ARIES (March 21-April 19). The gurus suggest we drop all this suffering, but their methods are often confounding. And besides, there are little bits of it that might have something to teach.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). No one grows in one direction. The tree goes high; the roots go low; the limbs go wide. You're about to hit a breakthrough in one area of your life, and other parts can't help but be affected.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). This is a labor of love. You'll be better off going with the assumption that you're not going be rewarded. That way, anything good that happens from this will be a lovely bonus.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Today you're a bit like a shop owner who falls in love with inventory and wants to hang on to the best stuff even though it's marked to sell. Don't worry: There's more where this came from.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). No one's opinion will matter today, not even your own. So don't worry what anyone thinks. Focus on energizing activities and people, while avoiding the drains.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Dependencies come in different shades. It can be difficult to tell the difference between the toxic kind and the kind that helps you have a good life. Judge it for you; others will judge their own scenes.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). This is like a game of pin the tail on the donkey; you're trying to complete a picture that would be pretty simple were you not blindfolded and dizzy.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Though you wouldn't totally toss your beliefs just because something interesting came along, you will find yourself cobbling together some new theories based on new information.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). A response is different from a reaction. Reactions are involuntary, and responses are thoughtful. Take your time in answering. You have all the time you need for this one.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's not just that you're doing something right. You're doing most of the things right, and that's what's behind today's excellent push of progress. So don't credit luck. This is about you!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Which is the thing to do: hop to attention and try to fix it, or make a joke and shrug it off? This is really a matter of style. Whatever you choose, you'll be setting up an expectation for the future.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Be careful not to volunteer without thinking. Take a day before responding. Do some calculations on the matter. Will you get a return on your investment? Will it serve your bottom line?

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (March 10). People will work extra hard to make you smile. The next 10 weeks bring the completion of a project, followed by a new direction for your main work. Leisure isn't what's going to fulfill you, unless it involves hitting challenging goals and maybe some competition, too. You'll bring a vision into reality in August. Virgo and Scorpio adore you. Lucky numbers: 9, 4, 22, 2 and 15.