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Something is going to change. It has to. Now the smart thing to do is to accept that a trade-off will be made, and to look at what”s being exchanged. The more tempting thing to do will be to look away and let everything sort itself out. And it will, no doubt. But if you”re able to involve yourself, you”ll have an advantage going forward.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your mind can either be your ally or your enemy. Choosing helpful thoughts is the habit to cultivate at this critical juncture. Don”t expect such thoughts to come naturally. Write them out. Repeat them. It”s forced, but it will work.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are no free passes for what you want to experience. You”ll be glad for this. Hard work forces you to confront and ultimately develop a better connection with your core character.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There”s something you don”t want to do, and yet you really must. So do it first. This will improve the overall quality of your day. Otherwise you”ll spend the whole day cozied up to a nagging feeling.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). People don”t learn with their arms crossed. Learning is a posture. It”s a receptive way of being. The learning mind is open and curious, willing to do the things that reinforce the assimilation of knowledge.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You”re capable of deep self-reflection but timing is key. For the most part, you”ll keep it light and do what you need to do today. Then tonight, you”ll choose your moment and go deeper into your own motivations.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Any feeling you have of being constricted will go away once you reduce your spending. Lower the expenses so you can show a profit, minimize your stress, and have the freedom you”ve longed for.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The path to success will be built from long strings of kept promises. Of course, the easiest way to keep your promises is to make promises that are easy to, and maybe even a pleasure to, keep.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Neatness will make a difference in your work. It won”t make it inherently better, but it will make it more user-friendly, which will lead to more people making use of it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You”ve been drawn to both virtue and vice, and sometimes it”s hard to tell the difference. But down deep you know who is good for you and who isn”t. Stick with the people who are good for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Not long ago it was you who needed guidance. Now you”re the one giving it to others. You”ll do this with great patience, thoroughness and heart.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You”re a bit of an impresario today, creating a “show” and selling tickets. On a deeper level, what you”re doing is helping others to see what”s extraordinary about that ordinary thing that”s been there all along.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The past is messier than it looks in the history books. The story we tell looking backward already has an ending. All we have to do is connect the dots in a way that leads up to it. The present has no ending. The story is up for grabs.

TODAY”S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 2). You deserve to be appreciated by those who can, want to and need to have you in their lives. That”s the shuffle of the next three months. You figure out how you fit in and what has to happen to make it more effectively so. You”re going places together, which is why you need to choose your people very carefully. Aries and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 44, 3, 20 and 16.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: “I haven”t told him outright because I don”t want to anger him, but most people understand that when you don”t call them back it means you don”t want to talk to them! So why does a Leo like me keep getting bothered by stalker types?”

Blame your guiding luminary, the sun, who loves that the rest of the solar system is magnetically drawn into its orbit. Usually the extra bump of attention you get from others works well for you. The problem occurs when you believe you”re obligated to behave in a way that”s nicer than you feel on the inside. People who push natural boundaries and invade your time, space and energy are not being nice. Social interaction is always an exchange. When someone violates your exchange rate, they are stealing from you. See them as thieves and protect yourself accordingly. Put an emotional fence around your house and have rules for who gets in the gate. Think about those rules and write them down. As for your current stalker, that”s what call blocking is for.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Annie Leibovitz recently put out a retrospective of her work in book form, “Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016” as well as a popular master class on portraiture. Widely considered to be one of the greatest portrait artists of her time, Leibovitz possesses many of the qualities her sign is known for — elegance, a love of harmony, an artistic point of view and a real love for her subjects.

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