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Mercury Gets Restless

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll approach today with a lot of hustle and heart. Your ambitious nature keeps you going long after the others have stopped. A special person will observe and admire your approach.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're not afraid to take on the big issues -- the ones that affect many more people than just you. Also, because you think of the problem differently than the others do, you will be an important part of the solution.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A new friend enters your scene, bringing romantic potential in tow. This may not involve you directly, but you could link people together and change lives with your social influence.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 5). Victory will be yours, though you should know that it won't be easy. It will take more than determination to get to the difficult goal you've set. Plan it out. Plot milestones to stay accountable and motivated along the way. The main obstacle may seem larger than life, but the answer will be about as small as life can get. Leo and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 31, 3, 16 and 28.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: With social media such a regular part of many people's lives, envy has become an even greater driving force than it was before. Facebook posts of smiling people checking in at exciting events with photo-worthy food, beautiful friends and adorable family or bragging of achievement or finding other ways to capture the attention of followers -- well, they often have the exact intended effect of making others jealous. As Mercury moves out of intense, soulful Scorpio and into the realm of restless exploration and the quest for greener pastures, these feelings will come on even stronger than before. So here are a few things to remember in your dealings with the green-eyed monster.

--People generally post the best versions of themselves. They may even post a false version, or at least one that's souped up with the best lighting and verbiage to make what they're doing seem excellent. Therefore, comparison is the real danger. Avoid comparison if you're one of the rare people who actually can. But if you find yourself comparing anyway, at least don't compare your normal moments with their photoshopped moments. And certainly don't compare your worst with their best!

--Jealousy is a teacher. It teaches us what we want, especially desires that we haven't yet admitted to ourselves. Let jealousy help you understand specifically what it is that others have that you would like to add to your life. Let it help you set a new goal.

--Jealousy is an opportunity to grow spiritually. It takes an exceptionally mature and spiritually evolved person to find a way to be happy for people who have what you want. Try it.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Bryan Adams was one of the first artists to become an MTV star in the early '80s. His musical talent and knack for catchy and memorable melodies displayed in such monstrous hits as "Cuts Like a Knife." Incidentally, Scorpio is the sign of knives, cutting and surgery; many surgeons are born under this sign. Adams is also a philanthropist and an award-winning photographer.

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