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This week the sun and Neptune are exploring the early degrees of Pisces, the sign of faith, spirituality and deeply held beliefs. A conjunction of these dreamy influences will inspire contemplation and new insight regarding belief systems. Soul searching is favored. Good fortune comes when the subconscious becomes conscious.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your social talents shine. You have a knack for summarizing what's been said and coming up with an action plan. Other talents of yours include bringing things full circle and helping people move on.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There is tremendous happiness in making others happy. You'll strive for this and love the challenge of it. Bigger isn't better in this regard. It's about being tuned in to the very specific things that make a person smile.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Financial matters need to be spelled out completely. It would be risky to assume others are on the same page as you if you never read aloud said "page." Spell out the terms in a non-emotional way.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your energy comes from enjoying your life. When you feel tired, it's because you haven't made "fun" a high enough priority. Decide what would bring more humor and levity into your world, and take action.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have the gift of gab over the next three days. You'll use your words to entertain and enlighten others. Your ability to actualize your ideas depends on how well you can express them.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can be under-confident at times. You are so focused on what you need to improve that you forget to give yourself credit for all you have accomplished. Cultivate a healthy regard for yourself and your powers.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Because you have an active, curious mind, you are likely to follow distractions a bit longer than is good for keeping to your schedule. However, when it's time to get down to business, you do what needs to be done.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your first priority will be to get along with people. It is from this intention that all good things will come to you. You genuinely care about what's best for those around you just as much as you care about what's good for you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will be inspired by the prospect of getting an award. Is it silly to strive for the validation of others? Not really. Tangible evidence of your talents will motivate you to continue to strive for excellence.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll enjoy a bit of cosmic mathematical justice, which doesn't always follow a logical path. For instance, shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness, when shared, is doubled.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There is nothing to be gained from unfair self-criticism. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to be confident of yourself if you are habitually hard on yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). One way to deal with tense situations is to avoid them altogether. You correctly will sense when to make a speedy exit. Follow-through is key. You'll depart the scene in as friendly a manner as possible.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 19). You'll be proud of what you're able to accomplish. March is romantic. You feel you know everything about a loved one, but you'll continue to learn and deepen your connection. Professional changes lead to lifestyle upgrades in May. You'll make a significant contribution in June, possibly to help animals. Virgo and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 3, 32, 40 and 29.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Surrender is often the move that comes when all other options are exhausted. When the enemy has you surrounded, your ship is going down and your choices are either to drown or give in, out comes the white flag. But there is another kind of surrender that's more of a lifestyle choice than a last resort. It's the artful surrender that acknowledges that there are other options, that there are fights to fight, struggles to endure, weapons to reveal, and yet the choice is still to surrender. This kind of surrender is an act of love, devotion and faith. This is the kind of surrender we are challenged to make as Neptune and the sun form a conjunction in Pisces and the moon disappears into the Piscean sea, as well. The new moon on Tuesday leaves the sky dark but the soul bright, illuminating exactly to what or whom you are willing to surrender your ego, resistance and all else that stands in the way of your complete loyalty.

The end of the week brings an opposition of Mercury and Mars. Watch what you say. Debates get heated, and arguments have the potential to boil over and cause harmful damage. Wherever possible, avoid conflict altogether.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus had a rather outlandish idea that perhaps the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around. Future scientists were imprisoned for such notions, but Copernicus managed to avoid major controversy, perhaps because most people didn't believe him. Copernicus was an ethereal Pisces with Mars in forward-thinking Aquarius.

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