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FOR RELEASE: THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

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Depending on what time they are born, some babies born today will be Aries and some will be Taurus. The sun moves into the Taurean part of the sky at 9:12 a.m. PST, making babies born beyond that point today bulls, not rams. The weeks to come bring a focus on the beauty in the world, especially that which is material in nature.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Feeling in control of your time is a key element of happiness and one you'll be grappling with today, as your loved ones need so much of your attention. Talk openly about your needs and expectations.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your instincts drive you toward instant gratification. It's not your fault, but it is your challenge. A planning ritual will help you stay focused. What could you accomplish in order to feel productive and successful at day's end?

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll get the chance to compete, and you should seize this chance in the spirit of fun and new experience. Beating the other players is far less important than doing your best.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Today you will do the same things you did yesterday, but with a new lightness of being. You're not trying to win love and approval with your actions. You're doing the things you do because it's what you enjoy.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You like to be right, but not at another person's expense. Someone you love should have listened to you but didn't. You'll wisely resist saying "I told you so."

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You may not be completely in touch with what's in your mind and heart, but your feet seem to know what's going on. They take you out the door and straight to where you can get clarity and peace.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People want to connect with you, and if they don't have a good reason to do so, they may just invent one. Knowing this, weigh each request and suggestion. Try to assess the motive behind it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're not one to look back, and yet you can't help thinking about what you almost had. Second chances abound as long as you realize what you missed out on and are willing to try again.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You like to see things well done, whether or not you're the one doing them. Your moneymaking faculties will be put to good use as you gather up the opportunities that others miss.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll love the casual way in which you connect with those you've known for a long while.

It's easy and effortless, just the way you like it. Take this as a sign that these are the right people for you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). What you name things will matter a great deal. Decide on a name that will make people wonder. Give others the gift of mystery, and they'll give you the gift of curiosity.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A certain successful person you know will be more than pleased to help you become successful, too. Asking in the right way will be key. You'll be guided by the spirit of humility and realism.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 19). You'll have new faith in yourself this year. You'll spend the next seven weeks nurturing your talents and developing a plan to bring them to the world. A family connection helps you in June. You'll be building bonds with loved ones through many shared activities. Love blossoms when you're able to focus exclusively on the other person. Libra and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 29, 24, 38 and 19.

STRESS AND YOUR SIGN: Each sign is different when it comes to stress. What one sign considers taxing another finds exciting, and tension remedies vary from sign to sign, as well. How does your sign deal with the more unnerving aspects of life?

VIRGO: GOOD STRESS: Every mess is an opportunity for cleanliness, neatness and organization. So while Virgo may have a visceral reaction to a sink full of dishes or a random and disparate pile of paperwork, that kind of stress is actually good for Virgo. It provides a purpose and an opportunity to straighten up a corner of the world, thus making it a better place.

BAD STRESS: Guilt produces a negative stress in Virgo. This sign has a hard time letting things go. Also, because of Virgo's tendency to be hyper-vigilant, Virgo sometimes feels guilty about things that are, in reality, not Virgo's fault and are beyond Virgo's control.

STRESS BUSTER: Meditation and mantras that focus on detaching from upsetting situations, thoughts and patterns are most helpful to Virgo. Repeating the simple mantra "let it go" while breathing deeply in and out is a simple and effective mood changer. Also, leaving a situation by taking a walk or a drive can lend a helpful new perspective.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Though many babies born today will be Taurus, in the year Kate Hudson was born, April 19 was an Aries birthday. In fact, there is nary a Taurus planet to be found in this actress's chart. With her sun, Mercury and Mars in the fiery, passionate sign of the ram, Hudson embodies the zesty, passionate, high energy of Aries. Her natal Venus in Pisces is a common aspect among successful actresses.

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