ARIES (March 21-April 19). You have more power than you are exercising, but you wisely weigh the consequences of action. Influence isn't about what you can get people to do; it's about what you can inspire them to do.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The absence of a person can be a presence - a presence so strong it dominates the room, the hour, the talk and the feeling of the day. This is how humans can transcend laws of space and time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Today you'll get a chance to practice reacting to the cool news of others. In a way, you're modeling the reaction you'd like to get when it's your turn.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Setting yourself up for success will be a matter of casting the right people in the right roles of your life. You need someone to impress and learn from.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll talk on a number of topics and make people laugh. But your secret to relating to people is not in expressing yourself well; it is in observing well.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If it's true the external circumstances exist to balance and harmonize what's going on inside you, you should be able to change your interior world through a rearrangement of your environment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's your desire to be a delight to others. You won't have to do much to achieve this effect - maybe slightly more than your usual self-care and making an effort to put yourself in their presence.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). "How my achievements mock me!" said a Shakespearean character. It's also the sentiment of everyone who's ever done a remarkable thing and been daunted by the threat of repeating it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Because you know yourself well, you will see the world with greater accuracy. You can take your strengths and failings out of the equation and try for an unbiased view.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Plant your affection and something will grow. Maybe not what you expected. Every place is different, and some ground is more fertile than other ground. But something will come of it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). To think deeply into seemingly shallow things is the tendency shared by poets and storytellers, mystics, inventors, designers and pied pipers of all sorts. Caution: Some frivolous wastes of time really are just that.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You can't learn what you already know. This is why you might have to kick around some of the beliefs and stories inside your head to see how sound they really are. Believing in untrue things can prevent future learning.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 24). You'll accomplish much by thinking positively and strategically and then acting on what you plan. You really do need a mentor, though, to keep you on track. Seek qualified candidates now and by March you'll be on a plan you can stick to. You'll be celebrating major success milestones in April and August. Cancer and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 31, 20 and 14.