Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HOL­I­DAY MATHIS

Happy birthday. Those ob­sessed with be­ing per­pet­u­ally, per­fectly pos­i­tive will ac­com­plish the op­po­site. Be in­stead ob­sessed with en­joy­ing your­self. You’ll have a fan­tas­tic en­er­getic match in Au­gust, and you’ll make money and have fun with this per­son all year. Your work will win awards in Septem­ber. There’s a wind­fall in Jan­uary. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Staying within the scope of your own pref­er­ences will only lead to a small and not very cre­ative ex­is­tence. It’s why you push your­self ev­ery so of­ten to do what’s un­com­fort­able and a lit­tle scary. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Re­gard­less of how much for­mal school­ing you have, there are holes in your ed­u­ca­tion. (There are holes in ev­ery­one’s ed­u­ca­tion.) Fill them and the ben­e­fits come al­most in­stantly — money, so­cial ease and more.

GEM­INI (May 21-June 21): Re­peated ac­tions cre­ate neu­ral path­ways in your brain. That’s why it’s easy to make the same mis­take mul­ti­ple times. You can change this with a con­scious pat­tern in­ter­rup­tion.

CANCER (June 22-July 22): It doesn’t usu­ally come down to this, but when there’s a power strug­gle, there’s a power ad­just­ment. Take con­trol or be con­trolled. It will help to de­cide where to draw the line be­fore you’re in a po­si­tion to draw it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Give your­self the lee­way to ex­per­i­ment and try things on for size. Play around awhile, be­cause the spirit of play is what will help you with the small tan­gles and then with the big­ger is­sues.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Beauty and pain are of­ten linked. Ev­ery rose has its thorns. A good florist will han­dle the dan­ger. And when there’s no one to take away the prickly truth of the mat­ter, go on and as­sume the role of pro­tec­tor.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): You’ve de­vel­oped such a spe­cific and rang­ing skill set that some­times it seems a bit ar­bi­trary to you. You may won­der whether your tal­ents mat­ter to any­one out­side the niche. You’ll get ev­i­dence that they do to­day.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Even though you be­lieve that some of the rules guid­ing your group are un­fair, be care­ful not to break them to­day. Eyes are on you. There will be a time for re­bel­lion and change, but you’ve much learn­ing to do still to get ready. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Peo­ple tend to de­cide what they want and then fig­ure out the rea­sons it’s a good idea. This is, of course, com­pletely back­ward and leads to faulty logic, but that’s only a prob­lem if what’s wanted is amoral.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You don’t know how long a thing takes un­til you do it. That’s why im­pa­tience is for ama­teurs. The pros get it all done — me­thod­i­cally, one step at a time — with no rush­ing or time wasted. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’ll be baby-sit­ting chil­dren and/or peo­ple who act like chil­dren. Don’t ex­pect typ­i­cal re­sponses or be­hav­ior you can make sense of. In solv­ing the prob­lems of the day, cre­ativ­ity will serve you bet­ter than logic.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There are many good rea­sons to show up. You don’t want to miss out. If you don’t show up, you won’t know. They al­ways talk about the one who’s not there, etc. So go. It’s a no-brainer.

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