● General: If you have a project at work that's wrapping up (or even coming anywhere close to the final stage) today is the day to attend to all the details. If you're developing a new cupcake, start testing the icing. Don't go back to the cutting board for a whole new batter recipe! Whatever you have, you've tested it enough to know it's good -- don't let doubt distract you from the important questions: Frosting or no frosting? Chocolate or pink sprinkles?
Aries (3/21 to 4/19)
● Work: Strike a healthy balance -- even you can afford to spend a little time out of the office. Your physical fitness shouldn't take a backseat to your work. And if at all possible, eschew the fast food today and opt for nutritious alternatives.
● Finances: You'd better put your self-centered nature aside for the day, because you have to focus on someone other than yourself. Figuring out what makes them tick is crucial. The last thing you want to do is try to be charming in all the wrong ways. Money just won't do the trick.
● Love: Why give into your usual mundane activities when you can inject some excitement into your life? Reject the norm and do something totally different you've always wanted to try. Be adventurous in dating, loving and living.
● General: Don't let them stop the engines if you have anything to say about it. Sure, even the trained junior engineer thinks it's time to shop shoveling coal and take a little break for routine maintenance. But you know better! This is just the time and place to keep on going -- so grab a shovel and do your best to persuade the powers that be to do maintenance at the next junction.
Taurus (4/20 to 5/20)
● Work: Your ability to form alliances with your colleagues is the key to your success. That skill, along with a big dose of charm, will come in handy during a tough situation that comes along next week.
● Finances: Hanging out with coworkers isn't exactly your idea of a good time. You're in it for one thing and one thing only. But once you let yourself relax you'll see there are many more benefits than just the money. Look for value in all areas of life today, but especially in other people.
● Love: Have fun today when spending time with someone you've been crushing on. No need for a hot and heavy date. Keep it light and carefree. The less pressure you can put on the activity to go well, the better.
● General: Dissonance at your job or school might cause you some stress or discomfort at first, but once you accept the fact that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, you will be fine. Your relationships can withstand some healthy debate, so don't hold back when it comes to disagreeing with them. Just don't get personal about it.
Gemini (5/21 to 6/21)
● Work: See if there's any way to get away for a while, or at least take a long lunch. It's obvious. You need a break from your coworkers, and the close quarters you're working in aren't helping matters.
● Finances: Something that started out just for fun is suddenly taking on a life of its own. It's sucking up a lot of your money now but it could be making some for you if you played your cards right. Start looking at it as a way to showcase your natural abilities to the universe.
● Love: Seek love advice from an older family member instead of your usual posse of pals. Believe it or not, your parents might actually have the answer you've been searching for. Chances are they've been dying to give you another point of view.
● General: This morning you could receive the materials you've been missing that were keeping you from moving forward with the project you've been itching to wrap up. By the afternoon you're at a real make-it-or-break-it point. Will you push forward, get it done and receive acclaim and congratulations from all sides? Or will you say ho-hum, who cares, and let the whole thing go to pieces? Phooey! Of course you'll make it happen.
Cancer (6/22 to 7/22)
● Work: Spend your downtime today straightening up a little. After all, that pile of clutter around your workspace isn't going to clean itself. You'll feel relieved when the right document is easily visible and at your fingertips.
● Finances: You're all about spending time at home but it gets a bit old when you're the only one there. You need to put some effort into sprucing the place up so others will feel more comfortable there. Whether it's a partner or your friends, you know why they just don't want to be there.
● Love: Connecting with others is a snap today. In fact, you're so good at this bonding thing that you might have trouble shaking off a few annoying folks you'd rather not bond with. Resist the urge to be rude. When in doubt follow that handy Golden Rule.
● General: Reach out! No, it's not a home-workout-video kind of reach (although that's not a bad idea, either), but a reach out into the world, to let the world (or a section of it) know what you're planning. You had a couple of terrific ideas lately, and now's a great time to go public with them. Oh, yeah, and why not set aside some time for a little living room workout? Kick those legs up! Bend those knees! Now reach! Reach! Reach!
Leo (7/23 to 8/22)
● Work: Progress never comes without a few unexpected hurdles, so don't get frustrated if you have to make an unplanned U-turn. Your business strategies may need tweaking or reassessing, especially now.
● Finances: There are plenty of things you don't mind sharing -- your time, your feelings, your hospitality. What you don't want to share is your money. Someone is trying to convince you to part with it. Even though it's for a good cause, you're not budging.
● Love: Be more conservative than usual about revealing your feelings today. Keep secrets close to your heart. It's best to not reveal too much to someone new right away. Wait until you know your thoughts won't be betrayed.
● General: Maybe you've had a plan for a fantastic new approach to work in mind for a while now. Maybe you've been letting the plan incubate, and you've been making sure that the temperature stays just right. Maybe today your little hatchling is going to make a few little cracks with its little beak in its little incubation eggshell. Maybe today's the day your great idea bursts forth and shows everybody its wings. Bravo!
Virgo (8/23 to 9/22)
● Work: The spotlight is often yours, but you can't always hog its blinding light. Don't expect the lead role on this particular assignment. Instead, manage things from backstage this time. You'll get the glory another day.
● Finances: There are no such things as minor setback today. Everything is major. So when you lose, you lose big. But the same holds true for winning, so remind yourself to bet high when you think you have a sure thing.
● Love: Small details mean the most today. Bringing a coworker an extra coffee, or a lover some flowers, or a friend an extra ticket to the movies makes you considerate and downright loveable. Genuine gestures of friendship go a long way.
