Old pain can be remembered but not really felt. With age comes perspective. The sting of rejection, the longing for elusive love -- for many, that's all left somewhere in the snows of yesteryear. Look for living proof that hearts heal, love's wounds mend and life goes on. The mature will be a source of help and inspiration to the inexperienced this Libra moon.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). No one is the same in every situation. The situation changes and so will each person's role. The key to predicting individual behavior is not in understanding the individual so much as understanding the situation.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Everyone craves moments of solitude throughout the day, although some need it more than others. You've a talent for knowing how much space to give people for the optimal relationship.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Instant and radical changes are possible, but they seldom stick. You'll have complete, if gradual, success with a plan that includes incremental change, reinforced over time.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You could tell a million stories if you wanted to, but you've too much respect for the beauty and stillness around you to spoil the pockets of pure tranquility you'll encounter today.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You've a talent for quickly getting to the essence of a problem, and today's challenge will be technological in nature. On a side note, music will be an important part of your day and mood.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your character is not represented in a single act. Rather, it's the average of many behaviors over time. You'll work on being the person you want to be more consistently.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You may think a person is not responding to you, but no reaction is the response. Take this into consideration, and choose your next move carefully and in the knowledge that you deserve respectful and timely attention.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Social experts suggest that each person has 40 seconds to speak before running the risk of dominating the exchange. Your gracious awareness of whom gets airtime, for how long and why will make you very popular.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Even though you are quite satisfied with many aspects of your life, you still think it would be better if you were more conscientious. You'll deliver on this today, creating happiness for others and spreading goodwill.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Persistence will win out once again. But be persistent in making the effort, not in the way you make it. When it's not working one way, change your approach.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The people in your life will help to reduce your stress, not cause more of it. Furthermore, they would say the same of you. This is how you know you belong together.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Some people don't know what they have until they've sampled a lot of the world. You're different. You don't need the comparison to know that what you have is rare. This kind of happiness could only come from something special.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 7). Your determination ramps up over the next six weeks as a casual desire becomes an absolute must for your life. Your prize is coming. Keep working. A competition will bring out your best. Friendship and love get your attention in March. Your planning will allow for a spectacular summer trip. Aries and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 28, 18, 4, 20 and 7.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The headlining act on this week's cosmic show is a tight power trio of the sun, Venus and Pluto. The actual solar conjunction of Venus then Pluto happens on Tuesday, Jan. 9, but the driving celestial music continues all through the week. In short, these planetary power players are ready to rock us. The realm of Capricorn is an authoritative influence for the softer assets of Venus. Love becomes assertive; fun takes a daring turn; work challenges and exhilarates us. Pluto handles the bigger issues of life with confidence; the sun empowers his stance. It's a week when many will feel that the big picture and small picture are fitting perfectly together, which makes momentum easier to achieve. March on.
Mercury, the minister of communication, moves into Capricorn on Thursday, Jan. 11. Though levity and humor can be effective tools for creating bonds and coping with life, there will be many situations in the next few weeks in which the humor is better left out of the equation entirely, just to avoid confusion. Address problems directly. Keep exchanges very simple and to the point. Make sure the work is done before relaxing. Appropriateness reigns king.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage confessed that as a student he was often bored with the teacher's presentations, preferring to learn through experience. Steep challenge is the optimal teacher for courageous Capricorns such as Cage. In the months to come, we can expect the release of upward of six major film projects staring the prolific Cage.
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