ARIES (March 21-April 19). Necessity is the mother of invention, but many inventions are not directly linked to the exploration of a necessity. Think broadly across many subjects.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Shakespeare said the best safety lies in fear, yet that kind of safety leads to cowering and hiding, whereas the safety found in preparation and a good defense will lead to more adventures.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). To set the rules of the environment will be in no way an inconvenience or affront to others; rather. it will have a most favorable effect.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Though the proceedings are friendly in tone, the interaction today is more about an exchange of practical knowledge than it is about relationship building.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You've something sincere and heartfelt to get off your chest. You're better off avoiding the kind of partner who thinks the opposite of talking is waiting.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's no time to be self-conscious, because you're so focused on experiencing all you can. You may even dare to spontaneously and publicly sing and dance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll be inspired by a self-made and highly motivated person. You'd like to direct yourself similarly, and in many ways you already do. You're planning your future involvement with this good influence.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may fret over what to wear, what topics of conversation to keep at the ready, and what to eat. These are the worries of a classy person who cares about smooth interactions.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). In the same way that it's silly to saddle the horse if you're not going to ride it, it's a waste of energy to make grand resolutions that are too hard to keep. You'll thrive setting small goals; you'll conquer them quickly.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Home is an emotional state. It exists as much in your imagination as it does in physical space. If you are at home but you do not feel at home, don't let the dynamics drag on. They can and should be fixed today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The situation you create and re-create is nothing more than a habit. It may feel like more of a knee-jerk reaction than a choice, but that's only because the pattern is so ingrained. You can keep or change any part of it you want.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There are certain memories, keepsakes and traditions you draw on for sustenance. You'll do well to make the ritual more deliberate, perhaps by adding something to it or just by recognizing its importance.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (May 1). It's a year of lifestyle upgrades, as you've aimed to live more in line with your values. There are also some aesthetic changes you've been wanting to make. Friends and family will support you and then celebrate your success. The sweat you pour into an August project brings big money in November. Cancer and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 40, 22, 30 and 11.