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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Be open to alternative methods. You may be surprised by the options you have if you take a practical approach to something you thought to be complex. Simplicity will inspire a new perspective on the way you do things.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Too much of anything will work against you. Excess is the enemy; moderation is key to your success. Think before you make a move. A mistake can cost you emotionally, professionally, and financially. Focus on strengthening your position.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Keep your thoughts to yourself. You may have some good ideas, but you will be blamed for meddling. Plant a seed, and let whomever you are dealing with come up with the idea. Avoid unnecessary arguments.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Show kindness and generosity by lending a helping hand, and you will ensure you get the same in return when you need a favor. An idea to improve your living arrangements will lead to good fortune and a better future.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Overbearing will lead to limitations at work and at home. Give others a chance to explore possibilities. Taking over will only make you look like a bully. Not everything has to be done according to your specifications.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A short trip or searching for information that will help you excel will also lead to an interesting encounter with someone special. Love is in the stars, and partnerships will bring positive results. Don't wait for things to come to you. Take action.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You'll have a brilliant idea, but the cost may reflect failure if you don't remodel your plans to fit your budget. Talks will help you decipher what's most important, if you take heed of what's being said.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don't limit the possibilities because of fear of failure. Disregard what others say or try to lead you to believe. Trust in your talent and ability, and you will outshine anyone who challenges or chooses to compete with you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Alter your decision if that's what it takes to keep the peace at home or work. Don't bother arguing an insignificant point. Concentrate more on your own creative ideas and how you can put them into play. Silence is golden.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take pride in what you have. Don't let anyone belittle you or make you feel guilty. Look at your strengths, and apply them to whatever you do personally, professionally, and financially, and you will find success.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't jeopardize a chance to make extra cash by giving the impression you don't need help. It's important to take advantage of opportunities that come your way. Budgeting for your future and the things you want to achieve must take top priority.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A practical approach to an old idea will open up interest in what you have to offer. Regroup and gather the people you feel can contribute to your success. Bury old grudges before you begin a new phase in your life. Love is highlighted.





Random Thoughts:

• In Scrabble and Words with Friends, I think we should have the option of spelling words diagonally. Also: phonetically. Also: words we use sometimes with our friends that aren't actually words. Also: I hate losing.

• If superheroes existed in real life, I bet they'd look pretty silly in their costumes.

• You can only blame so much on auto-correct. Trying to follow up a cheesy pickup text such as "HEY U, DTF?" with "OMG, I meant 2 say, let's get pizza! haha! Crazy auto-correct! lol" doesn't really work. … So I'm told.

• I like to refer to the area between the Republicans' likely presidential candidate and a truly viable Obama opponent as the "GOP Gap." Then, whenever I say this, I think about opening a Gap franchise store in the mall uniquely tailored to GOP clientele. It would sell nothing but bad ties, cheap cologne, used wedding rings, and self-righteous indignation.

• How far away down a long hallway does someone you know have to be before you don't have to wave at them without being rude? Inevitably, if they're too far away, someone you don't know steps out and intercepts the wave. Then, the new person thinks you're nice, but the original person might think you're rude. Sigh. These are the things that keep me up at night. Also, I drink a lot of soda.

• Fortune cookies are messages from the devil. In bed.

Brian Tanner thanks Andrew R. Juhl for collaborating on today's Ledge.

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