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You are very prone to marrying early, only to have it fail. Your domestic instinct is so strorig it pulls you in as soon as is legally possible—in your case, often right out of high school. Unfortunately, most people are not prepared for the realities of such a young partnership, especially not you. Your need for domestic bliss only worsens the inevitable problems, and once your mate discovers you're soft on the inside, it could shatter his or her image of you as the hard protector. The trouble is, you're both at once, which makes it harder for you to achieve that
perfect symbiosis.

That said, your ideal mate is likely to be Capricorn, but only after a few failed relationships. Once you reach your thirties and settle a bit, you're home free. Capricorns are your soulmates—they're just as shy and just as driven to perfection. You also may have an attraction to Scorpio, whose dominant nature should fit well with your caring side, and Rsces, who understands your depth of feeling like no other.

You'll want to avoid matches with Gemini (too flighty for you), Aries (too bold and selfcentered), and Sagittarius (despite an initial attraction, the wandering, popular Sagittarian may be too much for you to handle, and jealousy and rage are right around the corner).

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Your real talent is caring for people. Your depth of understanding and loyalty know no bounds, so you will eventually find yourself making a nice living in any occupation that requires this expertise. If you currently spend most of your working hours pushing papers, or operating machinery, you're in the wrong profession.

A great deal of Cancerians are managers, either on a corporate level or a small-business supervisory level, even in the entertainment or artistic worlds. You know every detail of what a person needs, how to soothe hurt feelings, how to stand up for someone in a crisis, and how to oversee an entire network of people working together harmoniously. Other Cancerian careers include nursing, teaching, curating a museum or library (these involve both caring for the work of generations and the sentimental pack rat instinct), and anything marine-oriented.

If you stick to these areas, you are bound to be financially successful. You are not an original thinker; rather, you expound on existing ideas, so it's not advisable to pursue your own business. You're better working within a given system or company, improving methods and earning the respect of your coworkers. Plus, you are a natural worrier and saver, so you've no doubt already planned for the worst. If you're an extreme case, you might even amass a fortune just because you're so concerned about not having enough to feed your family. Your anxious temperament will always protect you financially (and otherwise), but to truly enjoy lif e, you need to stop worrying about it so much.

Famous Cancerians include Helen Keller, perhaps the most heroic Cancerian of all, because she was able to emerge from the toughest outer shell fate could deal a person; "Silent" Calvin Coolidge; the introverted writers Ernest Hemingway and Nathaniel Hawthorne, the famous naval officer John Paul Jones, the painter Whistler (who's most famous work is of his mother—again, pictures of family take priority with a Cancerian), the Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (most noted for the brooding quality of his work), industrialist Nelson Rockefeller (who amassed a fortune worrying), and King Henry VIII, who was obsessed with domestic perfection.

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You are not a flashy person. Your colors are silver and white, because the moon is your ruling heavenly body. For this reason, your sense of style is unassuming. You prefer not to attract attention. In clothing, you prefer basics—you're especially fond of old T-shirts, jeans, boots, and jackets that have served you well over the years. In fact, when you finally admit you have to replace them, you'd just as soon buy new ones that look exactly like the old ones. You're just sentimentally attached to them, like old friends.

Similarly, you never choose a sporty car. Security is foremost in your mind, because your car is essentially an extension of your home, an outer shell on the highway. You are attracted to cars with rounded, crablike features, as long as they have a reputation for safety—most German and Swedish models fit this bill.

Your home reflects not only your passion for domestic tranquility, but also your caring side. You hate to throw things out, especially if they have the slightest sentimental value. You're not the tidiest person—you probably have drawers, closets, and shelves full of old letters, childhood drawings, photo albums and the like. You're sure to have photos of family and close friends where you spend the most time, such as a study. You probably get nagged a lot for being a pack rat, and your tenacious side fights back, refusing to part with every cherished souvenir. As with your worrying, you may need to compromise in this department in order to avoid domestic discord.

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Since your sign rules the breast and stomach, you must treat those areas with extra care. There's a common misconception that Cancers are more likely to get the disease of cancer than any other sign. This is nonsense. Worry-wart that you are, you can at least stop fretting about that one. You are more prone to gastric ailments, coughs, and colds. Diet is especially important in your constitution, even more so because you have a tendency to eat a lot of fatty, nutritionally empty foods.

