ARIES (March 21-April 19). Not only is it natural to feel defensive around people who have a history of socking you when you're not expecting it, but it's actually advisable. Likely this has to do with the soft jabs of a loved one. Arms up; protect your head.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There's a point at which too much conversation clouds the meaning instead of clarifying. While some seem to talk things to death, you jump in and fix it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It takes a confident person to risk being misunderstood, which may partly be why you'll do it. Plus, you'll learn more from people who are dissimilar to you than from people with whom you have a great deal in common.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). When things get a little more colorful and dramatic than is comfortable, be grateful. Were you to be limited to a confined and unvarying society, you would be quickly bored to tears.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Discipline is just not something you easily come up with on your own right now. Enlist the help of a coach, a champion, or a supportive friend. Not only will you get results, but you'll feel loved, too.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Before you get into the mix, remind yourself of your purpose. While you're at it, revel in what you're all about. Because if you're not sure of this, someone will fill in the blanks for you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your big dream of the day may not be anything too spectacular, but a small, personal accomplishment or meaningful exchange that drives you to work deliberately and connect warmly with others.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Don't be surprised if, when you try to make a positive plan of action, negativity comes first. Work through grievances. Give them airtime, and they'll go away. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Fun-loving people are best when fun tops the agenda. When it doesn't? If their love of fun is stronger than their love of doing the job, trust your instincts, get the right person for the job.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You're an artist, which doesn't always present itself the way some people think about creativity. There are so many ways to turn life into a beautiful thing. That's what you'll chase today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Sameness leads to staleness. Seek variety and diversity. It takes effort to mix it up, and you'll likely meet with resistance from those more fearful than you. Do it anyway. All will be better for it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's a day to read and learn. Social topics, in particular, will be lucky to know about. They'll also be as exciting to read up on as any fiction, because this learning paves the way to new adventures.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 21). A few stellar choices will carry you up this year. Happiness is having a pure, strong love in your life. You'll put a lot of effort into establishing a habit over the next 10 weeks. After that, living the way you prefer will be nearly automatic. There's intense competition in March and September; get serious. Libra and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 20, 5, 33, and 16.