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FOR RELEASE: SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2012

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The Aries sun has a way of stirring up tempers. Yesterday, Venus and Mars formed a terse angle, and the residual tension still lingers. In order to get on with things, someone may have to apologize. For those hiding Easter eggs, you can bet they won't all be found in a day. The Scorpio moon has a way of making things nearly invisible.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Talking only about oneself is a bad habit that a friend has been guilty of on many occasions. It's your turn to talk today, and you should gladly take it. You've earned the right.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your words reveal your level of experience in the world. Others will make decisions about how to interact with you based on your vocabulary.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The thing about getting what you want is that it's always going to change your world. It's wise to consider the many effects that will happen, good and bad, and weigh your desire against them.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's polite to make as little noise as possible in many public arenas. But where you're going, it's only appropriate to add noise to the arena in the form of cheers and applause.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Maybe your ultimate ambition is so lofty that few have achieved it. You'll be happiest when your goals that lead up to that place are realistic. Set small achievable goals so you can feel good along the way.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's the perfect time to update your contacts, addresses and calendar. You'll have to be ultra-organized to take advantage of the interesting opportunities in the week ahead.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Problems and troubles are not the same thing. Today you'll realize that you have problems, not troubles. Everything will work out. It's just an equation that needs to be solved.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In order to get where you want to go, you'll have to change your attitude. The good news is that this will make your life better on many levels. You'll love what happens next.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Our caveman and cavewoman ancestors didn't live as long as we do now, and their courtships were proportionately brief. You, however, can take your time instead of rushing in like a Neanderthal.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A desire to impress someone can be healthy for a relationship up to a point. If this desire is exaggerated, it becomes destructive.

You'll find a graceful balance.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You want to be well thought of as much as the next person, but you're not about to let that stop you from contributing freely to the social milieu. You may make a mistake and discover that others don't care so much.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Do what's necessary to get to a smiling, laughing place. There will be a situation that has you unsure, but you'll interpret things in a positive way, demonstrating the difference between a happy person and an unhappy person.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 8). Lifestyle upgrades happen over the next 10 weeks. Friends support you in many ways this year, especially by making life fun and lighthearted. May brings vows and promises. Your experience will pay off in June, and you'll use the money to start a new venture. This could be important to your long-term financial growth, so give it a high priority. Your mentorship will be needed in August. Taurus and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 3, 32, 18 and 50.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Many celebrate sacred days this week. Easter Sunday is a holiday that doesn't fall on a fixed calendar day; rather, its timing is calculated by the moon and planets. Easter happens on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Northern Hemisphere's vernal equinox.

Sunday also is one of a series of holy days for the Thelmic spiritual philosophy developed by turn-of-the-20th-century writer Aleister Crowley. It could be argued that Crowley was the original hippie. This rebel certainly influenced the movement of the '60s and early '70s with his freaky, free-spirited ways.

Both Pluto and Mars change direction this week, at least from our earthly point of view. Pluto goes retrograde on April 10, and then Mars goes direct on Friday, April 13. This shift in perspective represents the end of a war-like struggle (between countries, tribes or, on a personal level, with the outside world or oneself) and a review and tally process aimed at determining what was gained and lost and the meaning that can be extrapolated from it all.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: She's grappled with dark creatures of the night in movies, but "Twilight" princess Kristen Stewart had to conquer her real-life fear of horses to move on from the vampire series. In the upcoming "Snow White and the Huntsman," Stewart plays a horse-riding warrior — who also happens to be Snow White. The energetic Aries gives a tough edge to a character classically portrayed as a damsel in distress.

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