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"Panem et circenses" is the cynical formula of Roman emperors for keeping the masses content. Translation: "bread and circuses." But filling treats and easy entertainment will cease to be enough with Neptune screeching to a halt to begin a long retrograde. There will be a growing need for real soul nutrition in the weeks to come.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If you try to do good things — or beautiful or truthful or interesting things — then no matter what the outcome, at least you're spending your time doing something worthwhile.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Is life random or planned? Some doubt the randomness. Others wholly reject it. And still others count on it completely. As for you, you'll do well not to gamble on randomness. Make a plan and stick with it.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You're a designer looking for inspiration. You don't have to set sail to an exotic location to get there, because your daily commute — or even your bedroom — will provide all the inspiration you need.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There's a thread running through all of this, although you most likely won't see it now. Later you'll be able to follow the thread through the pattern, and it will all make a little more sense.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The reason things wind up next to each other can be a function of random juxtaposition or the end result of a careful thought process. Either way, the way it lands will be lucky for you today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Like a slow-loading, video-laden website, if you try too desperately to entertain, people will get bored waiting for something interesting to happen, and they'll just leave. So keep it simple. Less is more.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Cages take many forms. Even the most luxurious environments can be a prison if one cannot come and go at will. But you're not in a cage. What you're in is a maze. There's a way out. It takes a bit of work to find it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are real people whose job it is to search for extraterrestrials in a scientific way. You may relate to them somewhat, as today you also happen to feel as though you're searching intently for a distant affirmation.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The first step to finding someone's secrets is having your own secrets and an intimate knowledge of the behaviors it takes to hide them. "It takes one to know one" is a sort of key today.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Somewhere out there are glittering skyscrapers and technicolor trees and lakes that dazzle like a billion diamonds. Whether you prefer man-made glories or natural ones, seek them now!

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The truth is supposed to keep things simple. But whose truth? The other person isn't seeing it the way you do. Another way to keep things simple is to say nothing for now. Let everything settle in.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you can't get yourself to change a behavior, that's because the behavior is actually solving a problem you don't even realize you have. It's something to meditate on today. Don't worry; there's a simple fix once you get to the heart of it.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 18). Relationships bring out your creativity as they blossom in unexpected ways. You'll capture someone's imagination and heart — a responsibility you don't take lightly. Deft financial maneuvers will improve your situation in this six-week cycle. August brings an adventure you'll share with loved ones. Capricorn and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 40, 13, 21 and 5.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: A Scorpio writes: "People say beware of the catfish online — the people who pretend to be something other than who they are while interacting with others on the internet. Usually, the catfish are criminal types trying to get money or have inappropriate relationships. But I was catfished by someone who was super cool and actually famous! This person was hiding his true identity because he didn't want to interfere with his public persona. Anyway, we're good friends now, so I just wanted everyone out there to know that not everyone has nefarious purposes."

That may be so, dear Scorpio, and your sign is particularly fascinated by disguises, false identities and mysteries in general. However, what you describe is so rarely the case that I can't help but be skeptical about your famous friend. Have you met him in person? If not, I wouldn't advise you to do that unless you meet in a public place with a posse of friends and protectors around you. Love the optimism, but "safety first" is the best rule for all signs, even intuitives such as you!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Country superstar Blake Shelton was born under the sign of the twins with Mercury and Venus in Gemini, as well. These friendly, sociable and smart planetary influences offset a more serious, emotional and soulful moon in Pisces. Shelton's having the Pisces moon and two Leo planets suggests that this vocal coach on "The Voice" would also make an excellent actor.

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