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Air Element

Gemini, May 21-June 20, adapting intellectual, the changing mind

Being the adaptable air sign, you thrive on thinking and fantasizing. Variety may be the spice of life, but if life is at least a five-course meal, would you want the main course to have an excess of tarragon, saffron or garlic? It is time to return to basic cooking, as it were. With your often contradictory thought patterns, it is best at present to keep your answers simple. No, I'm not encouraging you to lie by omission. I'm discouraging you from believing that you have the only plan, that your way of doing things must be our way of doing things. Instead, use your well-oiled brain to truly live from a "live and let live" place of acceptance and joy. Therefore, in lieu of being like life's meal, be like a "wine that is served not before its time." You may not be moving up to the East Side a la the Jeffersons, but your mind's tastes are becoming more refined.

Libra, September 23-October 22, initiating intellectual

Similar to Taurus (never thought you'd hear that, huh?), you have an ability to procrastinate under the guise of deliberation, even courting your indecisiveness to get us to make the decision for you. Or even worse, do the work you said you'd do. Then, when left to your own devices, situations reach a critical mass where the roof is about to cave in. Unlike Taurus, you are less likely to confront the crisis head-on when it involves only yourself. You are precisely why we have an affirmative defense that protecting others can justify a homicide. Huh? You are likely to do for others what you won't do for yourself. Get to the root of this behavior, the origins of it, if only to fully understand it. It is beyond time to stand up for yourself and what you know to be true about what you truly need from yourself, life and love.

Aquarius, January 20-February 18, concentrating intellectual

"If I had your hand, I'd turn in mine" is a phrase that allows you to recognize what is good about your life. I started this week's column paying homage to the I Ching (you didn't read the introduction, did you?). Go back and do so. I'll wait. You're back? Good. Sure, it can get really gloomy in your gray matter. Yet, the ancient Chinese wisdom in this year of the Water Dragon categorically states that "an enlightened person follows a path of virtue. He accumulates small effects in order to achieve something high and great." You are learning to contemplate your deepest knowledge in order to turn it into "something high and great" aka wisdom. No need for fanaticism or smoke-and-mirrors machinations, just simple and consistent expressions from your thinking heart. By the way, a "thinking heart" combines both logic and feeling.

Water Element

Cancer, June 21-July 22, initiating feeling (soul)

It is as if by taking one step backward before you turn a corner, you leave temptation in order to resolve what has been holding you back for far too long. Your evolutionary gift demonstrates itself through your precise and intimate service to others. But resist the temptation to be like the messenger spirit who forgot to pick up his own head (after telling everyone else when and where to get their heads). Those who love and support you see you clearly. There's no need to boast about how well you helped others; we know it. There's no need to fight a proverbial city hall. All you must do is live from an intensely creative and safe space. You can distribute acceptance and joy to others because you own these virtues within yourself.

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