One of the ways the universe teaches patience is by annoying us. If the whole world were just 10 percent more tolerant, it would be like paradise came down. Whatever ruffles your feathers, you can thank Mercury and Jupiter for the bothersome gift. You'll be a better person for it. Bonus: Tomorrow it will seem like no big deal.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's nice when things come easily, but it's not always beneficial. Difficulties are just part of your initiation. They give you a sense of belonging you wouldn't have otherwise, and they get you ready for the challenges ahead.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). People have a tendency to reject what they haven't tasted, but you're more adventurous than that. The vegetables (and life's equivalent) are typically good for you, and you'll like them if you give them a chance.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll find yourself in a room full of VIPs, and you very much belong there. Bring reality to the group before anyone's head explodes. When everyone is famous, no one is famous.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your halfhearted effort will yield results that are on par with your wholehearted effort. Maybe this is unfair, or maybe it's extremely fair, considering you've already put in your time and paid your dues.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Love may be stabilizing, but it's not like a rock. You can't give it to someone and expect it to keep the same shape through the ages. Like bread, you have to make it fresh every time you give it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Rigor, relevance, relationships and responsibility. It's more than a high school motto; it's the way you live your life. These four "r's" will shape your days this week.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Einstein suggested that reality is a (very persistent) illusion, making a good case for persistence in general. If you behave in a certain way enough times, you'll be characterized as the essence of that behavior.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your conscience will prevent you from fully indulging in extravagance. You'll dip your toe in, though. How can you help it when such luxurious options present themselves?
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There's a competition going on, and if you continue to work hard, you'll be the sure winner. Be sure to distinguish between competition and fun, though. There's no winner at fun (unless you count everyone).
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's said that the right habits will give you the key to the universe. Indeed, if you can command yourself to do as you think you should, you'll have many new options.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don't assume that people know what you're about. Start from the beginning. Give them some context. Take your time -- they want you to. You're more entertaining than you know.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You don't write your name now the same way you did when you were 8, and you don't dress the same way you did in the '90s. Your style is ever-evolving, as is evident by today's choices.