Being an idealist is easy. You just hang your hat on the best possible outcome without regard to how practical it is or how likely it is to occur. Being a cynic is easy, too; use the same method in reverse. Being realistic and human -- that's the hard part, though the fates are rooting for you in these early stages of the Pisces sun.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Same dollars, different slant. Put money into something that disappears and it's called a liability. Put money into something that pays you back and it's called an investment.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). To succeed at something, focus on the process much more than the results. The results will come from many small, concentrated efforts. Fall in love with those efforts and the results will take care of themselves.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The environment around you will support you for fulfilling a role. What does this have to do with the real you? Nothing. Are you seen for who you genuinely are? Not unless the role is an excellent fit.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). As sure as the moon pulls the tides, something is pulling you along that would be futile to resist. Instead of questioning what, why or where, enjoy the movement. You're truly in the flow of things now.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Remember not to use your words against yourself. Maybe you're just being honest, vulnerable or funny. But if you wouldn't want your best friend to say it about you, don't say it about yourself.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). No one person can be good at everything, and even if someone could, the best that would do is annoy everyone. Do what you want to do. If you're not very good at it, don't worry. Do you enjoy it? That's what's important.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There is, inside you, a dreamlike symbol of who you want to be, or rather, who you suspect you really are. Let this archetypal image guide and encourage you and keep you moving toward greatness.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When someone is called a rock star at what he or she does, it implies not only a super level of performance but also a rebellious streak. Don't forget that latter part. No one ever rocked while completely conforming.
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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don't want to seem out of the loop or somehow as if you're not tracking with the others. Asking questions will take courage. But it's better to ask and get clear than to risk making a dangerous assumption.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When you feel a separateness from others, it's not that you're really so different or far apart from them. It's just that something is keeping you from bridging the small distance between you. The obstacle can and will melt away.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Though the universe may be stranger and more vast than you can imagine, your corner of it could be getting way too predictable. Break out; shake things up -- if only to be able to come back with a new perspective.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's said that the devil always gets his due. You're at a juncture now. You could sell out or not sell out; either way, there's a cost. This decision is best made with your gut. Don't agonize. Decide quickly and move on.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 18). You're feeling open and optimistic in this new personal era. The joy you feel will draw new people to you. You've a talent for telling stories, and you'll gain an audience, fans and business by the way you relay events. You'll learn while traveling in July. Money comes through family ties. Sign the deal in September. Aries and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 22, 21, 12 and 37.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Though the 30-day solar journey through Pisces comes in the early phase of the calendar year, it's the final sign of the zodiac before the rebirth of the sun in Aries. Pisces energy is the culmination of all the signs before it, which is why Pisces people are usually old souls and highly empathetic. Some believe they have lived a lifetime in each sign before and they therefore can relate to the vantage of almost anyone they talk to. Pisces people are also more impressionable for these empathetic qualities and often have a hard time shaking the energy of others. It's why so many actors and artists seem to be of this ilk; they can absorb and portray the personality of their subjects with uncanny accuracy. It's also why the Pisces solar cycle is the perfect time to follow your own artistic whims. Many will experience life as more poetic and deeply soulful than before. And yes, falling in love can be a part of the reason, especially when Venus and Neptune align in Pisces for a once-a-year opportunity. Connection -- to one another, to all things -- is what these days are all about.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Matt Dillon will star in the upcoming thriller "The House That Jack Built." Dillon was born on the cusp of Aquarius and Pisces and is an Aquarius with Mercury, Mars and Saturn also in the friendly and forward-thinking sign. This is a configuration of one who is lucky in relationships, though life lessons (Saturn) also come through friendly ties.
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