Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NOTHWEST/TELEVISION - HOL­I­DAY MATHIS

Happy birth­day. It’s said that mad­ness carves its own re­al­ity. You’re not at all mad, but you’re a carver, too.

You’ll chip and shave away at your life un­til the mas­ter­piece emerges. A glo­ri­ous hap­pen­ing in the next three weeks will be the first of five.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Should you sac­ri­fice your needs for those of an­other? Of course. But how of­ten?

That’s the crux of it. Sac­ri­fice should feel like a choice, not a char­ac­ter trait. Your needs are im­por­tant, too. Ex­am­ine the balance in re­la­tion­ships.

TAU­RUS (April 20-May 20): As so­cial as you can be, your soli­tude is at times so sweet that no one can com­pete. When you need to be alone, you re­ally need it and en­joy it thor­oughly.

GEM­INI (May 21-June 21): The ones worth im­press­ing aren’t ex­cited by high-dol­lar items that any­one with money can ob­tain. Taste, style and emo­tional sat­is­fac­tion have more to do with speci­ficity of choice and the rea­son­ing be­hind it.

CAN­CER (June 22-July 22): Life­style changes come about in in­ter­est­ing ways for you. Your next great change will start with a pang of dis­sat­is­fac­tion then a judg­ment that spreads over your be­ing as a re­al­iza­tion.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When you make a de­ci­sion about how mal­leable your mood will be, you’ll have the power to stick to it. So it will be en­tirely up to you: Your smile could change the day, or the day could change your smile.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The at­ti­tudes of peo­ple and the feel­ing of sit­u­a­tions will mat­ter even more than usual. In fact, in most things you en­counter to­day, the tone will trump the con­tent. Re­ac­tions will be knee-jerk and gut-level.

LI­BRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): In the cur­rent mi­lieu, you are sur­rounded by art­fully scribed dec­la­ra­tions and ad­vice. The decor, the cof­fee mug, the shirt, the bracelet — they all seem to be bark­ing or­ders. You’ll rebel. You don’t need to be told how to do you.

SCOR­PIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): You may con­tra­dict your­self, and that’s just part of be­ing a com­plex hu­man with broad in­ter­ests and a mind that can travel through time and span a uni­verse of ideas, many of which are bound to clash.

SAGIT­TAR­IUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll con­sider go­ing out of your way to make a fa­vor­able im­pres­sion or to please some­one. Be­fore you do, ex­am­ine your mo­tives. If it’s ap­proval you seek, you don’t need it. If it’s for fun or ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, you can’t lose.

CAPRI­CORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The ob­ser­va­tions oth­ers make of you may clash with your self-con­cept now. It may feel greedy to take a com­pli­ment and rude to de­flect it. Avoid both modes by fo­cus­ing on the gra­cious­ness of oth­ers.

AQUAR­IUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your re­stric­tions, real or imag­ined, are le­git­i­mate. The lat­ter is harder to break free from than the for­mer. That’s what makes to­day’s small vic­tory so im­por­tant. This is only the be­gin­ning.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Depri­va­tion is a se­vere and im­prac­ti­cal ap­proach. Many things are bet­ter reg­u­lated than re­stricted. This guid­ing prin­ci­ple will help you nav­i­gate the tricky is­sues of the day.

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