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Impressions are formed faster than a snap as Mercury and Uranus line up in impulsive Aries. It's not that people are rash, loving, unkind, wise or prejudiced; it's that the act of categorizing makes the world more manageable. Seeing as this is just how the human brain works, there's no need to take it personally. Detach and strategize.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The thing that's going to solve the problem is simply to press on. You may be educated, strong and talented, too, but those things don't make so much of a difference today as does dogged determination.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If there's something interesting to be found in the situation, you'll find it. Furthermore, the answers given to you by the popular accepted sources will simply not be enough today.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When ideas clash in your head, sometimes your stomach or other areas of your body will be affected, as well. Sorting it out in your head will help the rest get sorted out, too. It takes time, so be gentle and patient with yourself.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). For so many, listening is no different from waiting to talk. They are missing out. You'll have to work to overcome their attention deficit today. When the information is important, you'll need to repeat it about five times.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The question will arise as to how competitive you should be with the people around you. If you're passive and congenial, it's no fun. But if you're overly intent on winning, it's worse. Be mindful and playful and it will all work out.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Don't underestimate the power of small groups. Even a group the size of two can accomplish much more than a group the size of one. Even though you're very independent, at your root you're a social creature. Don't forget it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Doing what you're supposed to do is hardly ever enough in the world of being you. You're all about the extras. You want to put originality into everything you do; otherwise, your interest level is low.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You have control over how many new things you'll try, and this is a fine time to try quite a few. There will be much available to you at low or no cost, if you have the time and the curiosity to investigate.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Instead of wondering whether you should give someone the benefit of the doubt, set up the situation differently so you have less at risk and the other person has a better understanding of how to prove worthy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Just as soon as you start to get the hang of one thing, you'll be tempted to jump into the middle of another interesting endeavor. Hold back. Think it over. Better to master the first job than to chase every new intrigue.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Alone time is precious, and you shouldn't spend all of it doing diligent work. Goof off. That's what good friends do together; you're learning to be a good friend to yourself.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Follow your whim. If it brings fast fruit, your life is immediately sweeter. If it doesn't, you'll still be richer for the knowledge. Either way, you've progressed.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 26). An abiding sense of belonging is your cosmic birthday gift — and one you don't take lightly. You make sure people are better for knowing you, richer for working with you, happier for loving you. April features a restructuring of your priorities and schedule. May brings physical revitalization. July brings the money. Gemini and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 14, 39, 10 and 15.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The week begins with the swift embrace of Mercury and Uranus in Aries. If it had a sound, it would be a match striking the side of the box — a sputter and then a flame. A single flame can be the difference between warmth and cold, sight and total darkness, life and death. The average person on an average day isn't living in a survival situation. So for most, this planetary flame-up is most likely to take on an emotional resonance as we realize what lights up our motivation. Maybe it's a person, a mission or a special interest that we rely on to keep us energized, seeing clearly and vitally connected to our joy.

And the opportunities keep coming. Next, the new moon in Aries tomorrow (March 27) is like cosmic grant money. Take it and go do some good in the world. For those who need a clean slate, it doesn't get cleaner than this. Ask and be forgiven, or forgive yourself and don't look back. Oh, and if there's something you've needed to say to clear the way for progress, on Wednesday, Mercury and Saturn will unleash the words.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Watching the lovely Keira Knightley battling pirates in swordplay and even become one of them in the fantasy/adventure film series "Pirates of the Caribbean," it is easy to see the fiery Aries influence at work. Knightley has her sun, Mercury and Venus in the intensely passionate sign. Look for Knightley to channel this fire differently in the post-World War II drama "The Aftermath."

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