ARIES (March 21-April 19). Some shrink from danger, others seek it, and others meet it when they must. You'll be in the lattermost category today.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Taking a day off to recharge is not only an acceptable use of your time; it's essential. You can't run on empty.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Like a grasshopper leaping around in the tall grass, you are thriving in your present surroundings. Enjoy!

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Someone close to you wants to express what you mean to him or her. If you are open to hearing compliments, then it will come.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Make a point to reach out to someone you care about but haven't heard from in a while. This person has been thinking about you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The best way to court a breakthrough will be to go on a long walk. The physical movement forward will be an analogy for your mental march forward.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The time you put into the creative process will have great power. Look for opportunities to let the muses speak to you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Risk doesn't bother you, as long as it's calculated. Take the time to figure out the odds before you decide whether it's wise to make a move.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The surface of things will tell one story, but the whole and true story only comes out when you start poking around. Be sly.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's hard work to be someone you're not, and it's just the kind of work you might find fun, enlightening and mind-expanding.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Try to understand the science behind things and figure out what makes them work. You'll find that the seemingly mundane is actually quite miraculous.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Being powerful enough to take what you want is a good feeling. However, common sense will propel you forward much more quickly than will mere dominance. Match power with prudence.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 10). Once you establish your standards, others will live up to them. The choices you make in the next seven weeks to improve your health and vitality will greatly enhance your personal life, too. October brings a windfall. Cancer and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 14, 3, 12 and 18.

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