By HOLIDAY MATHIS
Special to the Parade
Passionate, mysterious Venus and imaginative, inspiring Neptune work so well together when they want to. Right now, they just don’t want to. There’s a rub between what you dream for yourself and what you are motivated to do about it. It will be challenging to get congruent, but not impossible. An alternate perspective will be all it takes to break out of the old rut. Then you’ll sail past self-imposed limits and wonder what all the big fuss was about.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). A bit of troubled past surfaces, perhaps in the form of a credit card bill with regrettable purchases on it. Or maybe this has to do with an ex who isn’t moving on. Either way, the remedy is for you to live in the moment and simply give that piece of history as little energy as possible. The bad energy will wither and fade.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll notice that something you used to think about an awful lot is now in your life. You used to want this with great intensity. Now that you have it, you might not be sure of what to do next — though it will come to you this week. You’re very creative, and you’re also wise enough to act on only the best of your ideas.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An unexpected obstacle makes it temporarily impossible to continue on your path. Instead of pausing to wonder what you’re going to do now, move forward without a clue. The momentum will carry you quickly through the dip. By the end of the day, you’re already back to being on task.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You know who you are, but sometimes you forget. That’s why you need to write down a few highlights. You need a list you can refer to whenever you’re feeling less than utterly fantastic. You’re very accomplished, and yet you don’t give yourself credit for the remarkable things you’ve done with your life so far.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Try as you might to think about your deepest needs, what will come to mind are your most shallow desires — for instance, something delicious to eat or comfortable clothing to wear. It’s certainly a place to start. Meeting those needs will allow you to open up and think of the more profound aspects of your life.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll enter into a group association or activity, ever mindful of the pros and cons of doing so. You need to feel that you can maintain your personal integrity as part of a group, not only as far as your ethical standards go, but also in that you do not wish to be asked to alter your habits or opinions to please others.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). As much as you would like the week to unfold in a more or less predictable manner, it won’t. Furthermore, relationships won’t fit into the mold you have envisioned for them. So you’ll have to adjust your expectations and shift your priorities. You’ll slip into an adventurous mindset and make the most of each surprise.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your fear is in place to protect you from harm, although you now have a creeping suspicion that something you fear cannot actually harm you at all. You need more information. Shedding light on the matter will allow you to make a reasonable assessment and decide once and for all whether to harbor or release your fear.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll have constructive ideas and methods that make you an asset to a group of people you love. You’ll accept a role as leader, though you may need to be coaxed into it for the better part of the week. It will be nice to know that you are really wanted for your own unique qualifications.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In the past, you’ve been in a situation where someone wronged you and either didn’t care about the pain and inconvenience of it or didn’t have the power to make things right. The situation taught you a lesson that you can apply this week. You’ll avoid future strife by choosing a more solid path.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have an open mind, and you’re prepared to work hard. When you meet with adversity, instead of thinking that life is picking on you, you see an opportunity to grow. New challenges are beckoning adventures. You will meet special people who can help you excel in an area that stimulates your interest.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Hold on to what is valuable. Cherish it, and protect it from loss. Doing this won’t guarantee that you will have the treasure forever, but it will ensure that no matter what happens you will be able to say that you did your best, appreciated what you had and enjoyed it to the fullest. In the meantime, you’ll be happy.