Venus matures from the heartfelt, playful realm of Leo to a place where action is more than playful intention. The flirting is over. What’s the real move here? If you love someone, make room for that person in your life, and let that person know through your deeds what your love amounts to. In other words, love is now officially a verb.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re too hardworking to ever be accused of laziness. But it’s time to rest. Do so without feeling guilty because that only defeats the purpose. A difficult person has something valuable to contribute to you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Being patriotic does not mean that you have bitterness for people from countries other than yours. This is pretty basic human decency, but there are those who still don’t get it. You’ll be a teacher.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are several ways in which you might achieve your goal. Your standards for yourself are already high, so let them be broad, as well. Lift your self-imposed limits.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). All eyes and ears are on you, and your ability to eloquently express yourself will pave a new path. In the afternoon, you’ll have the Midas touch, and you turn real estate or foreign ventures into gold.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’re a dynamic force of nature. Use this force to bring people together, and love will be there. Tonight, a sibling, or someone else who is familiar to you, will surprise you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Because you see the problem first, you’ll be looked to as the problem solver of the group. Embrace your handyperson identity. Your skills will attract a special someone.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You don’t have to prove that you can assert yourself -really you’re much better off holding back. Yes, you’ll get what you want when you push. But you’ll also get it when you pull.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). This is truly love. The success of your relationship is more important than either one of your individual successes. You only want to win if you win together.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Conversationally speaking, less will be more today, as nobody has time to sort through too much information. That’s why you’ll make doubly sure that what you’re about to say is really worth sharing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It’s not true that opportunity only knocks once. It comes back every day in different forms. Sometimes the knock is strong as knuckles, and then it’s like a bird pecking on the window. Heed it when you’re good and ready.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Frivolous mental pursuits are cool. Accept that. The best way to avoid being boring is to get so into the topics that interest you that you become a veritable expert.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). How can you stop being your own worst enemy? Just decide to get on your own side, that’s all. Once you do, the changes might be disruptive, but they also will be directly beneficial.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 5). The best things in life, it turns out, are not so free, after all. This month you’ll invest in something that makes you extravagantly happy. Next month, family needs your help, and you’ll be a better person for the effort. December is the best month for locking down a deal. May will be romantic. June fills up with new friends. Aries and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 45, 2, 25, 31 and 17.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: You have a winning personality, and you’ll sell it big-time. TAURUS: Don’t be afraid that people feel differently about you than they did yesterday. Trust the evolution. GEMINI: Relationships will balance out. The uneven aspects will, in time, find a new equilibrium. CANCER: If you’re funny, you’ll win. If you don’t know how to be funny, here’s a tip: It has something to do with telling the painful truth. If they don’t get it, then they are the ones who aren’t funny. LEO: You’ll find yourself chasing a trophy of some kind. It’s not about the prize; it’s about what it represents to you. VIRGO: Avoid bossy types. You just don’t have the tolerance level for it today. LIBRA: You’ll muster up some mischief and, miraculously, offend no one. SCORPIO: New music, literature, scenery, tastes and people must be experienced before you can go back to appreciating your own living room. SAGITTARIUS: What about your local library? Maybe everything you need to know about love is housed in those books. CAPRICORN: Something fun dangling in your future will keep you motivated. AQUARIUS: Speak your heart, and you’ll make a difference. PISCES: Yes, your best really is yet to come. Believe it and carry that confidence with you on this week’s dates.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The Aquarius moon and the sun in Virgo make an interesting point: Two people who couldn’t be more different can nonetheless hold each other’s interest for a weekend and, for that matter, every weekend. What they have in common is a love of humanity – a need to help and nurture others and to act out of a deep sense of responsibility. Other than that, all bets are off.

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