ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will be as effective as you are specific, especially in communication. Use the most exact word you know.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Keep your focus outward, not inward. Self-analysis is the enemy of creativity, and it doesn't do anything for your conversational abilities, either.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A momentary setback will yield a happy outcome that wouldn't have come about otherwise.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You are quite psychic. It's true. However, do refrain from reading minds today. You'll be far too influenced by your own doubts, fears and expectations.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will move at a fast pace both literally and figuratively. This creates excitement around you. You'll be interesting to others.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There is no need to impress anyone with lavish gifts or displays of your talent. Convey your enthusiasm to others.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There will be so many things to take part in for your own enjoyment that you'll feel like life is a custom fit, made for you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Checking out a lead on a new job feels like cheating on your current boss, but it's not. This is just business.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The intensity of your restlessness rises and falls, but it's always there, waiting to take you somewhere. If you can get out of town, do it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You want to get to know someone but may not be sure how you should go about it. Key off something that's in your surroundings.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you wonder why you get more than your share of social action today, it's because talking to you seems like a low-risk move.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're in a brave mood. Go ahead - act now. Sign up. Commit yourself. Plunk down the money.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 23). Your intelligent way of handling yourself and others will attract powerful people. You'll be asked to do important jobs. Make sure to set your price well from the start, as you're likely to continue at that mark. February brings a promotion. You'll pledge your love in August. Family events promote closeness and healing. Gemini and Virgo people adore you. Lucky numbers are: 1, 14, 39, 21 and 17.

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