Today’s Birthday (March 8)

A transition will put you in an exceptionally lucky starter position. Open spaces become inhabited; open blocks of time fill with exciting people and places.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll sharpen your critical thinking skills. This is an important part of becoming a more discriminating, articulate, intellectual and sensitive individual.

Aries (March 21-April 19). Every five seconds a wave licks the cliffs. In a billion years there’s a sandy beach there instead. Don’t underestimate the power of soft but consistent force.

Taurus (April 20-May 20). Your choice of focus will make all of the difference. This will be reflected in your choice of topics.

Gemini (May 21-June 21). You see three to 10 options where the ordinary onlooker sees only one. The wonderful thing is that you get to feel more and experience more because of this. It comes at a price, though: The others may not understand you.

Cancer (June 22-July 22). Words are the resources you most need today — the magic articles that make life easier and better. You’ll need words that make something unpleasant sound pleasant.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ll find that you appreciate relationships more because you understand the problems people have and how they solve them. The things that unfold today will add dimension to your understanding.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What you read, view or listen to will matter. It won’t define you, but it will influence you and what others think of you too. Choose your entertainment as carefully as you would choose a meal in an expensive restaurant.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Think the best of people. Maybe you’ll be wrong sometimes, but it’s a kinder way to be wrong. You won’t feel bad about it later. If you think the worst and you’re wrong, you’ll have to stew in your own cynicism: How unpleasant.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Emotional pleasure is only one aspect of the enjoyment of a thing. The more you know about how it’s put together, the more you appreciate it. Turn up the intellectual awareness and the pleasure gets turned up, too.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Today you’re like a lawyer whose duty it is to defend an innocent person. No matter how passionately you believe in the defendant’s innocence, unless you can prove your case with sound evidence, your client will be sunk.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The times ahead will be rife with lucky misunderstandings, fortuitous mistakes and gloriously enjoyable inconveniences.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). As you look around today, you may decide that you’re not like these people. But you do share a common dream, a common thread.