Perceptions are like windows. Consider the housefly trying to get outside, bashing itself against the window, not realizing that glass is both what inspires and what thwarts its attempt. Each person can only see it "a" way, not "the" way. To challenge assumptions takes advanced thinking and superior character. Mars in Aquarius offers the challenge.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 10). It's a year of discovery in which a new gem will be revealed monthly. Spiritual truths, treasures of the heart and actual material finds will be among the spoils. Apply what you learn in inventive ways. Lifestyle change brings enhanced health and attractiveness. This may be inspired by an exciting new relationship. Scorpio and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 4, 44, 23 and 18.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Framing the truth is a social skill. As it is with all framing, there are decisions to be made about the positioning. Cropping is an option, and it's one you should strongly consider today.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). We are all stuck inside ourselves, though some seem more stuck than others. Empathy isn't just a virtue for better souls; it's also a ticket to living more lives than just the one that we live from behind our own eyeballs.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are sunk costs to consider -- money, time and energy you'll never get back. Recall them and say one last goodbye. Those sunk costs are a thing of the past and have no bearing on your next step into the future.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Though basic daily occurrences seem to have special meaning when you're with someone you love, this does not happen because you're with someone you love. Appreciate your own part in the experience.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Trust is a commodity. People who are entrusted are able to do and experience things that distrusted people cannot. Trust that is freely given won't buy much, though earned trust can open entire worlds.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll become sensitive to another person's tendencies and rhythms and be able to predict this person's next move -- a form of love, really, as it requires a certain quality of attention to figure out.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). As your guiding planet, Venus, communicates freely today, so will you. This communication isn't restricted to loved ones or even humans. You'll be in kinship with animals, rocks, even the sky.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Sociology teaches us that lying is innate. Animals evolve to deceive predators. Sign language-trained gorillas tell fibs, as do toddlers. Today you'll hear lies of little consequence, the sort you'd be gracious to ignore.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It is said that each person is a world. Though you do enjoy tourism, you'll spend the most time with those whose worlds you understand and relate to. Bonds will be built in realities that are shared, not imposed.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Protect your solitude. If you're with even one other person, you won't be completely yourself. Alone, you'll have a sense of spiritual stillness that allows you to get a better feel for what is really worth doing at this time.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's challenging to save money when there are so many things you need and want. Your increased interests and appetites make this a good time to explore a side business.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Helping others have their fun will be much easier to do when you've helped yourself first. It's wrong, selfish even, to ignore your own need for comfort, pleasure and excitement.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Next month brings the release of "The Happy Prince," a historical drama based on the tragic last days of Oscar Wilde. Colin Firth will play Reggie Turner, one of Wilde's few friends toward the bitter end. Firth is a Virgo with natal Venus in the judicious, artistic and partner-oriented sign of Libra, which suggests that Firth, like so many of the characters he plays, is as charming as he is loyal.

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