ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll have to strain to stay within the protocol, and still you might not be able to hold back a wisecrack.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll meet someone with whom you identify strongly. Likely, this person represents a younger version of yourself, struggling in a way you once struggled.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It will be tempting, though not very helpful, to think in generalities. The stereotypes won't apply.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your definition of a good time doesn't match up to a friend's. Avoid getting dragged into someone else's idea of fun because for you, it will just be a lot of work.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Turbulence, when harnessed, is energy. The unexpected ups and downs of this day will be a highly creative charge for tomorrow's creative work.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you're going to fight, fight fair. But the very best fight has no raised voices, sarcastic mumbles or biting insults - no words at all, really.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There will be some tension at the workplace, though you're probably too busy finding a mentor, forging new contacts and cracking glass ceilings to notice. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You made commitments that turned into something more than you bargained for. Luckily, nothing is etched in stone. Ask for leeway.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The accepted rules of social interaction may not have been accepted by all you meet today. Be forgiving and understanding.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In order to manage your busy life, you need everything to be user-friendly. If it doesn't work the first time, forget about it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You will be teaching others to treat you with care. The best lessons come through your example.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There are not enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do, but you accomplish what you need to do and you can try again tomorrow.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 10). This birthday represents a shift in your internal world as you realize that you are capable of greatness. You need serenity and solitude through August. Love signs are Cancer and Pisces. Your lucky numbers are: 23, 1, 44, 19 and 6.

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