Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HOL­I­DAY MATHIS

Happy birth­day. A para­dox: You have to risk re­jec­tion in or­der to ex­pe­ri­ence be­long­ing. You have the courage to do it of­ten this year, and the re­sound­ing mes­sage will be: ”It’s about time you joined us.” You’ll be gen­er­ous with the wind­fall you re­ceive at the end of 2017. In the new year pro­fes­sional gains will build on per­sonal de­vel­op­ments.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’re good at hid­ing things that need to be hid­den. Tape it to the back of a pic­ture; put it in the freezer; keep it in the sleeve of an old coat … or lock it in a heart cham­ber where it can never es­cape to your tongue. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Re­la­tion­ships re­quire space just as much as they re­quire in­ti­macy. With­out the space, it’s not a re­la­tion­ship; it’s a sin­gle en­tity. With­out the in­ti­macy, same thing, ex­cept it’s two sin­gle en­ti­ties.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21): When you’re try­ing to do some­thing new, es­tab­lish bet­ter habits or change your be­hav­ior, set­ting your­self up for suc­cess is key. Plan­ning ahead will help you stay in con­trol. CAN­CER (June 22-July 22): Your near­ness to others changes their brain­waves. This is true for every­one. It is im­pos­si­ble to be among other be­ings with­out hav­ing an im­pact. What you do for your­self you do for all.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Peo­ple who strug­gle like crazy to get con­trol of cir­cum­stances will of­ten fail. But those who put their best ef­forts into con­trol­ling their own re­sponses to cir­cum­stances ex­pe­ri­ence a rise in power.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Should you have the strength to per­sist or the strength to let go and start over? Life takes courage no mat­ter which choice you make. The right choice won’t feel easy so much as it will feel worth the ef­fort.

LI­BRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): You’d pre­fer that a good sit­u­a­tion re­mains good for­ever, but it’s noth­ing to stress over. Things change in their time, not yours. Un­til then, en­joy. When the time is right you’ll move on, keep con­trol, em­brace change and stay happy. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): You’ve a tal­ent for ac­cu­rately cal­cu­lat­ing risk. You’ll make a shrewd and prof­itable move based on the data you gather and an­a­lyze over the next three days. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): So­cial ge­niuses know that while ex­cel­lent ques­tions are cru­cial in open­ing up a con­ver­sa­tion, there’s no point in ask­ing them un­less you’re ready to lis­ten care­fully to the an­swer. CAPRI­CORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In most things, you pre­fer to share. It’s al­most never just about you, which is great news: Who needs the pres­sure and re­spon­si­bil­ity? There’s a larger con­text to un­der­stand. Look for it, and get things into per­spec­tive. AQUAR­IUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Feel­ing that you’re not up to the task doesn’t make it so. You’re ac­tu­ally the last one to judge ac­cu­rately when it comes to what you can do to­day. Get a cheer­leader and then soak up the en­cour­age­ment.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Most things re­quire trial and er­ror. Al­low fal­li­bil­ity to teach you, to chip away at any dog­matic be­liefs you may be hold­ing on to, and ul­ti­mately to change the way you think.

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