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Holiday Mathis

There are many instances when generalities are appropriate — small talk, pleasantries with community members, friendly gestures of acquaintanceship. But on this day before Mercury retrograde, the real work begins. Eliminate the generalities. Clear, direct and specific communication is the way to “retrograde-proof” yourself from Day One.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 6). You typically put work before pleasure, prioritize others higher than yourself and, of course, prize duty and responsibility above leisure. Change it up this year. Dare to delight yourself on the regular. Make playfulness a big deal. The joyful approach will turn your year on its ear and improve every aspect of your experience. Pisces and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 44, 9, 2, 14 and 27.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). As you back away from a conflict, you’ll be heading toward the core of tranquility inside yourself. It’s not something you have to develop either. It’s there, and has always been there, awaiting your return.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What does a weird pause mean? Is the other person uncomfortable, distracted or just unsure what goes next? Any assumption you make will say more about you than the situation. Answer: Refrain from assumption. Push through.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Study what the others before you did. It will seem to take forever and then actually save you a lot of time. You won’t end up using it all. Figuring out what you don’t need — that’s the brilliant part.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The reason you’re on the receiving end is that it’s simply your turn. So don’t overthink it. Get into gracious-mode and start appreciating this stuff and finding a place for it. Don’t worry about repayment. Not yet anyway.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The wise one doesn’t necessarily have all of the information. Because wisdom isn’t so much about holding on to a lot of true facts, as it is about knowing who to be.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The people sharing generous opinions could be generous in other ways, too, but do keep in mind that talk can be cheap, and supportive words are one of the easiest ways to share. Certainly, accept nothing less.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Down deep, no person wants to be compared to another, especially not in the “you look just like my cousin” kind of way. Don’t worry, you can find common ground and still be keen to discover the uniqueness of others.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Just as fine art is often about placement, the art of our life (or just your weekend) will have to do with placing yourself in an interesting environment where relationships might develop.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). History changes. A textbook from 10 years ago reads like it’s from a different world because it does, in fact, come from a different world. Context changes everything, as will be well-illustrated today.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It’s important to be very honest in your noticing of yourself. See what you’re good at. Be frank about what you’re not attracted to and what’s hard for you. The world needs you to lean into those qualities.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Tell the story about when the flame of passion ignited in you and you’ll feel it flicker again. Also, sprinkling elements of what’s new in with the old will change the color of this fire.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There’s a decision to be made, you’re the best one to make it, mostly because you’re the only one you can really trust to follow through on this. Decide, and then set up your system of accountability.

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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