Pleasure, Happiness and Mercury in Libra

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Happiness isn't pleasure, and pleasure isn't happiness. You won't find happiness seeking pleasure -- or even seeking happiness. Happiness is a bonus product of certain pursuits or a state that you happen to find yourself in. Pleasure, as Mercury in Libra reminds, can be sought and landed, though its rule is always short-term.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Someone you enjoy being with is also the star of your tenser conflicts, which only serves as further proof of what is, in some way, a very intimate connection.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Today, you'll learn how badly you want something. Either you won't get it and you'll use that loss as a gauge, or you will get it, and your subsequent satisfaction will teach all.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your level of agency in a situation will have everything to do with your mood about it. Feeling somewhat in control of what happens produces a much better mood than a perception of powerlessness.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Bad moods are caused not by what happens, but by two culprits: negative thoughts and distorted thoughts. Everything that occurs is an opportunity to practice your interpretive skills.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sometimes, it's as though you can read minds and tell the future. But right now, it's better just to ask people what they are thinking and to respect the future as a question mark.


VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). As you relate to family, help friends, get after work projects and do more, you'll notice that everything you take on is a little easier than it was only a month ago. You're just better.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Though you feel emotionally bound to the people and projects you care about, it will benefit you to ask this thought exercise: What if your only real duty is to your own sense of adventure?

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your people are your people not because they are so much like you but because of what you're willing to do for them -- which is just about anything they might need.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There's a new goal to strive for, but you'll accomplish it with the same approach that's worked for you in the past. You'll start with a sketch -- an outline of a general vision -- and then fill in the blanks.


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