ARIES (March 21-April 19). What you do for those dear to you may be unappreciated at first, but give them time to comprehend it. Of this you can be sure: There are big gestures of gratitude in your future.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You observe not only the scene before you but the emotions behind the scene, too. Your emotional intelligence will take you far beyond obvious solutions and into simple but ingenious fixes.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You refuse to take life seriously - one of your best qualities. The undertow of family drama is dangerous. The best way to fight it is not to step into it. Not even one tiny step.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your service to a lesser-known and very needy cause is the most rewarding thing you'll do all week. And if you give anonymously, the rewards are 10 times greater.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You won't believe the difference a day makes - so long as that day is sunny, at least in the emotional sense. In the right light, things that are downright dull look positively extraordinary.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You are growing tired of these lessons in humility and are quite ready for a different kind of teaching - like how to behave as if you're puffed up and sure of yourself even when you're not.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Let your light shine. Self-depreciating humor won't play - it might even make people uncomfortable. So forget it. Stand in your power, claiming your gifts and thinking, "It's good to be me."

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've come so far from where you've been. You understand what you never did. And now you reach out in a situation where you once would have crossed your arms over your chest.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Approach leisure in the same way as you do work. Identify your best possible chance for fun, and then concentrate on it single-mindedly. You won't regret it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The microcosm of your choices represents the macrocosm of your outlook. Furthermore, when you speak well of your world,

you're saying something positive about yourself.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Stock up on positive reinforcement so you can avoid a "garbage in, garbage out" scenario. The company you keep makes a huge contribution to your mindset, as well.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Shakespeare wrote, "Life is as tedious as a twice told-tale, vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man." Prove him wrong. Act out in extremely exciting ways, and then tell the tale but once. Exaggerate if needed.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 5). It's a new era for you. Your ideas (and you have a ton of them this year) are widely accepted. Positive changes in your relationships occur in February. A move follows. A different way of making money is accessed in May. Your muse works overtime in July. There's a special spark with Cancer and Scorpio people. Your lucky numbers are: 27, 31, 28, 36 and 50.

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