Toronto Star

STARS: MECCA WOODS

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As the days grow shorter and the temperatur­e grows colder, many of us might find ourselves in the mood to be with our loved ones or snuggled up at home. However, there’s some cantankero­us energy in the air for the day that could push people apart and have us wanting to spend time alone instead. If we want to avoid any stress, especially in terms of family drama, opening our heart and putting our ego aside can help. We should look for opportunit­ies to spread warmth and smiles, as well as backup options for group events or plans.

ARIES (March 21 to April 19)

Try not to be too stubborn or inflexible with executing plans today, especially if things aren’t coming together the way you want. Be open to suggestion­s.

TAURUS (April 20 to May 20)

You’re feeling like you’ve got too much on your shoulders now. You can push back a bit and ask that others pick up some of the slack.

GEMINI (May 21 to June 20)

It’ll be impossible to be everywhere at once today. Avoid overbookin­g yourself or making promises about your time you won’t be able to keep.

CANCER (June 21 to July 22)

If planning for the holidays, you’ll do better creating your own traditions rather than sticking to a script, especially if funds are tight. Focus on the essentials.

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22)

You might find groups and gatherings to be more draining than fulfilling now. It’s OK to do something else that makes you happy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)

You don’t have the bandwidth to deal with a crowd today. Don’t run yourself ragged trying to be social or helpful when you’d be better off being at home.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)

Be mindful of breaking the bank if you’re helping out a friend. Be generous, but avoid trying to prove your friendship with extravagan­t purchases.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)

People might not be as co-operative as you would like when it comes to executing your plans for the day. Don’t stress. Flexibilit­y and a backup plan will help.

SAGITTARIU­S (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)

It’ll be less stressful to stay local rather than travel now. If looking to see loved ones, you also can avoid stress by hosting a small or virtual gathering.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)

If there’s anyone who needs to be thankful today, it’s you. How can you be more appreciati­ve of what you have rather than getting stuck on what you don’t?

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)

If you’re in the mood to help, channel the energy toward a communityb­ased effort like a coat drive. Allow friends and family to show up for you.

PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20)

You’re feeling a bit overwhelme­d in terms of your list of errands or duties for the day. Try to pick one thing to focus on and start there.

FOR TODAY’S BIRTHDAY

You have poise and you have purpose. Very little gets under your skin. You take challenges head-on and don’t stop unless you succeed. Some would call you stubborn, but you would say you’re determined. You’re also independen­t and selfsuffic­ient. You have a style all your own. For you, it’s important you do things your way and live authentica­lly. People admire you for your individual­ity. You stand out from the crowd and leave your own personal stamp on all that you do. This year, you’ll find success with work and money when you value your well-being more than productivi­ty.

BIRTHDATE OF:

Amy Grant, singer-songwriter; Christina Applegate, actress; Donovan McNabb, former pro football player.

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