ARIES (March 21-April 19). You know what you want. Your proactive attitude will have you at the front of the line this afternoon.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The Venus change may have you feeling a bit ignored. This might be a welcome state, though, because it takes the pressure off.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A burst of energy has your step lighter and your smile brighter. You could suddenly realize who has a crush on you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Consider taking your work to a new environment. Being able to focus without distraction will make you twice as productive as in your familiar surroundings.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You feel more animated than usual. Lively socializing leads to interesting developments in your personal life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You don't like being told what to do. But once you remove your resistance, you'll see how life can be made easy simply by following the directions.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People don't want to say no to you today. But if that's really the answer, make them say it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Time is your most precious resource, and you don't want to waste it in scenarios that won't end well.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your powers of observation are so dialed in that you can read what some people are thinking. You'll sense correctly who the real leader is.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Part of your charm is that you hold your own. You don't say "do you know what I mean," because you explain yourself well and you don't need the validation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). A burst of energy this afternoon has you tackling a list of random tasks that's been building for weeks now. It will feel wonderful to get small things accomplished.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Things are off to a good start, partly because you are not worried about how they will end. You're ready for the adventure to unfold.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 9). Smart strategies help you earn bigger this year. For instance, you will gain clients and customers and your fine reputation will spread as you network at local chapters of professional associations. Your love life takes a fun turn in July. Travel together, and you'll get close quickly. Family additions happen in January. Aquarius and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 14, 33 and 20.

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