Looking for a sign?
Georgia Nicols helps jump-start your week with her seven-day astrological outlook. The feature appears exclusively at www.suntimes.com.
Updated: August 15, 2012 6:01AM
ALL SIGNS MOON ALERT: After 7:30 a.m. today, we have the all clear to shop (whether you spend $10 or $10 million) and make important decisions. The Moon is in Gemini.
◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): Tread carefully when talking to partners and close friends today because their wants may conflict with yours. An older authority figure in the family might put the kibosh on whatever you want to do, which is a bummer.
◆TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Something about today is a bit discouraging for you. Neighbors and siblings might be on your case. It feels like today is one step forward, two steps backward. No fair! Actually, the thing holding you back might be your own self-doubt. It was ever thus.
◆GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your finances are becoming a serious crunch. Hope for the best because this is actually your lucky year! Fair Venus and lucky Jupiter are in your sign, which means the cavalry is on the way. (Hear that bugle call?)
◆CANCER (June 21-July 22): Relations with authority figures are in the toilet today. Hopefully, you will read this in the morning and steer clear. Give bosses, parents, teachers, VIPs and the police a wide berth today. You’ll be glad you did. (Forewarned is forearmed.)
◆LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Somehow you feel that your hands are tied. You feel a bit powerless to act today because the obstacles you face are temporarily insurmountable. Note the word temporarily. Everything is temporary! Stop worrying. (“Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but gets you nowhere.”)
◆VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Avoid financial disputes with others, especially in group situations because you will likely lose. Even if there is no win or lose to the confrontation, it won’t be pleasant. Just take a backseat today and sit this one out.
◆LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): This is a terrible day to go up against powerful people — parents, bosses, teachers, VIPs or the police. They have the upper hand; it’s that simple. Therefore, avoid confrontations with others, especially authority types. Just suck it up, Cupcake.
◆SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Avoid heavy discussions about higher education, publishing, the media, medicine and the law today. Similarly, avoid controversial subjects like politics, religion and racial issues. You’re up against the closed door today. It happens.
◆SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): This is a poor day to negotiate anything regarding shared property, taxes, debt, inheritances and insurance matters. You will find your every want blocked by someone. Instead of fighting vainly, run away and live to fight another day. (Sit this one out.)
◆CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Relations with partners, parents and bosses are probably strained today. But they don’t really have to be unless you’re pushing for something. Authority figures will oppose you, it’s that simple.
◆AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Keep your head down and your powder dry at work today. Don’t make an issue about anything. And definitely do not run to the boss for permission, authorization or agreement because you won’t get it. Just carry on as usual. (Dark chocolate helps.)
◆PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Romance might be in the toilet today. Dealings with children could also be strained. Those of you who work in the entertainment world and hospitality industry will likely feel blocked in your attempts to get what you want. Welcome to life.
IF JULY 14 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Author/spiritual teacher Pema Chodron (1936) shares your birthday today. You’re so convincing, you’re seductive. People listen to you! Your easy charm makes others admire you and want to be in your company. You’re a natural storyteller and you know how to relate to all walks of life. You also understand the power of magic and illusion. Your year ahead might be one of the most powerful years of your life. Dream big!