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It's the eve of the full moon, and the anticipation builds toward an end of the year to remember. Many will buy special clothing, party favors or other items to help ring in the new decade. The Gemini lunar influence stokes conversation, and there will be a nice sharing of information even though Mercury's retrograde influence is still going strong.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You are as powerful as you are organized. Plot out your next 10 moves. Start at the end and move back. As you prepare your plan, you'll be increasing your influence.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll have the instinct to talk to someone you don't know. Pay attention to this internal nudging. Go for it and you will find out that you have something unexpected in common with this person.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You may be out of your element today, but no one will catch on. An intelligent question thrown in at the right time and an air of poise about you will have others believing you are more knowledgeable than you are.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have a formidable adversary. Consider whether you can make this person into your ally. There may be a way for fierce competitors to work together on this topsy-turvy day.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Just because something is rare doesn't make it valuable. But the value you assign to it will hold, rare or not. Decide what something means to you, and invest in it accordingly. It will only be as important as you make it.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Something has kept you from making an inquiry. You may feel like you don't want to rock the boat, or that you don't want to appear behind the times. Forget these fears. Good questions are necessary in order to clear up confusion.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your senses are keen. Something you experience will trigger a memory of long ago — perhaps even from your infancy. You'll have a new assessment of this moment now that you're in such a different place in your life.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Interruptions may seem to be a violation of etiquette. Then again, if no one interrupted the flow of action, boredom would quickly set in. With this in mind, welcome a certain amount of distraction.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Logic gets derailed. Fantasy takes over. Solid plans get scrapped for ethereal abstractions. And miraculously, life still goes on in a more or less productive manner, as though the whimsy was just what everyone needed.

CAPRICORN (Dec.

22-Jan. 19). Keep the conversation sparkling. If you go on for too long, your listeners will start to lose interest. But the kind of short and interesting stories you're likely to tell will endear others to you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You value faithfulness in this fickle world. That's why it's important that you also model it. Keep your appointments even when they become inconvenient. And hold fast to your word.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Before you start to work, decide what you'll have accomplished by the end of the session. Allow yourself a diversion only after you've done all that you need to do.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Dec. 30). You're not formally trained in the art of happiness, and yet your natural talent for being joyful makes you a teacher to those around you. The gleam in your eye attracts romantic interest in January. Your role as a supportive partner takes you on a spring adventure. Save your money in June, and invest it in November. Aquarius and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 3, 23, 18 and 50.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "The guy I'm with is very into his career, and in fact, lately, that's all he talks about. The problem is that his work is very technical, and hearing about the minutiae of it all the time is tedious to me. I want to be supportive, but I also don't want to encourage him to speak more on topics I couldn't care less about. Can't he see that my eyes are glazed over when he drones on? I feel bad because he doesn't have many other people to talk to, but maybe it's because he's boring and selfish! This is the only thing that is not working in our relationship, so I don't want to end things for such a small problem. What's a Scorpio woman to do with her talkative Gemini?"

Kudos to you for recognizing that this is, indeed, a small problem, and for not being quick to, as they say, throw the baby out with the bathwater. As a Scorpio, your best way of handling this is to tell the truth. But soften it. Stay light and flirty, and keep a few conversational alternatives in your back pocket. When he launches off on his diatribe, simply say, "Oh, it's so detailed! Wow. Hey, did you hear about... (change of subject)?"

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Journalist, television personality and host Meredith Vieira has become an expert on a subject that so many women struggle with daily: the precarious balance of family and career. This driven Capricorn (with Mercury and Venus in Capricorn, too) is a devoted mother who has turned down jobs and lost career opportunities in order to serve the noble station of motherhood in her preferred manner.

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