Horoscopes by Holiday

By: Holiday Mathis

The square of Venus and Jupiter reminds us that success is a combination of elements. Change any one of those elements and it won't be the same — and may or may not be successful. The same goes for a loss. So don't be discouraged, whichever way it's going for you now. Experiment instead. The success may be one change away.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). To get where you want to go, you'll have to make your way through the crowd. Start moving and people will get out of your way. Movement is what makes things change.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The extra social energy buzzing around you today can be used to charm your way into an interesting situation — or just out of an annoying one. The key to charm, by the way, is listening with affinity.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If the other person believes what you believe and wants what you want, you'll be able to help each other. If there's a mismatch here, you stand to waste quite a lot of time and energy. Find out whether you're on the same page.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You set out knowing it's up to you — that if you don't execute the action to the best of your ability, other people's lives will suffer. This sense of purpose will be all the fuel you need.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Some of what happens will be mysterious, but don't rush to make sense of it all. Leave room for wonder. It's the unexplainable things that keep life from becoming stale.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Having a good teacher will help you to look for the patterns and learn them. Combine this with a commitment to put your head into the task repeatedly, as much as it takes to get great.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Living in service to others might sound like a terrible existence, but when your service is to the people and institutions you love, a life of service is the purest way to joy.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your tendency is to look for complexity in the situation. "It can't be that easy!" you'll think. But it is. It's so simple. You know who you are, and you know what's right to do. Just do it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The one with the most determination will win. But how do you make yourself determined if you're not? Look at what's there to want. If the prize is juicy enough to you, you'll be determined. If not, you're in the wrong game.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you stay ready, you won't have to get ready. So the question is, What do you want to be ready for? What is the dream opportunity you wish were laid at your feet? That's the one to be ready for.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Want to be more attractive, intelligent, popular and effective in one fell swoop? Be where you are! It automatically lifts you above the distracted riffraff, those who are too caught up in their phones to present any serious competition.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Those who find communication difficult will recognize the blessing of you. By being open to hearing the fullness of who people are, you help them express themselves.

TODAY‚ÄôS BIRTHDAY (June 25). Your comfortable pattern will be disrupted — a change that's marvelously lucky, especially for your love life. There's an opportunity to commit in August. The busiest time will be November and December, when your family makes you proud in 20 different ways. In 2019, you'll be playing by different rules. Aries and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 33, 27, 8 and 45.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I had our charts done, and my boyfriend and I are perfect together on paper. But I don't like being around him anymore. Everything he does irritates me, and I feel depressed about a future with him. Could I be wrong and the chart be right?"

You misunderstand the benefits of astrology. Astrology isn't meant to make you doubt your own choices. It is best used to inform your inner instincts and help you understand your own nature and the nature of others around you. But let's examine this from a few different angles. For one thing, even though your chart is extremely compatible with this man's, who is to say that it wouldn't be an even better match with someone else's? And another way to look at it is that "compatibility" is a subjective term. Two people who don't have much in common could bring out passions in each other that two people whose charts match perfectly would never experience. Also, many relationships are perfect for a certain period of time but not appropriate for other stages of life. You know the ultimate answer, so avoid using fortunetelling methods as an excuse to go against your gut feeling.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Most people avoid awkward social situations, but Ricky Gervais turns them into comedy gold. The fearlessly funny "Office" co-creator is a man of many slashes (actor/comedian/producer/writer/author/musician...), and he's always adding to the list. His natal moon and Neptune's being in Scorpio puts the sting in his wit. Ambitious Mars and rebellious Uranus are in Leo, the sign of the entertainer.

Write Holiday Mathis at HolidayMathis@gmail.com.

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