Holiday Mathis

People aren’t born appreciating tastes that fall into the “bitter” category. Coffee, beer, leafy greens, grapefruit — all acquired tastes, and yet, these foods are favorites for many. Bitter experiences can have a similar addictive quality. For some strange reason, we keep coming back. Mercury straightens out to help us investigate the phenomenon.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 22). Reach out to important people who can help you move toward your dream. Boldness will be rewarded many times in 2018. Though you don’t require people to be anything other than how they are, family will make you very proud. You’ll work for the sheer enjoyment of it and make a killing. Gemini and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 19, 40, 23, 38 and 15.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Good fortune sometimes steals the credit that should really have gone to good planning. With this in mind, what can you start today that might pay you 10 years from now? Do it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you could see everyone’s thoughts, half the people wouldn’t look nearly as confident. Self-doubt is really irrelevant to the success equation. Keep going through the motions necessary to make something happen.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People talk about problems. It could help, although it could also be an addiction to the release and attention that come with complaining. As for speaking of your joys, make sure you’re talking to supporters who won’t be jealous.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). When your day is touched by nature, it’s also touched by wonder. Your connection to nature makes you bigger and smaller all at once. It gives you a sense of belonging to life.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Knowledge is a gift that’s light as air, bright as sunbeams and tricky to deliver. How it’s packaged will matter. Put time and thought into how you’re going to organize and pass on your knowledge. Your immortality depends on it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To prefer people to be a certain way so that we may easily relate — this is only natural, and yet incredibly selfish. Also, it keeps our hearts small. Practice loving people as they are, perfectly themselves.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Just before the bend, you’ve no clue as to the shape of the road ahead. There are others who have walked this road a thousand times. Ask, or just follow and enjoy your uncertainty; you only get to be new once.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You know the secret of good service: To be well-served, you first serve others well. And though you may not be acknowledged quickly for this today, the reward for getting the job done is that it’s done.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you think about it and apply yourself, you are creating your life. When you don’t think about it and do whatever, you are creating your life. Either way will work well today, actually.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You have new feelings about your role, or possibly you’re just bored of it. So, you agreed to something. It doesn’t mean you have to keep agreeing to it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You may feel alone in your ambitions, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You’ll have a greater sense of purpose (and accountability) if you include more people in this. A Taurus or Virgo would be ideal.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You don’t feel the need to prove that you’re unique. You’ve no big need to stand out either, as you’d much rather connect with others as equal co-creators in a shared experience.

Holiday Mathis is the author of “Rock Your Stars.” To write to her, please go to www.creators.com and click on “Write the Author” on the Holiday Mathis page, or send her a postcard in the mail. To find out more about Holiday Mathis and read her past columns, visit the CreatorsSyndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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