Prepare for some strong and serious realizations in the year ahead. If you take things in stride, your "coming of age" will do wonders for your self-esteem.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Once you make a commitment, you will be expected to keep it. If you back out, others will lose respect for you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Don't betray the trust of someone who expects you to abide by your word. If for some reason you find it necessary to do so, you'd better have a darn good excuse.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Should you agree to participate in a friend's endeavor, make sure it has strong potential for success. Otherwise, your hard work could be for naught.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- A friend's innovative idea might have every chance of success. But you'll need to be careful not to use tactics that could hurt your reputation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Instead of figuring out a new method to get around some obstacles, try the old way. Sticking with what works should be your strategy.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Although you believe it to be a seller's market, you should still conduct your business with care. You could be more vulnerable than you realize.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- As long as you don't allow your emotions to overrule your logic, you could fare very well. Make sure that you view all new developments from a realistic perspective.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Be sure to keep your mind on the task at hand in your professional involvements, especially if you have to contend with some unusual distractions.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- There are some people within your social circle who could help you achieve an important objective. For best results, play things loose and friendly.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Guard against an inclination to try charting a different course from your usual route. There is a strong chance that any variation will work against you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- A clever friend might be able to help you resolve a complicated matter. However, be careful about blindly accepting just any solution.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- It's OK to feel you can't lose, as long as you study matters and don't carry things to the extreme. Be positive, but also prudent and realistic.