ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your powers of imagination are so mighty these days that they can be used as tools to overcome fear. A vivid picture of the future you're creating will magnetically override your trepidation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You might feel compelled to explain, defend, or justify your choices to that person who seems to think he or she is owed a response. But the thing is, no one is owed anything from you today. Maybe you should proceed in silence.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Emotions seem to visit you from everywhere: the passing clouds; the picture that triggers a memory; a baleful passage of song; or an exuberant melody. It's all ripe for inspiration.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). To put one's head inside the crocodile's mouth isn't bold, but foolish. Maybe it's also foolish to put one's heart in the hands of another and hope for mercy. Unfortunately, it's love's nature.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you could put today's problem into a box, it would be a tiny box. Look at it as it really is, without letting your mind do fun-house-mirror trickery on the situation.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's going to take time and effort for your current endeavor to be fruitful. Are you OK with having nothing to show for a long while? If you are, you know that this is the right pursuit for you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Experience is the main goal. When you do something for the sake of doing it, your expectations of yourself adjust accordingly, and you can relax into the fulfilling process of learning.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Maybe you're the most qualified person to assess your situation, and maybe not. It would be wise to ask for other points of view. An outsider will help you understand something you didn't before.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It's not so hard to make the choice to be kind to yourself. Even if this is not your first instinct, you'll take to it and quickly understand why most progress is made by the self-encouraging.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You think anyone could do your job, but the truth is, it wouldn't be so easy to recast you. Even if someone proficient stepped in, it wouldn't be the same.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). This unhelpful thought you're having: Did you have it yesterday? And the day before? Its recurrence doesn't prove its validity; it only means it's more a habit than a thought. Habits can be broken.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Don't be afraid to make the first move. As you make new friends, you'll help others get together, too. Your good cheer will reduce people's social trepidation and fear of rejection.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 9). The start of this solar return comes with feeling like you've landed on another planet. You have little in common with your surroundings and the beings who share them. There will be many benefits to learning this alien culture, and you'll cash in on what you know. August features promises exchanged. Capricorn and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 40, 22, 15, and 38.