Sir Francis Bacon: Many students of literature claim that Sir Francis Bacon wrote works which were attributed to Shakespeare. He was an Aquarian, Shakespeare was a Taurus -- the debate seems never-ending. Was Shakespeare Shakespeare or were his works really the works of Sir Francis Bacon? Bacon wrote: "Wise nature did never put her precious jewels into a garret four stories high: and therefore... exceeding tall men had ever very empty heads." Bacon obviously was of short stature.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Creative juices stir -- imprint style, follow instincts and your heart. Capricorn, Cancer natives play major roles. By digging deep, you make remarkable discovery.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): There are no limitations to how far you can go. Needed material will be made available. Aries, Libra persons figure in scenario. Much "pillow talk" tonight!

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make room for fresh start in new direction. Toss aside preconceived notions. You discover new dimensions, and you yourself feel as if renewed. Leo plays role.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make amends to family member for words you spoke in heat. Attention revolves around home, family, important investment. Capricorn will fill in blank spaces.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You exude personal magnetism, will be sociable and ultra-attractive. What begins as short trip could take longer than anticipated. Gemini plays major role.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your kind of day. You solve mechanical-mathematical problems. You will know what to do, when to do it. Your criticisms will be appreciated. Scorpio in picture.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Be confident, accept challenge, express carnal desires. Musical notes figure in scenario, so does sound. Read and write, teach and learn. You are going places.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Slow down, be sure family member understands your motives. If gentle, you win love. If forceful, you lose in many ways. Choice is your own -- emphasize free will.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Define terms, see relationships as they are and not merely as you wish they could be. Avoid self-deception. Realize no one will give something of value for nothing.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Driving force within seeks expression. Organize priorities. Accept added responsibility; promotion is forthcoming. Cancer and another Capricorn are featured.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Hopes, wishes revived. Separation from loved one is temporary. Almost before you know it there will be dramatic reunion. Aries, Libra persons figure in scenario.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Look to the new -- favorite old jacket comes apart at seams. Wear colorful clothes, make personal appearances. Participate in political-charitable campaigns.

IF JANUARY 22 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You were on your own early, at least in your thoughts, ideas. You are fascinated by writing, architecture, mantic arts, sciences. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio persons play significant roles in your life, could have these letters, initials in names -- D, M, V. You have acquired emotional bruises but by October you will be happier, richer. In just a few days, early in February, burden will be lifted.

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