Venus, Icarus and Birdsongs

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Ambition can be overrated. We all know what happened to poor Icarus, but combustion isn't the only consequence of flying too close to the sun. Consider the bird who flies so high that no one can hear her song. All in all, a little humility will go a long way, especially now as Venus moves into diplomatic, charming and cooperative Libra.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll think logically and ask, "What am I trying to accomplish here?" but don't get too intellectual on it. Sometimes you just have to feel it and make your move.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're not lazy about work, and neither will you be lazy in matters of love or friendship. You'll go even when you feel like stopping in order to please or help another.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Instead of of worrying about how your needs will get met, you focus your attention on serving the people you care about. Service has a way of turning up your personal power -- and your mood.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). As you think of the one that got away, know that and this person's unique and appealing qualities are mythically and enormously exaggerated through the lens of memory. Also know that someone thinks of you in this way.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Ideally you would devote yourself to an important cause, although that does get a little complicated, and you may have trouble finding your "in." There's actually more potential in that silly little cause that's grabbing at your attention.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Not everything requires a thought process to move forward. When a thing is ready to take off, it will. Growth isn't always a plan. It's often just what happens in a conducive environment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You can tell when a person is listening to you but not understanding you, or looking at you but not listening to you. You won't take it personally. Rather, you'll use it as a chance to experiment to find more effective communication.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It seems like good ideas are being snatched up all around you. Actually, they were snatched up long ago, and now they're just getting reworked. There's more where that came from. Seek antiquated inspiration.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you focus on what's wrong, people will tune out. Also, if you dance around the subject, your message won't land. So be as clear and direct as possible about what you want. Don't forget the sugarcoating, though!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's a message in joy and a message in pain. Both will point you in the direction of more happiness and enjoyment today, so be quick to pick up on the hints.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your focus will be more inward this weekend and that's an admirable direction that will serve you much better than distractions that keep you from examining your own mind. Building a rich inner life will lead to a rich exterior life.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). This is a day for skipping steps because you need to get quickly to the heart of the matter. For instance, you may assume a warm familiarity with someone you hardly know in order to become fast friends.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 14) You've kept an attitude of gratitude through seemingly unfavorable circumstances, and something tremendously fortunate came of it. Surprisingly, it will be more of a challenge to keep a grateful heart through the wonderful good that happens this year, such as the windfall next month and January's award. Try, though! Scorpio and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 40, 33, 12 and 19.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "Would you do my dog's natal chart? She was born March 25, 2013, and she is an adorable Yorkshire terrier. Does she have the chart to be a champion? Her name is Luella."

Luella is an Aries, and she was born when the sun, Venus, Mars and Uranus were all in high-energy Aries, so she needs to burn off quite a lot of energy to be at her best. Keep her active! High-energy puppies who don't get walked or played with enough make mischief. (I knew a Yorkie who ate the expensive bamboo wallpaper when she got bored. At least the paper was organic.) Luella's moon is in Virgo, indicating that she's a smart little problem-solver. Sometimes when she solves her own problems it creates problems for you, like when she wakes you up to play at all hours of the night. To prevent her over-active mind from getting the best of you both, she needs mental stimulation. Teach her to do tricks and find new ways to play with her. With Mercury in Pisces, Luella could definitely be a champion, or a performer of some kind. She is empathetic and tuned in to your feelings. She has a way of connecting with people and stealing their hearts.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: After playing Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland and Madame Bovary, Mia Wasikowska took a break from embodying literary characters to star in the comedy "Damsel" opposite Robert Pattinson. Wasikowska was born when the sun, Mercury and Mars were all in the intellectual air sign of Libra. With her natal moon in Aries and Venus in Sagittarius, there's a fiery passion to Wasikowska's cosmic blueprint.

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