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The Cancer moon focuses attention on our homes, our lifestyles and anything we can do to make domestic life smoother. The Taurus sun insists that the answer is something you can buy at a department store, and maybe in some cases it is. Just be careful and think it through. If you want what you don't really need, the purchase will be in vain.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are savvy, that's for sure. But considering the opinions of another person will make you even more so. Even if you think you have your plans nailed down, ask around for different ideas.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your family will have an impact on your decision-making process today. This is true whether or not they are nearby. Your connection bridges the gap of time and space.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). This is the kind of day you prefer: Your mood is upbeat; your activities are offbeat. You'll march happily to a different drummer who happens to be playing at a pretty snappy tempo.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your executive abilities will be highlighted. Though your decisions affect many, you make them without an ounce of stress or worry. You trust yourself, and that's the essence of confidence.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are moving quickly now, and the rest of the world lags behind. Not one to wait around in vain, you make sure you have something to do while others try to keep up with you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Starting too many projects at once is a form of procrastination, as it delays the completion of all goals. Keep it simple. Finish what's on your plate, and then rest before you take on anything new.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Knowledge on its own isn't worth much unless you can put it to good use. Today you'll do some planning to come up with the exact action-steps that will take you where you want to go.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You don't like it when others question your judgments, systems, strategies and decisions. But if you have a good answer, you'll get to take credit for the success that happens next.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It is rare that you get long stretches of peace and quiet. You have to make the effort to keep the world at bay by going where you're unlikely to be distracted. If you do this, you'll love how you feel at the end of the day.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You and your business are all wrapped together in one package now. You know what people get when they spend time with you and/or buy what you're selling.

You're confident in what you have to offer.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're like a child trying to act older than his or her years; you want to grow quickly. But if you try to do too much too fast, you'll only set yourself up for a stressful experience. Take it easy!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll get the feeling that you should veer off in your own direction, and it's worth looking into. After all, you can't leave your footprint on this Earth if you walk in another person's tracks.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 26). Your tastes and desires are developing in interesting ways, which is reflected in your choices this year. You'll be featured in a public forum because of your admirable style. Family happenings are featured in July, and you'll play a new role with your loved ones then, too. August fun turns into a profit opportunity. Capricorn and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 30, 4, 37, 41 and 24.

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?

AQUARIUS: GOOD STRESS: Babies go hungry, rainforests disappear, disasters happen. Thinking about the problems of the world can be enough to send even the most levelheaded person into a serious depression. Somehow, Aquarius is uniquely equipped to at least consider the problems without backsliding into a serious funk. Maybe it's because Aquarius has an inkling that the solution is near — and the solution is Aquarius. When something has to be done, Aquarius is ready to step up and help.

BAD STRESS: Aquarius does not do well with friendship disharmony. When people in Aquarius' inner circle aren't getting along, this causes a kind of anxiety that Aquarius finds very difficult to shake. And if Aquarius is the one in a disagreement with a friend, that's all Aquarius will be able to think about until the issue is resolved.

STRESS REMEDY: Plain and simple, Aquarius is healed by hugs. There is no better relief than a heart-to-heart embrace.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Spanish enchantress and new mother Penelope Cruz described motherhood in Vogue magazine as a "revolutionary experience. That's the best way I can describe it. It transforms you completely, in a second." The Venus-ruled Taurus actress will soon play a single mother on the big screen in the Italian drama "Twice Born."

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