By Holiday Mathis

April 11, 2012 6 min read

About 770 light years from Earth, in the constellation Perseus, there's a clump of gas with real potential. Astronomers watch this astral cloud with great anticipation, as it has all the potential to birth a star — or 10 stars! In a related story, you'll be feeling your own potential come together today. Amazing things can come of a little dust and gravity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You don't have to wait for a wish to be granted in order to be thankful for it. You'll issue thanks in advance whenever possible, letting others know that you're already happy and expect to be even more so.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Whether it's a casual connection or a solid friendship, it would be unwise to base the relationship on what you want to happen. If what is already happening isn't so great, this is a good time to chalk it up to experience and move on.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You are so imaginative that it will be important not to let your imagination roam into dark places. Why scare yourself? Breathing techniques, music and humor can all be used to keep your mind reaching for the light.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Trust your free associations, first impressions and immediate gut responses. People will try to override those initial feelings. Take note of what you thought before you thought what they wanted you to think.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Fear of travel, or hodophobia, is so common that even the most adventurous have experienced it to some degree. Fearful or not, you have much to gain by leaving the safety of familiar faces.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're not the same person you were. However, the seeds of who you are now were always inside you; you grew them. And different seeds are inside you now. It's an ideal time to add water and stand back to see what happens.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your ability to concentrate grows stronger when you're extremely interested in your subject matter — and your excitement grows right along with it. Each new piece of information adds to the magnetic appeal.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). In order to communicate well, your attention has to be on the conversation. Part of you doesn't want to communicate at all. You'd rather quietly work on your projects and see what comes of that.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you're questioning your lifestyle or the very nature of your existence, you're not alone. Profound questions will come to mind for many Sagittarians now, and the answers to these questions are surprisingly simple!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A meeting goes other than planned. Could you have played the situation another way in order to get the response of your dreams? Likely not. So don't take it personally. Think of what you learned as neutral information.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Someone is thinking of you and trying to figure out how to get to you. Maybe this person is already in contact with you, technically speaking, but is far from being able to reach your heart and soul.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A super-smart someone will help you with a problem you've been having. Finally, you'll be able to move past this and on to a project that's been on the back burner for what has felt like an eternity.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 11). You'll explore your talents and make money with them this year. Attractions develop through the next six weeks. There's something you dearly desire, which leads you to approach life with a more passionate level of intensity in August and September. November is your chance to heal a family relationship. Virgo and Sagittarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 2, 35, 49 and 19.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I'm a 40-year-old Scorpio man. Last night, I had a dream about a big snake. It was dark in color, and the head was nearly human sized. I think it was a python because I had the feeling it could strangle me. I had to grab the mouth, and I was wrestling with it. The next day I thought about the dream several times. It seemed so vivid that I just couldn't shake it. It was haunting my thoughts. Do you see anything ominous in the stars for me?"

I don't see anything ominous. If anything, I see that you are handling things, because you recognize the full implications of the obstacles you face, and you're willing to fight the good fight. Use the warrior energy of the Aries sun and the power of the moon and Pluto in Capricorn to energize your efforts to fight for what is rightfully yours.

Answer these questions to throw further light on the meaning of this dream to you: Are you struggling with a decision or with your feelings about a change in your life? What can you do to give yourself an advantage in the situation? Is there someone you feel is being deceptive toward you? If so, this is something to address now from your current position of power.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: If there were a world record for breaking invisible windows with tossed pencils, David Letterman surely would hold it. Stunts like this have contributed to making this Aries comedian a king of late-night television — imitated by many, yet truly one of a kind. Born under a Capricorn moon that squares his sun, Letterman works out his inner turmoil through the humor he shares with the world.

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