goes along with sisters. However, she won't suffer boredom kindly, so get her involved: try making games out of mundane chores and the care of her sisters. Your Capricorn is in her "terrible twos," so-named after the astrological Mars return to its position at her birth. Self-assertion and boundary-testing are common here, but Capricorn kids often enjoy straightforward rules, so you'll find her responsive to guidelines and rewards for following those. Taurus babies are physically responsive and need lots of hugs. So whether she needs the challenge of a new game (Gemini), a mommy's-little-helper responsibility to make her feel important and loved (Capricorn) or just a little more cuddle time (Taurus) each daughter will shine in her way as those unique needs are met.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Voicing animation is one of her specialties, and Joan Cusack will continue the trend with the upcoming "Toy Story 4." Cusack, who rose to fame alongside her brother John in such movies as "Sixteen Candles" and "High Fidelity," was born under the artistic Libran sun and has Mercury in this sign of bonding and partnership as well. Her empathetic Pisces moon is an ideal placement for actors.

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