Happy birthday (May 1): This supportive quality you have will be what you're celebrated for. For brief moments it will feel like you're holding the whole thing up by yourself, and this only shows you your strength and position. Your team will kick in, following the example you bring. The sweet victories of the year will hit on multiple levels.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): You, like the other animals, respond and adapt to your environment. The people, things and routines that rule your days have a stronger effect than willpower. Changing your lifestyle is what changes your habits.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): One approach to the problem at hand is to starve it out. Don't give it the fuel that your attention so readily provides. Ignore, neglect and shun the thing until it goes away.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21): You can't help the affinity you feel for those who need your help. You'll like them more because of your investment in them. They don't need to pay you back. Connecting you to the goodness of your soul is payment enough.
CANCER (June 22-July 22): You've unhooked yourself from dozens of expectations you had of someone. Now you're able to experience the person as they are instead of as you hoped they would be.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): As for that unwanted behavior, it will help to give up the fight. Once you stop trying to stop it, you free yourself up to pursue an understanding of these coping mechanisms. You cannot influence that which you don't understand.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): There is satisfaction to be mined from small gains if you're willing to accept the gift. Such acceptance will include a pause while you check out all the features and offer a gratitude most sincere and specific.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): The places that used to energize you have gone stale or no longer exist. In these weird times "new environments" can be taken as a metaphor. Go out in search of that very alive feeling.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Improvement is practically effortless today because it comes with cosmic assistance. You happen to want the thing that also is in the highest and best interest of yourself and many others.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): People think they know what's real but there are so many tricks around. Nature, light, fog, memory ... and if that weren't enough, the tricks of the digital age are endless. You'll know what's real today because you'll feel it.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You need to be your own advocate, and you will fulfill the role once you embrace it. Do you think you deserve an advocate? That's the first block to get over. Hint: You do.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It's odd enough, but people who are on top of the world and experiencing high-flying success may not be half as happy as those who are struggling. In your case, embrace these days as though they were the good ole days.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Someone asking for your service is, in a way, a compliment. It says that they trust you, and makes you want to rise to meet their expectation and then soar beyond it.
AN EARTHY BELTANE
In the pagan tradition, the first day of May is celebrated with a tall maypole decorated with leaves, ribbons and flowers, a festival centerpiece to dance and revel around. The festival of Beltane includes a bonfire from which all light their home hearth. The traditional Capricorn moon gives a nod to these traditions of yesteryear.
Q: “I blame my parents for everything. What do you say to a Virgo who wants to get over the trauma of terrible parents?”
A: No child should have these struggles. Your indignation is righteous. And your good future depends on moving on. The road to maturity involves becoming an increasingly adept parent to oneself. Virgos have a natural gift for self-parenting and may notice from a very young age that they seem to be figuring life out on their own terms without much need of interference from their older guides. Virgos have a clear view of what’s right, sensible, healthy, productive and holistically sound. This is the sign of nurturing and many Virgos are able to turn that instinct in on themselves to facilitate their own thriving.
The danger for Virgo is in overvigilance. Virgo has leanings toward perfectionism that if left unchecked lead to neurosis. These can be counteracted by irresponsible influences. Virgo needs an Oscar for their Felix, a Bart to their Lisa, an Ernie to their Bert, a Dharma to their Greg. In other words, Virgo sometimes needs to be reminded to be selfish and childish, to have fun, take risks, make mistakes and turn the whole thing into a mess. After all, no one can be a really good parent without a child.
Grammy winner and movie star Tim McGraw is an earthy Taurus with the steadfast style his sign is known for. He may burn up the stage for thousands of adoring fans on the regular, but what his fans love about him is that he’s also relatable as a devoted family man and father. McGraw’s natal chart reflects this balance with the elemental energy of earth, fire, air and water all represented.