Moon Alert

After 4 a.m. Chicago time, we have the “all clear” to shop and do business. The Moon is in Capricorn.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

This is not the day to ask for permission or approval from an authority figure like a boss, parent, VIP or police officer. Quite likely, their answer will be, “Talk to the hand.” Furthermore, they might be critical of you. (Oh great — you need that like a fish needs a bicycle.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Steer clear of behind-the-scenes activities, especially if they require the approval of authority. Whatever is going on is not going to fly. Not today. Someone might lay down the law. Or perhaps someone will tell you why you can’t do something. Bummer.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

A discussion with someone older or in a position of authority or perhaps someone who is more experienced might discourage you today. This is not what you need. You need the opposite. You need encouragement! Therefore, don’t let this person rain on your parade.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It might be difficult to talk to authority figures today; nevertheless, your critical faculties are sharp and your standards are high. Don’t be discouraged if others are negative. This is the kind of day where people focus on faults and shortcomings. Don’t get caught up in this.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Avoid controversial discussions about politics, religion or race today because they will only get you down. This is not a good day to ask for advice from professors and teachers because they, too, might discourage you. Instead, use today’s energy to study and work hard.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You might be unhappy with your share of something or how things are divided, especially regarding inheritances and shared property. If you can, avoid these kind of discussions today because they won’t go well. You will also get hung up on rules and regulations and red tape. Run away!

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

People are inclined to see the dark side of life today with all its imperfections and flaws. This is why conversations with partners and close friends are uncomfortable. Avoid this kind of chitchat. Instead, throw yourself into heavy mental work or tasks that require mental discipline.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The best way to handle today’s energy is to work hard and persevere. Yes, it’s time to sing “The Song of the Volga Boatmen.” “Pull once more, my lads!” Although this is not lighthearted social day, it’s a productive day!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Children might be an increased responsibility today. You might also be discouraged in sports or the arts or a social occasion that falls flat on its face. (“I thought we covered everything.”) It’s just one of those days. Don’t beat yourself up. Tomorrow is lighter and more interesting!

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Family discussions will be discouraging today, so don’t even go there. An older family member or a parent might put the kibosh on things. Instead, roll up your sleeves and get to work at home because you will achieve a lot. This is not a good day to suggest new ideas.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Do not propose ideas today to others — especially siblings, relatives and neighbors, because they will probably shoot you down. People do not feel adventurous today. Quite the opposite. They are timid and critical, which means they’re not going to explore uncharted territory. Capisce?

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your money scene might look discouraging today. Join the club. We number millions. We’ve got T-shirts but can’t afford jackets. Fear not because today things look worse than they really are. (It’s spores in the air.)

If Your Birthday Is Today

Singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood (1983) shares your birthday today. You are a confident, bold idealist. You are a leader who knows how to motivate others. This year is about personal responsibilities, family and service to others. Take care of yourself so you can help others. Explore the arts. Enroll in a class. Nurture relationships you value. Personalize your home with touches (a photograph?) of these relationships.