by Jill Goodman

TODAY: Actively decline all invitations to bitch, moan, kvetch, invoke doom and gloom, or give your misgivings the full run of the house. During the next two weeks there will be as many chances to sort things out acceptably as there will to conclude that maybe it would be wiser to sit in the corner muttering Smiths lyrics to yourself. And, ideally you want to go with the former.

YOUR BIRTHDAY: So there you are, staring at a situation that you’re pretty darn familiar with, and suddenly you begin to notice that it isn’t quite what you thought. And whether it’s because you no longer feel quite the same way about it that you once did, or a person who was never going to change has actually done something different or …, what do you do, dear?

Aries Saturday, August 23, 2014
Try not to mutate into a completely self-involved person, or adopt a “sorry, this is the way I see it and nothing you can say will convince me otherwise” management style today. Mercury-Uranus notably increases the energy and dynamism quotient, but also the thoughtlessness around another’s needs quotient, especially if these diverge from your own.
Taurus Saturday, August 23, 2014
Despite the fact that you’ve devoted extensive mental gyrations to a particular topic, the other involved parties have not done so - and therefore may not have the information that you seek. So, if you like to hold people to their statements and critiques, you might want to make a real effort to wait a day longer.
Gemini Saturday, August 23, 2014
With Boss Mercury annoying random Uranus (in "me me me" Aries), communicating (i.e., an exchange of ideas between two parties) could devolve into the equivalent of ten thousand Facebook posts of baby pictures, which is to say lots of fun for the poster, and mind-numbingly tedious for their captive audience, a.k.a you.
Cancer Saturday, August 23, 2014
The chances of creating it or making it happen (whatever your personal or professional "it" is) are pretty high, but as usual, it helps if you have some idea of the form you’d like it to take. So remember this tidbit when entertaining invitations or fielding offers, and deciding whether to accept or reject them.
Leo Saturday, August 23, 2014
Very little can stop you from being exceptionally forthright and saying what’s on your mind. However, a word: after your counterpart has heard you out, you are in turn honor-bound to return the favor and listen to them - whether or not their message, delivery style or communiqué is remotely of interest to you.
Virgo Saturday, August 23, 2014
If you attempt to see a situation from another’s viewpoint, you can modulate your comments so that they strike the right chord and don’t land like the proverbial lead balloon. Then you won’t have to figure out - based on the dismayed look on their face - how to unsay something that apparently didn’t do it for them.
Libra Saturday, August 23, 2014
In the interests of preserving relationships, upholding arrangements and generally keeping everybody on the same page: Prior to putting it out there, try to run your proposition through the recipient’s filter, i.e. imagine their response. You can thus avoid comments like “You think what?! You did what?!" and go right to "Ah yes, I see."
Scorpio Saturday, August 23, 2014
Maybe you shouldn’t blurt what’s on the tip of your tongue just yet, even if you think you’re right and the force is with you. Indeed, it's in your best interests to carefully consider the circumstances (as well as the ramifications and potential unintended consequences) before weighing in, especially if the topic or situation requires finesse.
Sagittarius Saturday, August 23, 2014
Much as you might want to march right up to someone and ask them what they’re doing, where they think the situation or relationship is going, and how they intend to handle x predicament or mini-crisis, please be advised: Your counterpart hasn’t thought about it fully, and likely doesn’t have a clue - or the answer to your question.
Capricorn Saturday, August 23, 2014
Altering structures and arrangements that have been in place for ages – and to which everybody has become accustomed – is admittedly not the easiest thing in the world. Still, if this applies to your situation, nothing will be gained by ignoring the offer to reorganize, reformat, reconfigure or bring up-to-date while it’s still (relatively speaking) voluntary.
Aquarius Saturday, August 23, 2014
If you are painstaking, focused, meticulous and take your own sweet time trying to create the desired result, you surely cannot go wrong. However: rushing, playing ostrich, or disregarding self-evident truths because they’re inconvenient or don’t serve your purpose at the moment can charitably be described as a non-starter, so don’t even think about it.
Pisces Saturday, August 23, 2014
The clearer you are about your ultimate goals, and the structure (or restructuring) that may be entailed to achieve them, the more likely you are to connect with just the right person who has just the right (arcane, miniscule) piece that you thought you’d have to hunt high and low for. Never mind how, just accept it!