Daily Horoscopes by Jill Goodman

TODAY: Because old habits die hard, suspecting the worst to in order to ward off disappointment may be the more comfortable pattern. However, it isn't necessarily the most, er, inspiring use of your conceptual abilities. And so - since the next few weeks are prime time for thinking great thoughts and scheming great schemes on a topic near and dear to your heart - see if you can find a different perspective.
YOUR BIRTHDAY: Your creative and fiscal agenda looms large, and you can make real strides on your endeavors of choice. NB: These strides will be super-sized if you employ a bit more than your usual flexibility and actually consider opportunities that normally wouldn't make the cut, i.e. you're a serious actor and it's a comedy, you're a video artist and the grant is for painters, or the like.
ARIESFriday, August 07, 2020
Make sure that you aren't setting anyone up to prove your point - and "anyone" includes you, by the way. While it's incredibly tempting to adjust the facts at hand in order to support your contentions, or to use past performance as your guide, that isn't always the healthiest (or fairest) way to proceed.
TAURUSFriday, August 07, 2020
It isn't for you to try to fix, re-create or cure set-ups that the universe is in the process of consigning to the dustbin of history. In fact, if you really want to help the cause (or advance an effort), ally yourself on the side of the new arrangement. Once the pieces have fallen into place, it will be up and running.
GEMINIFriday, August 07, 2020
There appears to be considerable latitude for implementing those changes to the program that have been under consideration for ages. However: If, when doing a walk-through of these enterprises, you can't help but notice the walls are buckling or the floor is sinking, you probably shouldn't proceed to the next level without investigating the venture's structural soundness.
CANCERFriday, August 07, 2020
The only person that you have to satisfy answers to your own name. So, if the latest bulletin regarding your intended actions is for anybody else's primary benefit: It might be wise to slow your roll and organize a nice sit-down with your judgment and intuition to determine what is actually in your best interests.
LEOFriday, August 07, 2020
There is something to be said for letting events unfold, even if doing so entails going with the flow of unanticipated changes. In fact, the chances of deriving more than you'd expected from an arrangement increase significantly if you can be less fixed in your idea of how you're "supposed to" get there.
VIRGOFriday, August 07, 2020
We're back to trying to strike the appropriate balance between what the reality is (i.e. the school is prestigious but would land you in massive debt; the school is affordable but not impressive on a resume; the friend is a rock but has a hot temper; the friend is even-tempered but flakes out when the going gets rough) - and how you feel about said reality.
LIBRAFriday, August 07, 2020
Sure, there's a protocol (or schedule, routine, pattern, way of doing things) and sure, you intended to follow it, but still... If there's a chance for an interesting improvisational move, departure from the usual or calculated risk - and you suspect that you'll have regrets if you don't seize it - then you should probably seize it.
SCORPIOFriday, August 07, 2020
This is precisely the point when agendas can run afoul of common sense. Thus, the safest course is to check in with yourself and see what you actually want to do, despite the public pronouncements you've likely already made (you're leaving the marriage, devoting yourself to X cause, only going to date Y kind of person, quitting the job, moving to the commune, etc.).
SAGITTARIUSFriday, August 07, 2020
You may find it necessary to deal with certain people that you don't exactly have brilliant chemistry with (read: you would rather cozy up to a Veloceraptor than sit next to them), or re-think the whole menu, or decline a great party to meet a deadline, or....something similar. Still, though, the pay-off will be more than worth it.
CAPRICORNFriday, August 07, 2020
Take a step back and let whatever is going to be, be. The purpose of any alterations to the official game plan is to liven things up a little - and, above all, to liberate assorted parties from arrangements or relationships that have become ineffective or stagnant, despite the apparent commitment to hang on to them with both hands, forever and ever.
AQUARIUSFriday, August 07, 2020
Presuming that you aren't planting booby traps under your own front porch, or trying to launch the functional equivalent of a nationwide health-care system without checking to see if it will leave three-quarters of the nation uninsured: There is no good (astrological) reason that precludes mapping out a step-by-step program that could get you there from here, provided of course that it is executed properly and with good timing.
PISCESFriday, August 07, 2020
List the legitimate (the operative word being legitimate) reasons that a proposition could work out to be just swell, rather than spending time on the admittedly easier-to-imagine but grimmer alternative. You'll expend exactly the same amount of energy that you'd otherwise use fretting over why a venture might sink into obscurity, or otherwise disappoint.

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