By HOLIDAY MATHIS
Special to the Parade
If you get the sense that life is ripe fruit hanging on a low branch, all yours for the taking, you’re right. The new year brings opportunity and momentum from the start. All planets are moving forward, and the moon will be waxing toward next week’s full moon. As tempting and easy as it is to seize the moment, it still requires action. Some are so mired in old conditioning that they won’t reach up. Ultimately, your happiness is up to you.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have a way of bumping into exactly the person who has been on your mind. You’ll do this again before the week is up. You have a strong feeling about the person you soon will encounter, and in some way you’re getting ready for it in the early part of the week. Every impression matters to you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Just because you are an honorable and decent human being doesn’t mean you always take the best action. You will spend moments in retrospect this week, wishing you had made a different choice. But it won’t end there. You’ll have the chance to do things differently, and you’ll seize it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Be careful about how you define your experience. If you see your life through a lens of negativity, it will only bring more of the same. Find the absolute most positive way to think about your activities. Do this not because it will make you a better person, but because it will make life easier for you.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Note where your thinking is limiting, and put it to the test. You can question the idea without questioning your own mind. Also, just because you recognize certain lines of thought as irrational doesn’t mean you can stop yourself from thinking them. But it’s a start.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have taken risks in the past and come out ahead. Past perils spring to mind, and you realize that things turned out much better than they might have. You’ll mentally be adding new items to a long list of blessings. Each day the week progresses, you will think of more reasons to be grateful.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can program yourself to some degree, but not completely. You’re not a robot. You can’t help but have human feelings, so don’t try to suppress them in favor of strictly logical choices. Just because something is logical doesn’t make it intelligent. Remember that the body has its own kind of genius.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You’ll be flattered by the attention you receive from someone who has very little time and many choices about where to invest it. When you see things from this person’s perspective, you’ll realize what you need to do to move your life toward one of your cherished goals.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your solo efforts will be halted. There will be someone to assist you in getting things done. This person may not seem to be much help at first. He or she needs to be taught what to do. The instructive period will be minimal, though, and soon you’ll fall into a productive groove.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). True, there’s a bit of an ego rush in knowing that you tried really hard to accomplish something and were finally able to do it. But the struggle of “trying hard” isn’t as necessary to the process as you think. You’ll be happier when you skip the drama of an activity and simply get it done.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You value yourself, and you know what you have to offer is worthwhile. Therefore, it’s not necessary to try too hard or really even to try at all. You simply offer what you have. If there are takers, great, and if not, that’s great, too. It just means more for you and yours.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Take things step by step, one at a time. It’s what will be most satisfying to your standards. You may find that some of your goals are too ambitious or perhaps just undefined. Give more thought to what you want, and then write it down. Writing it down will bring it to earth.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There’s no use in pretending to be someone others will need and want, because if the real you isn’t feeling needed or wanted, the victory will be hollow. You understand this attraction secret well, and you’ll get the opportunity to embody it this week. You’ll be loved for who you are.