Understanding Combats Lunar Strife

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The leader who gives orders but doesn't know what's entailed in taking them will ultimately be ineffective, as will the worker who can't see how efforts fit into the big picture and the ultimate aim. Lunar squares to Pluto and Jupiter suggest that all seek a comprehensive understanding of the situation, top to bottom, bottom to top.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It is easy to notice and avoid the dangers that come in the form of bad ideas, oppressive forces and general trouble. What's hard to avoid (and, therefore, more dangerous) are the seductions and temptations of daily life.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). New people need much more attention in order to feel comfortable in a group. You will not be sorry if you go out of your way to make someone feel welcome.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Love and all its contradictions will be the theme that winds through this day, stringing together elegant and messy outcomes. There's not a lot to analyze here -- not now, at least. Live it and make assessments later.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll be exceptionally gifted at recognizing the limitations of a situation, which are not as constricting as most people assume and not as expansive as the big dream. You'll find level ground on which to set your expectation.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The expression of your mind and body can be baffling, but there is wisdom here beyond mundane comprehension. However your mind and body are working, it's happening that way to keep you safe and protected.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Though people need attention, relationships get off balance when too much attention is paid. Freedom and privacy are also core needs. Today's gifts of love come in the form of trust and space.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People experience you as self-contained. This is why they don't provide much: You don't seem like you need it. Though it's true you are quite fulfilled in your own being, ask for help anyway. Someone wants to be needed by you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Trust and commitment are the cornerstones of long-term relationships and, to some degree, more casual arrangements. It's hard to want to relate to a person you don't trust.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're being nudged into a change. Though it doesn't feel like a glorious turn of events, it really is tremendous luck because this fortuitous shift is not something you would have initiated.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Every dalliance has a tribute. The chocolate cake exacts its revenge calorically. The endless video game or binge-watch takes its toll energetically. Knowing what things really cost will help you make better decisions.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you decide to be, you're a master of focus and a wizard of productivity. The trick is in deciding what is worth doing and prioritizing well. Many will benefit from your organized approach.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There is no better revenge than success. Is it wrong to want to punish someone by blinding them with the light of your superstar status and accomplishments? There are worse things.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 30). People first. This is your genuine inclination, and because of it, you wind up with a great deal of things that aren't people -- business, money and assets, to name a few. A relationship takes you on an emotional journey unlike any you've known thus far. You'll discover talents previously untapped. Sagittarius and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 11, 7, 1, 4 and 47.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: While the feeling of being in love is a fickle thing, the habit of forming loving connections is a skill that often has reliable outcomes. TAURUS: Disagreement can be a positive part of a relationship if it's done in a way that brings understanding to the relationship. GEMINI: You dive right into the emotionally challenging stuff because you're strong and you can handle it. CANCER: Childhood experiences are playing a part in the way the relationship unfolds this weekend. LEO: No, it's not your imagination. The attraction you sense is every bit as alive as it is in your head. VIRGO: Awkward connections are connections nonetheless -- and often more exciting and memorable than graceful ones. LIBRA: When you tell the story of this love, what do you want the highlight to be? Work on creating it. SCORPIO: Language may not be the best way to express what you're feeling now. SAGITTARIUS: You are fully present and giving your attention so sweetly. This is love. CAPRICORN: True love allows you to be who you are without trying to exert control. AQUARIUS: Though you don't want to pretend with someone, you still feel a need to impress, which is causing you a certain amount of tension. PISCES: You're supportive of your loved one's dreams and desires, and you should expect the same.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: It is not easy to be objectively summed up by another person. It can feel strange to know that our flaws are visible and even more unnerving as talents and potentials are seen, thus setting expectations. Nonetheless, this is what Scorpio and Taurus provide for each other. These zodiac opposites see each other with an uncomfortable degree of clarity this weekend.

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