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Those who proclaim their good deeds aren't doing charity; they're doing PR. And while public relations campaigns that make the world a better place are better than no one doing anything, at this point in the Aquarius solar journey it will do your heart well to instead give benevolently and anonymously.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You make an impression whether or not you consciously set out to do so. There's something to gain from being a bit more deliberate in this regard. You have excellent instincts worth putting some time and energy behind.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There are two minds within you to consider: the automatic self, which does a lot of the living, and the conscious self, which will need to be very clever indeed to lay the tracks that let the automatic self live optimally.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An idea that doesn't work isn't a failure; it's an experiment. Problem-solving takes time. You have to pay your dues to the gods of trial and error today, and they'll want to see a nice effort before they open the gates.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). We all have motives and prejudices that we are not aware of playing out in our lives in ways that baffle us. A good friend who can shed some objectivity on the scene offers a gift — a ticket to personal evolution.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There have been other scenarios in which you had a lack of agency and couldn't change the situation if you wanted to. But things are different now, and the first step is to recognize that you do have the power.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Joy is a feeling, though it's also a receptor in your brain — a receptor that can be dulled by depression, ignited by interest and affected by many other things. Today's experience will rewire your brain for more happiness.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When people are interested in what you're saying, you don't have to sell anything, and all unspools naturally. The trick is getting them interested first. It will probably start with you being curious about them.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). One artist patches the eroded parts of old stone buildings with Legos. Another practices the Japanese art of kintsugi, repairing broken pottery with gold. And you will also make a broken thing more interesting with your fix.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There's so much for everyone to be angry about on the daily now that people are getting bored of the tone, not to mention the usual topics of conversation that inspire the outrage. Go another way. Look for the good.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You want to be known but not judged. Unfortunately, the two go together. Opening yourself up for assessment is always a risk. Much depends on whom you can trust. This you'll figure out today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don't waste time lamenting who you're not. Your success will depend on your ability to recognize the position you're in and honor the limitations and the unique opportunities of the role.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have nothing to prove, and so you're able to listen better. Your receptivity is a serious strength. The power player in the room is not the one who is talking the most; it's the one everyone else is talking to the most.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 16). You'll work and play among those you admire. Watch and learn. Key relationships will grow your ambition and skills. Then you'll do the right things in the right order and the door will swing open to the room you've wanted to be inside for years. A July project connects you with kindred souls and actual kin. Pisces and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 30, 39, 44 and 21.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm a Gemini with a new baby, and I'm having trouble keeping up with life. Everything is a mess in the house, I'm so tired, and I don't get nearly the help I was hoping to get from others in my family. I'm not naming names. I guess I expected that I would naturally take to this change. Even though I am crazy in love with my son, I can tell already that nothing will ever be the same and the new way seems a bit chaotic. Please advise?"

There's a Gemini strength you often lean on — improvisation. You'll use this skill constantly as a parent. You'll also benefit from something that isn't second nature to Gemini, which is the skill of planning. The out-of-control feeling in regard to domestic rhythms and the mess you describe can be handled by creating systems that you can follow so you're not having to make it up as you go every day, which, as brilliant as you may be at that, and you definitely are brilliant, still requires a lot of energy and can be exhausting. Put the chores you used to do as needed (like laundry, dishes, picking up, bills, etc.) on a daily schedule and consider delegating or, if possible, hiring someone to help you with them. Your sleep and health are a top priority not only to your own health, but also to your baby's well-being.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: It's a birthday weekend for The Weeknd, whose alter ego "Starboy" is now not only immortalized in pop music lyrics but is also a Marvel comic character. The Aquarian R&B artist is well known for both his philanthropy and his business savvy, which astrologers find obvious considering a well-aspected Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in Capricorn, the sign of moguls.

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