ARIES (March 21-April 19). You're not afraid of being the bad guy. Your boundaries and expectations are very clear. You know what you need and can accurately assess who is able and willing to give that to you.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're not easily fooled. You look at the evidence. For instance, when evaluating whether someone really loves you, you go by what this person has done for you lately instead of trusting words, vibes or good intentions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The extremely happy and extremely sad people seem to find you. Seeing a full emotional range helps you have great empathy. Ultimately, it's your own life that becomes richer because of this.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have a nose for bargains. You'll pick up fabulous holiday gifts at a discount. Tonight, get to the bottom of a confusing miscommunication. Probe gently to get to the essence of the matter.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Confrontation is lucky. Don't pull back when you can run forward. The afternoon brings a perfect time to say what's on your mind. Your confidence grows as you hold others to their word.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Emotions are your magic mode of transportation. When you put your feelings out there, you can make impossible leaps and bridge unachievable distances.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). More isn't always better, and today more is worse as it's all bulk and clutter. Try to get by with the resources you already have. You'll be amazed at your own ingenuity.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Planets smile on your efforts to figure out where you stand financially. Make your list of liabilities and assets so you'll be clear about how best to approach the rest of the month.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have the opportunity to give someone a gift that was never extended to you. Your willingness to act in this selfless way makes at least three people happy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Is this love situation worth the risk that's involved? What about your fragile heart? Romance is for the bold. Dive in. Tonight, you're particularly irresistible!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You detect lies better than a polygraph test - you know what questions to ask and how to listen. You can avoid disappointment by acting on what you know.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Have no fear of your feelings or anyone else's. Laughter heals. And there is power and sacredness in tears. Embrace loved ones regardless of their emotional state.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 13). Your heart defies gravity this year. As you commit to continual living in the sunshine, good feelings generate great ones. You count your wealth in many currencies now, and love is at the top of that list. New income sources are featured in the next six weeks. New skills ensure you a better position in the spring. Gemini and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 17, 30, 21, 29 and 15.

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