Aries (March 21-April 19)

Strange coincidences give you a slightly paranoid feeling -- is there a conspiracy going on? No. But there is a grand plan coming together. Log in your requests now while the powers that be are still open to suggestions.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

No one can take advantage of people who don't have weaknesses, but it's hard to love them as well. Stop showing that stoical, strong part of yourself, and flash a little bit of (lovable) vulnerability.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You are the most courageous of your group. You find it easy to let go of the familiar. Others follow you. Lead them somewhere safe, where talents are nurtured and individuality is tolerated.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

What you are considering might not be a good idea, but you'll never know unless you move forward -- at least a few steps. Don't let the fear of being wrong keep you from knowing that you're right.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The planets favor the end of a tug of war. If you know you can't win, you might decide to let go of the rope. There is some satisfaction from seeing the other side tumble backward.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Idleness gets a bad rap these days, but it's not without merit. Taking the time to play around, chitchat or do nothing at all will prove to be a most brilliant move.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Creativity hums through your cells. Continue to follow through on your ideas, regardless of whether they are turning out the way you envisioned. Others find your work to be quite beautiful.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

You're feeling shy, but to let that interesting person walk out of your life without so much as a conversation would be a mistake. Speak up. What you say might be exquisite nonsense, and yet a connection is forged.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

The planets set your social life abuzz -- you flicker and flit from person to person sharing your effervescent affection. You live for the moment, but when the party is over, speculate on its significance.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

You have the juiciest secret, and you're so tempted to tell. Resist! The short-term ego gains will never outweigh your guilt over the betrayal. What's worse is that the leak will be traced back to you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Your interests are widely varied. Some are kooky (aliens, trans-dimensional travel, etc.) and some are as normal as can be (sports). The stars smile when you approach your more ordinary interest with extraordinary passion.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your first attempt on a project is just that -- a first attempt. No one requires you to be an expert right out of the gate (except you). Have the confidence to listen to criticism and then apply it to your project.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY DEC. 4: This year, your friendships with worldly individuals are the impetus for excitement, travel and wild escapades. Sharing dreams and schemes with potential collaborators in the next six weeks is the first step to realizing them. A major purchase is finally made in March. Aries and Leo are on your side and will jump to your aid on a moment's notice.

(c)2005, Creators Syndicate Inc.