BY JOYCE JILLSON
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2004
With Venus still enjoying playful Aquarius, we're surrounded by a flirty but friendly romantic atmosphere, and many may wonder if it's love or just a real tight platonic bond. Try not to get too tied up in definitions. Under the Leo moon, there's a tendency toward dramatic decisions and creating scenes straight from the latest movie of the week.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Roles reverse, and it's very satisfying. Success is more wonderful when you didn't realize how badly you wanted it. At work, you may realize how an entire generation of people is different from you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Important choices start with information you get this morning. You are changing your view of the work you're doing, and some of you will decide it's time to stop. Tonight's experience is one of light cast in shadows.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The opposite sex finds you ravishingly vital. What happens in your personal life takes on a surreal tinge -- almost bizarre. Turmoil is not always a bad thing. Learn and take the best from your experiences.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'd like to do anything but work. Playful energy drives you to the park, the beach and the corner coffee stand. But you have to connect with others to truly make the most of it.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Some relationships are starting to suffer from lack of focused attention. Tonight provides an opportunity to get back in touch with what attracted you initially to a partner. Beauty tip: Self-esteem does what no moisturizer can.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (January 9). Friendship and new associations help you get all you desire. Family challenges finally arrive at peaceful solutions in the next three weeks. Neighbors have lucky tips and save you money or help you find a job. Let a sweetheart in on your fondest ambition, and by early spring, the money starts rolling in. Singles could marry a Leo or Cancer. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 2, 30, 51 and 19.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People you trust and respect are featured. You get the chance to shine at work. You move up if you are flexible but firm. A romantic dinner is in the cards. The time is now to present the case for what you want.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Everyone wants to share what he or she has and will notice if the feeling isn't reciprocated. For this reason, it's important to be generous with friends and family. Just don't overspend to impress. Exercise is key to your mood tonight.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Easy come, easy go. You won't make a strong attachment to the outcome of business and financial arrangements, and this is part of the reason you're surprised and delighted. Tonight, intellectual pursuits lead to love.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It may be difficult to talk about what's been bothering you -- and what you really enjoy, too. It's not as important to air all of your feelings as it is to reconcile them within yourself.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Try not to let impulses get the best of you. One way to center yourself is to make sure that you've got peace and quiet this morning. At work, don't waste time with amateurs: Get professional appraisals and estimates.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Show respect for differences of opinion. If you let your people know it's safe to disagree with you, they'll feel free enough to give you their best ideas. Tonight, make sure youngsters are adequately supervised.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your personality dazzles. People you love will help to shape your future. It's good to trust but not to go complacent. Make sure you agree with their view of the future you. An introduction ignites sparks and curiosity on both sides.
WEEKEND LOVE REPORT: The moon shifts from lively Leo to helpful, project-oriented Virgo, guaranteeing that the weekend will be both entertaining and action-packed. ARIES: What's good is bad, what's bad is good, and you do it all. TAURUS: Like Oscar Wilde, you can resist anything except temptation. GEMINI: Your lively, friendly persona puts you on the A list. CANCER: You need so much more in a romantic partner than a fit body and alert mind. LEO: Don't let your endless hunger for perfection leave you dateless. VIRGO: It's necessary to accept a loved one's (perhaps totally wrong) argument or opinion for the sake of getting along in the moment. LIBRA: A tease is the most wonderful thing -- you can't stop thinking about it. SCORPIO: You need a love that will keep you in a certain routine, believe it or not. SAGITTARIUS: Romance and family battle for your attention, forcing you into a tricky balancing act. CAPRICORN: Be careful asking casual questions. You might be inadvertently leading someone on. AQUARIUS: You're communicating with so many people that there doesn't seem to be time for love. PISCES: You could get the proposition you've waited for -- now, is he or she serious?
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Can fire and earth exist in the same world without one consuming the other? This weekend, Aries and Capricorn make a symbiotic pairing. Capricorn's stability and calmness can blend well with Aries' zest for life. For the relationship to last, Aries must learn to take Capricorn's needs seriously, and Capricorn must make allowances for the impulsive qualities of Aries.