ARIES (March 21-April 19). Traffic, weather, the passage of time - all things you can't change. A happy friend will help you enjoy the many things over which you do have control.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There's a major passage coming up, and the outcome will depend on how prepared you are. Spend time on it today, and plan more time in the days to come.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Even the most graceful relationships are messy. To love another is to make a mess of something, be it feelings, thoughts, schedules or property.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's like you're in a period-piece romance in which your attractive co-star is acting stoic and distant because he or she is in love with you. A handwritten note will drive the drama home.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are able to put your own needs and wishes aside in order to understand what others want and need out of a situation. This allows you to project the image you feel will most influence others.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If there's one thing to be learned today, it's to have more patience waiting in lines. Impatient, tight, mad faces are ugly.

The superior mind smiles while waiting.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's one of those rare times when it's actually positive to dwell on the past. You'll learn something. There's a bit you missed, and when you look back, it will click into place for you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don't resent other people's success, though it does get on your nerves from time to time, especially if said "other people" won't shut up about it. Ignore the boasters to drive them crazy.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are able to present the truth in a way that others want to hear - not necessarily a lie, but also not the complete story. Be careful. Someone may be using the same trick on you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Perhaps it would be better for everyone if people would do things in accordance with your timeline, but they won't. Nagging won't help.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You don't require your loved ones to be or believe as you do. Being whole on your own, you can disagree with someone and still hold that person's hand.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Just because something is working doesn't mean you should leave it alone. You'll see an example of a superior product, system or relationship and be inspired to take your own scene up a level.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 17). You attract the people you most need this year. Loved ones harmonize with you on multiple levels. Keep circulating through January - one important contact will burst open economic opportunity for you. Follow a new professional plan in March. June and August are the luckiest months for lifestyle upgrades. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 2, 22, 28 and 29.

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