ARIES (March 21-April 19). You're friendly, which counts more today than being knowledgeable or able. People want to make a connection and you do this beautifully.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're a bit of a provocateur now. Sometimes it's reassuring when others have a big reaction to you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're excited to be a part of the communal activity, but at the same time, you're not one of the crowd.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Why ask, "How can I get a raise?" when you can ask, "How can I double my money?"

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Once, long ago, you were told that you couldn't do it. That was wrong information coming from someone who didn't know any better.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're dealing in strong wills and opposing agendas. This is good news since the most enjoyable person to direct by far is you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The respect of your peers will please you, but not nearly as much as the respect of your family. Even those who usually don't "give it up" for you are now doing a good job of it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There is so much automation in the world now that it might amaze you to receive a specific and human response to your questions. Your problem is quickly solved.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). An old rivalry resurfaces and something amazing happens. You find you don't even care about the ancient issue anymore.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The magic of romance, like most magic, usually takes thought and practice and depends on guided focus in order to pull off the illusion.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). With a little help from friends, you can catch up on all that's been lagging.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your social acumen is on the rise. You know how to make others feel comfortable and acknowledged.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 16). A sensational stroke of luck ushers in this new year - what a birthday gift! This probably involves an exchange of money. Your creativity shines in relationships. You find lovely ways to express your feelings and receive the expressions of others. July is favored for travel. Professional obstacles are conquered in September. Leo and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 46, 30, 1, 27 and 17.

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