Trying to be cool usually comes with embarrassing side effects and is probably never the way to actually become cool. Anyway, being cool is nothing to strive for, as it is a complicated state that intimidates people and sets them at a distance. Mars loses his chill in fiery Leo, forming a terse angle to Uranus. Forget about “cool.” Be warm instead.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (July 11). Your cosmic holiday features an uncharacteristic impulsiveness. This isn’t ego or childishness. Rather, it’s a pure stream of intuitive fuel that will set in motion a chain of ultimately fortuitous events. Serve yourself — not a boss or even a loved one. You’re the one person you can make happy, and it will start a trend. Scorpio and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 18, 14, 3, 28 and 45.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your method has helped you get the goal several times already, but now something has changed. Suddenly, that same method won’t net the same results. The winner’s way is to adapt.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You may be in over your head, but that’s not such a bad state. What does it matter how deep the water is? You’re always going to swim somewhere near the top.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The noise of too many opinions will be a detriment. Life gets lovelier when the rattle in the background goes away and you can clearly hear what really matters.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). There’s a potential future forming. This next reality is coming together with the help of a few different sources: your mind’s eye, the intentions of those who need you, and the hand of fate.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re a collector of impressions. You notice details. You track behavior. You sense things about others without having to ask. To ask is to be led down a path that may or may not be true.
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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You know that your interaction with people is only a small part of the story of their day. You realize that what happened before the interaction has an effect. You feel at least partly responsible for what happens after.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You understand that people need each other, but there are acceptable and unacceptable limits to this interdependence. It may seem that some people lean too hard and do not give back. Walk away to see what happens.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ve been watching a skilled person and picking up technique, if not consciously then by the magical osmosis of attention. You’ll soon be solving a problem differently from how you did it in the past.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you want to really confuse a total stranger, ask for directions to “anywhere.” Such a question would baffle even the wisest guide. Before anyone can show you the way, you have to know where you’d like to go.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You love a challenge and yet you are reticent to offer them to others. You don’t want to inconvenience anyone. Don’t worry. Some people are just like you in that they love the excuse to exert themselves.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It’s time to renegotiate, or at least to take stock of all that’s changed since the original agreement. Write it out. Seeing this on paper will help you to get your head around it.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ve all these ideas about how a masterful person would show up and complete the task at hand. Go on and follow in the footsteps of this made-up hero, who, if you think about it, is actually an idealized version of you.