ARIES (March 21-April 19). Staying within the scope of your own preferences will only lead to a small and not very creative existence. It's why you push yourself every so often to do what's uncomfortable and scary.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Regardless of how much formal schooling you have, there are holes in your education. (There are holes in everyone's education!) Fill them and the benefits come almost instantly.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Repeated actions create neural pathways in your brain. That's why it's easy to make the same mistake multiple times. You can change this with a conscious pattern interruption.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It doesn't usually come down to this, but when there's a power struggle, there's a power adjustment. Take control or be controlled.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Give yourself the leeway to experiment and try things on for size. Play around awhile, because the spirit of play is what will help you with the small tangles.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Beauty and pain are often linked. Every rose has its thorns. A good florist will handle the danger. And when there's no one to take away the prickly truth, assume the role of protector.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You've developed such a specific and ranging skill set that sometimes it seems a bit arbitrary to you. You may wonder whether your talents matter to anyone outside the niche. They do today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Even though you believe that some of the rules guiding your group are unfair, be careful not to break them today. Eyes are on you. There will be a time for rebellion, but you have learning to do.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People tend to decide what they want and then figure out the reasons later. This is, of course, completely backward and leads to faulty logicl.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You don't know how long a thing takes until you do it. That's why impatience is for amateurs. The pros get it all done - methodically, one step at a time - with no rushing or time wasted.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll be baby-sitting children and/or people who act like children. Don't expect typical responses or behavior you can make sense of. Creativity will serve you better than logic.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There are many good reasons to show up. You don't want to miss out. If you don't show up, you won't know.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (July 23). Those obsessed with being perpetually, perfectly positive will accomplish the opposite. Be instead obsessed with enjoying yourself. You'll have a fantastic energetic match in August, and you'll make money and have fun with this person all year. Your work will win awards in September. There's a windfall in January. Cancer and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 40, 22, 28 and 1.