Mars moves into Libra, and the sun moves out. This is a definite mood change for the realm of partnership. The aggressive warrior energy will both agitate and energize certain relationships. Keep in mind that it's often the irritating or intimidating opponent who sharpens our game better than any loving, supportive coach around.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you're going to make an effort, you want to know what the point of it is. To feel there's a point that you haven't seen or understood yet will not be enough -- not today. Everything must have a known purpose.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can cast a spell on another person with your words. It's not something you take lightly. You're quite aware of the responsibility that comes with your power.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your freedom is so important to you now that there's not a lot you'd exchange for it. In particular, you'll be careful not to accept favors from anyone who has the potential to throw down a restriction on you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're not exactly nosy; rather, you're a very curious student of human nature. You watch, learn and predict. The more you learn the more accurate your predictions will be.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It's said that many a truth is spoken in jest. Arguably, the very nature of joking is turning all that pain into a phrase, a look, a crystalized communication of this acute shared human experience.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Here is a cheat sheet for the day. The answer to "Why?" is, "Why not?" The answer to "How?" is, "Just do it and you'll find out." The answer to "Should I?" is, "Probably not, but you'd be a fool to let that stop you."
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You sometimes wish you had a little more direction. People suggest things, but suggestion is not direction. A direct order by someone you trust is a kind of gift.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are a self-directed person living in a world in which everyone wants to tell you where to go, what to do there and how to do it. In order to do something your own way, you'll have to shut everyone out and do it by yourself.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Self-esteem is all about how you rate in the assessment test written by you, given to you and taken by you. After all, you've a certain reputation to uphold between you and you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). This will be a sweet spot of days. As much as you love an adventure, you need rest, too. Real rest is when you're not adventuring. The comfort of this day will be a cocoon.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Patience and fortitude will be required of you. Go to bed early, because this challenge will continue through tomorrow. Rested, you'll be at your best and in a position to figure out how to benefit immensely from the situation.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You see what others don't. Unless you communicate it somehow, they will never know. Your sight is a talent and also, in a sense, a responsibility.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 22). There's mystery in the air. The solar journey ahead is a prize behind the curtain. Education is a part of this in 2018. You'll meet many new people. Love will deepen. You'll travel in December and May. People who work for you will help you in practical ways to make things more comfortable and beautiful. Leo and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 42, 13, 33, 1 and 17.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The sun has been in Libra, the sign of the scales, of justice and of relationships. This part of the cycle lays down foundations for coexisting in this world. There can be safety in togetherness. The structure keeps life a certain way, and as we learn and work within that structure, we usually grow in the expected direction, filling out a clearly defined role. Relationships that more or less follow the social standards and norms are especially appealing during the time of the Libra sun and have been nurtured over the past few weeks. So there's a bittersweet feel to the passage ahead. The solar shift from Libra to Scorpio is a graduation of sorts. We leave the safety and predictability of togetherness to explore the depths and unique calling of our own souls. It's scary for some, as change can be. And for a bit of drama, just before the sun moves out of Libra, Mars moves in like a friend who shoves you off the diving board a little before you're ready. Sure, it's good to be past the fear and in the water. But some retaliation is also to be expected.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Rock star of the New Age movement, guru Deepak Chopra is a friend to the likes of Lady Gaga, Madonna and the late Michael Jackson. The best-selling mind/body/spirit author has sold over 20 million books worldwide. Chopra is an intellectual, friendly Libra with Mercury, Mars and Jupiter in Scorpio, the sign of transformation and intuition.
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