ARIES (March 21-April 19). Every five seconds a wave licks the cliffs. In a billion years there's a sandy beach there instead. Don't underestimate the power of soft but consistent force.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your choice of focus will make all the difference. This will be reflected in your choice of topics. Stay away from rehashing old arguments, issues that have only two clear sides, and problems that have no solutions.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You see three to 10 options where the ordinary onlooker sees only one. The wonderful thing is that you get to feel more and experience more because of this, but others may not understand you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Words are the resources you most need today. You'll need words that make something unpleasant sound pleasant. You'll also need words that are understood by only a select few.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll find you appreciate relationships more because you understand the problems people have and how they solve them. The things that unfold today will add dimension to your understanding.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What you read, view or listen to will matter. It won't define you, but it will influence you and what others think of you. Choose your entertainment as carefully as you would an expensive meal.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Think the best of people. Maybe you'll be wrong, but it's a kinder way to be wrong. You won't feel bad about it later. If you think the worst and are wrong, you'll stew in your own cynicism.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Emotional pleasure is only one aspect of the enjoyment of a thing. The more you know about it, the more you appreciate it. Turn up the intellectual awareness and pleasure gets turned up, too. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Today you're like a lawyer whose duty is to defend an innocent person. No matter how passionately you believe in the defendant's innocence, unless you can prove your case with sound evidence, your client will be sunk.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The times ahead will be rife with lucky misunderstandings, fortuitous mistakes and gloriously enjoyable inconveniences. You'll approach with an open mind. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). As you look around today, you may decide you're not like these people. But you share a common dream. It's unspoken, but you'll live in it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll sharpen your critical thinking skills. This is an important part of becoming a more discriminating, articulate, intellectual and sensitive individual. And there will be no going back.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 8). A transition will put you in an exceptionally lucky starter position. Open spaces become inhabited; open blocks of time fill with exciting people and places. Touch home often to keep grounded. A promise is made in May. June and October bring opportunity for profit and investment that leads to future wealth. Aries and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 33, 2, 25 and 17.