ARIES (March 21-April 19). An associate poses a strong proposal that is in his or her best interest, and not necessarily in yours. Buy some time to think this over, even if you have to make a flimsy excuse.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When women say, "We need to talk," men hear, "You're doing something wrong." It shouldn't be rocket science, but communication between the sexes is a subtle art. Tip: Adapt your message to the receiver.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Stray souls meander into your cubicle, and memos without a home show up on your desk. Instead of devoting your expertise to a lost cause, help these wanderers to their true homes.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). A project you're involved in gives you creative passion second only to romantic passion or eating chocolate cake. And if you have all of the above, you're truly blessed. Indulge!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You aren't the first person to admit a deep, dark secret, and you won't be the last. Whether big or small, your revelatory moment is registered in the impact of your actions and words.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have the presence of mind to put your attention precisely where it's needed. Whether this means doing feng shui on your office or answering e-mails rapid-fire, at the end of the day you go home feeling organized.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your intimacy wants and needs are just as important as someone else's, but right now yours seem more compelling to you. Maybe you've shoved them aside for too long. Do what it takes to exfoliate your emotions.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). As people around you fumble to understand their tempestuous inner worlds, you're totally qualified to play devil's advocate. Should you need an adviser yourself, an angel is sitting on your other shoulder - for balance.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you can break a thing down piece by piece, you won't get overwhelmed with the mechanics of it. This rule works on anything from deterring an unhealthy craving to making gym time. Reward yourself in the process.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Some of the most satisfying art is produced by "happy accidents," an unintended smudge or mistake that takes the work in a new direction. Let mayhem be your guide to creative bliss.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You make other people's business your business, but when it comes down to it, today you just want to be left to your own devices. If you put yourself out there, be prepared to attract attention.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have the hand of a sculptor and the voice of Botticelli right now, making any utterance or e-mail an artful act of self-expression. When your computer goes down or your cell phone dies, it's your cue to get creative.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 2). It's a year of mythic proportions in terms of your personal growth. The next four months see you slaying personal dragons and claiming heroic prizes. You're sharp enough not to lose your head when you see all the glitter around you in June, and for this reason you're able to leverage relationships for progress. Leo and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 28, 1 and 50.

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