You most enjoy activities that alleviate the stress you've built up from all that worrying. Golf is popular among Cancerians for this very reason. Even better, any relaxing pastime that involves water is highly recommended—fishing, sailing, or for the more active, water-skiing.

Because of your domestic affinity, you also enjoy home-based hobbies. You might want to build an addition to your house (extending that shell), or continue perfecting it in some way—you always seem to have little projects to do around the home, be it painting, fixing, or strengthening its security.

Finally, needlework is popular among Cancerians, perhaps because it closely resembles the movement of a crab's pincers.

Many Cancerians are attracted to art—it's such an emotional sign, it's natural to feel the expression deeply. You may love photography in particular, because it captures the emotion of a moment. (It also involves silver, the color of the moon!)

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Although your tough outer shell is there for your own protection, you are frequently misunderstood because of it—on the outside, you appear reserved and even unfeeling. Inside, however, your still waters run very deep indeed. It often frustrates you that people don't see the real you, the side of you that cares so deeply for others; when you do let your emotions run to the surface, people just think you're being moody or touchy.

You have a tendency to brood, even to become severely depressed. You're always frowning, worrying about all your problems instead of enjoying the view—you probably live by a body of water, so step outside and let its power comfort you. Go fishing.

Ironically, because of your primal need for domestic tranquility, you often become too demanding of your mate. You want your home to be perfect, like some "Father Knows Best" fantasy family. You must realize that everyone has faults, that life isn't ever going to be perfect, and that you should just roll with it and do the best you can. Domestic strife is quite common with Cancerians for this reason, but it needn't be. Lighten up.

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You are extremely sensitive, a quality that has its good and bad sides. Speaking positively, no other sign except Pisces feels as deeply as you do. You've had a great deal of tears-in-your-beer nights, and these experiences have led you to a deeper understanding of life, and a strong commitment to care for others, because you know what they're going through in times of trouble. You comfort, you counsel, you console. This makes you an ideal friend. Once you make a friend, you're always there for them, to bail them out, to keep their secrets, to take their hysterical late-night phone calls. If anyone or anything threatens them, you're the first to defend them— not by erupting into attack mode, but by retreating into a bunker and lying in wait, like a crab retreats into his hole. Your first line of defense is your tough outer shell, which is hard enough to crack. If threatened further, you then attack with your pincers.

The outer shell metaphor extends to the fact that you're most comfortable in your own home — more than any other sign, you are the domestic expert. You know exactly which furniture goes with which decor, or how to hang blinds, even how to fix the faucet. Combined with your caring side, this makes you an ideal mother or father—no matter how busy your career may get, your family and home life will always come first.

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It was the ancient Assyrians who first designated the crab as the symbol for Cancer, because they believed the crab to carry its home on its back. In fact, it's merely his skeleton. They were right in associating Cancers with being attached to their homes, however.

The primary reason they chose the crab is because the sun enters Cancer on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. The next day, it begins its backward motion towards the equator. Therefore, as it moves forward through time, it's moving backwards in the sky. This apparent paradox is perfectly symbolized by the crab, which must move backwards in order to move forwards.

The word itself is derived from the Arabic "khan," which means resting place, and "keras," which refers to encircling arms. Put the two together, and you have a picture of a person who places a high value on his home life, and who is extremely caring.

Cancer is ruled by the moon, which presides over emotions (the tidal forces within us), home life, fertility, and maternal qualities. It is a water sign, so Cancerians tend to reside near an ocean, lake, or river. And it's the fourth house of the zodiac, which is physically represented by the breast and stomach, whose most pervasive quality is tenacity.

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SAGITTARIUS

22 November – 21 December

WOMEN:
You like the outdoors - freaking out if you are in a tent, camper, or on the
beach. You enjoy sex, but you don’t like to prolong the preliminaries and want to start
the main show as soon as possible. Like to tease your partner to the point of losing
control. You don’t mind if your partner comes too quickly – you are a generous and
accepting lover. Best sex mates: Leo, Libra, and Aquarius. Your sexual wardrobe will
consist of accessories - gloves and shoes!

MEN: Sex is rarely an intense experience with him - he often comes too quickly, but he’ll
be the first to try a new position. He is the master of erotic massage - both oral and
manual. His tongue can be a wicked instrument and when combined with his lips,
creates an explosive effect! Erogenous zones: hips and thighs. And he likes to look at a
woman’s calves and thighs, and likes to have sex with a woman in stockings.

