ARIES (March 21-April 19): Delete negative from your life to make room for something more encouraging. Take pride in family as your desire to make them happy motivate you to do your best. 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You must locate a common denominator in order to compromise. People will respect you if you stick with high standards rather than just pleasing the crowd. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Just because an opinion is spoken loudly doesn't mean that what is said has any merit. Don't invest too much time or effort into something someone tells you. 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The cards have been falling in your favor but that only increases the chances that your next hand will be a bust. Gather your winnings and walk away while the going is good. 

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Bury the hatchet and get out the ratchet; use spare time to fix something or play with a favorite hobby. Prove that you are capable of applying your knowledge. 

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Use generosity to achieve an advantageous agreement about major issues. Don't waste your time pursuing silly status when more concrete goals need attention. 

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The mental approach you adopt when solving problems and overcoming obstacles is the difference between resounding success and a failure. 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Slip away when someone tries to butter you up. No matter how tough the going gets, you'll be the one left standing because you can be practical and pragmatic.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You could be surrounded by those who hope that your good fortune and self-confidence will rub off. You may feel the need to show off with grand gestures and make promises you can only hope to keep. 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You can choose to ignore a challenge to your authority or an interruption to your plans. Sometimes silence is the best response. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You might reach your goals faster than expected but in doing so you could be missing out on an experience. Take your time and do a job thoroughly by using shortcuts. 

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Take advantage of the fact that people are willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. This is a good time to ask for forgiveness if you pick the right time and place.

IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You may be fascinated by a new romantic partner or caught up in a financial scheme, but these may prove disappointing in the end. You may be distracted from what is most important now and again in June, so force yourself to be sensible. Pay attention to your financial situation and career aspirations in late October and early November. Your frequent willingness to "pay forward" good deeds will pay you back through sound advice from friends, opportunities to improve your lifestyle, and even some old fashioned good luck.