ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you're called, you respond with enthusiasm. When you're not called, you initiate the party.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You love the ones you love for their goodness and for the unique virtues they possess. It's not about what they can do for you; it never has been.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You have acquired a few new items or relationships, and you are trying to figure out where they fit into your world.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Those who talk too much are the ones who think too little. Your own presentation will be strengthened by silence.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You may work very hard at something, but you make it look effortless. You don't want others to have to work to understand you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sometimes it's hard being you. But it takes a person with guts to perform the action that everyone else is commenting on.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). No matter how long you've lived at your current location, it seems that the one who was there before you simply cannot stop generating mail to that address.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you lie to others, you're a scoundrel. If you lie to yourself, you're a visionary. Either way, you're giving people what they want.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Taking a walk without a destination is the sort of challenge that will encourage you to confront yourself and discover your inner resources.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will be offered unvarnished tried-and-true guidance. It may not seem glamorous enough to even put into practice, but if you do, you'll be glad you did.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There are days when you love to be alone. But right now you have the company of those who need and challenge you, so your solitude will have to wait.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You can trust yourself to do whatever is necessary whenever it is necessary. So stop worrying about the future.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 16). With great determination, you will achieve new heights. You'll have an audience in January, and they'll gladly pay you to hold their attention. You have money to invest in your education in February. A special relationship leads you on a daring adventure in May. You'll be in a new position of authority in July. Virgo and Capricorn people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 1, 22, 49 and 16.

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