SUNDAY, AUG. 1
By HOLIDAY MATHIS
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 1). Life’s enrichments present like secret ingredients, ground into powder and stored in unmarked bottles. A glance won’t tell you from whence they originate, so you’ll try things out — even things that don’t seem like they’d work. You’ll be surprised at what delicious healthiness becomes vital to your best life. Gemini and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 40, 1, 18 and 11.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Assemble your ensemble because the task you face will need a team. If it doesn’t, it’s either not a worthy task, or you just haven’t gotten to the fun part yet.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If life is a dream, today it’s a scripted dream, penned by sitcom writers who leave room for your improvisational contributions. It’s a funny feeling to feel this funny… everywhere you look, the universe meets you with a wink.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The rich moments of the day will knock you into the realm of the unexpected, causing your spontaneous reaction. You embrace the unknown because, without it, there is no life, only automation.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The instruction won’t come by way of a manual, YouTube video or phone conversation with technical support. But it will come, you can be sure of that. The work is the teacher.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). However well-meaning your inner critic may be, its views cannot be trusted. After all, how much perspective can anyone possibly get while trapped inside a person? Get outside of yourself to disarm the harsh voice inside.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Of all the things you do, note how many of them you wanted to do, measured against what you were expected or pressured to do to fulfill a role. If the ratio is out of balance, now is the time to fix it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your muse prefers beautiful surroundings and will gladly grace you with an abundance of inspiration once you tidy up. And your muse isn’t the only visitor you’ll have in your sparkling clean and organized environment.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Oh, the trouble you’ll see! You don’t need to have all the answers to be of help. Your willingness to be present and listen will do more good than you can imagine.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You won’t know how you feel until you start trying to put it into words. The best way is to work it out privately first, because your words have more power than you think. They can unite, define, create, uplift or end.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You may feel unclear about what to do, and a little foggy on your “why” as well. No matter. Your time is best spent mastering the realm of “how,” focusing on technique, practicality and production.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The day comes with jerky twists — although exciting, you’ll also need to balance things out. A straightforward, clear-cut task with a beginning and an end will return you to your center.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Riddle of the day: What gives you more energy than anything you could possibly drink? Answer: letting go. A long-held expectation no longer applies. Release it. What takes its place will be an invigorating, achievable aim.
MONDAY, AUG. 2
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 2). How do you feel about receiving the gift of stability? It’s one that the very fortunate tend to take for granted and the very unfortunate define differently. Celebrate this monumental gift. Stability is never cheap, always cultivated over time and will be the springboard from which much magic will blossom. Sagittarius and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 5, 30, 22 and 12.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Many benefit from your loving attention, though it’s not all selflessness motivating your goodness. There are advantages to living in the fullest measure of their affection, which you’ll enjoy now and in the days to come.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Hooray! What works best will also be what’s most comfortable. The tricky part is being aware of your own feelings. As far as your personal development journey goes, if all you do is note your comfort level, you’ll be doing a lot.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You rush forward right into an opposing force — fear. A dramatic head-on confrontation will take a lot of energy. How tiresome! Instead, pack that trepidation on your back and take as many heavy steps forward as you can.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Recent disappointments have steered you in a good direction. So, in a sense, these events, however unfortunate they may have felt at the time, are what you’re most grateful for.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Looking back, you realize the great extent to which you’ve been influenced. You have a taste for something different now. Look to the company. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” — Anonymous.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The conventional wisdom says things turn out for the best when you come from the heart. But that really depends on where your heart is. Inner turmoil needs expression. With a little loving attention to your own pain, it sorts itself out.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There is an extra-dimensionality to the events of the day, available to experience or not, at whatever level you prefer. There’s no punishment, benefit or personalization of any kind that applies here. Do what pleases you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Let people know what you want. Your intensity on the matter will make a huge difference in how you’re received. Adjust to the atmosphere. In gravity-strong environments, go heavy. On the moon, a light touch will send it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’re in a mood to embrace all the schmaltzy, gooey romance of life as though its unfolding in cinematic format. One heads up: Lines that work on screen seldom transfer in the full dimension of reality.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What can you edit down to its essence? A drawer? A business plan? A motto? Your personal life? “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” Leonardo da Vinci said.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Someone should be happy. Why not you? Furthermore, you’ve been so flexible and accommodating lately, so consider going the other direction — ruthless in your pursuit of joy.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Children either give themselves over to an experience or run from it without a complicated thought process. You can keep it simple today by handling things with brilliant childishness.