Astro-Observations: Joan Crawford exuded the Aries initiative, charm, glamour. If the truth be known, she never stopped acting. Other Aries include Bette Davis, Jayne Mansfield, Houdini, Warren Beatty. Mars is the Aries planet; number 9 is the Aries number. Aries attracts Sagittarius in a sexual way. In the year 2000, Aries will be active in social-political campaigns. New Year's Day -- Happy New Year!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ignore threats of bullies. Scorpio individual will be both threatener and protector. Questions concerning partnership, marriage loom large.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Obtain hint from Aries message. Moon in your Seventh House highlights marital status. Focus on home, family, insurance. Libra plays top role.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Some people claim you pulled a disappearing act. Response: "I haven't disappeared. Here I am, right here!" Maintain aura of mystery. Avoid self-deception.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): When pressure is on, you are up to it. Pressure will be on -- you'll have more responsibility and chance for greater financial reward. Capricorn involved.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Universal outlook necessary -- avoid narrow view at any cost. People sense you care, are drawn to you with their most intimate problems. Aries plays role.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): This is your chance to be independent, to imprint your style. Toss aside preconceived notions -- listen to your own intuition and your heart. Leo is in picture.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You receive proposals, partnership and marriage. Faith is restored in your own ability -- some people tell you that you are loved above all others. Cancer native featured.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You show many sides of yourself: passionate kind of love, daring. People you respect tell you, "We like you this way, not so tight and tense." Sagittarian involved.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): For you this is make-over day. Tear down in order to rebuild. Scorpio individual will be at your side, willing to fight for your cause. Hurrah!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You could be talk of the town. People discuss your theories, interviews, writings. You exude aura of personal magnetism, sensuality, sex appeal.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Attention revolves around home, family, acquisition of luxury item that helps beautify surroundings. Change of residence could be imminent along with marital status.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Accent mystery, intrigue, extrasensory perception. Important to see people, relationships as they exist and not merely as you wish they could be. Another Pisces involved.

IF JANUARY 1 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are an original thinker, should always attempt to maintain creative control of any project. You are romantic, dynamic, passionate. Leo, Aquarius persons play major roles in your life -- could have these letters, initials in names: A, S, J. During the months of January and October, you will have greater freedom of thought, action. You will thrive during this year.

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