Jupiter Retrograde

In Leo, Jupiter has been The Great Gatsby of the zodiac, a big-spending showoff whose lavishness is a function of a deep need for love (and perhaps the love of one in particular). Now the mirthful mack daddy reverses his engine, suggesting that in the weeks to come, the difference between good luck and bad luck will be hard to distinguish.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You feel like you're being worked over by an infomercial. Suddenly you feel you absolutely have to have the thing you didn't even know existed until now. There's a trick to marketing. Factor that into your reasoning.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When you are interested in others, it is easy to be interesting to others. Let this be your guiding principle in business and on the social front, and you'll come out of the day with a new friend.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The philosophical question of the day: Is time ever really wasted? Just because you're not doing what you planned doesn't mean that what you're doing is worthless. How can you live the detours more fully?

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's like the moon was whispering to you last night in your sleep, informing your dreams and widening your point of view to include new possibilities. This contributes to an afternoon change of mind or heart.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You don't mind making sacrifices for someone else's cause, but it's better if that cause is in line with your own. Also, be honest in your assessment of how large a sacrifice this actually is and how much time it will take.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sometimes your friends motivate you with a pep talk or encouragement, but now they motivate you just by being who they are. It either inspires you or ignites the spirit of competition.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your work to clear surfaces around you will also be effective in clearing your mind. Physically and mentally, you are organizing yourself for the next adventure.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). As much as you would like to teleport from here to there, your travels will include a journey. Later you'll be grateful for the inconvenience of transportation because it's where all the fun happens.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Accepting how people are (instead of projecting onto them the expectations of who you want them to be) will help you deal most effectively today. In fact, it's why you'll be considered "cool."

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It may feel as though you're being blocked from getting what you want. Instead of thinking of this blockage as a wall, think of it as a gate with a door. You just need to know the key code. Ask around.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When past mistakes are brought to the surface, the environment becomes a danger zone. Be the bigger person, step back, let go of blame and focus on how to fix the real problem at hand.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Self-development is favored, but only if you are developing in the ways that matter to you. No one gets happier by trying to measure up to someone else's rating system.


TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 8). You're comfortable in your skin, and your ease with your surroundings will attract social and professional opportunities over the next seven weeks. Continue to be confident in yourself even though you'll be in completely uncharted territory in February. Invest in your great love. A contract will be signed in May. Pisces and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 26, 10, 28 and 47.

HOLIDAY HACKS 2014: Last week we looked at "life hacks" to make the holidays merrier for Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer (see archives). The drive to surprise and delight is especially strong for LEO natives over the holidays. As the sign of creativity, children and entertainment, the holidays present a perfect merging of Leo's favorite things. Leo looks at this time of year as a chance to stage a truly magical experience for loved ones. The pressure to transcend the ordinary with original and inspired ideas is intense. Because Leo tends toward childlike expectations of what is possible and is not always so adept at planning out the practicalities, Leos often set themselves up for disappointment with their inability to create the desired holiday impact. Therefore, Leo's holiday hack is in starting as early as possible and planning backward. Only then will Leo understand what is possible and what is unreasonable.

It's quite simple really. Begin with the end in mind, and go backward, figuring out all the steps that would have to happen to pull it off in a certain time frame. Inevitably, this backward planning process will help Leo simplify, prioritize and get to the essence of what really matters most about the holidays.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Fiery Sagittarius Nicki Minaj rides the pop charts with collaborations and a new solo record while simultaneously pursuing a career as an actor and television personality. Minaj has the sign of a restless explorer who will constantly seek to expand her horizons with her natal sun, Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune all in the passionate, fiery sign of Sagittarius.

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