Horoscopes by Holiday

With Mercury and Saturn at odds today, don’t assume that you know what’s important to you. The information can be surprising. Humans often don’t even realize what’s important until the threat of loss teaches us. Emotions that seem to knock you off your center might actually be moving you closer to it.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Today it will be better to end one thing and start another than to spin in circles in territory you know all too well. Growth means reaching a new height. You can’t grow without becoming familiar with another altitude.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The biggest obstacle present today will be pride. To be seen in a certain way may seem much more important than it really is. Don’t forget that connection happens in vulnerability, not in strength.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In theory, your feeling good doesn’t have to do with the behaviors of others. However, life is not now, nor will it ever be, a theory. You’re continually surprised by how you are connected to and separate from others.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll be in touch with your wildness, perhaps not fully on board with it, but that’s the nature of wildness. The logical part of you cannot tame it, only admire it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If there’s a way to make things more splendid, more extraordinary, you’ll find it because you’re looking for it. The competition is part of this, but it quickly becomes something you do for your own satisfaction.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Our moon may not be responsible for life here, but its influence on the tide and weather certainly plays a part in our development. Similarly, someone orbiting you will have a profound yet indirect influence.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You are energy. Energy moves in waves; waves move in patterns; patterns create rhythm. So you are energy and rhythm, with the ability to think about that and change it according to your artistic whim.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Other people’s wealth and attractiveness can be an irritant. Usually you are unfazed by this, but you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t find it occasionally bothersome. Don’t think of them as your competition. That will help.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Connect with animals. Animals are experts at being in the moment and are almost never thinking about their income taxes instead of being present in the here and now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Is this a pointless game you’re playing? The fact that there is no prize or punishment involved will allow for the playful mindset you need in order to gain some skills.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There is quite a lot of busywork to handle, and it really does matter. Without the proper procedures and paperwork, things aren’t going to go smoothly. This is worth your time, but don’t let it take up your whole day.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). This is a day of self-discovery. You’ll learn about yourself by tuning in to different parts of your life and relationships, such as what you’re looking forward to and what you’re dreading.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 25). An exciting and productive four weeks will kick off this solar return. Relationships will become the star focus in June: some turning softer and more pleasant; others becoming very efficient business arrangements. The discipline you create in one aspect of your life will transfer to other areas. Aquarius and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 7 30, 22 and 19.

PROCESSING THE PAST WITH PLUTO: The retrograde status of Pluto in Capricorn begins a five-month cycle of processing the past. If you dread facing the “yuck” in your yesterdays, have no fear. There is more than one way to overcome emotional baggage.

Tip No.4: Reinvent yourself.

One way to prove to yourself that you are not defined by the past and the things that have happened to you is to create a new identity fashioned purely to your preferences. Think of it as an exercise in making up alter egos. Instead of settling for the trends of your times and reflecting the limitations of your culture, conjure up a mental image of who you would be were you not bound by location, economics or social expectation. Write about this new character.

Like a video game player creating an avatar, you don’t have to adopt the first character you come up with. Play and refine your ideas. Start over from scratch time and again. When you strike on an identity that really fits, ask, “How can I represent this in the world in some small (or big) way?”

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger was voted “best-looking” in her high school yearbook, but she’s anything but vain. The serious Taurus actress will do what it takes to change her appearance to suit the role she’s playing. She gained weight for “Bridget Jones” and roughed it up to play a tattooed country music singer. Notable: Taurus rules the voice, and Zellweger can belt it out!