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There's over a week left of the Mercury retrograde, and the messenger planet promises not to bore us during these last days of antics. The wing-footed god backs into a harmonious aspect to Saturn today and all will fall into a danceable rhythm. Productivity soars. People click. Business exchanges go without a hitch, though not at all as planned.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Maybe your worldview isn't exactly a pleasant one today, but it's worth sharing anyway, because it's real. You couldn't make these things up if you tried!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're grateful for your mistakes. They make you a more compassionate person, for starters. Also, because you got something wrong in the past, you're able to get it very right this time around.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There are a few roles up for grabs in today's scenario. Decide who you want to be first. Then act. Once you cast yourself it will be hard to change roles (i.e., if you're acting like someone's parent it will be hard to switch to friend mode).

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You treat your love (or potential love) as an equal. This is the key to your success in relationships. "Equal" isn't "same." You respect differences and value them appropriately.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your connection to an older person will be a highlight of the day. You'll be creatively inspired by the traditions, manners and ways of doing things that have changed over the years.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Once you put your mind to it, you'll be brimming with ideas for creating fun times with your loved ones. This is a worthy mental exercise if ever there was one, especially if you follow through on a few and bring a camera.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). A soul's cry isn't heard with the ears so much as the heart. You'll extend yours today as you listen past what a loved one is saying and into the meaning and feeling of it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The reason you wrap a gift instead of just handing it over naked is that thoughtful presentation and slow reveals add excitement and specialness to our interactions. Don't skip the ritual. Add to it instead.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There will be many different factors acting on your decision-making process today. You'll be motivated by a sense duty, driven by your own aesthetic desires and intrigued by the chance for political gain.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll be tempted to let lethargy win, sleep late or take a nap. The thing is, you'll only awaken feeling less vital. Get moving instead. A sweat-inducing activity will kick-start your energy.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Ask any practitioner of psychometry; things don't have to be living to have a pulse. Objects have vibes. And if the energy of your things (namely, having too many of them) is cluttering your mind, a purge will free you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Above all, you desire to offer the others something of value. It's why you're careful not to fall into the attention-seeking traps of our narcissistic age. Modesty and service are your callings of the day.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (April 24). This solar return will be like a perfect travel day — every aspect of the journey seems luck-laced and pleasant, including your arrival at what turns out to be a completely unintended destination. Romantic highs: May and October. September aligns your emerging talents with professional opportunities. Sagittarius and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 41, 5, 29, 33 and 12.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm a musician, and I feel very inspired by space and space themes. Do you have any insights for me about incorporating the feeling of space or the energy of specific planets into my work?"

Did you ever consider jamming with Jupiter? Besides being the largest planet in our solar system, big daddy Jupiter is also a musician. Jupiter is the source of natural radio waves that can be picked up on Earth using a simple antennae and short-wave receiver. NASA has set up a radio station called Radio Jove, exclusively for the music of Jupiter. The NASA website makes clips of Jupiter's greatest hits accessible to the general public over the internet. Sometimes Jupiter's music is relaxing; other times it's invigorating and even irritating. It can sound like a synthesizer, a freeway or the ocean (or maybe it's the ocean that sounds like the music of Jupiter; there's still debate about which came first). Pianist Paul Collier has created a kind of duet with samples of Jupiter's music. For other music inspired by Jupiter, check out Gustav Holst's "The Planets," specifically "Jupiter the Bringer of Jollity," or, in the pop genre, "Drops of Jupiter" by Train.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: The inimitable Taurus Barbara Streisand is so multi-hyphenated that putting all of her titles into this profile would take up the entire available word count — ditto in regards to the awards she's won, which include an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Peabody and more. Four luminaries in steadfast Taurus and two in Leo tell the cosmic story of a tireless force in entertainment.

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