ARIES (March 21-April 19). You can't judge how your work will be received, but you can try. If someone were to criticize, what would they say? And what can you do to pre-empt that opinion?

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Great minds like Einstein and Goethe have agreed on this one thing: The poets go first, and the scientists catch up later. Do not discount your imaginings.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your thoughts are like birds that fly from your grasping hands. But if you relax, those birds may perch on your shoulder, and then you can walk, taking them where you want them to go.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You do what you do because you want to feel better. So it's always a surprise when an action you take has the opposite effect. Try to go about it another way: Find a way to feel better before you take action.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will learn the information you need to know in order to weigh and consider your options.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can work through the strangest circumstances, as long as you don't lose hope.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your loved ones rely on you, and who could blame them? You are, after all, very reliable.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You just know you were meant to thrive like this - to feel good about yourself, your health and your talents.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are deliberate. Everyone around you can feel the intensity. Now you are strongly focused.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19).

You've heard that it's lonely at the top, but that doesn't stop you from wanting to get there.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You like people individually. But when you get out in the crowds and the traffic, sometimes you become disheartened by the state of mankind.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your social values will affect how this day plays out. You'll weigh your private interests against your public duty.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 8). Building a mutual support system will be an important focus for you this year. The encouraging people you surround yourself with will push you toward a goal. Take a victory lap in February. Your strong commitment to home and family will bring honor in 2011. Finances improve with the job you do in March. Virgo and Pisces people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 20, 14, 39 and 16.

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