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SCORPIO

22 October – 21 November

WOMEN:
Inquisitive, searching and experimental. Knows that eroticism consists of more
than the physical act of lovemaking. While looking like a perfect lady in public, you dress
and act like a whore in the bedroom. Control of the orgasm is very important and will try
anything to help your man maintain his potency. You never take no for an answer and
when interested in someone, you will pursue him with determination and guile. Best sex
mates: Gemini, Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Props you love: scented body oils,
flavoured lubricating gels, and vibrators.

MEN:
A lustful, sexy animal. Enjoys biting and sucking and is a master of oral sex.
Inflicting pain turns him on so he may pinch at nipples or the inside of thighs. Likes it in
water, but his kink is that the prefers wooden tables and hard floors to satin and silk. His
erogenous zone is his genitalia.

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LIBRA

22 September – 21 October

WOMEN:
Drama is the key word - you set the stage for sex. Intensely feminine and an
instinctive exhibitionist. You feel your body was made to be seen and admired. Feel that
seduction is an art, not an assault. When approached the right way, you find it easy to
say yes to almost anything. Unusual control of vaginal muscles. Best sex mates: Aries,
Gemini, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Aquarius. Like any position where your buttocks
are exposed.

MEN:
Looks for the whole experience, not just a tumble between the sheets. Has a
definite kinky side, a voyeur and fond of the ‘menage–a–trois’. He has the patience
needed to satisfy. He like women who dress well and have long hair. If a woman’s
clothes look as though they are easily removed, he finds her hard to ignore. Erogenous
zone: back and buttocks, especially the feel of erect nipples against either of them!

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VIRGO

22 August – 21 September

WOMEN:
You have no illusions about sex and wish everyone would stop magnifying its
importance. Prefer men who will wait for the relationship to develop to the point where
sex is inevitable. You love mutual masturbation and enjoy a little punishment and your
grace and modesty is a great turn on. You become an artist at pleasing your lover.
Favourite kink: can’t truly enjoy it unless a third party is present. Best sex mates: Gemini,
Cancer and Aquarius.

MEN: Too shy to make an overture, but when the moment arrives, you had better be
prepared for him to bring his pyjamas, shaving equipment, and toothbrush. He likes to
talk about how you like it and having talked about it, he will key in on the right erotic
response. Don’t expect imagination, but he is a hard worker and is open to suggestion.
His secret life: can be obsessed with pornography. Erogenous zones: his buttocks.

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LEO

22 July – 21 August

WOMEN:
Sleek, lascivious, enticing and lazy! Whatever Leo wants, Leo gets! Intensely
responsive and there are bed partners who have scars to prove it. Your need to show off
leads you to prefer the top where he can look up and admire the beauty of your body.
Best sex mates: Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Aries. Your sexual wardrobe: full of
wispy cutout bras and panties!

MEN: Simply brushes aside rules and conventions. One important rule to remember
about him: NEVER tease. His endurance is remarkable and he has a great appetite for
making love. He likes women in the submissive position and oral sex is okay when he is
on the receiving end. He likes a woman to show how much she is enjoying it. His
erogenous zone: his back is particularly vulnerable.

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CANCER

22 June – 21 July

WOMEN:
Will never make the first move, but you can be a marvelous lover for you are
capable of intense sensuality. You will reciprocate passion with a fever that will stir his
heart and stimulate him to his best performance. On your own time, you have a
fondness for masturbation. Your favourite position: lying prone while your man enters
you from behind. Best sex mates: Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, and Pisces. You may
become a slave to sexual pleasure!

MEN: His most surprising technique: intercourse with no hands. He has a need for
constant encouragement and if gotten, he will be a delightful swain. Both patient and
aggressive, he will often begin somewhere other than bad: likes being in command, and
is a master at manual clitoral manipulation! You’ll like the trip as it as much travelling to a
place as it is arriving.

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GEMINI

22 May – 21 June

WOMEN:
Often the aggressor; you are never embarrassed by your behaviour because
you never adhere to any standards except your own. Your main requirement: a lover
who knows how to take his time. You are a one woman harem, but a partner should be
aware that in a relationship, the Gemini woman is looking for a combination of the
spiritual and the physical, the romantic and the practical. You want to talk to the guy after
you tumble with him! Best sex mates are Leo, Scorpio, Aquarians, Libra, and Aries.
Favourite gadget: the vibrator.

