Your Daily Horoscope for Friday, May 18

Aries

March 21- April 19

Old memories may surface today out of the blue. A dream might trigger a certain emotion, or perhaps an old friend will call you up to talk about the old days. This could be fun, but it could also be bittersweet! You're the kind of person who prefers to live in the here and now. Looking backward seems like a waste of time. But maybe there's something there that you still need to process.

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Taurus

April 20-May 20

Today is a good day to put some thought or effort into your future. Saving money, planning for a family or to purchase a bigger home — these are the kinds of things that are probably on your mind now. You're feeling sensible, grounded and in touch with your deepest emotions — a perfect combination for making big decisions or solid plans. Knowing what means most to you makes you more willing to work for it.

Gemini

May 21-June 21

You're swamped with emotion today. If you aren't used to this, you might try to intellectualise it or pretend you aren't feeling as soft hearted or moody as you really are. But you probably aren't fooling anyone! Besides, lots of folks are feeling a little vulnerable now. Maybe knowing you aren't alone will help you feel more centred. Lending an ear to someone else can certainly take your mind off your own issues.

Cancer

June 22-July 22

A sense of tradition fills you today. Cooking or baking, especially using an old family recipe, is a real comfort. Talking to someone you love and respect fills a similar need. This is about your connection to other people and to the past. It's the continuum of your life from long ago to the present moment and into the future. Time-honoured activities are soothing, even ones that are completely mundane!

Leo

July 23-August 22

Staying home holds a lot of appeal today. Or perhaps you're drawn to some other place where you feel utterly comfortable, and utterly yourself. Maybe a good friend or relative can give you that relaxed sense of acceptance. Do whatever you need to create a sense of inner calm. That will enable you to project your serenity outward, which will really help others who are feeling off-centre.

Virgo

August 23-September 22

You're big-hearted today. A warmly emotional mood makes it easier to be compassionate toward others or to forgive someone who has hurt you. It's also easier now to be loving and sympathetic toward yourself. This is a real benefit for you, since you tend to be harder on yourself than you are on others, holding yourself to higher standards. Now you have a gentle sense of humanity, including your own.

Libra

September 23-October 22

Today your indulgent nature could push you to reach for a second or third helping of comfort food. Of course, what you're really craving is a sense of stability. When this happens, those easy symbols of comfort — good food, a nap in a soft bed, wearing your favourite slippers around the house — become really appealing. And why not give in to them? If they help you feel better, there's little harm.

Scorpio

October 23 – November 22

It's a great day to connect with your favourite people. A visit in person is balm for your soul and theirs. Even a long-distance phone call is enough to reestablish that bond that attaches you. Set aside some time just for yourself, too. Spending time with loved ones is wonderful, but alone time allows you to sit with your feelings and connect with yourself at a deep level.

Sagittarius

November 23-December 20

Today is the sort of day when you might trample on someone's feelings without even realising you've said anything insensitive. And truthfully, maybe you didn't. A lot of people are feeling sensitive right now. This increases the likelihood of misinterpreting comments and taking things personally. That's why it's important to do your best to communicate calmly and clearly. Make sure your good intentions are readily apparent to everyone.

Capricorn

December 21-January 19

Today you might feel swamped with emotions both sweet and challenging. Here's a hint: Almost any emotional need you have now can be fulfilled through connecting with family or tradition. If you're uncertain about a decision you need to make, look to the folks who have gone before you. What did they do in similar situations? And if you're feeling a little blue, there's nothing like loved ones to help you centre yourself.

Aquarius

January 20-February 18

Instead of viewing life through an intellectual lens today, meet it at the heart level. Getting emotionally involved may not be your style, but right now it's just what the doctor ordered. Holding yourself apart from other people doesn't feel right. Spending time at home, or wherever you're most comfortable, centres you emotionally. And taking a personal interest in a situation or another person shows how much it really means to you.

Pisces

February 19-March 20

Today you're as soft hearted as ever. You're feeling sentimental, which means anything and everything warms your heart — that is, if it doesn't bring a tear to your eye! You'll go out of your way for a friend, especially if you can tell they aren't feeling very emotionally grounded. Even if your own emotions are a little stirred up, there's a strength behind and beneath them. You can use this to support others.

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