● General: If you're fixing somebody's plumbing, they're going to be grateful. Ditto if you're re-configuring their computer. Ditto if you're helping them decide what to wear to a career-altering interview. Ditto if you're lending an ear while they go over the problems in their relationship. You have lots of talents, and your ability to solve problems is one of them. The folks in your vicinity are sure lucky to have you!
Libra (9/23 to 10/23)
● Work: Procrastination is poison when it comes to your progress. Right now your workload is so overwhelming you may feel tempted to do nothing at all. Take things a little bit at a time. No one expects you to finish it all at once.
● Finances: Bad days are not your style, and you can take or leave a good day. You won't settle for anything less than super and you don't just wait around for it to happen, either. You're an old-fashioned go-getter today. Enjoy the intense progress you make.
● Love: Going on a date does not mean you need to audition for 'Lover the Musical.' Come on too strong, and you risk overwhelming your crush. Play it simple and be yourself.
● General: You're a good person to have in charge. Why? Because, for one thing, you are a very responsible human being. If you have something to accomplish, you'll accomplish it. Also, you're a good person to put in charge because you pay attention to the little things and to the big things and to all the things in between. This is no small challenge -- and no small accomplishment. So pat yourself on the back, baby. It's good to have you here.
Scorpio (10/24 to 11/21)
● Work: Doing your homework will be critical to securing funding or winning a major contract. Even if you'd rather kick back and shop online, do the grunt work now and you'll enjoy big rewards in the very near future.
● Finances: You've been fighting with your subconscious for so long that it feels almost normal by now. You're tempted to just give in to those dark thoughts of failure but that would be a big mistake. You're closer to your financial goals than you realize; hang in there.
● Love: Friends have a way of telling us exactly what we need to hear whether we want to or not. If you're having second thoughts about jumping head first into the dating scene, why not ask your friends for advice?
● General: Life is in the details. Do you drink coffee with soy milk or green tea with honey? Do you toast the toast or boil the water first? Do you go to work via the bus along the water or take the bus that runs through downtown? What catches your eye en route? These are little things, sure, but they give your life texture and flavor. And because you are a particularly tuned-in kind of person, you know that recognizing, exploring and honoring the little things is a key to happiness.
Sagittarius (11/22 to 12/21)
● Work: Slow down and do it right the first time. If you squander your time by rushing ahead and glossing over the details now, you'll only have to backtrack later. You may find yourself working overtime and not getting paid for it.
● Finances: You're keeping your eye on the horizon line. You can enjoy fun and laughter with your friends without ever forgetting about the big picture. That's important, because you have something crucial to do today and you can't afford to be distracted from it.
● Love: Don't rush ahead to unfounded conclusions about someone you've just met. Rumors and gossip don't mean a thing. In order to capture their real personality, you have to spend some quality one on one time with each other.
● General: You have a real caretaker's streak in you. Do you take care of business? Of people? Your family? Your friends? Your neurotic coworkers? Be careful not to let your inner caretaker take over; that is, only care-take when it's appropriate. When it's not -- maybe with your neurotic office mate who is an adult and should do their own care-taking -- don't give in to the urge to jump in and fix everything.
Capricorn (12/22 to 01/19)
● Work: Long-distance phone calls or emails to faraway colleagues will prove invaluable. Others in your industry can help you muddle your way through a tough situation. Reach out and seek the wisdom of others.
● Finances: You're toiling away without much success. With so many missed connections, it's the wrong day to even imagine an increase in your income. And yet by some miracle you'll end the day wealthier than you started it. Consider yourself blessed.
● Love: A lot can be achieved today if you put your mind to it. Turn off your email and avoid time-waster Web sites. Give yourself hourly goals and meet them one by one. Refrain from multitasking when it's easier to finish single tasks completely.
● General: It's not surprising that people turn to you when they have a conflict they can't resolve alone. After all, you give good advice. And, a lot of the time, you just listen -- which is what most people need, most of the time, anyway. If a coworker comes to you, lend them your ear. But hold off on lending them money. It might be the kind of fix that doesn't fix things for them (or you) in the long term.
Aquarius (1/20 to 2/18)
● Work: Sometimes watching and waiting is a better strategy than making a federal case of it. So before you turn this into a major battle, make sure this situation or thing is what you're really after. Don't fall for the mirage.
● Finances: You never let personal issues cloud your thinking. You can separate good investments from bad based on their merits, not your personal preferences. But is that really the smart way to make money? Today you are asking yourself just that question.
● Love: While a direct approach is always ideal, today take care when dealing with others. Consider other people may take comments to heart, be kind when offering suggestions. Judgmental comments will cause more trouble than they're worth.
● General: You have a kind of sixth sense for when other people are under stress. You automatically respond by extending an offer of compassion -- whether in words, with a gesture or just by silently acknowledging what they're going through. It might be time you start expecting the same kind of deference to sensitive feelings for yourself. And expecting something is more than half the way to receiving it.
Pisces (2/19 to 3/20)
● Work: Empathy more than pressure right now will help you seal the deal. So when you're dealing with a difficult client, put yourself in their situation. Maybe this person is being cautious or perhaps he or she just doesn't have the facts.
● Finances: You have a huge chip on your shoulder. The world owes you something and you're out to collect. The only problem is, you have no idea what is owed you or why. Focus on things less confusing, like monetary debt.
● Love: The possibility of a meaningful relationship can come to an abrupt end if that first date goes badly. Making a good first impression is key. Arrive at the date on time. Pay attention to dinner conversation. Don't just talk about you or about your exes. Stay positive and be yourself.