You can't see your own face. The mirror shows you a representation that's limited in dimension. A picture shows you an even flatter, static version. Your brain fills in quite a lot, but ultimately others experience your face, your presence and your being in a way that you can only glimpse. And glimpse you will with this lineup of Mercury and Pluto.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Of course you have more power than you are exercising, but you wisely weigh the consequences of each action. True influence isn't about what you can get people to do; it's about what you can inspire them to want to do.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The absence of a person can be a presence -- a presence so strong it dominates the room, the hour, the talk and the feeling of the day. This is how humans can transcend the apparent laws of space and time.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll be the one with the cool news soon enough. Today you'll get a chance to practice reacting to the cool news of others. In a way, you're modeling the reaction you'd like to get when it's your turn to be the messenger.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Setting yourself up for success will be a matter of casting the right people in the right roles of your life. You need someone to impress, someone to learn from and someone to cheer you on.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll talk on a number of broad topics and make people laugh, too. But your secret to relating to people is not in expressing yourself exceptionally well; rather, it is in observing exceptionally well.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If it's true that the external circumstances somehow exist to balance and harmonize what's going on inside you, you should be able to change your interior world through a rearrangement of your environment.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It is your desire to be a delight to others. You won't have to do too much to achieve this effect -- maybe slightly more than your usual self-care and making an effort to put yourself in their presence. That's it!
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). "How my achievements mock me!" said one character in a Shakespeare play. It's also the sentiment of everyone who's ever done something remarkable and been daunted by the prospect of repeating it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Because you know yourself well, you will see the world with greater accuracy. You can take your strengths and failings out of the equation and try for an unbiased view, to whatever extent that is possible.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Plant your affection and something will grow. Maybe it won't be what you expected. Every location is different, and some ground is more fertile than other ground. But something will come of it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). To think deeply into seemingly shallow things is the tendency shared by poets and storytellers, mystics, inventors, designers and pied pipers of all sorts. Caution: Some frivolous wastes of time really are just that. Be discerning.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You can't learn what you already know. This is why you might have to kick around some of the beliefs and stories inside your head to see how sound they really are. Believing in untrue things can prevent future learning.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 24). You'll accomplish much by thinking positively and strategically and then acting on what you plan. You really do need a mentor, though, to keep you on track. Seek qualified candidates now and by March you'll be on a plan you can stick to. You'll be celebrating major success milestones in April and August. Cancer and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 31, 20 and 14.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "Am I or am I not meeting up with Channing Tatum on the astral plane? I think I am. I'm not crazy. I'm an accountant for a busy bakery, and I have plenty of family and friends around me, who do not have any idea about my double life as girlfriend on the astral plane. I've been dying to tell someone that I visit Channing Tatum in my dreams almost every night, but I'm afraid it would change how the person thinks of me. My question is: Is it wrong? -- Anonymous Aries"
Do you mean to ask whether it's wrong because Channing Tatum is married with children, or do you mean to ask whether it's wrong because you're an Aries and he's a Taurus -- next-door neighbors on the zodiac wheel who can get along brilliantly as long as they are not fighting like siblings? Or do you mean to ask whether it's wrong because there are so many millions of others who also happen to be meeting up with Channing Tatum on the astral plane? Whether it's wrong or right is not for me to say. I would, however, encourage you to exercise your sparkling imagination and zest on this plane in big and exciting ways, dear Aries!
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond wrote songs for the likes of Elvis Presley, The Monkees and The Hollies, in addition to topping the charts with his own hits, such as "Sweet Caroline" and "Solitary Man." The legendary Aquarius was born with the moon and Venus in Capricorn, the sign of ever-young expressions of art and life. No amount of success will quell his inner drive to do even better.
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