ARIES (March 21-April 19). Life's riddles are real stumpers now. But that's the fun thing about a riddle. It's like it's impossible to answer at first, but then, once you figure it out, it seems so obvious you can't believe it took you so long.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The tasks on your list turn out to be exercises in concentration. The deeper you go into a focused head space, the closer you get to your heart. Sudden bursts of enlightenment occur.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're mentally toying with the idea of making a career move. Nothing seems too outrageous or out of left field to intrigue you. Let friends know that you are open to all kinds of possibilities.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Though all the mood lifters seem to be external devices and situations, the potential for perpetual joy is actually inside you. Forget about all the stuff you need and want and you'll touch on happiness.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There's a soap opera around you, including passionate couples, a scandal or two and some unbelievable twists. It's fun to watch, but don't let the drama spill into your own life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Turn faults into assets. It's as though you're on a job interview in which your potential employer asks, "What are your weaknesses?" Highlight traits that can be seen in a positive light. Your perfectionism, for instance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You're in need of a retreat (at least a mini-retreat) from all you've been doing. Serenity is possible when you ruthlessly control your environment. Leave the freeway, television and

iPod behind. Listen to the sound of silence.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Wanting is an art. Learn to do it right - with great optimism and excitement - and your order is filled much sooner than expected. Keep the good vibes flowing.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're playing in a winner-take-all game. Break out your competitive edge, and get down to business. But first, be sure you're competing for something that's really worth winning.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In order to keep up with your luxury-loving appetite, you must make more money. Develop habits that wealthy people have. Observe, read and find a mentor who will answer your questions.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There will be a detour, but just relax. You know better than anyone that the path to success is rarely a straight shot. Beautiful people around you want to make you happy. Consider how they might.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). New situations bring out your best, but they also make you feel vulnerable. Congratulate yourself for stretching, and then spend the evening doing only comfortable, nurturing things.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 14). The theme this year is connection. You quest to attain a better understanding of the nature of friendship and love. Relationships get tighter and better defined through the winter. There are fun career changes in March. Formal education or apprenticeship will ensure that you get a position you're aiming for this spring. Pisces and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 26, 2, 14, 30 and 11.

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