Spinoza: When Pisces scientist Albert Einstein was asked, "Do you believe in God?" -- the revered Einstein replied, "I believe in the god of Spinoza." Today is the anniversary of the birthday of Spinoza, a Dutch-Jewish philosopher. Spinoza wrote, "Peace is not the absence of war. It is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice."

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Full steam ahead. If you wait for others, you will be signing your own defeat. Stress originality, pioneering spirit, derring-do. Leo plays dramatic role.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Your attempt at versatility is to be admired. Consult Aries for further instructions. Before the Moon takes over for the Sun you receive good financial news.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Social activities accelerate, popularity is on the rise. People want to be with you, some volunteer to wine and dine you. Sagittarian vows to be your ally.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Secret that had been withheld will suddenly be revealed. You won't believe at first but it will work to your advantage. Don't permit truth to create embarrassment.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Many wishes come true. Be sure to wish for what you need. Virgo, Sagittarius persons play major roles. Push yourself to front of the line. Be heard, read.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Settle family dispute, money involved, it is worth it. In your scenario will be music, graciousness, romance. Taurus, Libra persons will become your trusted allies.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Protect self in clinches -- deception is in the air, don't let it come too close. See people as they are, avoid self-deception. Remember all that glitters is not gold.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your swashbuckling appearance wins the day. Cancer-born native speaks up in your behalf. Others follow suit, including Capricorn. Intense relationship may be getting too hot.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Make effort to become familiar with language, cultures of people in foreign lands. You will be depended upon for reliable information. Aries plays key role.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Push through novel concepts, formats. Some people comment, "We didn't know you had it in you." Provide enlightenment in areas previously dark. Aquarius involved.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Provide protection for family without endangering yourself. Spotlight on property value, home, marital status. You will learn who actually is your friend or otherwise.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Relative who was offended by your concepts will come around, hat in hand. It's good for you to speak out -- repression causes illness. Sagittarian pledges loyalty.

IF NOVEMBER 24 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You have unusual voice, appreciate music, are romantic, creative, sensitive. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio persons play major roles in your life, could have these letters, initials in names: F, O, X. During this year you traveled, participated in political-charitable campaigns. No matter what other people say, these activities are good for you. Your most memorable month of the year 2000 will be July.

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