Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You have just the right words on the tip of your tongue to smooth out awkward situations. It may take a while for others to warm up to you, so expect a temporary chill.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Seek companionship for small chores and you will be less apt to go on wild spending sprees. There is an itch to do something out of the ordinary, but what you really need is to surround yourself with friends.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Your romantic, cheerful mood puts you at an advantage in social matters. You will be at your best if you use restraint and search for solid values in making important purchases.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your cheerfulness and gracious manners can make a world of difference when tact and diplomacy are called for. Make the best of dreary circumstances, and make an effort to overcome austere social situations. Smile.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

A few demonstrations of outright selfishness may have a dampening effect on the day. The best thing you can do is talk over problems with someone else and refuse to let negative emotions fester.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

It might be a good time to isolate yourself and examine the financial situation dispassionately. The stirrings of ambition may begin to tingle as you contemplate your future today. Give partners plenty of space and privacy.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Those you mingle with today could have serious problems on their minds and may not be helpful if you need advice. Banish cares by looking for an escape from worries; make some time for play.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Suspicions can spoil a good relationship or cause worry where financial transactions are concerned. Warmth is sadly missing from interactions. Talk things over and try to see the other person's point of view.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You and your significant other could be on the same wavelength but may need to recognize restrictions that have come to light.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Take your shoes off and walk through the grass. Keep conversations upbeat and inspiring; refuse to be dragged into rehashing old troubles. You can make a conscious choice to have a pleasant day.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

A little flirtatious banter makes the time pass more enjoyably. Partners could be a bit morose or more serious than usual, but your enthusiasm brightens the mood. When companions hesitate, lead the way.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Be mindful that someone important is not willing to put money or feelings on the line. Remember actions are louder than words.

IF JUNE 6 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You should put a smile on your face and enjoy a pleasant day surrounded by those who truly care. The weight of responsibility may have been tugging on your shoulders, but you need not talk or think about the past. Keep your mind set firmly on what makes you happy to avoid the pitfalls of misunderstanding with others.

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