Stamford Advocate (Sunday)



As we savor the last day of Venus in Virgo, there’s an awareness of experienci­ng life with more than just our five senses. Our memory informs us — as does our perception of context — of place and time; beliefs around status; prejudices and preference­s; and a million other subtleties that shape how we’ll move through this puzzle of a day.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): To ready yourself for something new, you must first reset. You can’t try again until after you’ve hung up. Put in new numbers all you want, but it won’t start a new call until you disconnect the old one.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One thing leads to another. You’ll soon find yourself sorting through a mystery with an uncomforta­ble awareness of the risk factor. This is the start of an ongoing adventure.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21): You have something to say, though it will benefit you to hold back. Ask another question. Listen hard. There’s more to learn and at least one key piece of informatio­n that will have you changing your mind or your strategy.

CANCER (June 22-July 22): You did what they wanted last time — and the time before that, and before that. It’s your turn to do it your way and in the timing you’d prefer to.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’ll get puzzled looks and field questions that can’t be answered. Sometimes, the moral of the story is that there is no story — just a list of things to figure out before a foundation can be laid.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Getting to know people is your forte and pleasure. You’ve a talent for drawing out the real story so you can better understand who people are and their motivating passions.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): You may be able to execute a solo mission cheaper and faster, but it won’t be nearly as useful as what you do in a team. Collaborat­ions will come together more easily than you anticipate.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): There are fancier and trendier ways to solve problems, but new isn’t always better. The old tool works; use it until it doesn’t. You’ll save time and money not having to deal with a learning curve.

SAGITTARIU­S (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): There will be something or someone driving you crazy all day, making you yearn for peace and quiet. As a result, you’ll be motivated to do remarkable things.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19): Love is intense and transforma­tive. Love overshadow­s, overtakes and renders all prior messes and mistakes insignific­ant. Love is a reset button.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You are in charge of what you say and do, but the meaning others extract from it is entirely their own. Let go of caring about that and you will be set free.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): It’s strange to admit, but you do get tired of seeing things from your own point of view. You’ll be won over by the person who offers you another perch and a different experience.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 15): Close relationsh­ips are the beautiful music of your life. You’ll make connection­s with astounding ease. You’re never more than a few sentences away from striking the chord of familiarit­y.

Harmonious dealings will be your trademark. You’ll highlight commonalit­ies, bridge difference­s and inspire brilliant collaborat­ions of prosperity and healing. Aquarius and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 44, 1, 18 and 30.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: An infinite number of elements must come together in order to make possible the simplest beauty. Flowers are born from flower seeds but couldn’t be possible without minerals, hydrogen, oxygen and radiant beams of sun. The idea of crediting a single source for a flower — or for any creation at all — is absurd, and yet there are proud gardeners, parents, artists, teachers, entreprene­urs and the like who crave the credit and feel that without their contributi­ons, there would be nothing there. They may very well be right. The luckiest thing to do this last full week of the Leo sun is to give credit where credit is due.

Venus has been on an improvemen­t mission in Virgo, the sign of hard work and perfection. The negative side of improvemen­t is the implicatio­n that it’s a rejection of the way things are now.

If it is possible to love the present and still move on to try new incarnatio­ns, the Libra passage of Venus will light the way. Venus is most at home in Libra; the sign of art, aesthetics, peace and harmony on all levels.

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