ARIES (March 21-April 19). To say you've got dirt on someone is an understatement. But having dirt doesn't mean you should pull a dirty on them. Question your motives before you dig into questionable territory.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You may not realize how badly you wanted to confide your feelings to someone until after they've tumbled from your burning lips. Whether love or soul confessions, you set the precedent for a more honest relationship.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's open season at work. Everyone's taking a shot for the prize trophy. Their strategies are an observation in calculated wackiness. Observe the shenanigans with curious detachment, then make your call.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Some days it's important to remember that what you do for a living isn't about the credit or recognition it brings you, but the good it brings others. It's not that day. There's nothing wrong with being the best and knowing it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your indomitable creative spark inspires a mad rush. What to do when people are banging on your door in a frenzy of desire? Answer it. You already know what you want your people to do for you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Is it better to be loved or to be feared? Clearly

you're into the love side of the equation, but you're not sure what to think when others are apprehensive about how to approach you. What do they say? Fierce loveliness.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Social graces can be graceless, can't they? When someone says, "I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but . . . " you always know you're not going to like it. Applaud yourself for being big enough to hear the message.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're getting help with your project. When it's time to make an acceptance speech, in whatever form that takes, thank the little guys - they get disgruntled when you forget their names.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're talented. Dare to put your ideas on the line. Raise your hand during the boardroom meeting. Give others a reason to fear your ambition and your smarts.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When you feel sensitive to feedback, consider the source. If you trust the place it's coming from, you can see it's a bridge directly to truth - at least one version of it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Purify your mind by sharing what's on it this morning. By afternoon you'll be lighter, with no issue to weigh you down, no details to clutter your thinking.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's no shame in wanting what you want. Your want certainly won't take anything away from others. Voice at least one of your desires to someone who has the capacity to meet it. Maybe that person is you.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 25). Follow your north star by harnessing your willpower to manifest your heart's desire. You're a gentle spirit, but this doesn't fool anyone - you're powerful. A partner helps actualize a dream this year, and so do groups of friends. Make allies during the next four weeks. October is a romantic month for you. Pisces and Virgo people are kindred souls. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 7, 43, 11 and 5.

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