ARIES (March 21-April 19). This project you're involved in is not a long race, but a series of short races. So you don't have to train as though

you're going to run a marathon.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll be bringing your A-game, but you may not be aware of exactly what you're doing that's so effective. Midday, find a moment to note what went well.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Take your time before answering questions. And if you're not sure you want to answer at all, pause even longer and someone else will fill in the blanks.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The group accepts certain standards, and you're not sure you agree. This isn't a moral matter, but a matter of taste. Still, you're wise to be cautious.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll enjoy your autonomy. You'll come across people who want you to depend on them. They may be solid people, but that kind of relationship doesn't interest you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Revisit the thing, person or place that made you smile in the past. The charge you get from positive environments will give you vibrant energy.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you're single, you will love being single, and if you are part of a couple, you will see the beauty in that. It's good to be you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You know when you're at your best. Make sure your hardest tasks are set during those windows of peak performance.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will have the chance to highlight wonderful things going on in your life. Keep spending time and energy there.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The people with the wacky thoughts and behaviors will be inexplicably drawn to you. Some of them are your dearest friends. All you can do is love them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Many things in life don't wrap tidily. So if a relationship feels messy and unsettled, accept that it's part of the process.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Someone will test your knowledge, skill or intelligence. Though you may find such drills to be nerve-wracking, you will excel.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 12). You are an eternal student and will be intellectually and emotionally enriched by the parade of characters that march through your life. Know who you can count on. You'll form strong bonds in June. Finances improve in July. Gemini and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 50, 32, 45 and 19.

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