ARIES (March 21-April 19). The general tone around you seems muted. You'll have to be more expressive than ever in order to drum up enthusiasm.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're not sure if someone likes you for you, or whether it's some other part of the "you package" that's getting the love.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll be more productive when you slow down and hone in on the single most important endeavor.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don't have to take formal lessons to learn a lot.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're not always the gregarious extrovert others have come to expect. You're deep, too, and there's a private side of you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Things are picking up. You find a way to feel exhilarated over the same work that once made you feel tired and cranky.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). As cumbersome as a burden seems now, you have the ability to handle 10 times more. Prove your grace.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Alert the media - you're about to spin a new incarnation of yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you know what you want, you're a firecracker. You're in emotional control and unafraid of taking things to a heightened level of excitement.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). As mountain climbers would attest, the climbers around you will determine the height you are able to achieve.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The sacrifices you make may seem to go unnoticed. Acts of selflessness are never a wasted effort.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You hunger to delight your eyes, tantalize your sense of touch and open your ears for sparkling music to pour in.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (MAY 28). You come to understand your relationships with greater clarity this year, so it's easier for you to be patient, compassionate and tender with others. That doesn't mean you'll give up being sassy once in a while - you like your audience awake! Professional gains in August are really something to be proud of. Capricorn and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 54, 30, 5 and 20.

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