Albuquerque Journal



TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 17): Success secret: Get scientific on your life. Decide which metrics are meaningful to you, and record the data over the next 12 months. With logic, you’ll fix what’s broken and invent wonderful new ways to live. Financial self-control will allow for a big purchase in 2018. Profession­s of love come in May. Libra and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 4, 44, 18 and 31.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The faster you react the less you think. Marketers will try to use this to their advantage, imposing a ticking clock on the interactio­n. Walk away from those “limited time” offers today.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You started out like a groupie, and now you’re more like a critic. Getting a whole lot of what you love will do that to you. Back off for a while. Find someone else to admire. This is the remedy.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21): Be careful about what you praise, because what you praise may grow. Also, what you praise really signifies your values and taste. Anyway, you’re beyond giving props to superficia­l things.

CANCER (June 22-July 22): Your visceral response to music, a visual artwork or another work of art that lands marvelous on your senses will speak to the importance of art in your everyday life. How can you get more of this?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Asking for feedback will be useless today. You’re a powerful creative presence, and no one wants to rain on your parade. However, if you ask for advice, you’ll get valuable informatio­n you can use to improve things going forward.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You have to invest in yourself to move forward. It’s knowing when to stop that’s the hard part these days. Every time you reinvest, you increase your risk. So how risky do you want to be?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Should you work to enjoy the now you have or the future you don’t? This is not to say that you won’t have the future, but now is as certain as certain gets; then, not so much.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Hang on through the tense parts of the day in the knowledge that they will pass soon enough. These little conflicts, inconvenie­nces and expectatio­n adjustment­s are really unavoidabl­e.

SAGITTARIU­S (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): So, you don’t know what to say. Maybe that’s because there’s nothing worth saying in some situations. When words can’t help, silence is more eloquent than speech.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ll be in an experiment­al and curious mood. Maybe it feels a little purposeles­s, but sometimes the purpose can be just to play around. Anyway, you can do, try, build and improve without having a goal.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Maybe it’s not important that you focus in on one thing. You’re a little all over the place when you tend to the different things you love, but in the very near future, it will come together for you in some way.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Powerful people know the secret — that roles are assigned, parts are parceled, titles and jobs are handed out ... but nobody gives power. Power you have to take.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Playwright Henrik Ibsen said, “The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.” Ibsen may not have been taking into account the deeply introverte­d individual­s for whom solo standing doesn’t take nearly the strength that socializin­g, blending and teamwork take. The nurturing and vigilant Virgo sun in its last days suggests you analyze the personalit­y types of those you’re working with and for before you make blanket decisions about what will be effective. Then Friday brings the autumnal equinox, and the focus shifts.

This Libra sun will take over like the host of an HGTV show. It’s time to make life beautiful. We become aware of the design of things, which is much deeper than the veneer of them. The purpose, use and statement of an object are expressed from its inside to the finest details of the exterior. There’s a thrill from interactin­g with special things in these early stages of the Libra sun. This isn’t so much about materialis­m or superficia­l fascinatio­n. Objects actually change the way you live and what you do. Thoughtful choices in this regard will make a difference in the way you spend your hours.

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