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It’s the moment of truth. In the poker game of the stars, Jupiter sits across from the sun with a jolly look on his face (that could be interpreted as arrogance) and casually asks everyone at the table to show their cards. But life isn’t totally like poker. In poker, the best cards win. In life, it’s those who feel best about their cards who take the pot.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Don’t give into the pressure to change. The person pushing you doesn’t understand that you still need nurturing and care. When you’re ready to change, you won’t be able to stop yourself from doing so.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). While dealing with an authority figure, ignore the minor mistakes. They will soon be forgotten, and they don’t matter anyway. Being the bigger person helps you see the bigger picture.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You might make a purchase if it costs less than the amount in your wallet. But if it requires you to go to the ATM, you’ll skip it. What you want on impulse you devalue if you take the time to think about it.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly wondering how to make sultry eye contact or scintillating small talk. These interests are an outcropping of your broader interest in getting a certain person’s undivided attention.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It may take two to tango, but each partner can work on the steps alone to get ready for the next dance. Preparation is the magic ingredient that will make a relationship work beautifully.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are things that look nice from the outside — a beach house, marriage to royalty, a pony — that are actually a lot more work than appearances suggest. Right now the fantasy is more enjoyable than the reality would be.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). True friends will reflect back to you your best qualities. If you feel less wonderful about yourself around a certain person, consider that the person may not be a true friend.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). At times like now, inaction can be the most positive and powerful thing to do — or in this case, to not do. Be cautious. Only make a move if you feel undeniably driven to do so. Also, people will respect your decision not to decide.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Even simple things can seem confounding now. If you have a mind full of question marks, consider yourself wise. Only the very young and the very immature think they know everything.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). People have a tendency to be overly dramatic and drag you into it. The only person you should get serious about now is someone who makes you laugh.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’re not exactly working for a seal of approval, but it still feels good to get one from someone you admire. Self-acceptance has a subtler benefit, but it lasts longer.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The person whose opinion matters so much to you will give up a stamp of approval. Soon you’re on to bigger things — like self-acceptance. Diversity keeps you creative.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 2). You are loved, and people show you this in a big way. Fresh vigor kicks off this eventful year. This month, you’ll eject the person, place or thing that is taking up too much emotional space. Social horizons broaden in January. Friends fix you up with hot leads. Your love life will sizzle on one of the best Valentine’s Days yet. Aries and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 3, 9, 16 and 40.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: This week of the Sagittarius sun is the calm before the storm. There are few aspects to contend with, good or bad, but next week will bring rapidly changing skies for the better. Lingering anticipation and hope hang in the air.
The Leo moon is like a costumed character entertaining a long line of amusement park attendees waiting to board a roller coaster. She takes this lull in the action as an opportunity to entertain. Chances are there are colorful people in your life who steal the show, or maybe you are such a person in the life of another. Either way, the interaction will be a bonding moment that, over time, will outshine the main event. Take pictures so you can prove it.
The most productive days will be Wednesday through Friday; the responsible Virgo moon makes sure of it. Practical matters will quickly be solved. People show up where they’re supposed to be. It feels good to be a functioning part of time’s clockwork.
Love rules the weekend, but perhaps not romantic love. Helpful partnerships come in all shapes and sizes and often without hearts and flowers. It’s nice to know on whom you can depend.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Happy birthday to Mouseketeer-turned-megastar Britney Spears. The high-voltage, controversial career of this pop princess has been front-page news since her teenage hits, and her astrological chart shows 2013 to be a more private and personally fulfilling cycle. Spears was born when the sun, Mercury, Uranus and Neptune were all in fiery Sagittarius.
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