MEN: He likes it with the lights on in front of a mirror. He can work any partner into the
mood because he knows exactly how to evoke the right responses. Oral sex isn’t his
favourite pastime, but will take his time with the other preliminaries. Tends to be fast and
furious, more concerned with satisfying himself than his partner, but he is more than
adequate in areas of lovemaking that are often neglected by other men. He can tell a
woman exactly what she wants to hear. His erogenous zone: move your lips and tongue
lightly up his arm.

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TAURUS

22 April – 21 May

WOMEN:
You expect your man to be kind and patient and make love to you by the
book. Like to be pleased by sex, but don’t look for unusual approaches. But you are a
demanding lover and leave your partner breathless. You have a need for oral
gratification, both giving and receiving. Best sex mates: Cancer, Sagittarius, Scorpio,
and Leo. Most likely kink: sucking on your toes, one by one. You also like biting . . .
hmmm!

MEN: He is the ideal lover - sensitive and understanding of his partner’s feelings. He
prefers it slow and easy; he won’t be your guide to the exotic unknown, but that he does,
he does beautifully. This is the guy to go for long and luxurious oral sex.
Stamina? This man could wear down a glacier! His erogenous zone: gently and slowly
kiss and bite the back of his neck.

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ARIES

22 March – 21 April

WOMEN:
Wildly sensual, passionate and adventurous. You’ll have sex anywhere, you
know what you want - intense and frequent sex, you have a need for complete control,
but you’re also in love with love. As a mate, you are ardent, loyal, sentimental, and
earthly. Biggest thrill - the tickle of a man’s facial fuzz.

MEN: Sleeping with him is like playing croquet with live bombs you never know what is
going to happen! Never expect him to wait for you to be ready - he will rip your clothes
off if he is ready to go. Don’t tease him or you’d better be ready to deliver. Fond of slave
master games and he likes it rough. Aries men are also explorers, so be ready to go
where no woman has gone before. His favourite position - a woman on her knees
leaning forward.

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PISCES

22 February – 21 March

WOMEN:
Always make the right moves, say the right things, and create the right
ambience. You are sexually liberated and enjoy a wide range of eroticism. If his
fantasies coincide with yours, the action can really get torrid! You seldom say no to
anything your lover suggests! Favourite places: in a waterbed or hot tub. Best sex
mates: Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn, and Pisces.

MEN: Takes the lead in lovemaking and impatient if he doesn’t get a swift response.
Indifferent to sexual restrictions, both moral and legal; prefers a partner with a
tremendous sexual craving. Likes sex in a chair. He likes to be submissive. Becomes an
addict to anything that will give pleasure and release. Erogenous zones: massaging and
caressing his feet.

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AQUARIUS

22 January – 21 February

WOMEN:
A slow starter, you idealise love and encompass it with tenderness. Once
aroused though, anything goes! Extremely imaginative and likes to try new things. There
is nothing in any sex manual that you won’t try. Belief that anything that increases the
pleasure for your partner is worthwhile. Best sex mates: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius
and Aquarius. Favourite sex position: standing up, and in water.

MEN: Never treats a woman like a sex object and prefers a variety of foreplay before
getting down to it. May have to be revved up, but once his engine is started, he is free
and inventive with amazing persistence. He will always see you through to climax. A
woman that knows what she wants will be very happy. He usually ensures an orgasm
twice - once orally and once genitally. Erogenous zones gently touching the calves and
ankles will get him going. Be careful though - a kinky Aquarium can be a sadist who
doesn’t like to be denied!

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CAPRICORN

22 December – 21 January

WOMEN: Don’t need much foreplay - you go straight from zero to WOW in nothing flat!
Not interested in exotic variation; only staying in power. Since you like to dominate, you
like to be astride your man, set a rhythm, and please yourself. Once into a rhythm,
lovemaking becomes a wild contest with orgasm as the prize and you can depend on
getting here more than once. Also a scratcher and screamer. Best sex mates: Taurus,
Scorpio and Pisces.

MEN: Sex evokes the best he can offer. He is a planner and a schemer (that is schemer,
not a screamer!). Prefers a woman who knows what he enjoys, and he expects her to be
willing and ready whenever he wants her. Has the stamina of a marathon runner. Here is
the man who will hold off until you are ready to scream! Erogenous zone: a massage
that starts at the lower back and gently strokes upward along the sides of his spine.

