A lucky trine of the moon in Taurus and Mercury in global-minded Sagittarius sprinkles some practical magic over the first day of Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration of African heritage, in particular seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You've seen it time and again: The seemingly mundane becomes quite miraculous when you know a little more about it. That's why you look into what makes things work and why.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Of course you want to choose joy. Who wouldn't? But it's not always so easy to see where the joy is in the situation. A lot of times, the joy is elsewhere, and you have to take yourself out of the situation to find it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are communication barriers that will come down once you learn the other person's language. If the rewards look promising enough, you'll do just that today.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're the king or queen of compromise. You'll quite easily strike upon an arrangement that will make life easier for all. Your motivation may be something you promised your people, but truly everyone involved will benefit.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You think about what the other person's experience is in dealing with you. Is it pleasant? Is it easy? Do they like the person they are in your eyes? Nail this, and your dealings will be stellar.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's a lot that's competing for your attention today, but if you follow the ancient wisdom of putting first things first, all problems will fall into a manageable form. You can do this!
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Expert performances will not arise out of genetic predisposition or super-intelligence but out of thousands of hours of deliberate practice. Put in your time now and later you'll be glad you did.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Knowing the difference between what's important and what's urgent will allow you to focus yourself well today. Many of the so-called "urgent" matters vanish if you simply ignore them.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There are many ways to work through your feelings. You can talk them out, dance them out, exercise them out; you can write, paint, cry, shout them out. Do get them out, though, so you know what you're dealing with.