Today Mars breaks into Sagittarius, the realm of exploration. New worlds will be experienced in the weeks ahead. Maybe the discovery of one will come by way of physical travel, but it is also likely that the discovery mission is intellectual in nature -- a journey that starts with opening a book or making a new friend.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your best friends aren't the ones who go along with everything you say without question. They're the ones who will challenge you once in a while and, in doing so, either cause you to take a stronger stand or change your mind.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There's something in you that will keep you doing things the way you've always done them. It's not that you can't fall in line and follow the directions; it's that you think there might be a better way. So go on and find it.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Some people love sentimentality. There's hard evidence of this in box-office statistics and television-watching trends everywhere. But you'd rather take tenderness, sadness and nostalgia in small doses.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Three is an age-old magic number, from building seating, to knocking on wood, to setting up the punchline of a joke. Three will be present in the magical triptych of this day.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Life is rooting for you, though you may not love the cheer. It's aggressive-sounding. Unnecessarily acrobatic. But the players aren't the ones who get to choose the cheerleaders. Give in to life's enthusiasm, whatever form it takes.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Talent creates opportunity. Opportunity creates talent. Neither are crucial to success. Desire is the magic. Desire will bring you everything you need: talent, opportunity and the work ethic to keep going until you get there.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People's bad vibes can affect you even if they are not about you. Who needs that? Get away. Don't wait for them to be directed toward you. The minute you get a whiff of less than optimal environs, enact a location change.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You have an especially tight bond with family these days. There are those who might get a little jealous of the love flowing between you and your favorite people. Be sensitive to the feelings of others.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Even loners are better off with a little social support. And for the socially motivated, it's especially important to gather a team. Accountability is key in goal getting. Build some into your plan in the form of other people.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you can't figure out how to eliminate the obstacles in your path, maybe you can imagine a way to arrange them differently. For instance, stack them like stairs you can climb up and get over.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Since you live inside your own head, you're acutely aware of your insecurities in a way that no one around you could ever be. So stop worrying and project yourself as you would like to be. They won't know the difference.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Older people find the banter of younger people amusing, or possibly obnoxious, as it's a reminder of how they themselves used to relate to others before they knew so much of life.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 26). You are driven by strong forces within and guided by angelic benefactors around you. A team effort will be rewarded in February. You could support, or even save, another person in April by sharing your expertise and resources. Your family will grow in March. Life gets lighter and more fun with new friends in May. Capricorn and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 24, 1, 28 and 6.
WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: You'll want to do some things without a clue as to why. There's intelligence in this. Trust yourself. TAURUS: There's much that you could find a way to take personally if you wanted to, but what would be the point? GEMINI: Know your boundaries; honor them; and steer clear of those who are likely to ignore them and intrude. CANCER: If you never act bored or roll your eyes or get lost in a glowing screen, you'll be the hottest date someone has had in a long time. LEO: Music is an essential part of a romantic environment. VIRGO: Presentation matters. Put your ideas into a form with which the other person will have fun getting involved. LIBRA: Make a decision and get started, and someone will fly to your side to assist you. SCORPIO: Your friends are part of the package. Hopefully they'll rise to the occasion. SAGITTARIUS: You're attracted to those who have the motivation to put the necessary time and discipline into an endeavor to become an expert. CAPRICORN: It's much easier to enjoy people when you don't want anything from them. AQUARIUS: Love from a distance is often love mixed with great amounts of rather favorable imagination. PISCES: You're too deep to let some small, fixable flaw hold you back from loving someone.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Gemini and Aquarius are in the intellectual, social club of air signs. It's an exclusive feeling arrangement, and outsiders need not apply; they wouldn't understand the zingy banter, the inside jokes, the up-to-the-moment newsy excitement buzzing around these two lovebirds. Their relationship is a country, their communication its own culture. The prime date time will be midday on Saturday.
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