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Aries

Aries...The Ram...Fire Sign...Cardinal Sign...New beginnings, adventurer, courage, part of body is the 'head'


Taurus

Taurus...The Bull...Earth sign...Fixed sign...Possessive, calm, relaxed, materialistic, loves creature comforts, part of body is the 'neck and throat'


Gemini

Gemini...The Twins...Air Sign...Mutable...Communications, impulsive, changeable, inquiring, intelligent, exploring, part of the body is the 'lungs,arms, and hands'


Cancer

Cancer...The Crab...Water Sign...Cardinal...The home, shy emotional, intuitive, protective, domestic, part of body is 'stomach and breasts'


Leo

Leo...The Lion...Fire sign...Fixed...Ownership, pride, ego, power, children, passionate, works well alone, part of body is the 'heart and spine


Virgo

Virgo...The Virgin...Earth sign...Mutable, Attention to details, worrying, practical, analytical, discriminating,clean, a perfectionist, part of body is the 'colon


Libra

Libra...The Scale...Air sign...Cardinal...Marriage and union, partnerships, diplomatic, compassionate,balanced, part of body is the 'kidneys'


Scorpio

Scorpio...The Scorpion or Eagle...Water sign...Fixed...Intense, death, rebirth, responsibility, genuine, purification, the mafia of the zodiac, the part of the body is the 'sexual organs'


Sagittarius

Sagittarius...The Archer...Fire sign...Mutable...Truth, religion, philosophy, generous, frank, enthusiastic, reason rather than emotion, adventurer, part of the body is 'lower


Capricorn

Capricorn...The Goat...Earth sign...Cardinal...Practical vision, unemotional, sober, orderly, control, manipulating, power, dependable, part of body is the 'knees'


Aquarius

Aquarius...The Water Bearer...Air sign...Fixed...Detached, team work, friends, unconventional, humane, independent, warm, part of the body is the 'legs and hips'


Pisces

Pisces...The Fishes...Water sign...Mutable...Intuitive, accepting, understanding, impressionable, part of the body is the 'feet and ankles'

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You are famous for your restlessness, especially in romance. You get bored easily, and as with other things in your life, you like to sample everything and everyone. Your best match is with Libra, who has just enough in common with you and just enough that's different. Your whims and fancies will be much appreciated and understood by the sign that loves to love. You also fare well in long-term relationships with Aquarius, who also is just capricious enough for you. You may find yourself attracted to Leos at first, but this pairing is ultimately unstable.

Those you should avoid are Taurus (too slow for you), Cancer (too stable and domestic) and Pisces (too emotionally needy—you'd hurt them far too often).

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There are many Geminis in the communications field—radio, TV, journalism, publishing, and the like—for several reasons. Mercury, your planetary ruler, presides over communications and your skill with words. And you demand variety in your job: if you've met its challenge, and it becomes routine, you feel the urge to move on to the next project. In the communications field, people move around constantly. It's part of the deal. And in journalism, no day is ever the same twice—the hunger for information, the "newness" of news, keeps the famous Gemini restlessness content.

Geminis are also prevalent in the acting profession. The dual nature of the sign of the twins means that you can be yourself and a character at the same time. Plus, it allows your creativity to flourish, and you can move from project to project. Perhaps the only undesirable role would be in a long-running stage production, wherein you would have to repeat the same performance over and over for an extended period of time.

Famous Gemini actors include some of the best—Sir Laurence Olivier, John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Douglas Fairbanks, Bob Hope (who used the Gemini way with words in his joke-telling), Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Tony Curtis.

Your other talent is social. Anything that involves lots of human contact is up your alley, be it sales, promotion, or buying. Your way with words is an asset as an account executive, salesperson, or marketing rep. This might get you a promotion, but you're likely to get bored sitting behind a desk and long for the day-to-day human contact again.

Your love of words also can lead you to a career in literature, or perhaps even songwriting. Cole Porter, the master of clever wordplay in popular song lyrics, was born on June 9th. Literary Geminis include Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the great poets Walt Whitman and William Butler Yeats.

You would be best served by finding a job that makes full use of your ingenuity, imagination, and love of ideas. Anything that requires quick thinking is also recommended, as long as it's not repetitive. You do not want a job that's static, or one that requires serious responsibility for the welfare of others (you're approach to people is light and social, not heavy and responsible), or one that involves manual labor.

