Horoscopes by Holiday: May 23, 2018

The conventional wisdom is to leave well enough alone and place full energy behind serving a dire need. No obvious need? Weaker minds will focus on petty concerns in the safety of a bubble of selfhood

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Humans are territorial animals. Turf becomes increasingly important to those who don’t have enough of their own to feel comfortable. A territorial struggle will end happily with reapportionment, rezoning or a move.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What’s very important to one person is extremely petty to the next. The differences usually have to do with the scale of one’s worldview. Be proud of your remarkable ability to zoom in or out as appropriate.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Good people get in bad positions; bad people get in good positions. Randomness prevails over justice. It’s a good reason to focus on making the current situation work instead of on who is right or wrong.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re a rebel today, pushing boundaries just for fun. Actually, this is the kind of fun that can lead to a key development.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Many cultures believe in animal spirits that guide and protect them through this lifetime. Your own connection with animals will be stronger now, and you seem to be able to communicate beyond human realm.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your circle enlarges in a trend that serves this part of your life very well. Every week you meet new people, but that’s not the remarkable part of it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Though beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, when many beholders agree on a particular set of rules, those matters of taste can be accepted as fact and grow to the influence of gospel. But does that really make it so?

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The cosmic omens agree with philosophers of the ages: Conquering the self is more difficult than conquering the world, and a mighty fine place to start at that.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When they try to make you compete for their attention, the only way to win is to bow out of the contest, making them doubt the value of the prize they dangle. You’re too good for this.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Some work must be tweaked, torn down, rebuilt, destroyed and started up again, fresh, from scratch. It’s those terrible projects that will teach you the most and ultimately make you a master.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Because you answer to life in a direct and assertive (but not aggressive) tone, you will get your way today, and rather quickly. You’re an asset to the team.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A question will tell you much more about a person’s intelligence, interests and motivation than anything you could possibly learn in an answer. Today, assess people based on their curiosity, not their knowledge.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 23). Your loved ones are irreplaceable, and they’ll cement their status in your life with kindness, generosity and fun. This won’t keep you from attracting a tribe of people with whom you have rather quirky things in common and enjoying every minute of your connection. Lucky business goes down in August and November. Libra and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 2, 25 and 44.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “I have a feeling that I might be in line to be laid off at work. I know that due to budget cutbacks, three people have to go. How do I fight for my job without creating enemies? Someone has to go, and I don’t want it to be me. I’m a Capricorn.”

Capricorns are naturally competitive and ambitious, instincts you’d be wise not to show in this very delicate situation. Gather as much information as you can about what’s going on. Find out who else is vulnerable in this situation and why. Ask good questions of your higher-ups and anyone who might have an inside track on things, and listen well and rationally to the answers. If you show any negative emotion, the person you are listening to might hold back, not wanting to upset you further. When your source has answered your question, don’t say anything. Leave a long silence. The other person may be inspired to go even deeper, filling in the vacuum with valuable information. Armed with the best information, you can begin to make a case for your job and show the powers that be why your position will solve the current problems facing your group. You can fight for your position without fighting against your colleagues.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: This Alaskan native famously lived in her car while she delighted the coffee houses of California with her unique voice and acoustic guitar. Happy birthday, Jewel, the versatile Gemini who is masterful in many genres of music including folk, country, pop and opera — she even yodels. Jewel has her natal sun, moon and Mercury all in the versatile, intelligent sign of the twins.