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FOR RELEASE: TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012

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Happy equinox, and welcome to the first day of the new season. With the equal distribution of day to night comes a sense of balance and beauty. The sun in Aries brings opportunity, new birth and the zesty energy of the warrior — which doesn't always have to do with war. Sometimes the warrior energy has more to do with living life to the fullest.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have the sense that the world is full of promise and that you're just the one to make good. It's as though the sky was painted for you alone and the angels are awaiting your orders.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You have a clear intention for the day and a stellar sense of direction to help you head toward it. You're also willing to change your tactics or jump onto a different path whenever necessary.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're constantly learning and growing, and sometimes you just want to stop and take stock of where you are. Love helps you do this. Having someone to talk to and share special moments with will help you to realize your many blessings.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The imbalance in your life will be set right. You're realizing more and more that just because things aren't quite the way you want them to be doesn't mean they are not perfect in the grand scheme.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sometimes you talk off of the top of your head, and it doesn't come out the way you want it to. People hear your heart, though, and it's in the right place. So anything you say that's a little off won't count for much.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's much to gain from keeping up with loved ones. They may vent about topics that are irrelevant to you, and yet you can appreciate the fact that others have different priorities and interests.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You're going into a new season, but you won't forget your heritage. You'll attract good fortune as you pay homage to the ghosts who have inspired the person you are today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Everything cannot be important to you at once, although it may feel that way as this new season opens before you. There's a wonderful sense of urgency to your mood. You want to know, do and be "it all."

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). In some way, you'll feel like a professional basketball player stepping up to the free-throw line. The pressure is on, but it's also your chance to be a star and save the day.

CAPRICORN (Dec.

22-Jan. 19). Your concern about social standing is well founded. Image is important, and so is reputation. You'll be deciding how you want to be perceived in the new season and making fresh decisions.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll love the particular brand of distraction that seeks you out today. You may decide that it's not a diversion at all, but rather a delightful bit of meaning that's been purposefully put in your path.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A little plan might fall through, but the big picture is still intact. In some way, the pressure is off of you now. This is your chance to make a new deal. Above all, you have hope.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 20). Believing impossible things takes practice. You're just the kind of dreamer who will practice often, and your belief will bring about miraculous results. Your harmonious personal life makes it possible for you to give quality attention to your work. You'll excel and be promoted. Moves and renovations happen in May. Virgo and Cancer people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 50, 23, 41 and 39.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I'm an Aries mother with a hot temper. I yell when I get frustrated. My parents were yellers, and I guess I'm used to that style of parenting, but I don't want to repeat it with my 3-year-old, also an Aries. She lately has learned to throw a mean tantrum. How do I help us both manage our anger?"

You're wise to realize that's a pattern of parenting that needs to be interrupted, and as the sign of new beginnings, you are just the one to do it. The first step in managing your daughter's anger is getting your own emotions under control. That doesn't mean pretending that you're not mad when you are. More likely, it's a matter of leaving the room and going to where you can calm down and get a different perspective. Recognize that your anger is a natural response to seeing a situation in a particular way, and that you have a right to it. Then try to reframe the situation and look for possible solutions. Ask: "What can be done to help?" When you feel calm, return to the scene with your daughter, and help her carry out the same process as it relates to her level of understanding.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Supermodel turned supermogul Kathy Ireland went from the cover of Sports Illustrated to, years later, the cover of Forbes magazine. The business-savvy beauty was born on the cusp of Pisces and Aries. While babies born on March 20th of this year will be Aries, Ireland's year of birth gives her a Pisces sun sign. Her moon in ambitious Capricorn indicates a goal-oriented, achieving nature.

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