If it’s your birth­day

New York Daily News - - BRAMHALL’S WORLD -

Be alert to when you think you must give some­thing up. You prob­a­bly don’t need to; that’s just a be­lief. Yet you must cul­ti­vate de­vo­tion. Your life is about what you of­fer your­self to with a whole heart. That means more than ro­man­tic part­ners: it means what you do ev­ery day, and the choices you make about who and what you serve. You share a birth­day with Georgia O’Ke­effe, Jonny Lee Miller and Shai­lene Wood­ley. MARCH 21-APRIL 19 Com­mit­ment should not be a big deal. It’s not the kind of thing that should re­quire any special mo­ti­va­tion; it speaks for it­self, and pro­vides its own en­ergy. The ques­tions you are fac­ing in a re­la­tion­ship re­fer to whether there are au­then­tic feel­ings of de­vo­tion. Don’t be afraid to ask hon­estly. APRIL 20-MAY 20 Fo­cus on tak­ing care of your­self, and then take care of the peo­ple clos­est to you. Take care of gro­ceries and laun­dry, then make a few phone calls to peo­ple you care about. Find out if there is some way you can help, even if just to lend an ear for a few min­utes. The world will be a bet­ter place. MAY 21-JUNE 20 You may need to de­vote your­self to a cre­ative project or work-re­lated task; and for now, this will take pri­or­ity over a re­la­tion­ship. This is not be­ing a worka­holic. It’s about be­ing de­voted to what you do and what you must cre­ate. You will cir­cle back around to per­sonal in­ti­macy. That is in­evitable. JUNE 21-JULY 22 As one born un­der the sign of the Crab, you need your per­sonal space. At min­i­mum you should have a room of your own. You might have to make do with any ex­tended op­por­tu­nity to be alone, even if for a few hours. That would serve you well today and tonight. JULY 23-AUG. 22 Life is not all about feel­ing se­cure. Some­times you have to use the sense of safety that you’ve gained, and de­lib­er­ately take a risk of some kind. You might want to say some­thing you wouldn’t or­di­nar­ily say, or ex­press your­self cre­atively even if you don’t know whether you can carry it off. AUG. 23-SEPT. 22 It’s true that you’re some­times called to make sac­ri­fices for what you want, though is that re­ally nec­es­sary in your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion? Or is it a be­lief that’s based on guilt and other self-de­feat­ing con­di­tion­ing? As a Virgo, you must learn one thing: how to be your own best friend. SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 Keep your fo­cus on fi­nan­cial pri­or­i­ties, and don’t be so will­ing to write checks or make con­ces­sions. Peo­ple think any­one with a lit­tle ex­tra cash is Jay-Z. You are a per­son of mod­est means, and it’s es­sen­tial that every­one do their part and make their ap­pro­pri­ate con­tri­bu­tion — es­pe­cially close part­ners. NOV. 22-DEC. 21 You have an un­usual power at the mo­ment, which is partly about the abil­ity to go deep stealth; and sec­ond, you can pretty much say and do what you want, and no­body can touch you. Now, what will you do with that power? You can be a force for truth and jus­tice. Bring it on. DEC. 22-JAN. 19 Events over the next few weeks will prove to be in­for­ma­tive in a way you were not ex­pect­ing and there­fore could not pre­pare for. Yet you know you’ve been ap­proach­ing this mo­ment all of your life. Tran­scend your im­me­di­ate phys­i­cal needs and fo­cus your mind on the widest per­spec­tive you can. JAN. 20-FEB. 18 Do not con­fuse red car­pet mo­ments, stun­ning en­cores and glam­orous in­ter­views with the ef­fort that it took suc­cess­ful peo­ple to get there. You have the tal­ent, the re­sources and any­thing else you might need. Now, let your­self be guided to work as hard as you must to get the re­sult that you want. FEB. 19-MARCH 20 Some­times, no mat­ter what con­sul­tants, ex­perts or part­ners may say, you must make your own de­ci­sion. The pur­pose of get­ting guid­ance is not to have your thoughts or ideas over­ruled; the pur­pose is to com­pel you to make an hon­est as­sess­ment of your sit­u­a­tion. Make sure you do that much.

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