By HOLIDAY MATHIS
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29
Lunar Squares: Conflict and Competition
We all have those certain friends who put us in a competitive mood. It’s healthy to want to improve on your best, not so healthy to want your friend to lose so you can win. The time to be nice is when you don’t want to be. With the moon making conflict out of thin air, you won’t be sorry you forced yourself into a more compassionate place.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). No matter what else is going on in this big group around you, you remain uniquely yourself, concerned with your own business. Mindfulness of what is before you — this is tranquility.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s something to be said for automatic mode. You don’t always have to ”feel it” to do it. Sometimes it’s just about showing up. And if your autopilot can get you there without too much thinking, thank it for a job well done.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You need a close relationship with another person to help you feel valued and cared for. Everyone does! That’s what friends are for. If your friends aren’t serving that role, it’s time to look at the relationships.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). It may feel as though you’re not doing much, but in reality it takes massive amounts of brainpower to sustain your current lifestyle and manner of being. Thank your body and mind for keeping up with you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). As for those relationships that are more exciting than they are stable, you may still find you have a place for them. The solid people in your life help you endure the roller coaster relationships.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If it seems too hard, and you don’t want to do it (but you must), start with smaller increments of work. If an hour is too hard, think of a half hour, or fifteen minutes. You can do just about anything for 10 minutes. Start there.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Professional success will be simple: Maintain your energy and love for the work. Bonus points if you can find a mentor. You will be especially responsive to the encouragement of a Gemini.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Talking is optional; you certainly don’t have to try to impress anyone. Listening is harder. It’s often enough to honor others with your attention. You’d be surprised how little eyeball-to-eyeball time some people actually get.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). This day gives you a chance to practice the art of managing other people’s expectations. Be careful what’s implied and doubly careful with what’s promised.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your fate is linked to others’, so select partners, dates and friends with care. It only takes one personal connection to get a party started, give a project wings or push an idea into form.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People will come through for you and help you solve whatever problems arise. Show your gratitude and there will be more where this came from.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your mood: ultra-driven. So you’ll get what you want and then have to deal with the reality of what you worked for. Therefore wanting well is crucial these days.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 29). Love is your essence, and it’s reflected back to you from the majesty of nature, the fantasy world of fiction, the beauty of a loved one’s eyes. New experiences envelop you in 2018; a lifestyle transformation is in store. You’ll hone a talent and fit it to a lucrative niche. Invest and believe in yourself. Cancer and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 11, 27 and 17.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: ”My sister and I have the same birthstone; she’s a Gemini and I’m a Cancer. Is there any stone that is just for Gemini regardless of the month the person was born in? Also, I notice that she copies me a lot lately, and it bothers me. When we were kids it bugged me, too, and I thought she grew out of it, but recently she bought the same couch as I have for her living room.”
Cancer is so wonderful at decorating: It’s not just your sister; the whole world wants to emulate your cozy style. As the twin, Gemini will sometimes copy as a way to feel closer to another person. Try to be big about it. In regard to her birthstone (assuming you want her to have her own that is different than yours) one of the most powerful birthstones for a Gemini is the unusual green stone chrysoprase. This stone holds no power for any other sun sign than Gemini, though it also has no negative effects for other signs. It can be used to ward off sickness of any kind, but it has the most profound affect on eyesight, improving vision for both afflicted and healthy eyes.