ARIES (March 21-April 19). A boring job is an invitation for you to explore your imagination. This afternoon brings a lucky conversation in which you can ask for money, and get it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your backup plan is just as good as the original plan. In time, you'll be able to explore each of these with some success.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). At the crossroads, part of you wishes that someone would make a decision for you. Take this one on solo. You'll be glad you did.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). What if you viewed every piece of work you completed as the most beautiful thing you ever accomplished? Try it as an exercise and it might shake you out of a self-depreciating mood.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have an opportunity to trade your talents for cold hard cash.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have been seduced by what you want, and you are now under its spell. The stage is set to complete the cycle, perhaps with a barter, sale or negotiation.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You can be proud of the effect you have on the social lives of others. You'll be enriched by the good this does.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're making a special effort because you love someone. Give your action a lot of forethought because you'll be setting a precedent.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The social politics of work and play will amazingly disappear just as soon as you ignore them.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Expressing yourself is tricky. If you focus on how you're being received, it interferes with your execution.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You are not as likely to accumulate things as other signs are. Still, you'll pick up a treasure here and there. Today's find is stellar.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The topic of relationships takes center stage. You'll learn who is helping whom do what, which inspires you to cast someone in an important role in your own life.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 5). You have a new definition of excellence, and you work hard to embody it. It is, however, the laziest days in June that are the luckiest ones for your personal life. Coincidental connections in July signal that you're in the perfect place to grow your dream. Travel and moves figure into October. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 2, 43, 11 and 20.

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