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FOR RELEASE: SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012

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As the moon moves from steady Capricorn into social Aquarius halfway through this Saint Patrick's Day, last-minute plans come together, spontaneous groups form and jovial fun keeps rocking into the wee hours of the night. Fortune favors those who take advantage of the social energy to make memories and connections.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are becoming wiser as you get to know yourself better. Research your past, and compare it to the present. Family pictures and mementos will be a springboard to broaden your sense of who you are.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You often get accused of being stubborn — and for good reason. However, that same fixed quality may be your saving grace today. Besides, you have earned the right to be unreasonable once in a while.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll be attracted to the tasks that take a herculean effort. You may have the sense that a job is too overwhelming to even know where you should start. Start where you are and with what you have.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Each new generation has the sense that what worked for their parents isn't going to work for them. And they're mostly right. The world is changing fast. But past generations still have much to offer you today, so listen up.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Taking care of household tasks is more challenging than you thought it would be. Things have a way of very quickly becoming a mess. Devote twice as much time to getting your surroundings in order than you think it will take.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You strive to listen more than you talk, and this habit will put you in a prime position. People love it when you listen to them. You might be the only one who makes someone feel heard.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your aesthetic is honed now, and you'll be most attracted to people who have similarly strong tastes and a definitive style. However, be sure to look deeper and make a soul connection, as well.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Gender differences will be a part of today's story. You may realize your own subtle biases and make slight adjustments to your approach with the opposite sex.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Using your charming social graces may just help you get exactly what you want. However, you'll only be able to keep your object of desire if you also happen to be qualified to receive it in the first place!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A project is coming together, and there are many people around you who could help you move things along.

The one whose personality and skills are equal to and extremely different from your own will be the perfect partner.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your body is getting stronger, and because of this you also feel more in control of your emotions than you did earlier in the week. There will be a sense that a pressure is off of you for now.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Loved ones may have expectations that you are unaware of, and it's important to be open. Inquire about what they think should happen and what they are really wanting from you.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 17). People will like what you're doing and giving. Receiving compliments with grace takes practice, and you'll get plenty of it this year. Your connection with a special friend grows continually stronger. Spring brings different ways of getting around and new rituals and habits. You'll cash in on long-term projects in June. Taurus and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 1, 24, 19 and 40.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "My sun is in the Capricorn 12th house -- being squared by Uranus. My ascendant is Capricorn. My natal Uranus is in the seventh house. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also, tell me something about Saturn conjunct Venus, please. They say Saturn gives you rewards. I am a Capricorn, by the way."

As a Capricorn, you are wise to think of Saturn's offerings as rewards. Not everyone does. In fact, many are afraid of the kind of challenges Saturn tends to hand out. But Capricorn is different. You love a challenge, and you revel at the idea of becoming a remarkable person. So you tend to jump at any chance to build your character by applying yourself to the knottier problems and steeper climbs of life. The 12th house sun being squared by Uranus suggests surprising new callings that happen on a spiritual level. It's as though you're ready to create a new paradigm for your life, and the old ways of thinking and behaving no longer fit. You'll soon be surprised they ever did. All of this may seem to come about because of some seventh house influence -- a partner, a love or a close friend. And though you are strongly influenced by another, you are choosing your life.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy birthday to Pisces actor and activist Rob Lowe, whose recent memoir, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," has gained much critical and popular acclaim. An artistic Pisces with Mars in this psychic sign, as well, Lowe chronicles in the book key moments of great intuition and foresight, especially in regard to life-changing events such as choosing to make a life with wife Sheryl Berkoff.

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