TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 9). The start of this solar return comes with a feeling like you’ve landed on another planet. You’ve little in common with your surroundings and the beings who share them. There are many benefits learning this alien culture, and you’ll cash in on what you know. August features promises exchanged. Capricorn and Aries adore you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Emotions seem to visit you from everywhere: the passing clouds; the picture that triggers a memory; a baleful passage of song; or an exuberant melody. It’s all ripe for inspiration.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). To put one’s head inside the crocodile’s mouth isn’t bold; it’s foolish. Maybe it’s also foolish to put one’s heart in the hands of another and hope for mercy. Unfortunately, it’s love’s nature.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you could put today’s problem into a box, it would be a really tiny box. The key is to look at it as it really is, without letting your mind do fun-house mirror trickery on the situation.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It’s going to really take some time and a major effort for your current endeavor to be fruitful. Are you okay with having nothing to show for your efforts for a long while? If you are, you know that this is the right pursuit for you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Experience is the main goal, and a worthy one at that. When you do something for the sake of doing it, your expectations of yourself adjust accordingly and you can relax into the very fulfilling process of learning.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may or maybe not be the most qualified person to assess your situation. It’s wise to ask for other points of view as outsiders may help you understand something you didn’t before.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It’s not so hard to make the choice to be kind to yourself. Even if it’s not your first instinct, you’ll take to it and quickly understand why most progress is made by the self-encouraging.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You think anyone could do your job, but the truth is it wouldn’t be so easy to recast you. Even if someone proficient stepped in, it won’t be the same. Anyway, today it just has to be you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This unhelpful thought you’re having: Did you have it yesterday, too? And the day before that? Its recurrence isn’t an indicator of its validity; it only means that it’s more of a habit than a thought. Habits can be broken.
PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). Don’t be afraid to make the first move. As you make new friends you’ll help others get together, too. Your good cheer will reduce people’s social trepidation and fear of rejection.
ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19). Your powers of imagination are so mighty these days that they can be used as tools to overcome fear. A vivid picture of the future you’re creating will magnetically override your trepidation.
TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). You might feel compelled to explain, defend or justify your choices to that person who seems to think he or she is owed a response. But the thing is, no one is owed anything from you today. Maybe you should proceed in silence.