ARIES (March 21-April 19): It isn't necessary to accept everything at face value. A bit if cynicism is good for the soul — as well as your wallet and reputation. You can gain lasting trust and admiration by making a generous gesture.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are not afraid of hard work. You are willing to put your shoulder to the wheel to attain personal and financial freedom. There is no reason to even be tempted by a shortcut or get rich scheme.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You are the guru of gratitude. You know how important it is to pay it forward. When people come to you for advice, you usually have a positive impact on them. Steer friends away from unsavory offers.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The hidden intention is the thing. Naked ambition may be in the air, but people are taking time to cloak it. When you can't be sure if someone is giving you all the facts upfront, refuse to continue.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don't be lured into trouble by the carrot-and-the-stick routine. It won't pay to want what you can't have. There is always someone willing to promise you anything just to get your signature in the dotted line.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Hold your horses. You can be passionate about buying this or signing up for that, but you might forget to read the fine print. Wait until you have slept on the idea and check facts before proceeding.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In Wonderland, Alice wasn't sure what was real and what was not. You, too, could wonder if the surface appearances really match the facts. Be safe rather than sorry; pass up invitations through the looking glass.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don't leave the door open to criticism. An important relationship could be subject to a Catch-22 if there are unresolved issues. Let inner intuition guide you to find ways to maintain the peace.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Put the toys away and concentrate on showing off your talents. Although you love to spend time in front of the Nintendo, trying on new clothes or tinkering in the garage, you should spend more time achieving your ambitions.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Those who feel cornered or defensive may tell a white lie or stretch the truth. Don't do battle with words, but insist on learning all the details. Wait for a better day to follow through on business strategies.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Put forth a little effort at the right time and in the right places. You must work for what you want, but the right attitude can help you make extra cash to afford it. Don't be a party to foolish risks.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Switch gears without grinding them. A smooth transition is called for when you are dealing with anything new or unique. Be cold and hard with the numbers, but warm and kindhearted with people.

—Tribune Media Services