TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 12). Your optimism drives the action these last days of the year, and you’ll bring fresh hope to others, too. A home makeover or move will happen in February. Bigger amounts will be exchanged in March. One relationship opens the door to more money and interesting social developments in the summer. Pisces and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 10, 4, 33 and 7.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). “Better late than never,” the saying goes, but if you can help it, don’t be late. In fact, today there’s a wonderful prize (beyond making a stellar impression) for showing up early.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If it has a beginning, it has an end. This will work to your advantage today. An unpleasant circumstance will meet its logical conclusion, and you’ll finally be able to move forward.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you pursue the conflict, there will be winners and losers, and they’ll be one and the same. Choose peace instead and you won’t have to worry about this anymore.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Though it will be important to challenge the statement that seems false, it is even more important to question the statement that seems true. Thorough investigation will yield powerful results.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Hard jobs will bring out the best in some and the worst in others. Then there are those who won’t even show up, and that about says it all. You, on the other hand, welcome the chance to show your true grit.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your inner life needs a voice. Writing it out will be good for your health, even if what you write isn’t exactly positive. You’ll realize what’s at the root of your trouble and begin to solve the problem.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). One size does not fit all. The shoe that fits you perfectly would pinch your friend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful relationship. Don’t let differences in lifestyle or worldview deter you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You recognize your influence over another person, and it’s not a responsibility you take lightly. There’s honor in your choices and even more so in the way you readily accept the consequences of your actions.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The way people behave can be truly perplexing. It will be most beneficial to extend as much empathy as you can muster — to really try to understand where this mystifying person is coming from.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There are some jobs you like to do and other jobs you like to have done. Don’t waste the better part of your day on anything that falls into the latter category.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Expecting to be happy pushes happiness away from you. So instead of anticipating great joy, commit to bringing your full attention to an interesting challenge. That’s when happiness might just alight on your shoulder.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re glad for the peaceful days, and you’ll certainly take as many of them as you can get. But when the complications start to pile up, that’s a good time, too. Greatness is forged in times of strife.