Existential boredom is a kind of painless pain, not acutely felt as a sensation but as an ache of the soul. This is why, for many, empty time is unbearably uncomfortable. However, today, try not to fill it with busy work and distraction that doesn’t mean anything to you. Mercury is crossing into Virgo to inspire the quest for a more fulfilling way.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). “Motivated reasoning” is when you first decide what you want and then rationalize why it’s a good idea. Your mind will have no trouble coming up with supportive ideas, but are they really, morally correct?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The idea that every moment should be pleasurable is as ridiculous as the notion that life should be pain-free. Ours is, after all, an existence of contrast. There is no pleasure without pain, no light without darkness.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Savvy hotel guests know that when travel-mates and roommates need space from each other, the hotel lobby can be a welcome respite. Find your own version of a hotel lobby today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). We get older without trying. We’re drawn to people inexplicably. Our bodies crave what we need; our spirits quest without our consent. There are many things in life that come without effort. All should be celebrated.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You know who you are, but you don’t know the full extent of either who you are or what you can do until the adventure is “on.” So say yes, and that adventure will launch shortly.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People who are worrying about what they are going to say are usually not very good at listening to what is already being said. That’s why, when you put people at ease, you make them better listeners.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There’s nothing false about hope. It may not change things immediately, but it will change you immediately, and that will change things eventually. Hold on to hope, white-knuckled.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It’s not the case every day, but today if you aim low and settle for little, you won’t be disappointed, you’re sure to be impressed, and you’ll probably be swept off your feet and into a truly interesting and exciting situation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Emptiness is not nothingness; rather, it is space. Space is pure potential. Therefore, do not be afraid to get rid of things before you have a replacement. The void invites a more creative future than you would otherwise know.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your head and your heart do not always consult one another before making decisions. You may find them in conflict today. Sort it out. Your imagination will be a helpful mediator.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You expect yourself to keep your agreements, even when it is inconvenient to do so. You do not always hold others to their agreements, but you should. Not always, but today, your expectation will make them rise up.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Turn up the intensity. Make a play for what you want. Through a combination of tenacity and keen problem-solving you will make things happen. The result won’t be perfect, but it will be progress.

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