The alignment of Mercury and the sun reminds us that everyone likes to be in cahoots with success. Far fewer will align themselves with people and situations that are unproven. It's why, if you think you have an idea, it's good to put it in motion regardless of whether or not you have anyone else's support, just to prove the concept.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are well aware that people have lives outside of the relationship you share, and yet today this fact will present itself in surprising ways within your inner circle.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Don't know what to do? A little thing like that shouldn't stop you. Jump in and start narrowing the field. Just be sure to get out quickly once you realize it's not for you. Either way, you'll stumble into luck with this approach today.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Q: What's sweet and best served cold? A: Either revenge or ice cream. The former will be on your mind today, not in a vindictive way, just in the way that your success will surely annoy your enemies.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Even though you'd love to do all the things that matter to your dear ones, some of those things are hard, inconvenient or simply not interesting to you. And when you do them anyway — that's love.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The gap between the way you are and the way you want people to think you are — well, that's a discrepancy for the ages. Since the same is true for everyone you know, why not give yourself a break? You're human.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Instead of simply saying "No," you'll say it more nicely — something along the lines of "Sorry, it's not going to work" or "Thanks for asking. Wish I could." Your good manners and superior language will set you apart as a caring person.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you can't stick with a project, don't take that as a sign that you're personally lacking in any way. Take it as a sign that the right solution is still out there. The right solution is one you can stick with.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Those who are fantastic at turning a potentially negative thing into an absolutely positive statement are people who you need on your side right now. Find them, and discuss your plans.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To try and make motivation happen for other people might be pointless. People generally motivate themselves. You can, however, inspire — by what you say, by who you are — and this is what you'll do.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Before you try to love others in your way you'll hopefully remember that they can't comprehend it in that way. Figure out what communicates love in their way, and bring it like that. You'll be golden.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll gain an advantage in a professional environment. New responsibilities will come with better pay. Tonight: Someone special will seem to favorably alter the light in the room.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Some live in unimaginable excess, while the lot of millions who are lacking in the basic survival needs is not so difficult to picture. You'll try to equalize whatever you can about the world today. Small efforts will count in a big way.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 12). Many crave your attention, not least of all you. You may not be entirely sure the best way to deliver that, but this solar return is one of experimentation and learning how to best support yourself so that you can offer your unique contribution to the world. There's a mystery to solve in February. A sizable sale happens in April. Leo and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 28, 20, 47 and 38.
PUPPY PROFILE: If you know when your pet was born, check out his or her sun sign and the personality that goes with it.
AQUARIUS: The friendliest of puppies is Aquarius. She'll make people smile within seconds of meeting. Her gentle curiosity has a way of opening doors. This dog's network of friends includes humans, dogs, cats and more. Singles who own an Aquarius dog will find that the puppy is the best icebreaker around. Also, the Aquarius dog can serve as a test for potential suitors. Anyone who cannot get along with the Aquarius dog is suspect.
Born into the sign of philanthropy, Aquarius pups make excellent service dogs, especially for the blind and ailing. They put people in a receptive mood and bring them together. This dog is somewhat indiscriminate and doesn't see differences in people, which puts those who feel like outsiders at ease.
Because of the Aquarius dog's high intelligence, extra challenges will be needed to keep this dog occupied. You should never underestimate an Aquarius dog's ability to destroy things, as this dog takes destruction to the level of art. Before you leave an Aquarius dog alone, look around and assess the worst that could go wrong. Then take measures to prevent that loss.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Frank Sinatra's renditions of "Jingle Bells," "White Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" are among the most popular holiday tunes of all time. Born this time of year, the swing-era crooner king received his solar return at the right time to add special charisma to those legendary smooth vocals, spreading cheer to the hearts of millions.
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