Financially, you're as compulsive as you are in other areas. You are prone to capricious whims, so spending can easily be excessive. You're the type of person, for instance, that doesn't plan vacations—if you feel like flying off to Hawaii for a small vacation tomorrow, you'll slap down a credit card and do it. Later, when it comes time to justify the bills, you've got a problem, and then you're likely to avoid it and hope fate intervenes somehow. You think you'll get a promotion later, or win the lottery, or inherit money, and pay it off later. Pretty soon you're spending more on a shopping spree and getting further into debt, rationalizing it the same way. Obviously, this is not right. Your biggest challenge as a Gemini, in fact, could be keeping your financial binges in check. Train yourself to be more conservative with money.

One great way to turn this pattern around is to make your ingenuity work for you financially by creating money, not spending it. Think of new ways you can make money. Your mind is full of ideas—use them constructively. Perhaps a hobby can earn you money; if you're a writer, as so many Geminis are, find new publications to sell your work to; if you're in sales, think of a newapproach that will generate new clients. You get the idea.

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Variety is truly the spice of your life. You hate to wear the same types of clothes all the time. You prefer separates, so you can mix and match them.

Also, plain prints are boring to you—you'll take a pattern of some kind, any kind, any day. Since movement is important, they must be light and comfortable. You don't like dark colors, only wearing them when you absolutely have to, and you quite like grey.

Your home belongs in a populated area, with lots of windows, so you can see people. You hate missing out on what's going on or being isolated. You also can't stand being confined, so you must have lots of room to move around. You do tend to have plenty of books and magazines, though, thanks to your need to feed your mind and your love of words.

You like to change the interior layout often, because you think it's boring for things to look the same all the time. You can also be quite fussy about where everything should be and how it looks—each room is color-coordinated and arranged just so, and neatness is important. This is because your home is often the center of activity socially—you must entertain a great deal, so it's vital that your home is impressive.

Food is not terribly important to you, except as a means to interact with people. You prefer to go out to lunch and dinner with company—eating alone is simply out of the question, because mealtime is your prime social hour. As a result, you do more talking than eating. You do enjoy lighter meals, and you especially like the variety of a buffet or salad bar. Heavier foods like steaks and roasts are definitely not your first choice—you get bored chewing so much—but chicken or tuna is okay. Fortunately, overeating is not one of your chief concerns, unless it's due to overstress—that's when you have a tendency to abuse food, so be careful there.

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Gemini is an air sign, and the fact that it's ruled by Mercury also indicates speed. So you are most likely to be light and airy in many ways, including physical stature. You are slight and small-boned, but your most distinguishing features are your expressive eyes. They're busy watching everything, so they react a lot, moving from side to side, even expanding and dilating.

You love music, and if you play, it probably involves fingerwork and air—the flute is a natural choice for you. Your favorite sport is likely to be tennis—it involves lots of movement and action, yet not so much that you have to work incredibly hard at it. It's also social—not only as a way to have fun with a friend, but to see others at a tennis club.

Your sign rules the chest, lungs, arms, and hands, so these areas are particularly susceptible to ailments. You're more likely to get a common cold than other people, so take extra measures to avoid it. You're also prone to nervous disorders, so don't overwork or overdo the caffeine. Lightexercise—tennis, walking, skating, anything involving ease of movement and companionship that doesn't demand hard work or extraordinary skill—is highly recommended for you.

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Since Gemini is represented by twins, some people believe the sign has a tendency towards schizophrenia, or at the very worst, a dishonest, two-faced character. The truth is, you're probably just misunderstood. To you, it's natural to think on two levels at once, but others can't understand it. Similarly, your playfulness is easily misinterpreted as deceit, so be careful not to overdo it, and try to be more aware of others' reactions to you. Quite often, you're so busy entertaining, charming, and theorizing that you don't stop to notice the effect of your words—you're too preoccupied with the next thought to see where the last one went.

As brilliant as your mind can be, you have to work to rein it in. Your attention wanders off a lot, as does your train of thought. Sartre can be lucid and penetrating on one page, then wander off on an errant tangent the next. If you organize your thoughts with more patience, your words will have more power. Otherwise, people are likely to react to you by saying things like, "That's very interesting, but who cares?"

