ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have no problem telling it like it is. If only you could figure out how it is. Today - not usually, but today - that's a real challenge. Your perception is muddled by how you want it to be.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll have to build up your nerve and then rebuild it. Anxiousness is a good sign, though. It means you've got important enough stuff going on in your life to really care about what is at stake.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). No one wants to admit to bad behavior, but your refreshing honesty drives you to do just that. You're respected for knowing yourself. Truth is the essence of cool.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Synchronization is beautiful - yes, even breathtaking - the way it occurs now. Like people practicing tai chi by the Whangpoo River, there is no leader, just energy that moves together as if it were one organism.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There is no "dirty work," just work that you are more or less suited for. You get a sense of accomplishment from doing the very job that someone else hates, and someone else is thrilled to take a nagging task off of your list, too. It gets paid forward.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Let yourself be inspired by someone - Leo is a good candidate. A creative project taps your little-used talents. Applause from a crowd makes a difference in your confidence, so get in front of the audience if you can.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Renew your contacts, especially with people who probably wonder what on earth happened to you. Talk about what you want. Who knows, you may be talking to the exact person who can give it to you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Get physical. Planets align to inspire you to become a leaner, meaner version of yourself. This weekend, it behooves you to see new places. Travel has a rejuvenating affect on your love life, even if you travel alone.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). This weekend, you're like a young Harry Potter, playing around with your newfound powers and testing your inner will. When you assume you have influence, people bend to it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Someone you meet (probably Virgo or Libra) leads to something more. Romance? Business opportunity? Only you can say. Open your heart and watch what happens.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you sense that others are having a hard time relating to your journey, consider that it might be a you-to-you issue. When you approve of you, others (especially Virgo) will follow suit.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The more demonstrative you are the better. If you love someone, show it with a hundred flowers, shout it from the mountaintop, write it in the sky. If it's not bigger than life, the sentiment could be missed altogether.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 22). This year brings you much laughter and love. In March, you are on the inside of a scene that many outsiders long to be a part of. Be compassionate, teaching those who want to learn. Planets support your getting in terrific physical shape this summer. Lucky love signs are Virgo and Taurus. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 13, 22, 30 and 25. *

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