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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What does "authenticity" really mean? Most assume it has to do with acting on some grand individualistic agenda. Today's authentic living may be best expressed by eating a sandwich or doing what everyone else is doing.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Surrender is the greatest stress reliever. The best part about it is that you can choose which direction to take it. There are so many things to give in to. Ideas for today: Surrender to laughter, touch, dance, love, taste, sleep, etc.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Arguments will be best among friends, preferably bright ones with diverse and even outlandish opinions. You'll hash out topics for the sake of sporting debate and come to a universal truth.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Oct. 5). Heart connections will be made stronger this solar return as you communicate more openly and thoroughly. Exceptional progress at work will happen over the next five weeks. November starts the process of clearing the old for a January rebuild. Your interest in others will carry you into new worlds in 2018. Gemini and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 11, 5, 20, 41 and 16.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "Why are some signs labeled 'male' and others 'female'?"

To understand this, you first need a firm grasp of the Eastern philosophical concept of yin and yang. Yin is "female" energy, and yang is "male" energy. No matter what your gender is, everyone needs a good balance of both male and female energy to stay healthy, wealthy and wise. Male energy is action-oriented. It's about pushing forward and giving. It's a force moving outward and away from you. Female energy is conservation-oriented, meaning that for every ounce of energy you expend, you should balance with an equal amount of relaxation. Yin is the pulling toward you, the receiving, the "being" rather than "doing" side of life. Think of it like a yo-yo. Yang is tossing the yo-yo out to the full length of its string, and yin is taking it up again on its spool. You need both to make a yo-yo work; they're equally important. So what's that got to do with zodiac signs? It's simply that for thousands of years, astrologers have noticed that planets in certain constellations seem to elicit action-oriented male energy (such as Sagittarius), and others (such as Cancer) tend to foster female-like introspection.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Kate Winslet will get a movie release for her birthday this year with "The Mountain Between Us," an action-adventure drama about strangers who survive a plane crash together. Four natal luminaries in the sign of art suggest that Winslet has a strong visual sense and could one day be a director in addition to acting. Also, this is the chart of a natural-born politician.

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