We may be fighting a losing battle as we try to remove our blinders and widen our perspectives today. Rational Mercury anxiously aspects broad-minded Jupiter, expanding our thoughts beyond the logic of the mundane world. But romantic Venus creates an awkward alignment with austere Saturn, requiring us to minimize our fantasies. Meanwhile, we might become obsessive about public recognition when the ambitious Capricorn Moon joins ruthless Pluto.
You are anxious to demonstrate your authority today and expect everyone to go along with your ideas. However, you may be so excited about your new action plan that you skip thinking through all the details. No doubt, your starting point might be brilliant. But once you get on a roll, you’re happy to just improvise, diminishing your appearance of competence rather than increasing it. Thankfully, the solution is simple: apply your energy toward developing your concept rather than prematurely shouting it from the mountaintop. Gold medalist Carl Lewis said, “Life is about timing.”
Just when everything finally seems to be progressing smoothly, something happens that makes you realize you are moving too fast. There’s nothing wrong with being in a hurry to reach your goal as long as your speed doesn’t negatively impact your performance. However, someone who is trying to help you succeed might be a little too harsh in their criticism. Don’t fall into the trap of defending your current behavior. Instead, listen to the voice of reason and use it to increase your productivity. Lily Tomlin said, “The road to success is always under construction.”
Although you may want to spend more time with your friends today, reality intervenes with its own agenda. Your initial reaction is to accept a social invitation and leave your prior commitments in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, this strategy won’t likely work out as planned. It’s better to face the music first and fulfill your responsibilities. Not only will you experience the satisfaction of a job well done, you can also enjoy your downtime without worrying about unfinished business. Actress Keri Russell said, “Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
You are optimistic about the future, but you may still be walking on eggshells when it comes to an uncomfortable relationship issue. Although you’re unwilling to cave into someone else’s need to control the situation, you prefer to sidestep a melodramatic one-to-one encounter. However, your desire to bypass an unpleasant confrontation could be the very trigger that makes it happen. The best thing you can do now is to acknowledge your fears and let them go. Adopting a neutral attitude is all that’s needed to avoid an unnecessary showdown. Live and let live.
A significant social or business event is looming in your immediate future and there are logistical decisions to make about your possible attendance. Unfortunately, others seem to think they know everything about your current situation. However, you aren’t pleased when anyone pushes their nose into your business and tries to tell you what to do. Instead of hiding your annoyance behind a fake smile today, share your concerns without necessarily opening the emotional floodgates. A lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect.
You normally excel at sifting through all the choices and eliminating all but the best. However, you can’t seem to make up your mind today, because you see a bright spot on the horizon no matter which way you turn. Thankfully, you can discern potential problems upon further analysis, making your selection process slightly less difficult. Nevertheless, someone might think you’re making a mistake and can’t wait to chastise you. Remain open to feedback, but don’t change your mind just to placate others. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote, “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.”
You can look right past an interpersonal issue now, without even noticing a problem exists. The good news is you recognize someone’s highest potential and assume the best possible outcome from any situation. The bad news is you may inadvertently set yourself up for disappointment if reality doesn’t match your idealistic expectations. However, there is an opportunity to strengthen the foundation of a relationship by taking a risk and sharing your hopes with your partner so everyone is on the same page. Actor Henry Winkler said, “Assumptions are the termites of relationships.”
You may be envisioning innovative methods to shake up your daily routine but changing any one part creates a ripple effect on the rest of your life. It feels as if there’s no gentle way to make a minor adjustment today. Goldilocks is nowhere to be found as everything seems to be too little or too much. Nevertheless, the elusive “just right” might mysteriously appear once you stop searching for perfection. Too much looking often blinds the eye that seeks but never finds.
You’re getting cosmically called in two directions today. On one hand, you are being encouraged to explore every interaction as if it were a key to understanding your destiny. But you’re finding it increasingly difficult to weigh the relative importance of each new experience. On the other hand, you see every person as another potential distraction from your current responsibilities. This dilemma is only a problem if you think it must be solved immediately. Clarity will be revealed sooner than you expect if you simply keep your options open for now.
Reaching your potential is a significant priority for you conscientious Mountain Goats. However, sometimes it’s more important to tenderly take care of your personal needs than to relentlessly drive toward the next milestone in your life. Although you might have already created a rigorous agenda for the day, unexpected developments tempt you to toss your ambitious plans out the window and pursue a path of rest and relaxation. Maintaining your health is not a luxury; being at your physical best is a critical component to your success.
You want every little thing you do to fit into a larger framework that supports your life story. In your ideal world, each separate activity adds something special to your long-term goals. However, it’s all too easy to be distracted when everyone else seems to be playing now. You could choose to hunker down and continue with your work, but you also crave a bit of fellowship. Nothing will be gained in the long run by pushing so hard today. Author Joyce Meyer wrote, “You will never enjoy life if you do not enjoy yourself.”
Your friends and family play a significant role in your day because they offer you the stability you need to explore new possibilities for your future. You might not be looking for a change of direction now, but you keep seeing shiny objects in the distance that catch your eye -- and you are eager to be the first to find one of these treasures. It’s like you’re a scout in the wilderness and your social network is your base camp. Publisher William Feather wrote, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”