ARIES (March 21-April 19). The rules that are stated and/or written are not the same as the ones that are practiced.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The value of something is much more than the sum of the cost of the materials that it's made of.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some of your colleagues will finish listening before the boss is finished speaking. You'll be the one to fill in the blanks later.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have a real chance to exact your revenge. But you might pass it up in favor of forgiveness or a need to take the higher road.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). In order to have the means to keep on creating, it would be good to sell some of your work along the way.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you step out of your domestic territory, be sure to give a glowing report of your loved ones and your home base.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You don't mean to be a hero, and you certainly didn't set out on your day thinking that you would commit a heroic act.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your loved one is going where you have been many times before. You know how this one is going to turn out, and yet you have to let your loved ones make their own choices.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). After you've interacted sufficiently with the machines around you, you'll appreciate how the humans deal, flaws and all.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Even your favorite leisure-time activities can get old if you do them for too many hours in a row. Break up your time.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Today you won't mind that person whose gruff personality makes your heart beat a little faster.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's no substitute for your personal touch. Handle as much of your business in person as possible.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 13). You love yourself - not in a vain or narcissistic way, but in the healthy way that allows you to have solid relationships and a fulfilling professional life. Increased care of your outward appearance has a good effect on your attitude, and vice versa. Your financial luck increases in February and again in July. Aries and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 40, 34, 39 and 14.

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