Photograph of Tom Roberts at Kallista late 1920’s
Collection: On permanent loan to the Parliament of Australia from the British Royal Collection
Felton Bequest 1943
Collection: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Photograph of Tom Roberts at Kallista late 1920’s
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You have enough projects to keep you busy for now, so try to avoid taking on any new business or personal tasks unless it's absolutely necessary. For Rams with busy schedules, this can be a very frustrating day, especially if it seems like nothing is going your way. Real problems need most of your attention, so try to ignore frivolous situations as much as possible. If a family member or a friend asks for your help, direct your energy toward solving their problem before dealing with what's already on your own plate. Although it might be difficult for you to tear yourself away from your own dramas, your selflessness will be rewarded in extremely beneficial ways.
Taurus has a much better time viewing the world through someone else's eyes. If you have something exciting planned, be sure to invite along a friend so that you can share opinions on whatever is on your agenda. After all, what fun is seeing a movie or visiting an art gallery if you don't have someone to talk about it with afterwards? Group events are much more your style today than they usually are, so it wouldn't be odd for you to show up at a big party at a friend's house or the grand opening of your favorite store. Keeping an open mind is the key to having successful conversations with strangers.
You should know by now that not only what you say but also how you say it can directly affect what other people think of you. Yes, you have a lot on your mind, but blurting out inappropriate words and phrases without thinking them through first can be quite detrimental to your personal and professional reputation. Keep jokes and sarcasm to a minimum, and if you absolutely have to say what's on your mind, be sure to keep your audience in mind. Emphasizing certain words or syllables over others can change the whole context of the sentence, so this is one time when pronunciation definitely counts.
You may not really be able to read other people's minds, but your stunning and accurate guesses might cause them to think that you can! You have a superior sense of intuition right now, which makes it pretty easy for you to guess what your friends, coworkers and relatives are thinking about just by looking at the expression on their faces. This is a good time to tap into your own subconscious as well, especially if you've been trying to work through a personal problem. Listen to what that little voice is telling you, Cancer -- it's probably right.
No matter what anyone else tells you, you really know what's best. Your friends and family mean well when they give you their opinions, but you are the only one who can make the final decision for yourself. Put all of your options out on the table and then choose the very best one. At times like these, it might seem like you have a huge weight on your shoulder, but when you look at the worldview, you don't have it nearly as bad as some people do. The sooner you begin taking responsibility for your actions, the easier it will be to keep making the right choices with confidence in the future.
Why are you so determined that your way is the right way? The first thing on your to-do list should be to stop being critical of other people's ideas and opinions. There is a definite gray area here, but for some reason, you're trying to make your decision based strictly on your observances of black and white. Stop what you're doing, let go of some of your control issues, and open your mind to other possibilities. Trust the Universe and the people you share some of its space with. When all is said and done, you will look back at the results and wonder why you ever wanted to keep such a firm grip on the situation in the first place.
If you attempt to start too many new projects, you might just fall behind with both the old and the new. If delegating some of your work load to other people isn't a possibility, then it's time to prioritize. Admitting to yourself that you won't be able to get it all done is a difficult but necessary task, and getting upset or showing your temper or irritation in another negative manner could only make things worse. If everything doesn't get finished on time, it isn't the end of the world. You might finally be able to rest at the end of the day, but it's best to keep busy now, while you still have the energy.
The longer you play the game, the harder it might be to maintain your grip on reality. Of course, maybe an escape is exactly what you need right now; in that case, there's really no need to try to hang on to what's real. Playing video or role-playing games is a fun way to pass the time, especially if you can get someone else to play along with you. Your dreams may be particularly vivid and exciting tonight, but trying to remember them isn't necessary. Sometimes it's nice to just sit back and enjoy what's happening without worrying too much about symbols, metaphors or hidden meanings.
The challenges you face aren't insurmountable, but they might seem that way in the beginning. Break your biggest problems down into smaller, more workable components so that you don't feel too overwhelmed as you begin to solve them. Looking at your dilemma from a different perspective can have a favorable outcome as long as you don't get too far off track. Getting sidelined is easy to do, especially when you're having a good time brainstorming with your friends or coworkers, but you have to remember that there is a problem at hand, and that you really need to get back to the point so you can solve it.
Your creative mind seeks a playmate. If you don't have any creative or artistic friends, it's time to get acquainted with some. Place an ad in the paper, join a creative group, or sign up for an art class at your local college. At the moment, you do your best work when you have a collaborative partner and it would be a shame to let your talents go to waste. There may even be someone you know who has a hidden talent you don't even know about. Ask your friends and relatives about their hobbies and artistic skills. Their answers may very well surprise you, but in a very good way.
Money is your main concern, so it's a good idea to put off spending any more of it than you absolutely have to. Feel free to tend to your basic needs, like food, shelter and clothing, but put off making major luxury purchases until you can get a firm grip on your financial situation. You can't really afford to be around people who want to spend your cash frivolously right now, either, so try not to lend money to your friends or to spend too much during a date you may never see again. Generosity is a wonderful thing, but you need to tend to your own problems right now.
No matter which road you choose to go down, there's something at the end of it that was well worth the trip. Luck is on your side, and it feels great to have such positive energy surrounding you. People with negative attitudes aren't welcome in your presence, and if they insist on telling you that what you want to do isn't possible, you're likely to show them the door. Now that you realize that each and every moment is too precious to waste, you can't wait to get started living the rest of your life. For maximum enjoyment, be sure you choose a partner who feels the same way.