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Holiday Mathis

Love requires sacrifice — nothing big. In fact, usually it's so small it's barely noticeable. But small things add up. To avoid feeling resentful later, figure out how to reframe the sacrifice. Turn it into something you do for yourself, maybe for spiritual reward, or even pleasure. These profundities come via the sun's square to Pluto.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (April 13). You're careening toward a new level of self-actualization in which you'll do things you've wanted to do for a long time as well as things you never imagined. The people you surround yourself with matter a lot. Be proactive in this regard, and enjoy numerous benefits to your personal and professional life. Pisces and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 30, 8, 14 and 6.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You're willing to fight for what's right but not overly focused on finding out what's wrong. There's a time and a place for digging around to find the problems and solve them. Right now it's more about breezy rapport building.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Maturity comes from experience — often, not always. Those who don't also reflect on what happened, make decisions about what to do and lose, and keep going forward may get older without getting wiser.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). For some reason you're struggling against what you want. Maybe it presents a conflict with what you wanted in the past, or with how others see you. Dig deeper for enlightenment. Ask, "If I get this, what will it do for me?"

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Just because someone is in a position of authority doesn't make that person better than someone who is in a low-status position. In fact, there are many benefits to being on the ground level today.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Social time is not wasted time, though it can verge on that if not commandeered to some extent. Things go better when you know your purpose for the interaction, even if that purpose is just to relax and have fun.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The saying "these are the good old days" is completely true. So take pictures, not just of people's faces but of the ordinary things. The kitchen in the morning and the parked car will be future nostalgic details.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To learn that your expectations were unrealistic and adjust your thinking — that's maturity. But what about when your expectations were well within the realm of reason and still not met? That's character building.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The problem may be that you're taking too much responsibility for the actions of others. The line between helping and enabling can be hard to see when you're standing on it. Ask a trusted friend for a second opinion.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Children fantasize about who they'll be when they grow up. Grown-ups do the same. Our identities are in continual development, to which you can attest. You're seeing yourself differently, moving in a new direction.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). A most fulfilling day awaits during which you're likely to act in support of another with the full knowledge that it will not progress any goal of your own, except the goal of being helpful.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The thing that will add to your repertoire and broaden your vision is not harder work in the same direction. Rather, it's a recognition of more parts of yourself, specifically the acceptance of your shadow.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It's as impossible to have a real relationship with a fantasy person as it is to have a fantasy relationship with a real person. Perhaps there's a reason to have both kinds of relationships in your life. Just keep the categories straight.

Holiday Mathis is the author of “Rock Your Stars.” To write to her, please go to www.creators.com and click on “Write the Author” on the Holiday Mathis page, or send her a postcard in the mail. To find out more about Holiday Mathis and read her past columns, visit the CreatorsSyndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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