ARIES (March 21-April 19). Someone near is going through a sensitive time and is particularly vulnerable. Your protection, discretion and compassion will make a huge difference.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). While there are plenty around you who will settle for being uninformed, you'll do your best to get enlightened. Your efforts to know more will keep the bad guys from getting too powerful.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Today will bring an element of intrigue or perhaps even scandal! This is just removed enough from your world to be exciting but not so engrossing you can't easily forget about it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Still waters make the best mirrors. It's extremely hard to even see yourself if you're gazing into river rapids. Likewise, a chaotic mind offers no opportunity for reflection. Get calm.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your need for affection is so well-matched with another person's need to give it that you will find you just fit together. This

effortless click is rare and wonderful.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Take the time to plan, because you really could make a perfect one today. The things that will make it perfect are solid intention and flexible fiber that will allow you to easily adjust.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Anyone can be confident in his or her own element, but it's the relaxed confidence you show when you're way out of your element that counts toward real class.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You'll solve the puzzle du jour through trial and error. You need no foreknowledge. Nothing can prepare you. So just dive in and get excited about making some mistakes you can learn from.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People who try to convince you of perfect goodness or absolute evil have motives you can't trust. The extremes on either side are probably not for you. Life is too complicated on either end of this scale.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There are some goals that are so important that you'll put up with an awful lot of inconvenience, injustice and maybe even abuse to make them happen. Ego aside, see the bigger picture.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You understand what they don't. You know better. That doesn't matter in every circumstance, as you'll experience today, when you'll quietly sit with what you know as you calmly watch the situation progress the way it must.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your friends will probably get along with you much better than they get along with each other. Let's hope you won't be asked to choose sides. You can relate to both people involved.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 20). Your offerings to the world over the next 12 months may surprise you, as they will be quite different from what you dished last year. There are certain things you're no longer willing to do and other things you can't wait to experiment with. Those you teach will celebrate you. December and July are financial highs. Cancer and Leo adore you. Lucky numbers: 5, 40, 19, 3, 16.