Certain events in the year ahead are likely to draw you closer to a casual acquaintance. A warm bond will develop, making this person one of your best pals.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Unless you have your mind on what you're doing, you could end up taking one step forward and two steps back. Obviously, doing so will get you no place fast.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your first thoughts are likely to be your best, yet for reasons known only to you, you're likely to put far more stock in your less-accurate assessments.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don't push your commercial dealings too far. Holding out for extra concessions might take all the snap out of the rubber band.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- When it comes to work-related issues, don't be overly dependent on co-workers who've helped you in the past. They might not be around this time.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- As long as you're permitted to think for yourself, you'll be productive. Undue orders or interference will slow you down to a crawl.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Your judgment is likely to be far superior to that of a well-intentioned friend. Listen to this person's advice, but keep your own counsel.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Don't put off important assignments until the last minute. You'll be much sharper early in the day, so you shouldn't waste those hours.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Tend to your own affairs before trying to help out other people. You won't be thought of as selfish, just efficient.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- There is no valid reason why you should share your good fortune with persons who had no hand in bringing it about. However, be sure to reward those who did.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Your ability to evaluate things correctly might not be as effective as you think. Try to operate only in areas of strength.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Try to relax and let things take their course. You've worked hard to plan something well, and you don't need to make any last-minute changes.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Success is likely if you're able to organize your priorities in a methodical manner. If for some reason you can't, you're likely to end up being an also-ran.