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Horoscope: April 23

Aries: Good stories need conflict, and heroes need an enemy.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Good stories need conflict, and heroes need an enemy. As you're a lover and not a fighter, you'll be more comfortable with an impersonal enemy like weather, the elements or the evils of society at large.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll live simply and freely following these rules: 1. Don't acquire what you don't need. 2. Purge possessions periodically. 3. Have a place for things, and keep things in their place.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You've heard hundreds of times that life isn't fair, but today will bring evidence to the contrary. Your favorite kind of justice will be dealt - and that's poetic justice!

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Each of your projects has a beginning, a middle and an end, though not necessarily in that order. Today you'll start and stop in odd places, but like a cleverly edited movie, it all works out before the credits roll.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll meet someone who likes what you like. It's a significant connection for many reasons, not the least of which is that your common interest is relatively rare.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Ideally, you strive to unselfconsciously make connections and remain considerate of the feelings of others. When you're not this way, you haven't failed - it's all part of a learning process.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The exchange of ideas and information will go smoothly and will be far more helpful in face-to-face encounters. No matter how hard you try to give, you'll be on the receiving end.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Meetings and forums are part of the action. You realize how hard it is for the person in charge, and so you give full attention and empathy to that person, who may in turn lean on you for support.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Trying to get through to a certain emotionally distant person is like grasping at wind. Instead, get comfortable with yourself, and the contentment you feel will warm everyone around you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In a short amount of time, you'll manage to inspire others to take action. You won't have to tell anyone what to do. You'll do it yourself and make it look cool.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Socializing is a game, and in this game, status is both a choice and a strategy. There are many benefits to adopting both the high and low status positions, so choose carefully.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll get the chance to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise. Seize the chance only if you really feel ready. Being ready will entail knowing the order in which you'll do things and having at least some of it memorized.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 23). Because you're open-minded and guided by sublime intuition, you'll experience a change you didn't anticipate or necessarily want, and yet it will improve your life in many ways. June brings the revival of a dream or relationship. August makes you work and pays you well, too. You'll be a mentor in September. Cancer and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 3, 11, 28 and 33.