By Holiday Mathis

May 17, 2012 6 min read

There's a sign on the wall that reads: "Drink coffee. Do stupid things faster." The Aries moon can be like a double espresso, injecting great vigor and excitement into the scene. It's essential that you have a smart plan, though. Applying this energy level to anything less would be a waste, or perhaps even destructive.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Before you can master a task, you must learn to master yourself. It will be much easier to do so when you get on your own side. Be nice. Self-correction can happen without self-punishment.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll need some additional direction in order to get motivated. Ask the people in your organization, family or business to share their point of view. You'll receive recommendations and useful ideas.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll celebrate your passions, going deeper into the things that interest you. A knowledgeable air sign (that's Gemini, Libra or Aquarius) will be a rich resource.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll enjoy the feeling that you're moving fast and that lots of things are happening simultaneously. Later, you'll count this among your most productive days.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Experiencing confusion while you're learning something new is quite positive and necessary. The confusion makes your brain work at a higher level. Confusion makes you ask better questions.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you want to believe something but can't seem to fully get behind the belief, you probably need more information. It's impossible to change your beliefs without learning something new.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You won't have to come up with the passion it takes to reach a goal. You already have that passion inside you. All you have to do is stir it up a bit and then unbridle it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You won't concern yourself with any matter or person over which you have no influence. This certainly makes life simpler, and it conserves energy, too. Your circle of influence will soon grow to include even more people and situations.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll attain information about your goal. Keep learning until you're both knowledgeable and wise. Wisdom is knowing how and when to apply your knowledge.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Eye contact will reveal much. Look deeply into the eyes of the one you want to know, understand or persuade. Bonus: The other person will feel like the most fascinating individual in the world.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When it comes to a loved one, your commitment level is strong, and you'll constantly act in a manner that proves it. Be forward-thinking, as well, and you'll avoid falling into a relationship rut.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You'll have something in common with top athletes today, as you'll experience a situation in which everything seems to ride on one instant. You'll shine in that instant, as graceful as ever.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 17). More love comes into your life over the next 10 weeks. Family issues are happily sorted out in June, smoothing the way for your big plans. July brings an experimental mood. Your playful approach to work and life leads to money and fun. September introduces intriguing new environments — and you'll like who you are when you are in them. Leo and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 20, 25, 40 and 13.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I recently moved back into my parents' house. I was working for several years in Japan in a job I liked very much, but there was no room to grow and no way to be promoted. Now that I'm back, I don't know what to do with myself. I'm not sure what kind of work to look for. I never used to think about my purpose in life. Now I feel lost, and I'm not sure what I should be doing or even what I'm trying to find. Do you have any advice for a 28-year-old Pisces?"

This is typical Saturn-return-itis. Go easy on yourself. Until now, a sense of purpose came naturally to you, as you had exams to pass, a career to start building and social aims that kept propelling you forward. Now it's time for you to find a new dream, a dream that's all yours and not based on the role you play in your family or society. You're highly imaginative and intuitive, so take some quiet time each day to journey into a vision of your future. Create this future, complete with your future self. You can even ask your future self questions and see what he says. Make a game of this. After each session, record what you saw in your mind's eye. Your purpose will begin to form out of these visions.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Born under an intuitive Pisces moon, Bill Paxton has a knack for choosing winning projects. From blockbuster movies such as "Titanic" and "Apollo 13" to the popular HBO drama "Big Love," this tenacious Taurus is always a crowd pleaser. Paxton will soon play Randall McCoy to Kevin Costner's Anse Hatfield in the upcoming television drama "The Hatfields and McCoys."

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