ARIES (March 21-April 19) **** Your optimism and enjoyment of your personal life come out, even when dealing with a difficult associate. Listen carefully and observe.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) **** You will speak and be heard; the modulation of your voice says it all. You will hear positive news, but you might not have all the facts.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) *** Before you complete any holiday shopping or other matters related to the next few weeks, balance your checkbook and take a hard look at your finances.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) **** A gesture to those in your daily life will mean a lot. A loved one might feel a bit down, as you seem to be everywhere but with him or her.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) **** Know when to pull back and find out what is happening. You might not understand the whole story. Have a difficult conversation.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) *** A meeting will be more important than you realize. Your seriousness will help you communicate how important an appropriate response might be.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) *** Step up to the plate and assume your responsibilities. Your finances could stress you out inordinately.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) **** Keep reaching out to a relative at a distance. A situation could trigger you, but the matter at hand will transform soon enough.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ***** Deal with a loved one directly. One-on-one conversations could help the situation considerably.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) **** Listen to answers and defer to someone else. Allow greater flexibility. Going with the flow could be easier than you thought.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) *** Pace yourself, and know full well what you need to do. A boss or higher-up could be on your case because he or she needs you to do more.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) **** Allow greater creativity to flourish. You have many ideas that could help you shorten your to-do list.

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