ARIES (March 21-April 19): It is easy to become bemused and confused by someone who says one thing but then does another. Someone might not live up to your expectations, but that's because you expect something that is unrealistic. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Just because someone is agreeable doesn't mean that an agreement has been reached. You may encounter situations where it is smarter to tactfully avoid voicing an opinion or making a firm commitment until you are sure of the other party's position. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The gossip that gallops along the grapevine could offer you some inspiring ideas. You might hear about someone who started a successful in-home business or wrote a well-received book and feel empowered enough to begin your own. 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't burn bridges just because there has been a disagreement. A dispute will soon be out of sight and out of mind. If you wait another day or two, serenity will be restored, and you can get back on track. 

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The more often you show appreciation for someone's thoughtfulness, the more likely you will get appreciation in return. New interests, such as yoga or a new diet, might trigger better health and a more youthful outlook. 

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Some new diversions are fun but might not fulfill your deepest needs. If you are single, a new hookup could turn into a case of "let's just be friends." If you buy something new, it might not match anything else. 

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22 Lighthearted banter is on your calendar, so don't take things too seriously. You may be tempted to push and shove when all you need to do is show a little love. Focus on getting projects completed and fulfilling promises.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Make a mental effort to promote positive changes at home and at work. If you focus on developing better habits, such as recycling plastics and conserving water, you will help yourself and your fellow man. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You might experience more than one awkward moment today. You may inadvertently say something that isn't politically correct or go to extremes trying to please someone who couldn't care less. If something doesn't really need to be said, don't say it. 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If someone fishes for compliments, you might quickly take the bait. You could be a little bit more romantic than usual but shouldn't make any big decisions or commitments that could risk your heart or happiness. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your happy-go-lucky ways might not receive a warm reception from others today. You could easily misplace your car keys, cellphone or money because there are too may thoughts in your head. Take extra care to focus. 

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your head may be in the clouds, making it difficult to deal with mundane concerns. The way you handle relationship issues could be colored more by what you wish to see rather than what really exists.

 

IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Your business observations and instincts are right on target throughout the next three to four weeks, making this a good time to tackle the household budget, cash flow analysis or investment strategies. In December and January, you may be distracted from more important issues by community events or overwhelmed by social activities. It is good to have a group of friends, but the duties you take on by being associated with a club or organization could eat up your valuable time. In late March, any improvements you implement could be permanent. That might be a good time to create major plans, focus on crucial decisions or initiate a significant endeavor. Wait until late June, however, to make important financial and career decisions, while your shrewdness is at an apex.