FOR TODAY, MAY 11, 2019
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
The stakes are high, and the demands are substantial. You thrive in intense environments that awaken all your senses. Anything that seems to block you professionally only stimulates your ingenuity and solidifies your drive to succeed. Surprise people by discovering a clever way around the obstruction. Take concrete steps to further your objectives today. Your resiliency inspires others to reach for their dreams, too. The struggle is part of the story. Victory lies within your grasp.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Distant shores beckon you today. However, it is difficult to stay grounded in the present when you are lost in thoughts of the faraway horizon and the future. As you plumb the depths of your mind, you remember an experience that brings your reverie to a halt and forces you to become aware of the here and now. Use this returning awareness to turn your flights of fancy into actual flights. As a wise person once said, We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Your desire to discover what lies at the root of an issue keeps you preoccupied today. Your singular focus may cause your friends to grow annoyed with you. The truth is there are only so many free hours during the day, and you must spend them wisely. Your investigation takes precedence now. Thankfully, your partner or best friend could step in to smooth out the tense social situation with ease and grace. Keep digging for a golden result and you will get to the bottom of something important. Cherish the treasure you find.
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Intimacy is built on honesty and trust. Every so often, its wise to dispel differences and the current cosmic energy offers a perfect chance to face hard truths with your partner. As difficult as these deep conversations are to initiate, communication establishes a new foundation of respect and trust, which makes you feel secure again. If you are not entangled in a partnership, today provides a ripe opportunity to contemplate what you want from one. Clarifying what you need will help draw in what you seek.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):
Recovery is necessary to maintain your momentum. If you have been working too hard, you need to recharge your batteries. Take your nose off the grindstone and rest. A language barrier may be causing a misunderstanding with a colleague today. People generally mean well. Rely on your characteristic good cheer and playful personality, and try to tease your way into creating a bridge. Thankfully, laughter is a unifying force. Oprah Winfrey said, Great communication begins with connection.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Creating something from scratch takes concentrated effort. Your social life competes for your time and comes up short. You are hot on the trail of a significant contribution to a major project -- something that means the world to you. No ounce of energy can be wasted on frivolities today. A family member may even come to the rescue by paying some of your outstanding debts, which brings welcome relief. Forge ahead with unwavering determination. You know more than anyone that dedication does not have an off-season.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Your domestic life is like an archaeology dig as layer by layer, you get closer to uncovering dormant aspects of your heritage. Your lineage occupies your thoughts more than usual, and you are likely to make some considerable discoveries now. On a lighter note, a local flirtation hints at a chance for a more significant partnership. Someone you never thought of in that way starts to turn on the allure. Indulging in fantasies of a promising dalliance will keep your spirits high. Author Alan Cohen advises, Dance on the edge of mystery.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
The weeds of your mind clear on their own. You are steadily establishing a new way of communicating and crave profound interactions with others. Happily, you might engage in a few notable exchanges, but you have to put yourself out there now. If you bury yourself in work, you may miss the chance. A burst of relief in your financial sector means you can afford lunch out today. Treat yourself and take a moment to connect to the world around you. You might just strike up the right conversation with a stranger whose sentiments are simpatico with your heart. Serendipity is magic.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21):
The regeneration of your financial landscape demands prudence now. Although you are not known for caution, your increasing clarity around questions of money helps you exercise it. Luckily, you always find a way to have fun. Think up something unconventional that does not require spending, and you will have a blast. The oddball approach might even assist you in dealing with the more serious matters. You can achieve both objectives at once by diverting your attention from material temptation. After all, the best things in life are free.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19):
Introspection is the name of the game. You are taking a sober look at yourself now and making some lasting changes. It is an emotional process that can't be rushed. People who meet you sense the gravity of your demeanor. Thankfully, you do not have to dwell in doom and gloom unless you prefer to be alone. Stretch your imagination. Break out some of your classic dark humor. Actor Peter Ustinov said, Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
Clearing the old makes way for the new. You are still wrapping up some unfinished business. Some of these matters require you to retreat from the world for a moment. Letting go of what no longer serves you is necessary work that often goes unappreciated. Yet we see this happen every year: the leaves a tree sheds in fall allow for the growth of new leaves in spring. They still have the same shape but are composed of fresh energy. Release what is outworn, so there is plenty of room to regenerate.
PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar 20):
An old friendship surges back into your world as other friendships may be waning away. You can measure your own progress in life against people you have known for a long time. Your memories of each other crystallize and preserve aspects of yourselves you might have forgotten. Visits help update your cerebral software, so to speak, so that the old does not lock you into a shape you no longer hold. Reminisce, reconnect, and revel in the timeless joy of camaraderie.