Horoscopes by Holiday: August 13, 2018

To be someone’s greatest advocate is a privilege and a role to be cherished. Maybe you’ve been lucky to have had such an advocate, or maybe you just wish you’d been lucky in this way because you now know how hard life can be without support. Either way, the nurturing Virgo moon is an opportunity to show up strong for someone.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Being constantly up for critique is a grind, but at least you can take heart in the fact that this is a direct result of being known, significant and integral to the lives of others.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll be entering into new challenges, and you could really use a coach. There are behaviors that will be expected, and it will pay to know what they are and exactly how to execute them.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There’s an ancient part of your brain that couldn’t care less about your hopes and dreams. It wants what it wants – and now. It’s completely irrational and extremely strong. Success depends on your ability to trick it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Should you punish yourself for a mistake? Your aim is to avoid repeating it, and you think the harshness would help you remember. It might indeed motivate you in the short term, but in the long term it would do the opposite.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You know what you want with great clarity and detail. You can see it in your imagination. Taking the time to visualize this again and again will help you have the willpower to overcome obstacles and prevail in weaker moments.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Get on your own side. It’s especially important on days such as today, when you’re taking on something new. Keep reminding yourself that you’re just as worthy as anyone else who’s done this before. With confidence, you’ll excel.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Love is a very real human need, but you can’t eat it. However, with a degree of contentment, care and a sense of belonging, you will be relaxed, clever and resilient enough to figure out how to make money.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). One great thing about the past is that it got you here. Another great thing about it is that the bad parts are over. So bless it and leave it back there, where it belongs. Better days are ahead.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To realize our full potential, our ego needs to shrink, not grow. The desire to feel special is understandable, yet no one should have to feel superior in order to feel worthy of respect and love.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Take a warm and understanding approach to yourself. Your suffering won’t lessen if you’re hard on yourself. You won’t overcome perceived shortcomings by merely demanding it. Try self-compassion instead.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Accept yourself with an open heart. The constant need to assess how you’re measuring up is exhausting and benefits no one, least of all you. Drop it and enjoy the sense of wholeness and oneness with others that follows.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The correctness of an action may be difficult to discern right now, as there are many facets to consider. Think in terms of doing what’s helpful and what’s useful instead of merely what’s correct.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 13). Interesting meetups, family connections and professional alliances are part of the excellent social luck that visits you over the next 10 weeks. A change in what you offer the world (perhaps as a result of new training) will show you making a dream come true in November and making an important deal in June. Libra and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 28, 44, 3 and 19.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “What is an opposition? I was told that I was born when the sun and moon were in opposition and that this could be problematic for me. Do you think it’s true?”

The second-most powerful astrological aspect (after the conjunction) is the opposition. Planets are in opposition when they are 180 degrees from each other in an astrological chart. Think of two children on a seesaw at the park. They’re as far apart from each other as they can possibly be, yet they share a common center. Planets in opposition have contradictory agendas, yet there is still the possibility of finding balance in the middle. We on Earth may experience conflict and confusing push-pull feelings during oppositions.

As for the opposition in your natal chart, I wouldn’t call it problematic. I see it as a gift. It creates tension, yes, but tension can be the source of beauty. For instance, the tension of a guitar string is necessary for melodious expression. When there’s dissonance between your public self and the you inside, don’t be afraid or expect it to be different. Strive to embrace and accept the entirety of you.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Alfred Hitchcock was one of the great pioneers of cinema, having profoundly influenced the suspense and psychological thriller genres and developed techniques that are still used in contemporary films. His theatrical sun and Venus were in Leo, the sign of entertaining, and that fact was accented by his moon and Jupiter’s being in Scorpio, an energy of sometimes spooky intensity.

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