ARIES (March 21-April 19). Life is not a popularity contest. You're realizing that you have to do what's right for you even if it's not the choice that others would find pleasing.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It feels good to let people have some of the things they want from you. Once those are out of the way you can really focus on winning in the big picture.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Saying the name of your loved one can cast a magic spell today, as your attention is all this person craves.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Refuse to be swayed by the persuasive elements around you now. Don't let anyone push you into revealing too much about yourself too soon.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have been accepting scraps of attention from someone when the truth is you deserve all kinds of love - above all, unconditional.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're working so hard. Do what you can. You'll amaze yourself with your fortitude - you have already amazed others.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Be breezy in all things. There will be small losses along the way, but you're better off not to dwell on any of it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're like a kid now with large powers of imagination. By stretching your self-definition, you will bolster your confidence.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will make unusual choices. At the end of this week you'll look back and be proud of yourself.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're sensitive and impressionable now, so insulate yourself from chronic whiners and complainers.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Do what you do, knowing it's as rare and valuable a gift as the world has ever received.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You've put your order in and you know that it's going to take some time for the universe to deliver. Don't wait around. Hustle.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 16). You bring liveliness to your surroundings wherever you go this year. Your carefree approach to making friends contributes to your career in January and you will gather new helpful contacts. Love pacts are made in February. By May you've found a comfortable business niche. March and July are windfall months. Leo and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 2, 14, 39 and 18.

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