ARIES (March 21-April 19). The beginning of love is intoxicating, ravishing, irresistible even. The middle mellows out. There's no shame in that mellow middle stage. Some actually prefer it. Before you decide to fight it, give it a chance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're not the only one who loves a good joke. That's why you'll take the time to carefully construct one for someone else today. Pranking, silliness and the like can be an act of love.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When you want to see someone badly enough, you'll make it happen. The same principle applies for those who seek an audience with you. The trick today is in finding those irresistible triggers that will build desire.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). As respectful as you are (and you definitely have no desire to overstep boundaries or make anyone feel defensive), you also have a good sense of when to move forward with certainty. Don't wait to be chosen. Take the position.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It feels pretty bad when your loved ones aren't supportive. It's hurtful when they ignore your efforts, dismiss your work or just don't seem to get what you're doing. On the bright side, the more you love your work the less you need them to.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You'll get some attention, but that's not really what you were going for, nor is it the pressing need of the moment. What's more important and lasting than attention is respect. It's a good day to make "respect" your mantra.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You're always going for greatness. Part of the reason is that so many people do good work that "good" becomes the new "mediocre." Today's version of greatness will include tenacity and originality, too.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Editors looking for mistakes in a text will often change the font to keep their eyes from glossing over what's very familiar. It really works! Some version of this trick will work for you today, too.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The reason you help people is that helping people is who you are. There's nothing that could be offered -- no reward or incentive -- that could ever motivate you more than the caring heart that is your nature.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be sharing your memories with people who really want to know you better. Inside jokes are born out of this and will be perpetual, strengthening the tie.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're the master of being you. Others will make suggestions -- audacious, really! Just remember that you are not beholden to anyone in this regard and have only to please yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). This is one of those times when it's best to do nothing. But why do nothing passively when you can do nothing with a vengeance? Better yet, take it to the level of art, doing nothing passionately, almost actively.

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