ARIES (March 21-April 19). Find a soft place in your heart for someone whose operating system is wired differently (oh, so differently) than yours. From this compassionate place, you'll bridge the gap.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You've a formidable competitor. Good. This will keep you on your game. Know your assets, and work them hard. Opportunity is everywhere you look.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Get out there and spread your smile, shake hands, say hi. You'll love what happens. Either you're a networking genius or you're just luckier than you've been in a long time.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's your empathy. Those you meet are inclined to open up to you in unexpected ways. Some of the information you learn, well, you'll wish you didn't know, but that's just part of your gift.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). To begin with the end in mind is usually the best way to attack your endeavors, and today is no different. Just know that the plan will change as you go; stay flexible.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're not sure whether you're driving the goal or the goal is driving you, but it doesn't matter. What's important is the drive itself. You have an edge because you try for desirable goals.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Obviously, you exist, but it's time to remind everyone, especially yourself. Take up as much space as possible. Walk the parameters of your territory. Gesture broadly. Make waves. Be the force.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Stick to your original plan. It's not ideal for all, but switching things will be too inconvenient and confusing at this point. Next time, you can start fresh.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21).

Optimism is your natural inclination. Even when circumstances seem to be going in a disappointing direction, you choose hope. You think better and better happens.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Intuitive forces will guide you only if you acknowledge their existence. Otherwise, they'll go quiet. You don't have to heed all the signals, and indeed you should not. Give a sign you're noticing them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're not trying to get ahead, to win, to conquer; no, you're just trying to survive in this game you're playing. These higher levels are more challenging, but you're developing. Believe.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Don't want to do the hard stuff? Do the easy stuff then. Or do one tiny corner of the hard stuff. See, you shouldn't have to suffer or stress yourself out.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 28). That sharp wit, your sense of humor, the really specific things you surround yourself with - it's all working to create this bubble of you-ness that helps you be very effective, winning and charismatic. You'll still have your doubts, but they cause you to learn more and take risks, too. In April, the swelling fruit will come down. Leo and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 45, 16, 40, 48 and 10.