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FOR RELEASE: SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

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As if the Mercury retrograde wasn't enough, Uranus adds a "Can I get a what-what?" to the mix as he commits to his annual alignment with the sun. There's a layer of glossy tension reaching around the cosmic scene like a bubble. It's just the kind of thing that Aries energy can't resist. Don't you just want to pop it to see what happens?

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your joy may be playing tricks on you now. Making happiness your ultimate goal will not bring you happiness. However, working toward a worthy purpose will have a happy side effect.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). "You are loved. There's an invisible world all around you. A kingdom of spirits commissioned to guard you, do you not see it?" From "Jane Eyre," by your sign mate Charlotte Bronte, and most applicable.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You have a talent that you never think of as such: You can quickly unwind your mind and change gears when it's time. This ease you feel in the transitions will help you win at life today and beyond

CANCER (June 22-July 22). If your body expects a certain sensation, it will not feel it as acutely. It's the surprises that hurt or thrill your senses the most. You'll use this principle to your advantage.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have marvelous potential for getting what you want out of whatever kind of relationship you focus your powers on now. This is true mostly because you're so adept at sensing what others need and offering it in exchange.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can improve other people's moods just by listening to them. You have a way of making people feel heard and understood on deeper levels. Your ears are instruments of healing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When accidents happen, you have a mature approach. Life has taught you not to take things too personally. However, if you think someone hurt you on purpose, that changes the entire scenario.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your offerings are strong, and you present them in a very appealing light. In the end, it boils down to confidence. Your opinion of yourself will be the determining factor in whether you get a deal or not.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have reason to be ever so cautiously optimistic. Expecting to have an easy road will make the road harder. Conversely, preparing for hardship somehow makes you rather magically immune to it.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's humor in the argumentative banter that goes on between you and a loved one, though you don't always see it as funny in the moment.

The evening's objectivity makes prior interactions seem ridiculous.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Preconceptions will work in your favor now. Play out imaginary scenarios in your head as a way of getting ready. Think a situation through several times before enacting it in real life.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll exert high energy for most of the day and then hit a definite turning point this evening. Relax when it's time to relax, and you'll save yourself from burning out or feeling run down later.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 25). You've pushed yourself hard. Now take a breather. Even though the next three months feel like a lovely coast, you'll learn from this period of your life. May brings family bonding. In late June, work gets more challenging and, after you rise to the occasion, more lucrative, too. Love makes life exciting in August. Aquarius and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 1, 33 and 41.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The 1922 fantasy novel "The Worm Ouroboros" by E.R. Eddison begins with a man gazing up at the stars and, in a sudden quirk of nature, finds himself transported to Mercury and smack in the middle of a war between kingdoms. Can you imagine? In this story, Mercury is a lush land filled with more or less earthly plants and animals and heroic, human-like beings who fight the good fight.

The reason I bring it up is that during this the last full week of Mercury's retrograde (which ends on April 4), you may feel that you're in similar straits as the man who landed on Mercury: surprised at your location, though it's much like the one you knew, and painfully aware that this is a whole new world.

Uranus aligns with the Aries sun, a mildly disruptive aspect that adds a layer of tension and interest to the week, which, truth be told, can be extremely creative and artistic — as if the Mercury retrograde wasn't enough!

As for the war between kingdoms, you may not be certain whether it really involves you, and yet you can see that if you don't become involved you'll have no control over the way things are changing.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Aerosmith frontman, solo artist and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler is the quintessential rock singer who embodies the ever-young, daring and fearless energy of fiery Aries. Venus in Taurus, the sign of the voice, makes sense for this superstar, and so does his enthusiastic Mars and stern Saturn in Leo, the entertainer. Tyler likely puts on a show 24/7, whether or not the cameras are rolling.

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