Horoscopes by Holiday

Your best strategy for the fight under this Mercury and Uranus square will be one used by master martial artists through the ages. Give your opponent nothing to resist. Yield to overcome. This has nothing to do passivity; rather, it’s an activity. An actionless activity. The Taoists call it wu wei, but you might just call it the virtue that works today.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your words and actions follow your heart. To work on changing your speech and movement will be arduous. But you can change your heart in an instant, and all your words and moves can’t help but follow from there.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are many ways to tackle destructive emotions, none more effective than dipping into the spiritual aspects of you — not in a religious sense, necessarily, but in the sense that your spirit is beyond these temporal feelings.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You have been known to keep secrets from yourself, but then there are other parts of you that aren’t so great at this, and they’ll needle and nudge and hint today until all of you really gets it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The challenges are too big for one person. But the biggest challenge of all isn’t solving the problem; it’s learning to ask one another for help and humbling ourselves to accept it. The biggest challenge is cooperation.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are complex. When you’re around people who don’t see your many facets, it doesn’t make you smaller, but it might make you feel smaller, especially if their presence makes you forget about the many, many other sides of you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Relationships take work, and someone always does more of it. It’s not necessarily the one who cares more. More likely, it’s the one who is stronger and more able — more adept at the actions of showing love.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Anyone can be compassionate toward those they already love. It could be argued that it’s not really compassion. Compassion is the kind of love that must be employed when its object seems, for whatever reason, unlovable.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Homer wrote in “The Iliad,” “Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen.” There are certain relationships (but not all!) that are best begun in obedience. It works today, anyway, to set things off in a promising direction.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Every relationship that has stood the test of time has good and bad things about it. Disagreements and disappointments have come up. That’s part of it, and if not, it’s not a real relationship.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Humor represents a meeting of minds and sensibilities. It represents shared joy and shared suffering. The humor you share with your loved ones is a special and sacred thing. Enjoy.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Happy people help others. People who help others are happy. You’ll find this to be true in your own life, as you are drawn to lend a hand today and you happen to get a joyful lift in the process.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When you were younger you felt it necessary to distinguish yourself, to stand out for your individuality and to know the ways in which you were special. But now that you know, you’re more focused on universal values.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 30). This is a year to take hold of the situation in a big way. Don’t go searching for meaning; decide what it means and build up from there. Your leadership in your own life will lead to leadership in groups. There’s very important business to handle with love in October. Older people will change your world for the better. Cancer and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 3, 33, 38 and 31.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “What are the prospects for a Cancer woman, 35, and a 42-year-old Scorpio man? We’ve been dating a year. He was married once for three years, and I was married once for seven years. Neither of us has children, but I want to. Will he settle down with me?”

As compatible water signs, you relate to one another on a deep level. This can, but doesn’t always, translate to the practicalities of day-to-day living. Be honest about your expectations, especially your desire to have a child. Scorpio responds to directness and appreciates when another person’s expectations of the relationship are laid bare.

Your Scorpio man most likely fell in love with your soft femininity, and you can combine that tone with decisive action. Present your case, and be willing to lovingly but definitely move on if he isn’t on the same page. The important part is not to waste time going back and forth. One year is plenty of time for your intuitive Scorpio to feel out the bond. It’s time to get a definitive answer.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Mike Tyson appears in “The Hangover Part II,” in which a different character in the movie wakes up with Tyson’s trademark facial tattoos. A sensitive Cancer with a tough outer shell, Tyson’s led a life of extreme highs and lows. He’s had nothing and then everything and then lost it all again. Mercury in Leo gives an instinct for entertainment and a need and ability to fascinate the public.