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The Taurus moon is a pleasure-seeking influence that captures the imagination and quickly links it to an appetite. Ruled by Venus, Taurus energy gravitates toward all things beautiful, natural and luxurious. Note that luxury has to do with the integral values of an item. The most luxurious aspects of life are not always the most expensive.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Usually, in order to let something grow, you have to let it go. This is very true of a relationship now. Doing everything together and staying mired in the minutiae have a stifling effect. Give it some space.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Quite aware that your social image is an important predictor of your success in life, you'll endeavor to spiff things up a bit now. You'll make changes to your manner and style.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A popular song by the artist Gotye, a fellow Gemini, suggests that one could "get addicted to a certain kind of sadness." Whatever your weakness is in the sadness department, you'll buck the habit today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). What you can't do forcefully, you can do with creativity. It's your best tool now, but it only can come about when you're relaxed. Loosen up and let your imaginative powers emerge.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Being stressed out is always an option, but you don't have to let this day wind you up. Most problems that come up will solve themselves in one way or another. Think about that before you get involved.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sometimes you're afraid to pause and take stock of a situation because you don't want others to think you're not being productive. Avoid staying busy for the sake of it. Stopping to get perspective is only smart.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You are once again put in a position to persuade others, and you're the perfect person for the job. You'll relate easily to others, create a steady rapport and, when the time is right, ask for what you want.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). What matters is a subjective choice. A loved one will be concerned with something that doesn't mean much to you, and yet, out of love and emotional maturity, you are able to be empathic.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There's an old Southern saying that a frog doesn't know how far it can jump until it's kicked. Super-intense circumstances always bring out the best in you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You are halfway between two different ideas, and you're unlikely to find favor with either side.

People will try to get your approval. They'll want you to join their cause. If anyone can walk the line, it's you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You approach life with a style and humor all your own. Your joy and spontaneous expression will draw in a kindred spirit. This person is not very much like you but has a complementary energy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A new passion is building inside you. At first, you don't even realize what you really want. But the yearning gets stronger, and you can no longer ignore its message.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 27). You feel free to play and explore this year. Accidental creations and inventions will be featured in the first half of your year. There's an ease that comes from being organized and using your resources well. May brings reunions. Social success leads to financial success in August. Your love signs are Aries and Gemini. Your lucky numbers are: 50, 41, 22, 39 and 19.

COSMIC CONFIDENCE: In the age of Facebook and YouTube, there are more opportunities than ever before to project yourself in a public forum. Your astrological sign offers unique insight to help you gain the confident edge that will make others take notice and give you the right kind of attention.

ARIES: While other signs are challenged to put themselves out there, push through their nerves and live more fully, you may actually need to go the other direction. You were born with bravado and often find yourself in situations that require more courage than experience. You dive in and learn as you go. Your strength is that you have a strong sense of what you want to do, and you don't think too much before taking action. This is also your weakness. With electronic media, you must be extremely careful about what you make public, because once it's out there, it becomes a matter of permanent record. You can't retrieve an email once you hit "send," and even if you can take down a Facebook post, you can't take down the memory of it in the minds of those who have already read it. So gaining the edge of confidence for you involves some forethought. Consider the image you want to project, and make sure you're in line with that image every step of the way.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Josh Groban started out as an actor, but his career trajectory changed when his voice did. His vocal coach recognized the talent and passed a demo to mega-hit producer David Foster, and the rest is history. Groban now enjoys working in both artistic mediums. His sun and Mars are in empathic Pisces, while Mercury and Venus are in musical Aquarius.

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