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Even in April, the Pisces moon has the feel of a haunted house — but not the kind dedicated to gore and physical fright tactics. Rather, the sort that might feature dancing spirits from ages gone by behaving as though they haven't a clue they've been dead for years. You'll be quite lucky if you follow your mystical fascinations.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may feel strangely under-confident, especially considering your skill level. It's so important to have people around you who value your contribution in an objective, realistic and supportive way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Sometimes you have time to entertain those who behave in overly dramatic ways. Right now, you're simply too busy to pay attention. Later, you'll be impressed at how these people solve their own problems.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Dishonesty causes stress in your body. That's why lie detectors are so effective. You'll dare to be truthful even when you don't know how others will take it, and you'll keep your stress level low as a result.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll be taking part in an obstacle course of sorts. Vaulting over hurdles and jumping through hoops might not be your idea of fun, but it sure is good exercise and will keep your mind and skills sharp.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Everyone knows you are playful. Highlight your serious side today. Your ability to hunker down and focus for many hours at a time will be the reason you get an assignment and another person doesn't.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You handle a tricky situation for your team, and you might even wonder, "What would they do without me?" It all points to one thing: You should ask for a raise in the near future!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Leadership is your calling today. Constructive comments take a little more thought to phrase, but the loyalty you gain will be well worth your effort in this regard.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You never expect the kindness you show others to be immediately repaid. Right now, you're building up karma, and it will come back to you in a big gesture later this month.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Feeling uptight? Let your shoulders descend from their upright and locked position. Your job becomes much less stressful when you trust others to do theirs.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll join with others to work toward a shared cause. Charitable activities appeal to your sense of duty and your community-oriented mindset.

You'll have less time to worry about your own life when you're helping others.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Projects get complicated, causing you to reassess your level of commitment. Nothing gets done if you're half in or half out. Your luck, especially financial, will improve when you decide one way or another.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The people you love don't always "act normal." As for the new people coming into your life, they may not be so "normal," either. But you learned long ago to tolerate a little weirdness in the name of friendship.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 16). There's a certain goal that eluded you in the past no matter how hard you tried to make it happen. Well, this is your lucky year. You'll see the first signs of progress by the end of May. Friendships lead to moves and promotions in June. Family will make you proud in August. September brings a development in your love life. Cancer and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 14, 39, 20 and 11.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "Can a Leo and an Aquarius reconcile? I know these signs are fighting the odds astrologically. We have been on and off for decades now. When it's good, it's amazing. But the last breakup was so painful that I thought I could never go through another one with him, so I stayed away. I worry now that no one will ever make me feel the way he does. Our love is spiritual. I know that now, and I want it back. Alas, he's in another relationship now. I think I could get him to reconsider. Should I? (Birthdays withheld for confidentiality.)"

Your signs oppose each other in the sky, and sometimes you just can't resist polarizing in your relationship, too. Your Leo is quite proud, and he needs plenty of amorous attention. And though he can be very dramatic, he doesn't like it when you are. You both have a strong strain of Capricorn planets, and as you mature, you will want the stability of a solid commitment, shared assets and a compatible view of the future, and more than any of those, you'll want to depend on and be dependable to each other. Prove that you're through with the roller coaster of love and ready to be a partner for good, and you're his.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: When Aries Conan O'Brien was legally prohibited from being funny on television, he didn't take the news sitting down. Instead, he appeared doing standup to sold-out audiences in major cities in the United States and Canada. Aries is the sign of the warrior, and Aries of all walks of life use their talents as weapons to fight the good fight. Conan is essentially a humor ninja.

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