A lot of information needs to be communicated in a very small amount of time today, so you don't have time to beat around the bush or be vague. Your new name is Frank -- in that you need to be frank and open in everything you say and write today. Vague hints dropped here and there are not going to get picked up. You need to be direct, clear, and even in some cases shockingly straightforward in order to move anything forward at all. Issues need clarity, so bring it.
Taurus - April 20 - May 20
Not so fast! Your buying habits are getting a bit too impulsive, and if left unchecked, they could lead to making a bigger financial commitment than you are ready for. Be very wary of installment situations, where you are asked to pay a certain amount over a length of time. If you need to buy things, use cash. Delaying your payment will not benefit you in the end. Debt is something to avoid much more consciously, and living a 'cash only' existence, at least for a while, should help.
Gemini - May 21 - June 21
Feeling a bit stressed out? It might be the right time to experience what life is like from the sidelines. You've been a regular action hero lately, zooming to the rescue and coming to the aid of the people who you value and the people who value you. But boy, that can be exhausting work! Take some time out from being there for others. Be there for yourself! Treat yourself to a mellow, quiet night (and don't forget to turn off your phone!). You can get back into the action tomorrow.
Cancer - June 22 - July 22
It looks like someone who you thought was acting in a selfish way was actually being much more altruistic than you realized. The fact that you didn't know the whole story is partly to blame, but this person is more modest than you gave them credit for, too. Be wary of making assumptions about people you don't know very well. Folks almost never turn out to be exactly who you thought they were. Keep your mind open, and they will show you how wonderful they can be.
Leo - July 23 - August 22
You should start working on the idea of romance today -- if you're missing romance in your life right now, add some! Another person is not necessary to achieve this, you know. You can romance yourself! Take yourself out, treat yourself to a spa day, or buy yourself flowers. If you have someone in your life, be sure to do what you can to make them feel special. Let them know how much they mean to you -- after all, they can't read your mind!
Virgo - August 23 - September 22
There's nothing like a little heart-to-heart to help you overcome any tension you have been having at home. Time apart has created a bit of a hole in your relationship with someone you love, and spending more time together is the only thing that will patch it back up again. Stay in tonight, or go out, just the two of you. Whatever you do, you need spend some quality time with them. Remind yourself how important they are to you before they start thinking that they aren't important to you at all.
Libra - September 23 - October 22
In a casual conversation today, you will find yourself exploring high-minded ideas that you never would have expected to be talking about when you woke up this morning. Just when you thought you had this person all figured out, they go and surprise you with a depth you never knew they had! Discoveries abound in all areas of your life -- your physical health is changing for the better, too. But don't celebrate so much that you undo all the good work you've done!
Scorpio - October 23 - November 21
If you speak without thinking today, you run a very serious risk of embarrassing yourself -- and maybe your friends, too. So be cautious, especially around new people. Rehearse what you're going to say before you say it, and things should be just fine. In life, when you aren't sure of who you are dealing with, it's better to be safe now than to be sorry later. An old friend is in your thoughts today -- why not drop them a line to find out how they're doing?
Sagittarius - November 22-December 21
There are many reasons to think positively right now, although you have bee having a hard time seeing them for what they are. The good news is that your vision is (slowly but surely) clearing. Stop straining. Just let life happen around you today -- you'll be able to sense a new beginning coming, which will give you the confidence to move in a new direction. You're prepared to take things to the next level, but you're still a little scared to take that step. Don't worry -- by tonight you'll feel like you're almost ready.
Capricorn - December 22 - January 19
Go ahead and follow your urge to let your more idealistic side take over your decision-making right now. Letting your inner idealist out will be healthy for your self-esteem. It could also encourage new friends to get to know you even better -- everyone likes someone who leads with their heart. Plus, when you see the best in everything, you automatically see the best in yourself, too. Go ahead -- love yourself more. After all, seeing the beauty in life creates more beauty in life.
Aquarius - January 20 - February 18
Your friends are going to be your greatest source of comfort and energy today, especially those born under the sign of Libra or Sagittarius. You have similar ideas about where this day should take you, so get organized into a group and enjoy your well-coordinated plans together. Even the simplest activities will hold a great deal of appeal -- running errands, going for a long drive, or just taking a walk together will unlock a lot of sweet sentiments and keep you all laughing.
Pisces - February 19 - March 20
One of your current authority figures isn't any wiser than you are in a particular situation -- so do not let them contradict a suggestion of yours that you know will work. There is a good chance that they have gotten a bit lazy about exploring new ideas. They think they know it all, case closed. You can choose to let them go ahead and do what they think is best, or push harder for your idea. But keep in mind that if you don't speak up, you will suffer more than they will.
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