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ARIES (March 21-April 19): It will be difficult to persuade others to see your side of a situation right now. Work alone, perfecting whatever it is you want to present in the future. Overreacting will result in additional obstacles.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): With a little effort, you can make changes to your status that should help you out financially. Speaking from the heart and letting others know how you feel about a situation may lead to controversy, but it will also help to solve issues that are holding you back.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You have a lot more going for you than you realize. With a little discipline and hard work you can make your dreams come true. An opportunity will arise if you network, go for an interview or apply for a new position.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You have to live in the present. Dwelling on the past or dreaming about the future is a waste of time. Blowing situations out of proportion will not help you persuade others that you are a valuable contributor. Focus on the moment.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Partnerships may twist your way of thinking. Be careful not to make a poor business decision based on what someone else wants you to do. You stand to gain if you make the right choice. Making personal changes will boost your confidence.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Make choices that will improve your surroundings or the relationships you have with the people you are close to. Taking a greater interest in children, friends, or your partner will help you bring balance and harmony to your environment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stop procrastinating. You need to make your voice heard, even if it brings opposition. You cannot expect to get ahead if you aren’t willing to fight for what you want. Being accommodating and keeping the peace are fine but not all the time.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take into account what you have seen and done. Once you recognize that you have the experience to take on a new challenge, you will not find any task you face too difficult. Don’t let someone else’s confusion or misdirection hamper your leadership.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Strive to reach your goals. A change going on in your personal life must not stand in the way of your professional dreams, hopes, and wishes. Don’t limit what you can achieve because you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Choose your battles wisely. It’s important that you see things accurately and take the time to make the right choices. It will not be as easy to keep your thoughts a secret or to avoid hurting someone’s feelings.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t give anyone information that can be used against you. It’s time to face facts and to do the personal work required to make your life better. Don’t rely on others to do things for you. It’s up to you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Talking to others about the way you see things unfolding will lead to a better understanding. A change in a relationship that’s important to you should not be allowed to ruin your chance of getting ahead professionally.





Today is National Freedom Day:

• It’s finally here. National Freedom Day is my second-favorite holiday based on a constitutional amendment. A close second is March’s “Keep Marching Day,” but only because I love historical re-enactments wherein I get to tell soldiers to get the hell off my porch.

• When I was first told about Freedom Day, I misheard that it was on April 1 and considered that a dandy of a ruse. Once I was informed that Freedom Day was — in fact — real, I thought that perhaps Labor Day, Memorial Day, Patriots’ Day, Presidents’ Day, Constitution Day, or Independence Day might have undergone new management.

• Freedom Day exists to commemorate the signing of the 13th Amendment. ONLY. Other freedoms need to get their own holidays and stop piggybacking on Freedom Day’s Facebook page.

• Many Americans are either unaware of Freedom Day or call it by its more common name: Groundhog Eve.

• Establishing National Freedom Day is widely listed as one of the three notable events of Harry Truman’s presidency.

• There is no day more American than Feb. 1. It is the day we elected our first Miss America, the day the first U.S. Supreme Court convened, the day the first armored car was invented, and day the first *Times* crossword puzzle ran. It has been said that on this day, pure patriotism infected two pale virgins who spawned Rick James and Pauly Shore, otherwise known as the Two Superfreaks of Freedom.

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