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The solar eclipse and disappearing moon make for a blank slate of a sky. Why not start out the new cycle by giving credit to people for what they've contributed to your life? Note that some will overestimate the value of their contributions and that others will underestimate it. There's an art to matching your appreciation to their estimation.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There will be no waiting around for the action to begin. As long as there are people standing near you, the main action will probably be getting to know them. You're so good at this.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The quickest way to change your mood is to connect with another person. A positive, cheery person will inspire an upswing; a negative person will turn it in the opposite direction.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Before the king went out to greet the kingdom, he sent a town crier to let everyone know he was coming. Your clothing does this job for you today, letting everyone know whom they are about to receive.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Call for help and a new resource will open inside you. Maybe this is an instinct born of deep ancestral roots, or maybe it's an inspiration from on high. Wherever it comes from, it's right on time.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Use what you have. It's good. It's better than good; it's fantastic. Of course, that's only if you use it. If you don't use it, it will be, by definition, useless.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your ideas will meet with resistance. This is a stellar opportunity to examine them more closely and refine the weak parts. Also, it's an invitation to be more convincing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Success will depend on pacing. Go too fast and you'll make mistakes. Go too slowly and you'll make even more, as there's much more time to make them. Try different tempos until you hit a nice groove.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Winning isn't the most important thing to you, so you often don't go out of your way to set yourself up in a winning position. However, today it will help you to arrange things for your easy victory.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your restless soul wants an adventure. When you don't have tickets to travel, the next best thing is a transcendent experience of the mind, perhaps through fiction, film or music.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When people start looking around in a way to suggest that someone should do something, you'll be reminded of the difference between you and the others. You don't look around. You assume that the "someone" is you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You're satisfied, but you won't stay that way for long. Before sunset, you'll start to experience a fuzzy, unfocused kind of wanting. Try to articulate this desire as it takes shape. Soon it will send you on a quest.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). If you think in financial terms, you'll notice two categories: things that cost you money and things that make you money. Some of what you own isn't worth the price you pay to keep it.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 26). Freedom of expression is one of the great gifts of the season, and you'll learn much about yourself to help in the exciting project of May. Your team gets bigger and more supportive in June. Healthy relationships make your body healthier, too. There's much more work than fun in the early summer, but it evens out later. Aquarius and Aries adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 20, 15, 11 and 33.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The law of diminishing returns applies to many aspects of life, including our lessons along the way. You live the scene, make your choices, take your knocks, review and assess to make sure you learned. You reach a point in that review when you've extracted all you can from it. The line between learning from the past and dwelling on the past gets rather easier to see, and unless you want to stay stuck, it's time to move on. This week, if there's something in the recent past you'd rather forget, the cosmic mood is on your side. It all starts with a solar eclipse and a new Pisces moon — a blackout of the sky and an erasure of the chalkboard. As the uplifting jam by Natasha Bedingfield suggests, "the rest is still unwritten."

On Wednesday, the sun and Neptune align, inviting the dreamers, pretenders and vision questers to launch into the land of imagination. This is an optimal time to point your questions toward matters of the heart and then read the signs that come over the following three days before love planet Venus turns retrograde, which could cast the shadow of doubt over our intuitive leanings.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: More than a decade after his passing, Johnny Cash remains a revered, celebrated and widely imitated musical influence. The legendary Pisces is another example of an old soul who found his calling early in life. The Man in Black began singing as a small boy on his family's farm. The sun, Mercury and Mars were all in Pisces at Cash's time of birth, and lucky Jupiter was in entertaining Leo.

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