Horoscopes: Friday, June 16, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). To exercise restraint takes much more energy than it takes to react to every trigger or impulse. But restraint will pay you back and help you focus well.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Carbon can be black under some circumstances (coal), clear under others (diamond). You, a carbon-based being, are similarly flexible - and can arrange yourself in many different ways. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are so many legitimate evils in the world that it would be a shame to waste energy warring against imaginary ones. Apply yourself to real things and make a real difference.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You ask questions in order to learn more about the world. Many people do not ask questions for this reason. Their questions are phrased to get the answer that will prove their correctness.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You and your friend agree on many things, which is why you're better off as friends than as business partners or leaders. Diversity is germane to growth.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're in the mood for something you might not be able to afford. As your sign mate Dorothy Parker suggested, "Take care of the luxuries, and the necessities will take care of themselves." LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you have the right goal, hard work will overcome hard luck. This is true today - and tomorrow and all days after that.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). What is not in the world that should be? This is the question you ask yourself today, and it will continue driving you through the next several weeks as you shift your focus to a new project.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your influence will be a function of how well you accommodate others. Make it easy for people to do the thing you really want them to do. This, in many areas, is the secret to success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). How wonderful to be both generous and charitable if you are able. But if you have to choose just one, pick generosity, which will stretch your heart and its capacity for joy and compassion.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's good to be happy, but it's a tricky thing to strive for. The pursuit of happiness often backfires. You're better off applying yourself to work you find meaningful, or making a contribution to something you believe in.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You do the right thing because it's the right thing to do, not because it will look good in the pictures or sound good in the history books - or because someone will tell on you if you don't.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (June 16). You'll start this solar return embodying peace, love, and understanding.

July brings the cash infusion you need for a special project. The next three months solidify a key relationship. September's tools and connections update daily life and business. December shows you a different way to make money. Pisces and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 20, 18, 40, and 11.