Sun Change, You Change

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This is how it is with the clothes in the closet you don't wear: There's just something uncomfortable about them. Maybe you can't put your finger on it, but if they were more "you," you'd be wearing them now. The fresh Aries moon at the start of this Pisces solar cycle is a fine day to rid yourself of what's not "you" and never going to be.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Let's hope you are the one interpreting and defining the terms of your contribution and remuneration, because you're better off making an offer than accepting one someone else made.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Wherever you are, you'll learn from what you see. For the truly wise, location isn't so crucial to understanding. It is said that a wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can see from a mountaintop.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Complaining is a bad but easily avoided habit. The mental shift that's needed is one of perspective, and the physical shift that will work is as simple as walking away from the less-than-desirable circumstance.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The cycle of nurturers involves giving care, attention and soul nourishment and then letting go. The letting go part can be hard, but it's essential. Otherwise, it's as if you nurtured dependency instead of free will.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Some limits seem unnecessary or false, but the fact is that without cutoff points, most people wouldn't get things done. You'll accelerate your production if you impose a deadline, whether or not you think you need one.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's a relaxed vibration around you that extends to your business and relationships of all kinds. This easygoing attitude is why you can touch without grasping.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People make impressions based on their own rules. You understand this so well and cater your interactions accordingly. Relatedly, you get how frivolous things can be important and how important things can be frivolous.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). To assume that the universe operates according to predictable rules is the "gambler's fallacy." It isn't always so. Sometimes there is no pattern and we must process chaos.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll perform your good deed as you always do -- without strings. To know that you are the star of someone's fond memory would be more reward than you hoped for, but it's not nearly all that you'll receive.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're like the pilot of a hot air balloon. To rise above, you must cast off a sandbag or two. Even then, steering is precarious. This is about lightening up and reading the wind.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People don't fear the rustling bush; they fear the tiger behind it. When the bush rustles because of wind or a mouse or a squirrel, fear is still triggered, but it's a false fear, kind of like the one you experience today.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You enjoy a good story as much as the next person, but you don't think that your life has to be high-drama to be exciting. In fact, these days, you prefer your drama to be in the world of entertainment, not in your real life.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 19). Few work harder than you do to help and improve the lives of others. Accept the compliments and perks that go with it. Next month brings fun surprises and a financial boon. Love goes through many forms, all of them growing your heart. You'll make a new commitment in August. September is for adventuring. Scorpio and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 22, 38 and 14.

COSMICALLY CURIOUS ABOUT ... SELF-PARENTING (PART ONE). Let's hope you have a parent or two who provided a model of what it means to care for yourself, survive and thrive on every level. And if that is the case, you can count yourself among a very small percentage of people who have ever roamed this earth. For most of human history, parenting has been primarily about survival of the group rather than the individual. Until about 200 years ago, children as small as 6 years old were sent to work at farms, factories and various apprentice positions. Indeed, there are many children in different parts of the world today whose lives are still centered on the production of goods for the global economy.

In the modern era, it's pretty common to blame bad parenting for everything from relationship disharmony to eating disorders to unemployment. But regardless of the skill and effectiveness of their parenting, the two people whose union brought you into this world are really only obligated to parent you to a certain point. Even for those fortunate ones born to champions of parenting, life is still better when we learn to care for and help ourselves. This begins a series of self-parenting tips by sign. Tune in tomorrow for Aries!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Seal sings, "We're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy." Born to the sign of old souls, Pisces has a unique tolerance for chaos. Astrologers believe that Pisces has passed through 11 signs prior to this birth, ostensibly carrying all the zodiac's soul lessons, karma and wisdom along. If it sounds as if their cup runneth over, it does -- with talent, imagination and compassion for the human condition.

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