ARIES (March 21-April 19). Already more sensitive than the average Joe, today you are particularly affected by sights and sounds of the outside world. All seems louder, brighter, bolder.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's easier to change when it is a "must" and not a "should." A situation will require you to make an important change.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Whether it's light housework or wood chopping, the benefits of manual labor are immense. You could use a break from the chatter upstairs.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). People marvel at your seemingly effortless ability to move through conflict without receiving a single scratch.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Ever the self-starter, you tend to arrive before everybody else so you can get a head start on the day. Today, be a bit more collaborative.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Making it up as you go along is your typical response to adversity. Your new situation warrants a little planning.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). A small creative effort will be seen by more people than you thought would care and will make an impact on people you've never met.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Some think you're shy. But you will show that you merely choose to speak only when you have something to say.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have been turning over a problem in your mind. The answer will come during a completely unrelated activity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The benefits of close friends are many, including borrowing. If you did this in the past and forgot to return the item, make good today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Inspiration rarely comes as a thunderclap. But once in a while, lightning does flash. That's how it happens today.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you bite off more than you can chew and want to impress your tablemate, you will probably chew it anyway - any other option is uncouth.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 25). Charm and grace are your chief talents, and this year they are augmented by a heightened awareness of your surroundings. Being in tune with others, you will seize opportunities that are ripe for the taking and will create new ones, too. A vacation in July will be romantic. A purchase in November will improve your lifestyle. Aquarius and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 50, 16, 30 and 11.

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