TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 27). Life doesn’t usually come in this contest-style manner, so this is exciting. Tension builds through the next 15 weeks, and then there’s a chance to prove yourself. You’ll rise to the occasion. The payout will be lovely. This will be personal equity, relationships that buoy you and joyful times. Libra and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 33, 25, 19 and 42.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are things you shouldn’t and won’t do as you’ve learned that they are behaviors that, while they might have served a purpose once, are now useless and dumb.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It’s good marketing to tell people about when the job is starting and when it’s finished. As for the middle-bits, people get very bored with those. Leave those parts out.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You have to listen to sentences a few times to truly understand their meaning — a sign of intelligence. Today, this will be true of verbal, literary and musical sentences.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s hard to say what is a negative influence. Sometimes a negative influence can be the most positive thing that happens in the situation, especially when the situation involves a wrongheaded crowd.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Deficiencies are to be celebrated. How can people fill in your blanks if you don’t leave a blank? Let others bring the appropriate skill.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The best thing to do with a situation you don’t like is to ignore it. Giving time and words to bad situations is like pouring money into an investment that’s tanking.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Self-worth is tricky. On days like today we have to wonder, “How much does it really matter whether our opinions of ourselves are low or high?” The group must move forward; find a place and mush.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). What you call things will be really important, as will be the words you choose. Do you say “sleepy” or “exhausted”? One is tender, the other dangerous. Overall, it will be your aim to tone down the drama.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People-pleasing isn’t an illness or a fault; it’s a way of getting through. Be aware of those trying to please you, and will speak to something else in them — something more essential to who they really are.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There’s a lot of stress involved in looking for things under this Mercury retrograde, but you can avoid it all by putting things back where you found them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). There is no entertainment value in people being respectful of one another, but there are other worthier values. Things work better. That’s something! Question: Do you want “better” or “more interesting”?

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). On the lookout for new experiences, you’ll think little of the risk or cost, which is why you should consider bringing an earth sign along: Taurus, Virgo or Capricorn.


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