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Holiday Mathis

The sun takes on a new intensity of purpose on this day, the start of the Scorpio solar sojourn. Scorpio energy swirls around the kind of topics one might avoid in polite conversation. Then again, there wouldn’t be a context for polite conversation if not for the energies that Scorpio rules — life, death, regeneration... so, basically, all of existence.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 23). It’s not what but who you have in your life that matters — an idea often reinforced this year as you make material and financial gain and share it generously. The joy of the sharing far outweighs the thrill of acquisition. Also this year, you’ll proudly make a difference in the lives of strangers and animals, and in the health of the planet. Leo and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 6, 32, 10 and 27.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You disapprove of unnecessary drama and would prefer to remain unflappable, the sort that doesn’t succumb to pressure, embarrass easily or betray oneself. To stay calmly on your own side is a mark of superior character.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll tie a number of loose ends and make some final decisions. Leave nothing for tomorrow. Either you’ll handle it now or you’ll decide it’s not worth your attention after all.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you give way to the first request, yield to the second and so on, it gets almost impossible to draw the line. You’re better off being a challenge upfront. It sets a precedent and gives you more power later when you need it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). “Festina lente” is the classical Greek adage symbolized by a dolphin cuddling a boat anchor. The translation of this Latin is “make haste slowly,” an oxymoron you’ll master today as you move with thoughtful precision.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The honeybee can make life sweetly pleasurable with honey or sharply painful with a poisonous sting. With bees and people, much depends on your awareness and approach.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To make a desired impression, you first must be sure you’re present in that moment. You’ll do this with your advanced awareness of timing and your ability to adjust your internal clock to another person’s pacing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Physical strength varies with age and other circumstances. Moral strength is far less vulnerable to the influence of time, can be continually developed at every point of life and always matters more in the end.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you can’t get yourself to comply with your own directives, try taking on the responsibility of leading others. Social expectation is a strong motivational factor.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you think about the icons of cool in the movies, they are people who don’t seem to be in any kind of hurry. You’re like such an icon today as you let time do its work.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Long talks are bonding if you have the time but can feel like a trap if you don’t. Set a 50-minute limit. Most of what needs to be said will be expressed, and if it’s not enough, you can always come back later for more.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You love in different ways depending on what’s needed and what you think you can give. You don’t always need to pick the other person up emotionally in order to be helpful. Sometimes it’s better to lie low and listen.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What started as an interesting group of strangers is now becoming more of a unified group of like-minded people, maybe even a loose group of friends. Keep attending.

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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