Horoscopes by Holiday

By: Holiday Mathis

As the sun and Uranus form a fire sign trine just hours before the total solar eclipse, surprisingly passionate feelings could burble up. The proverbial thin line between love and hate is in fact so thin now that it might as well be completely erased. Flexibility of mind is what's needed, as the answers aren't so black-and-white.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have the plan, the focus, the stamina to get where you want to go. This is the time for action. The best part about it is that you don't even have to clear a path. The open road is your invitation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your willingness to try new things even when you don't know what you're doing, don't have a knack for it and don't know a soul is to be commended. Risk embarrassment, gain confidence.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The idea that comes to you is like a new arrangement of your highest thoughts. More of a remembrance than a revelation, it's gently leading you in a direction that's so right for you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll get a few predictably pleasant hours before the new challenges and influences come along to add spice to your future. You savor the sameness of things most when you know it's about to change.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Most people say that the honest way is best, yet dishonesty is the norm. Radical honestly would be in fact cruel in many situations. Lead with compassion. There's a way to be kind and also truthful.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You are part of a team, and don't forget it. The moment you consider how others will be affected by what you are offering, creating or doing is the moment you go to the next level of success.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your sign is uniquely peace-oriented and conflict-averse. It's as if you were born knowing that often the way to win the fight is not to fight in the first place. Your pacifism will be good for the world today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Simplicity is more than a style; it's also a defense against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Life gets better when you resist excess and recognize the easy way.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The old ways are still fun, but they come at too high a cost. Also, they don't fit the image of who you want to be. So you'll change what you do for fun — not so hard once you decide.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're faithful to your principles yet not so arrogant as to believe that yours is the only correct way. This flexibility of mind will serve you well today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The difference between what you want and what you need can be a lot. You're willing to look at this reasonably. You may find great freedom in closing that gap by wanting less.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Some of your people are so inconveniently located that just getting the timing right and making the travel effort to go see them is a gift in and of itself. But you still have to bring a gift. You'll hit all the right social notes today.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 20). You'll be receptive to encounters with people who speak to your soul and help you grow. Many such special connections will be highlights of this solar return. The next three months are for moving to the edge, testing boundaries and pushing past fear. Free festivities and travel will happen in 2018. Virgo and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 40, 1, 14 and 28.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Eclipse chasers from all over the world and those lucky enough to already be in the path of totality for the Great American Eclipse tour of 2017 are gearing up for the spectacular disappearance of the Leo sun, a show that will last (depending on your location) at the very most 2 minutes, 40 seconds. This is a short show in the scheme of total eclipses. The longest total solar eclipse of this century was in 2009 off the coast of Southeast Asia, clocking in at 6 minutes, 39 seconds, an amount of time that will not be surpassed until 2132.

Astrologically, the theme of this phenomenon will center around what psychologists call "object constancy," which is a concept coined by Sigmund Freud describing a stage of early human cognitive development in which it becomes accepted that just because something is out of sight doesn't mean that it's gone. The concept is simply illustrated in the game of peekaboo, which tiny babies don't understand — until one day they do and suddenly find it hilarious. Approach the total eclipse with similar levity. Let this grand game of peekaboo remind us that even the most massive shadows and widespread darkness will pass. The light returns. All is well.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Powerhouse pop star Demi Lovato has a big voice and an even bigger ambition to entertain. The Leo was born when both the sun and Mercury, the communication planet, were in the sign of show business. Lovato has her moon in Taurus, the sign that rules the throat and vocal cords. This is a common astrological placement for those with big and/or unusual voices.

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