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Year of the Red Monkey

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The new moon in Aquarius ushers in the high-energy "Year of the Red Monkey," otherwise known as the "Fire Monkey." Just as monkeys are known for their intelligence and hyper-drive, the inventive, rebel-spirit of this year promises to spark our minds and invigorate our physical expressions. The prophecy for this week in particular is a fresh start for friendship, a love affair with technology and a future-focused opportunity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The plan won't match the reality. Know this. Accept it. Embrace it. Then keep the plan anyway. When you try your best to execute it, brilliance happens. You'll get closer than you ever would have if you had, say, tried to wing it. You have good instincts, but they are even better when used in conjunction with a road map.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The bad heartbreak of yesterday has evaporated like a wan ghost. And here is the most beautiful part about that: It feels as though the whole thing never happened, or maybe like it happened to someone else in a movie you watched once long ago. Even better, your spirit is lighter and brighter for the loss.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There will be a dreamlike quality to the mid-week. You'll feel as though you're floating from one fantasy to the next, although, make no mistake: This is real life. It's a heightened reality, to be sure — but a reality nonetheless. Therefore, all consequences will need to be dealt with. Do it sooner rather than later.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Relationships can be by-products of daily life, i.e., the natural result of your efforts to get what you need. But what if you took things one step further? What if you raised your awareness and your expectation of interpersonal connections? With greater consciousness, relationships become works of art.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your instinct is to inspire, encourage and cheer. That is why you can't even comprehend why anyone would do otherwise. Comprehend or not, steer clear of those who are not actively participating in your success and the success of those close to you. Also note that apathy can be worse than active discouragement.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You do love that moment when the sun breaks through the clouds and turns the whole world golden. Just know that you really don't have to wait for the heavens to open up in order to feel revitalized, though.

One moment of joy can change everything. Put yourself in joy's way by doing more of what makes you happy!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Remember when your travels allowed you to study a certain area of interest in great depth? Now this knowledge is so much a part of you that you take it for granted. Don't assume that what you know is common knowledge; it's not. Someone new will help you understand the specialness of all you have to teach.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There will be conflict. It's inevitable. Try and avoid it by turning and running in the other direction and you'll only come up against another type of conflict, equally as troubling. Therefore, it behooves you to be brave instead. Face the unsettling truths. You'll come out of this week better, stronger and more fortunate, too!

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). This week, someone will treat you like you're special. This person will flatter and indulge you. He or she will try and service your needs and cater to your wants. Is there an ulterior motive here? Well, let's just say there are reasons. Know what they are so you can determine the true cost of all this attention.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Ennui is dangerous. Go where things are interesting or make them more interesting right away. Otherwise, your bank account (or worse — your personal life) could suffer. Don't be fooled; you can't scratch this itch by buying things or flirting with people. This is not a material problem; it's a spiritual one.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your success formula is simple, really. Mostly it has to do with identifying an unmet need and either finding or creating the solution that will satisfy it. There is one more part of this worth mentioning, though: Often people don't want what they need. They have to be led to that. You're charismatic. You'll find a way.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Sometimes your intentions are pure and the results don't reflect it. Sometimes you benefit from the very actions that were meant to thwart your progress. In any case, the cause and effect will not balance out in the expected way. Your mind is open and creative enough to make good out of whatever you're dealt.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: Life is a mystery this year, though you're not too keen on solving it. You'll discover, fix and learn, all the while enjoying the exquisite wonder of being magnetically pulled toward the unknown and unknowable. March will bring a happy resolution to a financial issue that has been dragging on for years. April and July are your best opportunities for branching out professionally. Business relationships turn to friendships and vice versa. You'll go the distance to satisfy your heart's desire in June.

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