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IF TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY

A Venus-Mercury link on your birthday means that your powers of persuasion will be high over the coming 12 months. Both at home and at work you should be able to find just the right words to get others to work with you rather than against you.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20):

No matter what you may have planned for the rest of the year, the rules of the game will change over the next few days, so try to keep your options open. The less you commit yourself to now the more room for manoeuvre you will have later on.

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21):

What occurs over the next three or four days will remind you that you should never take anything for granted. You should know by now that it is just when you are most satisfied with your lot that the earth shifts beneath your feet!

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GEMINI (May 22 - June 21):

You will get the chance to make your dreams come true over the next few days but it will cost you in various ways and not just financial. You may even have to make a choice between your principles and material gain. What will you decide?

CANCER (June 22 - July 23):

You need to come to a final decision about a partnership matter that has been causing you no end of problems. Deep down you know you need to cut the knot but you can’t work out how best to go about it. You’ll find a way today.

LEO (July 24 - Aug. 23):

A work or health issue has been annoying you for quite some time but when Saturn moves in your favour again later in the week you will get the chance to deal with it once and for all. Be ruthless with yourself but lenient with other people.

VIRGO (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23):

You are allowed to be less than perfect. Too often of late you have been unnecessarily hard on yourself because, in your own mind at least, you failed to reach a certain level of success. Time to remind yourself that you are human like everyone else.

LIBRA (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23):

According to the planets you have been taking too much for granted, especially in one-to-one relationships and maybe even at home, and what happens over the next few days will remind you that you should always be on your guard.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22):

What occurs today or tomorrow will force you to think again about something you have always taken for granted. It’s okay to have strong opinions about the big issues in life but sometimes you need to be able to change your outlook. Can you do that?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21):

A solution to your cash-flow problem is about to reveal itself but it may not be entirely pleasant. Saturn, planet of restriction, warns you may have to make some major cuts in your spending, some of which will go deeper than mere luxuries.

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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20):

You may not be in the mood to make compromises at the moment but when Saturn, your ruler, ends its retrograde phase on Thursday you will no longer have any say in the matter. Do what is required of you and do it with a smile on your face.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19):

Why are you running away from your problems? You should be running straight at them. As is so often the case what scares you the most right now will most likely turn out to be something you can quite easily handle. Face up to your fears.

PISCES (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20):

A friendship has been going through a tough time of late but before this week is over you will be back on good terms again. Don’t bother trying to work out why you fell out, just agree to get past it and start doing good things together again.

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