Aries (March 21-April 19)

Underneath your shroud of insecurity and doubt is a perfectly phosphorescent talent. You will shine again! Let a Sagittarius or a Leo chide, prod and cheerlead you to break free of a negative thought process.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

A persistent problem is like a child's beloved "blankie." No matter how dirty and threadbare it gets, somehow life seems better while holding on to it. Take baby steps. For now, just refrain from dragging it out in public.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You're bigger and brighter now. Family and friends go through an adjustment period. Though they misunderstand you at first, do not allow yourself to flirt with the slippery slope of self-pity for one minute!

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Daily bad news reminds you that there will always be a colorful array of potential catastrophes available for your panicking pleasure. Optimism is a rebellious choice. The stars indicate that you're just the rebel to take it on!

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You can go either way today. Take yourself too seriously, and you'll feel weighted down by the endless responsibilities that seem to fall to you and you alone. Take yourself lightly, and you'll fly like the angels.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You need praise and affection. Write yourself a love letter enumerating your good deeds of late. For starters, you remembered a birthday, took the high road in that business deal and cared for that certain troubled being.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Going after what you want is difficult when you don't know what that is. You probably have too many wants, and they all seem to be canceling one another out. Write them out -- all of them -- so you can prioritize.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

Others feel the need to sugarcoat things, but not you. If someone is asking for your opinion, they pretty much know you're going to give it to them straight. Offering opinions that were not asked for, however, is dangerous.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You're powerful because you have come to terms with this fact: Blaming others won't make you more innocent. You're taking responsibility for all you can. Don't you wish the rest of the world could figure this out?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

As usual, you're looking good in the eyes of others. Check in to make sure that you're also looking good in your own eyes, which is what really matters, of course.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You're content to do good deeds anonymously. But sometimes recognition is important to you as well. This doesn't make you vain! Make it easy for people to give you the "props" you need.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Control what you can about the various situations that arise now. You have more influence than you think. When you assert yourself, even if it doesn't come off perfectly, you're amazed by your own clout!

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY NOV. 20: You taste sweet success many times and in many different ways this year, but the recipe is always the same: You take time daily to work on your top priorities. Peer acceptance feels wonderful and helps make December ultra-productive. In February, you're paid well -- save for what you've always wanted. Aries and Cancer are lucky love signs.

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