ARIES (March 21-April 19). Any task you perform just for the money is destined for doom. So do it for the fun, the intrigue, the love. When you show heart, you win in every way. Aquarius and Pisces are lucky friends.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The planetary positions highlight curiosity, research and possibly a new love. Satisfy your need for learning about subjects and people, especially Cancer people.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Show that you're in charge and you'll earn respect. Though you may not know it for several months, what you do today has an important and lasting effect. Tonight, loved ones need your common sense.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's surprising how many people aren't good for their word, but you are. Even what you say casually in passing is important to someone. You realize and honor this.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Second guessing will run you into trouble. Trust that others know their business. You'll find shortcuts by listening carefully and reading between the lines. This is also how you will receive magic words tonight.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're getting passionate. Passion is the difference between doing a job and being a professional. Passion is the difference between liking someone and claiming someone.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Instead of vacillating, make decisions and go with them. It turns out there is no right or wrong, only action and inaction. Your love life thrives when you take risks.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Give in on the little issues, and be strong on the big ones. Someone who is inappropriately dependent on you will learn self-care as soon as you let go. Tonight, romance is better than the movies.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're showered with attention - and even fame if you seek it. Friends and acquaintances are more available and will go where you lead. Tonight, love progresses.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You couldn't be more focused, even when there are substantial distractions. Trying to justify your actions will only weaken your position. Take a stand.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're not afraid of what anyone else thinks, which is what makes you very successful at getting your point across with a lot of originality. There's plenty of extra energy available to see a project through.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Enough of those critical people. A true friend accentuates your good characteristics, helping you get what you want. Tonight, you find new ways to keep a healthy balance between love and work.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 12). Love is at the top of your list this year, and you'll receive the selfless care and adoration that you project onto others. January brings bold moves. You feel free to experiment with your life and try on a new job, location or image. By June, you will have completed a transformation. You have a special connection with Taurus and Cancer. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 25, 41, 28 and 15.

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