ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's satisfacting to learn why things are the way they are, especially as you realize the limitations someone was dealing with that led to the completion of a feat.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It may be a stretch to suggest that those born under the sign that rules money can delight in austerity, and yet even the financially minded bull gets the occasional pull toward minimalism.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You enjoy being the first to try products, methods, trends. The word "new" captures your attention and sparks your curiosity. Later they'll all want your account.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). When you're bored of something, don't bail right away. Stick with it another step or two. There's a real gem pushing through. You don't have to stick with it forever, just longer than most would.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're not thinking about how much people do or don't appreciate you. You are motivated by spiritual generosity and a belief that people are in need of your help.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When people find out about your special talent, they'll be surprised. If they later find out about another unrelated talent of yours, you'll officially be alluring.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). So many of our behaviors are habits. Laughing is no exception. You seem to be doing more and more of that lately, and the people around you love how delightful you make them feel.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Many people who achieve high status want to be treated the same as everyone else. You have a good handle on dishing due respect while maintaining a shared reality in which everyone can relate as equals.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Today you'll be among friends, and people who wish they were your friends. You share a vulnerable, embarrassing, weird story and in doing so push your likability factor up a few points.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Others are uplifted by your presence. Maybe it's something you don't think too much about, because it's an easy thing for you to create, and yet this is no small achievement.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Because you're so comfortable with who you are, and because you don't think of yourself as very different from the others, you're capable of doing things in group environments that others wouldn't think to do.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Those who don't pay compliments comfortably will give it up for you today. This will mean more to you than the niceties you regularly hear, considering the rarity of such an acknowledgment from this particular source.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 11). You start this year with an experimental agenda that helps you get to know yourself better. The next two months bring new joys, appetites, fascinations. A big move in April allows for more satisfying work. Family celebrates together in June. August brings a lesson that helps your social life. Libra and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 12, 2, 22, 45, and 18.