Selfie Retrograde

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The full moon in Gemini and Mercury's retrograde in social Sagittarius will zero in on our social goals and image. How do you post that? Sparingly, let's hope. Though there's nothing inherently wrong with taking pleasure in one's own appearance, many suspect the selfie addicts of being shallow, self-centered and lacking in meaningful purpose.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Maybe you didn't exactly hit it off with a certain person you're now expected to work with. However, as you focus on what there is to like about this person, you'll start to find more and more to appreciate, making the process easier.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll save yourself a lot of hassle by being extra attentive in your efforts to hold on to the things people typically lose track of -- receipts, keys and especially time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are many things you can learn only by doing, and friendship is one of them. Each exchange teaches you something new, and you'll love what you learn today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You may have to take sides soon. Keep in mind that the most powerful person isn't the biggest or most intimidating person in the room; rather, it's the one with the biggest network of supporters.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You want to say the smart thing, and you'll take time to figure out just what that is. But ultimately, the smartest thing of all will be to listen carefully to the other person, stay in the moment and respond with a mix of heart and head.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll be teaching today. Think less in terms of imparting what you know to others and more in terms of giving them a structure that helps them find out who they are and what they are capable of.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your ambition is part of what makes your life exciting, but sometimes it makes you feel small and overwhelmed, too. Just remember that you don't have to know every step that's ahead; you only have to know the next one.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). As much as you want to show up strong on the social front, to commend and celebrate every life event for each person you know would be a full-time job. Anyway, know that you're valued for more than just your social efforts.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It's time to do some personal accounting that has nothing to do with money. Whom have you lifted? How many are better off because you gave of yourself? And most importantly, who's next?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll know the ones who aren't telling the truth or possibly don't even know the truth by the vagaries in their communication. Hyperbole and adjectives will be their substitute for facts.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You need more structure in your life, but it will be tricky to determine how much is too much. If it's too difficult or boring to follow your own rules, you'll rebel. So go easy. Gentle, small improvements count big.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You want to be the master of your mind, and your mind feels the same about you. The power struggle can be problematic. There's intelligence in every part of you to consider. It's about getting the parts to work together.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 3). You don't really need to compete to win. You arrive on the scene an automatic winner and continue to add value by your presence and work in the months to come. It's so good to belong! Many profound connections will be made this year as you share your wisdom and listen to the wisdom of others. Libra and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 27, 44, 49 and 13.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The moon is full in the sign of trends and friendly levity. Those chatty Gemini twins hold the swollen moon like a cellphone and start snapping, posting, texting and swiping away at the social scene. The connections made in the digital realm are more numbered than they are substantial. It's a wide network of loose associates who could just as easily come together as not. With Mercury, minister of communication, turning retrograde in Sagittarius (known for imbuing us with the restless feeling that the grass is greener in other people's Facebook feeds), the way we represent ourselves in the digital realm will come with all kinds of baggage. In light of this, here are three rules for kind conduct at this cosmically critical juncture:

1) Recognize that most social media posts are nothing short of showing off and that we are all offenders and are most likely overdue to offer something of real value to others. An easy way to go is giving support and kind words.

2) Stay aware that text doesn't convey tone very well. If in doubt, it's always better to sandwich your message between an obviously kindly opener and a warm closer.

3) One way to show that you cherish people's time and attention is by not wasting them with posts of your lunch and the like. See the first rule.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Amanda Seyfried has several projects in the works, including a sequel to "Mamma Mia!" -- in which she'll star with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and... Cher! The versatile Sagittarius is becoming a fixture in Hollywood, having worked in show business since her preteen days as a model. Her having her natal moon in entertaining Leo and five fiery Sagittarius luminaries signals undying passion.

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