Your friends will have a strong influence over various areas of your life in the year ahead. Fortunately, the aspects indicate that you're likely to choose those who are likely to help, not hinder.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Although you might be confronted with what most people would consider a challenging situation, you'll see it as an opportunity. And you'll be right.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You need to be concerned about the far-reaching effects of your actions, not just the immediate consequences. The future demands attention.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- At times, you can be the kind of person who doesn't take kindly to interruptions. If something or someone disrupts your day, restrain your anger.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Someone who has helped you in the past would be delighted if you returned the favor. Reciprocity is what keeps the wheels of good fellowship rolling.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Guard against an inclination to be overly possessive of the ones you love. If you cling too tightly, it will only drive your loved ones away.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You'll be a fierce guardian of those you love. You're not likely to tolerate anyone who tries to take advantage of you or your kin.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Your brain is in high gear, and you'll be a whiz at improving others' ideas. Your sound input will be welcome on all fronts.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Your financial prospects look good. Your gains are apt to come from things you work on yourself, rather than projects of others.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You will be far more effective in activities that you personally manage than you will as a mere team member. Don't be afraid to take charge.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If there's a complicated matter you need to sort out, seek out a quiet place in which to think. Try to find an environment that is free of all distractions.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Associating with some good friends could be more important than usual. However, avoid people who tend to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Unless you're drawn into an exciting or challenging development, this could be just another one of those so-so days. You come alive when someone drops a gauntlet.