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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don't feel pressured to make a decision regarding your position, status, or advancement. Recap what you've done in the past and consider how you can utilize your skills to bring better outcomes. An impulsive decision will not bring good results.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You call the shots. Your wisdom and charm will attract people who can offer favors and information that will help you reach your goals. A partnership will turn into a long and profitable connection. Romance is highlighted. Share your feelings.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You'll need discipline to finish projects that need to be wrapped up before the end of the year. Offer suggestions, but do not part with your cash. A service you can offer others will be well-received and bring in additional funds.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Concentrate on getting odd jobs finished. Preparation will make your job easier, allowing you more time to spend doing something enjoyable. Make assessments and changes to your life and overall personal look. Plan a little romance to end your day.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A unique approach or new surroundings will feed your creative imagination. Knowledge and honing your skills will spark an idea that can lead to extra cash. Don't let anyone limit what you can do. Be diplomatic but firm when faced with opposition.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Rethink your financial strategy. If you've been impulsive or emotional when it comes to spending, pull back and cut corners. Help an older relative or friend, but don't take over. Suggestions or physical assistance is one thing; meddling is another.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A change at work or with a partnership will come about quickly. Don't act surprised when you should be prepared to move without skipping a beat. Discipline and hard work will pay off. Reconnecting with an old friend should be done cautiously.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Get up, get focused, and accomplish everything on your to-do list. Using friendly pressure to get what you want will work wonders. Social networking will pay off by introducing you to new people, places, and possibilities. Love is highlighted.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Enjoy doing the things that ease your stress and add comfort to your life. Stick close to home, and protect what you cherish. Don't let emotional uncertainty ruin your day. Recognize an unstable situation and act accordingly.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take on whatever comes your way, and you will send an impressive vibe that will help you control what's going on around you. Visiting an inspirational place will have benefits. Make plans with someone you love.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): What you do for others will be beneficial. Personalize a job you've been given. Someone will recognize your talent and offer you greater stability and hope for the future. A little daydreaming will help you recognize new possibilities.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your ingenuity, coupled with insight and reliability, will be your ticket to success. What you do, not what you say, that will help you get ahead. Don't let a change throw you off course. Accept the inevitable, and keep moving.

Amazing, but true (but not):

• Peppermint candy canes are actually the processed femurs of Santa's dead elves. And the "flavored" ones? Affirmative action.

• Of all the turkeys that have been granted traditional presidential pardons before Thanksgiving over the years, more than 70 percent were recidivist rapists.

• Drew Carey has been People magazine's runner-up for Sexiest Man Alive a record-shattering 13 times.

• Dr. Pepper's degree is in Comparative Literature, but it is from Yale — so that's something. I guess.

• Puerto Rico actually declared its independence in 1906, but the message never reached the rest of the world because of a hurricane-based communications outage. Puerto Rican officials took this as a sign from the God of Rum and simply submitted to a bidding war between Spain and the U.S. Proceeds were used to build a baseball stadium.

• The NRA originally started as an offshoot of the Girl Scouts.

• The Christmas wreath actually comes from an ancient Nordic custom called "hreething," loosely translated as "doorsledging." A town would hold a lottery and the "winner" was forced to put a target on his door, normally a circle made of pine boughs. Everyone in town would then receive one chance to knock down the door with a sledgehammer, the only rule being the hammer strike must occur in the circle. First person to knock down the door was entitled to all of the food in the house, and the homeowner usually starved. Merry Christmas.

Andrew R. Juhl thanks Matt Larson, Paul Switalski, and Henry Von Ruprecht for contributing to today's Ledge.

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