TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (May 12). You will be respected by many and widely praised and cherished by your inner circle. The second half of the year will be spent assimilating the exciting events of the warp-speed first half. Younger people will make your heart glad. Responsibilities will change in August. October is where your artful talents get featured. Capricorn and Cancer adore you.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). Love is acceptance. People who love you won’t ask you to change whom you are to suit their purposes. They may make requests, but their requests will not require you to be someone else.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re multifaceted, it’s true, yet very clear about whom you are at any given moment, even in the transitional moments of becoming the next iteration of yourself.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Forgetfulness and obliviousness benefit you today. It might help you be more productive if you think of focusing as simply ignoring everything that’s not what you want to accomplish.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll make plans. The more realistic you are about the cost of things (monetarily and energetically) the more successful your plan will be. Be sure and take into account every existing commitment you have in every area of life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll be involved in the type of project or goal that seems quite impossible to accomplish—until it is accomplished, and then it will seem de rigueur. Right now it just needs a little more mind and elbow grease, that’s all. 

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Pruning seems counterintuitive. Why cut healthy branches when the goal is growth? And yet, many generations of humans have known that making cuts can aid in maintaining the health and longevity of the entire organism.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Everyone needs attention, and many will take to the brand you’re giving now. You have a way of making people feel special. Some might call it flirting, though really you’re just inclined toward congeniality. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If it seems too good to be true, maybe you just haven’t worked out what’s in it for the other person. Dig deeper. Ask more questions. Figure that part out, because it’s very important.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Contrary to the old saying, you absolutely can judge a book by the cover. Obviously you won’t know the whole story, but you’ll certainly get a feel for the tone, genre and sensibility of what’s inside. Trust your first impression.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Socially aware, you’re usually careful not to make things all about you. You think it’s rude to draw too much attention. Today you don’t have to worry, though: You’re supposed to be the central character in this story.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). As much as you’d like to compartmentalize your life, personal commitments affect your energy just as much as work does. You can afford to be choosy now about what you take on. 

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The promise you make without saying the words “I promise” will be the easiest to keep. An action comes naturally, produces mutually satisfying results, and sets up an expectation that both will benefit from fleshing out.