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HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY MATHIS (051818)

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 18). Success is now. It’s not something that’s hanging from the trophies of the future; it’s a satisfaction that comes at the end of today’s mile marker. Remember this and the solar return will bring you abundance beyond your childhood fantasies. The luckiest months financially will be September and November. Libra and Sagittarius adore you.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). Stories have big power, but only if they are believed. If they are told well, they often are believed whether or not they are true. That’s why it’s important to ask, “Who stands to gain from this?” about every story you hear.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). This is the kind of day when “just do it” applies best. If you’re reasonably sure the action will benefit all (or at least that it will harm none) go ahead. If you waste time explaining or asking permission, you’ll miss your chance.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Would you rather learn from experience or gain from experience? It’s a trick question. To learn is to gain. And when you apply the learning, it’s worth more than gold.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Because you expect more of yourself than most people do, it sometimes feels like you’re failing on a larger scale. But you’re much further along than you would be had you not taken on such a big challenge. Cut yourself some slack.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). In theory, you can work on your inner life through meditation, reading, selfless service and education. Would it surprise you if enjoyment, pleasure and self-interest also lead to mental improvement?

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The helium of emotion is so weightless you’re not even aware you’re carrying it around with you. And yet, when you encounter those who need your compassion, you have plenty to give.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There have been times in your life when you were unhappy but couldn’t pinpoint the source. Today will bring the opposite experience. Where is this happiness coming from? Don’t ask. Just go with it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The company you keep will not only affect the outcome of your projects today, it will also change you at your core. Happy, supportive people will remind you to smile and accept yourself.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A change of venue can make a big difference to your productivity. Maybe you can’t cut out distractions, but being around a different set of them will work, too. Test this theory. Take your work on the road, or take it home.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You want to be welcoming and open, but then again, there’s something to be said for making people work for it. Your attention is worth working for, after all, and they will today.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). You’re not driven by other people’s opinions. It’s your own story that drives you. You want that narrative to be great, and its greatness doesn’t depend on the completion, only on your own ability to rise.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19). Preferences don’t automatically make a thing superior or inferior. A better fit doesn’t mean a thing is objectively a better item; it’s just a better item for the person it fits.

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