Horoscopes: Friday, July 1, 2016

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Each moment seems to beg you to either be useful in it or use it up. So whether you are using or being useful, your time will be action-packed - and you'll have tangible evidence to show for it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Because you make the conscious decision to work with (instead of compete with) your colleagues, your way will be made easier. It's the difficult and diverse personalities that will bring you the greatest gifts of the day.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Things are referred to as "broken" even when they are mostly whole and new. Maybe it's the language itself that is broken, proclaiming the wrongness when most of it is actually all right.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Someone you meet today will stimulate an underused part of your brain. It certainly gives you fodder to process tonight when you retire to your dreams.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). While there are those out there espousing the natural benefits of raw honey or kohlrabi, you have your own inborn health generator in the way of a smile that won't quit and an endless sense of curiosity.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). One of your least-favorite characteristics is arrogance, though sometimes even you have to remind yourself that nothing makes one person better than another. The low stance is the high road.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The goal is to make something that represents you, something you can be proud of, something that is honest to how you are feeling and doing right now.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The human body and psyche are constantly repairing themselves. With a few minor bumps and bruises to your ego recently, you're now in the process of healing a small part of your persona.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Conflict is a necessary part of life. Without it, you don't have a story. It's tension that makes the guitar strings ring out. It's stress that keeps us upright. Can you embrace conflict?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The dog was born a dog, the bird was born a bird, and you were born with an inherent tendency toward enthusiasm and a need for freedom and flight. You can have both, but not at the same time.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). What goes for love, and what does love go for? What are you willing to pay for approval and affection? And more important, does using anything at all as currency negate the presence of real love?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When you don't care whether someone likes you, it's easy to be you. Maybe that's why the ones who don't care are so well-liked. Authenticity can be hard to come by, but you've got it in spades.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 1). If love is good, isn't extravagant love better? And as long as you're going to have a run of luck, why not have great degrees of it? With the mind-set of "more," you'll make more happen. For the next six months, it's appropriate. Then expect some temperance and tapering off in the new year - also appropriate and part of the cycle. Capricorn and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 33, 26, 4, and 16.