ARIES (March 21-April 19). You're tempted to name something a blessing or a curse, but neither of those extremes will fit exactly. So instead you relax and declare that it is what it is.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're looking for a straight shooter, just like you. Role-playing or mind games hold no appeal.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You are intelligent, versatile and adaptable, and you'll be using all three of those traits to turn a money-losing proposition into a bonanza.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don't need to spend the amount of money that you think you do in order to make your environment warm and welcoming.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your style is to be direct, but it serves you better to soften your approach today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Recreation is important, and you'll have playful company to join you in your favorite activities.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You feel more comfortable giving than receiving, but it's essential to do both. Get relationships back in balance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Because you believe in harmony and tact, you only say about 10 percent of what you would like to say. Perhaps you've been holding back more than is good for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Don't be afraid to inject conversations with flattery. You can be so subtle that no one can accuse you of flirting!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You always value loyalty in yourself and others. People who praise and promote you, in some cases when you're not in the room, will win your heart.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You can't understand why some people seek drama. Avoid those types.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Most of the time you are versatile, fluid and as flexible as a fish. You're like a salmon swimming upstream and you will make it.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 9). You're so appreciative of what you have that the universe doubles it up this year. In January, reorganize your schedule, materials and priorities. February brings new personalities into your life. Family events in spring bring distant folks together. In April there is special training that will allow you to make more money. Scorpio and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 11, 4, 33, 9 and 20.

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