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SATUR­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 8, 2018 Nep­tu­nian Quest

If the align­ment of Mars and Nep­tune had a song, it would be “The Im­pos­si­ble Dream” by Mitch Leigh and Joe Dar­ion. The lyrics re­call a quest that in­cludes, among other things, “To try when your arms are too weary, to reach the un­reach­able star.” It sounds rather grand, but hap­pens in small ways for to­day’s coura­geous. ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re not out to change the world to­day; you just want to find a bet­ter way to live within it. Mostly this has to do with learn­ing what’s there and ask­ing oth­ers how they’re do­ing it. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You don’t al­ways want at­ten­tion or peo­ple around you. But when you do feel like com­pany, the quick­est way to be­com­ing more at­trac­tive is to get happy. So how are you go­ing to get happy? GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Just be­cause one per­son is serv­ing an­other doesn’t mean that the per­son is any less val­ued than the other. In fact, it takes a big heart and a solidly de­vel­oped sense of self to serve oth­ers well. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Chem­istry, mu­tual ad­mi­ra­tion and shared hu­mor are among the many things that con­trib­ute to the longevity and health of a re­la­tion­ship. How­ever, noth­ing con­trib­utes more to­day than for­give­ness. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You don’t al­ways get the credit for what you do. Maybe that’s a good thing to­day. If you have too much praise heaped on you, you’ll at­tract jeal­ousy and high ex­pec­ta­tions for next time -- two pres­sures you don’t need.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ve been taught that it’s im­po­lite to ex­press bore­dom, and over time this has caused you to be obliv­i­ous to the symp­toms. Wake up to bore­dom now. Bore­dom is a sign that you’re not in the right place. It’s a sign to move on.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The play­ful­ness that’s so cute in an­i­mals (in­clud­ing the hu­man an­i­mal) is also very nec­es­sary; it gets the crea­ture ready for life. Play­ing is of­ten a sim­u­la­tion, a chance to hone some skills to pre­pare for the chal­lenges to come. SCOR­PIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Whether some­thing is of­fen­sive or not de­pends on many fac­tors in­clud­ing (but not lim­ited to) con­text, zeit­geist, so­cial mores and, most im­por­tantly, who is the mes­sen­ger. Know what story is yours and is not yours to tell. SAGIT­TAR­IUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Go­ing with the flow just isn’t ap­pro­pri­ate in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion. As your own ad­vo­cate, you’ll need to speak up to­day about what you need and what you don’t un­der­stand. Get the knowl­edge and re­sources you’re due. CAPRI­CORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s a sig­nif­i­cant event in the fu­ture that seems to be reach­ing back through time to poke you. This poke is a sig­nal to heed. The event may seem very far off in­deed, but if you wait un­til it’s not, it will be too late. AQUAR­IUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You don’t have to over­think your part in the tim­ing of things. To be prompt will be enough. Promp­ti­tude will keep you within the bound­ary of good man­ners, fine rep­u­ta­tion, du­ti­ful ser­vice and boun­ti­ful for­tunes. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Among your many rights is the right to be left alone. This you de­sire not out of anti-so­cial in­stincts but out of a sin­cere need for the peace and soli­tude that will en­gen­der a re­con­nec­tion with the things that make you who you are. TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAY (Dec. 8). Your past gen­eros­ity has set the stage for some ex­cel­lent karma to swing back around, and the so­lar re­turn sets off the bounty. Other high­lights in­clude finding in­for­ma­tion you’ve been seek­ing for years, a sale that makes you proud and the feel­ing that you’re fi­nally com­ing into your own in a cer­tain ex­clu­sive so­cial world. Leo and Aquar­ius adore you. Your lucky num­bers are: 38, 20, 44, 1 and 7.

LEO AND THE HOLDAYS: Leo of­ten tries to do too much dur­ing the hol­i­days. This is a sign that re­ally wants to please ev­ery­one and takes the de­light and en­ter­tain­ment of oth­ers as both a chal­lenge and a per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity. Leo also has a ten­dency to ac­ci­den­tally in­volve too many peo­ple in the hol­i­days, which adds to the dif­fi­culty. That’s why hol­i­day burnout can hap­pen be­fore De­cem­ber even be­gins! Leo may be­gin to feel sad and over­whelmed sim­ply due to a lack of sleep. And fa­tigue makes ev­ery­thing seem some­how more dire than it is. So for Leo, the se­cret to stay­ing cen­tered dur­ing the hol­i­days is to sign up for very lit­tle. Keep plans to a min­i­mum. If Leo is trav­el­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days, make sure there is plenty of time to fin­ish work and pack. Air­plane flights that hap­pen at a rea­son­able time will be well worth the ex­tra ex­pense. Red-eye flights and early bird flights may not be worth the lost sleep. Above all, Leo ben­e­fits from fo­cus­ing on his own en­joy­ment. When Leo does the things that will make him happy, his glee will touch the heart of ev­ery­one around. CELEBRITY PRO­FILES: When she’s not busy feud­ing with other rap­pers, Nicki Mi­naj exhibits her fiery pas­sion through wild Sagit­tar­ian fash­ion. Re­cent looks have in­cluded a risque ref­eree, a body­suit of dol­lars bear­ing her face, and a wide va­ri­ety of la­tex looks. Born when the sun, Mer­cury and Uranus were in Sagit­tar­ius and the moon was in quick-think­ing, com­mu­nica­tive and ver­sa­tile Gemini.

