Horoscopes by Holiday: July 31, 2018

There’s much we don’t understand about our world. Even fundamental discoveries, such as gravity and energy, hold enough mystery for top scientists to devote their lives to researching them. As for relationships and love, such matters are even more mysterious. Under the Pisces moon, pondering these matters we’d normally take for granted will yield personal breakthroughs.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There’s a job that needs doing and you’ll be assigning duty. Keep in mind that not all confident people are capable and some of the most capable people are severely unconfident.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The usual self-help advice says you can either react emotionally to events or use them as lessons. Why then, in the moment, does it seem like you don’t have a choice? Maybe because you’re not a robot. And that advice is overly reductive.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When opportunity knocks, it’s your chance to show initiative, charm, brightness and the intention to understand and help. These are the qualities that will encourage opportunity to come around more often.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s one thing to help people who don’t help you back, and it’s quite another to help people because they can’t help you back. In that helper lives the heartbeat of kindness.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Don’t get caught up in measuring yourself to anyone, not even your former self. You are, after all, not that person either. All you can be is the best possible version of your current self.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Social circles, much like solar circles, run on principles of attraction and repulsion. Your conscious awareness of what some people are attracted to will play into this and you’ll make a choice about what to present.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To lay your heart on the line would normally require courage, though today it just may be a matter of math. The potential gains from confessing your feelings are greater than the risk.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Make the right choice, learn, make the wrong choice, learn … and it will keep going back and forth pingpong-style today. You’re awake and so you can’t help but come out of the game smarter.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People’s tests for one another are not often conscious. They run one another through obstacles and observe the results in order to figure out who is worthy of attention, how much and what kind.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If all you do today is understand a little more than you did yesterday, it’s a good day. And if you somehow diminished the suffering of others, too, you can count the day as great.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). In life and art, the value of framing cannot be underestimated. The obvious focal point is for amateurs. Also, consider the scale of things. What if you went bigger? What if you zoomed in?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You lost something back there. At the time you thought it was everything, and now you’re perfectly content (if not better off) without it. In that light, maybe today’s stress needn’t affect you much.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 31). This year is like traveling on a gigantic cruise ship. You’ll make yourself at home, live it up, have your needs taken care of while barely noticing that you’re also on your way to an adventurous destination unlike the last. The opportunity to start a new business or change jobs happens in October. Romance and fun in 2019. Capricorn and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 44, 38, 1 and 9.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “What are my chances of breaking into a new business at the age of 50? I’ve always felt like a late bloomer, but I still don’t have the bloom to prove it. I’m a Taurus who has worked hard most of my life. And I have a loving family and friends to show for it but not much financial success. What are my prospects?”

Taurus is connected with the second house of money and wealth, but those born under the sign of the bull should be careful not to get too wrapped up in the financial bottom line. Since you realize that your relationships are your true wealth, you’re already ahead in the game. There really is no fair way to compare your life, wealth and choices with anyone else in the world. You are better off to stand by all you’ve done so far. Never discount your experiences. You will need to educate yourself, network and choose a mentor to help you come up with a plan. Tauruses are a hardy crew. Focus on feeling young and strong, and you’ll rise above the stereotypes and ageism prevalent in our society. Fill up with self-belief — that is your ticket to creating new streams of income.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Harry Potter: A History of Magic is a museum exhibit that’s traveled across the pond to the New York Historical Society. This is just one of the many projects in the works for J.K. Rowling. Born under an entertaining Leo sun, the predominant energy in Rowling’s natal chart is of hard-working and often reserved Virgo. Five luminaries in Virgo promise that Rowling is endlessly productive.