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Take time out on your birthday to sit somewhere quiet with a pen and a piece of paper and note down your aims for the coming year. The physical act of recording them means you will be halfway to your goals already. There’s magic in the written word.

ARIES (March 21 - April 20):

You won’t be shy about expressing your opinions today – much like any other day really only more so by far. Mercury’s union with Jupiter makes you super-confident that you know what you are talking about, though others might see it as super-opinionated!

TAURUS (April 21 - May 21):

Something that rarely bothered you in the past will bother you today and you won’t be able to let it go until you have made sense of it. Don’t spend the entire day on it though. There are other, less self-indulgent matters that require your attention too.

GEMINI (May 22 - June 21):

Your mind is always a hive of activity but today it will be positively bubbling over with inspiration. As Mercury, your ruler, joins forces with Jupiter in one of the more inventive areas of your chart some of your ideas will be touched by genius.

CANCER (June 22 - July 23):

If you get the chance to move up in the world today you must seize it with both hands. Don’t worry what other people might think about your ambitions, just do what you know to be best and look forward to the rewards that will be coming your way.

LEO (July 24 - Aug. 23):

There is a reason for everything that happens in life and if you make an effort to stand back from events today you could catch a glimpse of your own current purpose. Almost certainly it will have something to do with creativity or travel.

VIRGO (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23):

Everyone makes mistakes, so don’t feel bad if something you tried recently went wrong – at least you were courageous enough to give it a go, which is more than a lot of people can say. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the game .

LIBRA (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23):

You may not see eye-to-eye with a friend today but there is no need to make an issue of it. The world is a big enough place for a diverse range of opinions and beliefs – and there will of course still be many things you can agree on.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22):

If you change your mind about something today that you seemed so sure about yesterday it’s probably because you have come into possession of new information. Partners and colleagues may not be amused by your sudden about-face but the truth matters more.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 - Dec. 21):

Jupiter, your ruler, joins forces with mind planet Mercury today, so some of your ideas are likely to be pretty outrageous. You won’t be in the least bit concerned about provoking a hostile reaction – and you won’t be shy about answering back!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20):

What you need to recognize is that nothing is set in stone. Yes, there is an overall design to your existence but within that design there is still plenty of scope for freedom of thought and action. You can make changes today – and indeed you must.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19):

Social invitations will come thick and fast over the next 24 hours and it simply won’t be possible to fit them all into your already busy schedule. Decide which two or three events mean the most to you and honor only those with your presence.

PISCES (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20):

If a friend or family member tries to persuade you to do something you don’t really approve of today you must let them know it isn’t going to happen. Be nice about it but be insistent too – you are under no obligation to follow their lead.

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