Horoscopes by Holiday: July 28, 2018

Considering yesterday’s multitude of aspects, including the full moon, there may be ruffled feathers to smooth over. The Greek philosopher Epictetus suggested, “We have two ears and one mouth, so that we may listen twice as much as we speak.” And that’s exactly the success plan for these first days of the Mercury retrograde.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your intuition is spot on today – not because you can see the future but because you can)make the future. You’ve a sense about what’s possible and how much work it will take. You do it until it’s done.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). A weak teacher will tell you that the reason you didn’t succeed in the class is that you didn’t work hard enough. A strong teacher makes you want to work hard; a strong teacher considers your success a joint mission.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In order to fit into the group agenda, you might have to compromise on your approach, plan or product, but you shouldn’t have to compromise who you are.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’ll be invigorated by people working together to accomplish a common goal, especially if the goal has something to do with improving themselves or improving the world through kindness.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Ask yourself the questions that will help you get clear about what you want to accomplish. Then the “how” won’t matter so much. As you focus on the effect that you want to have, the details work themselves out.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There’s a pleasant (not outrageous or startling) surprise in this day just for you, a little something to make your ride smoother and your smile wider.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To get more problems, obsess about all the problems you already have. To get fewer problems, focus on just one problem and solve it. Then move to the next.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Even though you know better than to get “attached to an outcome,” for better or worse, you’re invested in what happens next. It just happens that way when you love something this much.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Life doesn’t always fall into a lovely pattern; sometimes it has to be forced or puzzled together into one. Actually, the forcing usually only works for a short term. Better to toy around and find something that fits.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Every time you introduce a new variable, things change. One person alters the whole group, and indeed every person is the “one” person who does this. So don’t discount your contribution, even in very large gatherings.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This is an excellent time to look at your expenses and cut the subscriptions and recurring payments that go to things you don’t really use. It will bring your finances and more back into balance without a sense of sacrifice.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Even though your reflexes are superior, you’d rather live proactively so that you’re not in a reactive position. Tonight brings a hint that will help with the mystery you’ve been trying to solve.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 28). You keep creating and making things happen, and that’s why this year brings four major celebrations of you. October brings special courage, and you’ll dive into a daring aim – something you wouldn’t have had the guts or skills for in the past. You’ll be ready! This will begin a trajectory you’ll follow through to your next birthday. Pisces and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 30, 29, 44 and 12.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “I like him, and he doesn’t like me. And yes, I know I sound like a 12-year-old. What makes all of this worse is that I’m not. I’m a 42-year-old Leo. I should know better. I’ve loved and lost, loved and won then loved and lost again. Well, this schoolgirl crush is just ridiculous. I’ve pretty much figured out that he’ll never feel the same way. So why can’t I just get over it? He’s a Pisces.”

Leos can be so fantastically imaginative: You are really falling in love with your own imagination! Anyway, you’re in a good position. The wise one inside you knows that this is an immature and possibly inappropriate relationship for you. On some level, you realize that you don’t love him; you love the idea of him – the fantasy of who he is. So all you have to do is get to know the real him. Be a friend. Keep your feelings to yourself. Think of this as a reconnaissance investigation. Sooner or later, all the discrepancies between the real him and the him in your head will emerge, and the fantasy bubble will burst.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Immortally glamorous Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis remains a subject of adoring fascination. Her sun and Mercury in Leo suggest she was destined for the spotlight, and though ever poised in its glare, her Mars and Neptune in Virgo intimate that it wasn’t a comfortable place for her to be. Virgo energy is always striving for perfection. Jackie O made it seem attainable.