Aries (March 21-April 19)

You may be entirely unaware of the things you prize most. The stars alter your perspective, perhaps through travel, so that you may see your own heart as though it were someone else's.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Correct protocol is important. Certain practices feel so artificial to you that you may equate them with weakness or phoniness. But when in Rome . . . If you're not sure what's appropriate, ask a Capricorn.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Your family, friends and acquaintances are, unbeknown to you, doing a bit of PR on your behalf. Your reputation is more important than money in the bank. Make sure it's being favorably upheld.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

The planets illuminate the many paradoxes in your life lately. For example, the way you show your weakness and bring someone powerful to his knees or the way you put yourself last and become the leader.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Strength, charisma and vibrant uniqueness are your astro-gifts. These are qualities you can appreciate in a way that not everyone is able to. Other value systems are not wrong, but they are very different from your own.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You would have been caught off guard, but now that you're reading your horoscope, you'll know to watch out for surprise visitors. Look good. What you wear, even around the house, professes your style and your self-esteem.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

This Paul Simon lyric sings to your secret heart today: "Some people never say the words 'I love you.' It's not their style to be so bold. Some people never say those words -- 'I love you' -- but like a child, they're longing to be told."

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

Every action comes with a cost. Your eyes are being opened to what that cost is. You're learning that it's probably more dangerous to avoid danger than to put yourself out there.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You seek relationships that support you as you improve, striving to be more authentic in all you do. A Pisces could be the answer. When you're sure you'll be loved no matter what, you are truly free.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

It's okay not to know what to do next. That's not, however, the same thing as doubting yourself. Believe in your talents. At the same time, be willing to wait for a clear sign indicating which way to turn.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You're so comfortable traversing the territory beyond the expected norms that you don't even realize whether or not you're fitting in. Your originality attracts people who you will be proud to call friends.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

There are two options today. Go with the one that seems scarier. The thrill is good for your health. Those looking for love find it in a rather precarious situation.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY DEC. 11: You make time for your top priorities this year, and so you're able to create a new kind of life for yourself. This month, build on what is working for your personal life. Because you take nothing for granted, love grows. Finances go through a transformation in February when a career matter is resolved. You're well suited to Aries and Leo loves.

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