SUN­DAY, DE­CEM­BER 9, 2018 Plan­e­tary Pleas­ant­ness

Ch­i­ron forms an an­gle to Mer­cury to amp up the pleas­ant­ness of small ex­changes, which may seem to have a dis­pro­por­tion­ate ef­fect on our moods. There’s no ques­tion that the feel­ing we get from in­ter­act­ing pos­i­tively with a cashier, barista, fel­low trav­eler or the like has a buoy­ing ef­fect dif­fer­ent from the ef­fect we get from an in­ter­ac­tion in­side a close re­la­tion­ship. ARIES (March 21-April 19). Ev­ery ef­fort to make beau­ti­ful things hap­pen is an­gelic. Each happy mem­ory adds to the emo­tional sun­shine that cre­ates op­ti­mism, which leads to hope and fi­nally to ac­com­plish­ment. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s a lit­tle out of reach still, but you do know what you want, and you have for a while now. Next up, an in­crease in your abil­ity to make the changes nec­es­sary to get this party started. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Mak­ing a bucket list isn’t just for se­niors. You’ll broaden your hori­zons by giv­ing stronger con­sid­er­a­tion to your joys, fas­ci­na­tions and fan­tasies. Fun goals will keep you mo­ti­vated to do the less fun ones. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You usu­ally check in with your­self pe­ri­od­i­cally to see how you’re feel­ing about life and about your goals. With the pace pick­ing up these days, you will ben­e­fit from more fre­quent and de­lib­er­ate check-ins. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will lift spir­its. You’ll do it in prac­ti­cal ways, by shar­ing what you have -knowl­edge, food, con­ver­sa­tion -- but you’ll also in­spire in less tan­gi­ble ways, through your at­ti­tude, your man­ner and the way you tell your story. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There’s a time for seek­ing magic and a time for go­ing as deeply into the mun­dane as you pos­si­bly can. You may un­ex­pect­edly find the lat­ter pur­suit to be far more mag­i­cal than the for­mer.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Be­ware of those who act as though you owe them when you don’t; it is a ploy, a game or a style and can be quite ef­fec­tive to the un­ac­cus­tomed. You are more awake than the av­er­age Joe and won’t fall for it. SCOR­PIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). See­ing as what­ever you do to keep the stress hor­mones at bay can be counted as health-en­hanc­ing and strength-for­ti­fy­ing, would it be too much of a stretch to just call it work?

SAGIT­TAR­IUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21).

You’ll be pay­ing for an in­ter­ac­tion, and get­ting the most for your money will be on your mind. A lit­tle plan­ning will help, as will a pre­pared pre­sen­ta­tion, if that’s not too over-the-top for cir­cum­stances. CAPRI­CORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It will be im­por­tant to you that the cir­cum­stances be fair to all in­volved. You’re will­ing to ad­just, even in a down­ward di­rec­tion, if it means that ev­ery­one will be get­ting the same thing. AQUAR­IUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Think­ing in sci­en­tific ways will help you with al­most any prob­lem that comes up to­day. What about the sit­u­a­tion can be tested, counted and tracked? Therein lies your key.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll get the chance to be around peo­ple whose en­ergy re­ally lights you up. This is about more than just com­mon in­ter­ests. When you’re to­gether, the world turns into a play­ground for kin­dred souls. TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAY (Dec. 9). Though no one can change the facts of the past, the mean­ing of the past is any­body’s game. You’ll re­frame your his­tory and present it in a way that makes peo­ple both un­der­stand who you are and sup­port you in who you want to be. The next 12 months will bring love, ad­ven­ture, fund­ing and growth. Aries and Capri­corn adore you. Your lucky num­bers are: 8, 23, 5, 17 and 40. FORE­CAST FOR THE WEEK

AHEAD: It’s the cos­mic equiv­a­lent to a slow news week. Of course, the sky is never still, but on weeks such as this, when there are not many as­pects as­trologers track, one planet’s chang­ing signs be­comes the head­line. And so, Mer­cury steps into the spot­light, ready for his close-up.

What do we know about this mes­sen­ger boy? As le­gend has it, Mer­cury is the youngest son of Jupiter. He’s also the quick­est and bright­est, the best at ne­go­ti­a­tion. Saul Good­man of “Bet­ter Call Saul” comes to mind. In the tele­vi­sion se­ries, Saul is a fast-talk­ing, clever ma­nip­u­la­tor and bril­liant so­lu­tion man who takes on var­i­ous names to rep­re­sent the role he’s in at the mo­ment. When he pro­ceeds with his given name, James Mcgill, he’s on a dif­fer­ent tra­jec­tory than he is when he’s “Slip­pin’ Jimmy” or “Saul Good­man.”

As for Mer­cury, the ver­sion we get in Scor­pio is more ex­treme, will­ing to up the ante and go all in. Scor­pio is the sign of life and death, truth or con­se­quences. This most re­cent stint in Scor­pio was short, but it was still long enough for many of us to get some ver­sion of a re­al­ity slap.

In Sagit­tar­ius, where Mer­cury is headed this week, Mer­cury brings magnanimous en­ergy to ne­go­ti­a­tions. Let the op­ti­mism em­bolden you on your next ad­ven­ture. CELEBRITY PRO­FILES: Sagit­tar­ius is the sign of ex­plo­ration, ex­em­pli­fied by Si­mon Hel­berg ex­plor­ing outer space as his char­ac­ter Howard Wolowitz in “The Big Bang The­ory.” Hel­berg’s hav­ing three natal Sagit­tar­ius lu­mi­nar­ies sug­gests that he is an in­de­pen­dent thinker who loves to travel and learn dif­fer­ent cul­tures. His Mars and moon’s be­ing in Capri­corn in­di­cates a pow­er­fully strate­gic mind for busi­ness and lead­er­ship.

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