Expanding our horizons is not always as simple as we might wish. Today’s anxious connection between retrograde Mercury and bountiful Jupiter creates conflict as our old expectations meet new opportunities. Our thoughts are running around in circles unsuccessfully trying to justify our actions. Meanwhile, the calculating Capricorn Moon forms stressful aspects with the Sun, Pluto and Uranus, adding intensity and urgency to our emotional needs.
You’re so enthusiastic about the possibilities ahead that you conveniently forget about your previous plans. The problem with impulsively following your latest and greatest vision of success is that other people are affected by your behavior. Your sudden change of direction could leave someone in a difficult situation, holding down the fort while you’re off searching for greener pastures. Think about the impact of your decisions before, not after, you do something you might later regret. Author Jon D. Harrison wrote, “Intentions do not insulate us from the consequences of our actions.”
You are determined to make your mark on the world through tangible contributions that improve the lives of others. Whether it’s as simple as holding up your end of a bargain by fulfilling your obligations or as complicated as participating in a large-scale social movement, your pragmatism shines through now. Nevertheless, interpersonal conflict can impede your progress today if you let it. Fortunately, it’s your choice whether or not to get involved. An African proverb teaches, “The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks.”
Although there are many items on your current to-do list, you’re quite confident that you can accomplish everything. You are at your best when your calendar leaves you no time for boredom to settle in. However, taking mental shortcuts and jumping to conclusions are tempting when trickster Mercury is under the influence of pompous Jupiter. You are courting disaster if you think you can solve your scheduling dilemma simply by moving faster. Motivational author Mike Vance wrote, “Slowing down is sometimes the best way to speed up.”
You might need to reevaluate your objectives for the day, especially if they conflict with the needs of those closest to you. Although you wish you could spontaneously make plans today, others are depending on you to show up and may be very vocal about their expectations. Don’t mislead anyone by remaining silent about your preferences. The sooner everyone knows what you want, the easier it will be to find a common solution to your differences. A willingness to compromise saves the day.
You are truly a sight to behold when you are on a mission. Your priorities are already established, and you are eager to execute your plan to reach your goals today. However, you may grow impatient if circumstances beyond your control restrict your movement or obstruct your progress. In theory, you accept the need to readjust your schedule, but in practice you’re unwilling to deviate from your original timetable. Designer Mark W. Perrett wrote, “If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.”
Although you’re known for your attention to details, you prefer to let your penchant for perfection slip away today while you focus on the big picture. Unfortunately, instant karma won’t let you shift your perspective without suffering the consequences. Unmanaged loose ends untie themselves and jeopardize your larger goals. It’s annoying when reality reacts to your inattention so quickly. Nevertheless, you can’t fly off into the cosmos until the mundane aspects of your life are under control. Thankfully, you can just as well channel your creativity into practical accomplishments as you can your dreams.
There is plenty of work to do around the house and you’re yearning to have something to show for your efforts by the end of the day. However, you aren't expecting to be so distracted by others now. Your intent is to let everyone go their way while you go yours today, but their plans sound so intriguing that you may be quick to set yours aside. If you accomplish less than you originally hoped, there's no reason to transfer your disappointment onto anyone else. Michael Josephson wrote, “You are the captain of your own ship; don’t let anyone else take the wheel.”
It’s tempting to talk about all the things you want to do today instead of lifting a finger on any one project. It’s not that you’re trying to procrastinate, but you’re still working out the details of how to reach your goals. Discussing your ideas with a friend is a sensible next step if you’re willing to listen to the advice you receive. Hopefully, you will find the wisdom to realize which of your plans are unrealistic, so you can refocus your attention on those things that matter most. Actions speak louder than words.
You intend to finish what you start, but you may discover that you bit off more than you can chew. There is no shame in recognizing that your aspirations are overly ambitious and the sooner you readjust your expectations, the better. However, ignoring the signs could lead to an unpleasant outcome. There are times when pushing your luck works out in your favor, but this isn’t one of them. Humorist Josh Billings wrote, “Half the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”
A well-developed strategy is worth its weight in gold today. Although you may consider many paths to accomplish your goals, it’s necessary to fix on one route before you set out on your journey now. However, an unexpected difference of opinion with someone close to you might require you to reassess your original objectives. You must be amenable to making changes to your plans if you are truly serious about boosting your productivity. A Chinese proverb states, “A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it.”
Although you may appear to be overly optimistic when sharing your big ideas, you might secretly harbor doubts about your ability to execute your plans. It’s a mistake to try and convince others to support your venture now. Muster the courage to reveal your uncertainties and even admit to your fear of failure. Remember, you are confiding in allies, not adversaries, and it could be helpful to hear their reactions to your honest assessment of the situation. Let your faith be bigger than your fears.
Constantly considering people’s expectations is tiring when you have something else on your mind. However, you feel energized when you let your unedited fantasies take over a conversation and you start rhapsodizing about your passions. You might worry that you sound like a broken record, repeating old dreams that you set aside in order to be responsible. But climbing out on a limb is a gamble that will likely pay off as others surprise you with their support. Oscar Wilde wrote, “Success is a science; if you have the conditions, you get the result.”