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If you have a pretty good idea of what's going on, you can relax. And if you have no idea what's going on, you can relax. Ignorance is bliss. Also, knowledge is bliss. Though Mars and Jupiter are causing some strife, the influence of Neptune suggests that conflict can be solved by refusing to see it as conflict.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll contribute your ideas to the group and you'll start conversations that you and others will be talking about in the months to come. There's something important being worked out with each new discussion.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll hear the best that others have to say because you're open to believing there's value in it. Often, the incidental add-ons or mistakes will be the gems of communication.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The old social patterns are getting slightly stodgy. You're in need of fresh energy and this could come in the form of a person. Break the ice. Someone has to be the first to say hello, and you're so good at it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The thing that's keeping you from what you really, really want is a pretty close version to what you want. It's filling up the space at a solid 70 percent. In school that would be a C-. Is it good enough?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There's nothing you want more today than for your nearest and dearest to have a good time. Your primary concern will be making this happen. Hint: You can't do it for them. Set the stage, and then get out of the way.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Respect where you've been and what you know; set a limit to what you're willing to accept from others. If you don't lay boundaries, you'll be insulting your own experience.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The saying "All's fair in love and war" is at best confusing and at worst untrue. Clearly there's plenty unfair about both states, and just because someone feels a lot of passion about their act of creation or destruction, that doesn't make it right.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There may be mightier vessels on the sea, but it's not always wise to jump ship for the chance to get there faster. For one thing, the sea is unpredictable. For another, your crew is one of a kind.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Though you may have as many reckless notions as the next person, this is a time to cultivate restraint. Words can break hearts and actions can do worse. Kindness will heal the world.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's a diverse group around you, and you're so multifaceted you can fit in with just about anyone. Much will be accomplished with everyone bringing the things they do well to the table.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). When you're not completely sure what move to make next, think in terms of attraction. Which move will get the kind of attention you want? Coming at it from the other person's point of view will be wise.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Starting fresh is super-difficult to do if nothing about the environment is different. Change is much easier in a fresh place. If you can't go to a new scene, give your current one a makeover.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 25). You get fantastic results as a leader who asks people to do their best. You're not looking for perfection, just for honesty and solid efforts. You'll be overjoyed with the spoils in August. Make a tidy arrangement in November; more rewards come in February. Diversify your interests and change up your crew in 2018. Capricorn and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 16, 5, 40 and 28.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The balance of relationships is rarely 50-50. Everyone gives differently and in various amounts depending on the timing and other circumstances. The best we can do to keep relationships alive is to keep showing up and making an effort. Mars in Cancer is intent on agitating powerful Jupiter in the sign of the scales and of partnerships. Love's measurements will be taken all week long, and many will be tallying up other kinds of contributions, too. Be careful not to nickel-and-dime when it comes to emotions. It would be a shame to let pettiness be the downfall of connection. Challenge yourself to love bigger wherever possible. Put the elasticity of your heart to the test. Neptune, now in Pisces, promises that spiritual generosity will be repaid many times over, though so indirectly it will seem more like good luck than good karma.

Mercury will be actively and enthusiastically rooting for us this week too, making fortuitous connections with Jupiter, Neptune, Mars and Pluto. These Mercury visitations help us line up our words and deeds, our silences and our intentions. Magical mantra of the week: Destiny is character; character is attitude.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Comedy king Ricky Gervais is the mastermind behind "The Office," "Extras," "Derek," and "David Brent: Life on the Road," which is about the adventures of an unlikely, self-proclaimed rock star. Moon children develop their comedic sense out of a need to protect against harsh realities. Like a crab, whose best defense is his hard shell, Cancer comedians deflect harm by turning it into humor.

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