ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will forget about your troubles in favor of remembering your purpose: focusing on what you love.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When you're comfortable, everyone around is comfortable. So the best thing you can do to improve the world is to relax.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your comments are welcome, so long as they are kind. People need desperately to be pumped up now. They are looking for your unabashed praise.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). High-voltage events don't scare you. In fact, you'll be recharged by them. So put yourself in the hot seat.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Finish what you start. You won't be able to do it in an hour or a day, but work at it as if it were possible to wrap it up in one sprint to the end.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Older people have much to teach you, though the schooling will be way informal. Their example of calm knowingness is the biggest lesson of all.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your thoughts are your own personal property. You don't have to share, and will probably be stronger for keeping things to yourself just now.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll be answering requests, running errands and handling problems. All of it is easy if it happens one thing at a time. But when it all happens at once, you'll have to dig deeper.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). New streams of income open up. Your world brightens because you can make long-wanted improvements.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be excited by the things that crop up in your life. This occurs in the nick of time, really, to prevent you from becoming tired and jaded.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The discussion you've been avoiding could become unnecessary if you're able to wait it out long enough.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's no need to be overly rigid about sticking to your guns. Said "guns" may need cleaning and repair.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 5). What used to restrict you will no longer be a problem as you evolve past old barriers. You get closer with a loved one on a shared adventure this month. Important breakthroughs in your career come in January. February brings charming new friends. A controversial undertaking is fantastically successful in May. Pisces and Scorpio are big fans. Your lucky numbers are: 38, 2, 19, 44 and 50.

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