Horoscopes: Monday, April 17, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The warrior learns to fight but also to defend, starting with defending the self. You know better than to leave yourself open and vulnerable. If you decide to, let it be a strategy, not an oversight.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The truth can be treated like some amorphous mystical thing you have to quest after, or it can be as simple as getting the facts straight about reality. Opt for the second treatment today, if only to save time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). On a winning team, not everyone has to be a superstar. In fact, the unit is better off for the less-skilled individuals involved. They make everyone watch closer and double-check the work.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There's money in finding your niche. You don't have to create it. This is a process of discovery, the key to which lies in becoming extremely clear about what you'd like to see happen.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You sometimes wonder, as you pursue your curiosities, if all of this is adding up to anything. Rest assured, learning is not wasted or lost on you. You'll convert today's information to insight.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Honesty includes what you know and what you don't know. Gaining and maintaining awareness of both parts of the equation will be your key to wisdom today.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The principle of inclusion will be manifest in today's happenings. Of course, this is just how you are generally, making sure not to leave anyone out. You will carefully maintain social balance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Can you dedicate more time and space to listening to another person? It will take initiative, because there is so much else going on now for both of you. But without effort, this bond will weaken.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have many interests. One of them is strengthening into something beyond a mere pastime or pursuit. It's becoming a belief and a lifestyle.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you find today's happenings bemusing, don't keep it to yourself. Speak up and similarly confounded people around you will, too. The confusion only proves you are paying close attention.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have friends in high places, low places and a lot of places in between. You'll use contacts in interesting ways in the weeks to come. Some of them could stand to be refreshed. Reach out.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Knowing you're included in a circle of people is comforting but not your only or primary source of solace. The feeling that you belong to yourself as well is more than comfort. It's serenity.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 17). You've wished for a work life that's colorful and exciting, and that's what you'll get this year. The next 10 weeks will be healing for family ties. Love and friendship will be the outcropping of a May project. An investment will pay off in June. You'll profit from a series of sales, beginning with a big one in September. Libra and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 44, 49, 21 and 15.

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