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Horoscope: December 9

Aries (March 21-April 19). The ancient Greek tragedian Euripides said, "Slight not what's near by aiming for what's far." Today offers a stellar opportunity to get your needs met and it's right under your nose.

Taurus (April 20-May 20). First you have to believe you can do it. Halfhearted efforts are pointless. Either get into it more fully with a commitment or cut it free and open yourself up to other possibilities.

Gemini (May 21-June 21). Strip away what you've been taught and you'll find that you've something unique to express. The reason you haven't expressed it yet is that it's so much a part of you that you don't even realize how original it really is.

Cancer (June 22-July 22). Last night hit the cosmic "refresh" button while you were sleeping. It's like you woke up with a new brain this morning. Don't waste your new thoughts on your old worries.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). Wanting to please the crowd could have an adverse affect on your creativity. What kind of presentation would you put on if your audience was only one person, and that one person as you?

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Some are adventurers by choice; others are adventurers out of necessity. You've been both kinds, which is what allows you to be fearless in today's scenario.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You're not worried about the same things you used to worry about when you were small, but somehow you still feel as vulnerable as you did back then. Luckily, today brings support, friendship and love.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There's not one philosophy you dogmatically believe. You are a student of many trains of thought, and you'll enjoy exploring new ones today. They don't have to be reasonable or feasible to be interesting to you.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There is no magic fix. The answer isn't glamorous. There is no success secret — it's rather obvious what's needed. Hard work consistently in the same direction will get the job done.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's not so easy to see where you fit in, but it's clear to see where you don't, so start with that. When you feel it's a bad fit, move on quickly. There's no time to waste.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Strong teams are diverse teams. You don't have to like or understand everyone — it's better if you don't. A team of you-clones can't accomplish anything beyond what you could accomplish alone.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20). Not content to keep the regular pace, you're ready to take a risk. Why creep along when you can fly? What could it take to launch you? You'll get there faster and you'll have a better view, too.

Today's Birthday (Dec. 9). You'll do your best work this month and you'll be recognized in at least three different, meaningful ways. Apply the bonus you receive in February to club dues or tuition. Your social horizons open up in April. There will be a new force for good in your family circle. Group vacations are featured in June. Aquarius and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 45, 21, 22 and 19.