You tend to be careless in many ways. Gemini is an air sign, ruled by Mercury, both of which represent thoughts and ideas at the expense of feelings and sentimentality. So you are not easily hurt, but you can hurt others without even realizing it. And since you have little patience, you
have difficulty spending a long time with one person—you grow bored too easily—so your chances of settling down are limited unless you can tame this instinct and learn to appreciate a slower, richer experience. For this reason, divorce rates among Geminis are exceedingly high. (Even in Kennedy's case, his wife Jackie was seemingly ideal from our perspective, yet she was not enough to keep his interest from wandering to the likes of Marilyn Monroe.)

Other signs of carelessness in Geminis include chronic unpunctuality, a tendency to change jobs as soon as the current one loses your interest, and a penchant for leaving projects unfinished. You are a sampler of everything, but a master of very few. You just can't seem to devote yourself wholeheartedly to one area of expertise, so you never acquire the thorough depth of knowledge required for success in that field. You bob on the surface of life, but rarely dive into it too deeply.

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First of all, you're a great thinker. Many of the world's intellectuals are Geminis. Your mind is insatiable—it's so quick on the uptake that you can't understand why everyone else is just now grasping what you got in a split second. In fact, by the time it takes them to catch up with you, your mind has become bored by the inactivity. You've already turned and twisted the knowledge around just to see what would happen, and to keep your mind active.

Some people mistake this playful brilliance as deception or dishonesty, because they can't keep up with you. But you're just trying to keep things interesting. Your mind needs to be fed with new ideas on a constant basis. Having recognized this at an early age, you've become remarkably adept at satisfying it. Wit is your forte. You love to laugh, because you're so good at sharp humor. You're particularly fond of puns and wordplay—Mercury rules writing, language, and a love of words—so you're quite the social charmer.

You're popular, and you know it. You enjoy people, and you love to watch them to keep your mind busy. You're at your best at parties, bars, the office water cooler—anywhere you can find people with whom you can laugh. You thrive on gossip and news—you need information constantly, more even than food.

You're an avid reader—again, because of your need for ideas and your love of words. In fact, you're one of the few people who can read a book, watch TV, and talk on the phone all at the same time—you relish thinking on several levels at once.

You have a natural affinity for word puzzles— you're unbeatable at Scrabble and a regular crossword solver—but you should consider using your language talents for more useful purposes. Learn a foreign language, or read more constructively for knowledge that will help you in the real world. You certainly have the aptitude for it—it's just a question of applying yourself.

Many Geminis are multi-talented. The great thinker Jean-Paul Sartre (June 21) was a poet, novelist, and philosopher; John F. Kennedy (May 29) was not only a great president but also a respected author (Profiles in Courage) and one of America's most gifted intellectuals. The Russian composer Igor Stravinsky (June 5) showed his precocity by penning his most famous pieces at a young age, then, like a true Gemini, not content to rest on his laurels, continued to innovate and experiment to satisfy his own mind, at the expense of confusing the public. He even lectured on poetry at Harvard.

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Gemini is symbolized by twins. In Greek astrology, those twins were Castor and Pollux, twin stars in the sky and heroic brothers in myth. Castor was a great horseman, and Pollux was a champion boxer (ironic, because Gemini is not normally a violent sign). More commonly, the twins are thought of as bright children, which gives Gemini a sense of mirth, innocence, and great wonder.

Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, which symbolizes great intelligence, communication (Mercury was the Messenger of the gods), eloquence, inquisitiveness, diversity, travel, speed, and changeability. If you are a Gemini, Wednesday is your lucky day (mercredi in French), and your best color is likely to be silver or gray.

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As a lover, you are not as tempestuous as, say, Pisces, Leo, or Scorpio, but you are warm, sensual, and highly affectionate. As a mate, you are often ideal, because of your great capacity for love, your patience, and your stability.

Your ideal matches are with Scorpio (although it can be stormy, it's proven to endure), and the two other earth signs, Virgo and Capricorn. Both are very stable and harmonious with you, although the latter is perhaps better suited to a business partnership. Even a partner of your own sign is compatible, although it's not often found.

Signs to avoid are Aries (although the Arian's strong will can be compatible with certain Taureans who are more docile, they're generally considered too independent-minded), Sagittarius (much too free-spirited for you), and Gemini (again, too restless).

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Because Taurus rules the voice, some of the world's greatest singers are Taureans. The list includes Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Bing Crosby, and Perry Como—all of whom are not just fine singers, but noted particularly for the remarkably smooth texture of their voices. They're like fine wine, aurally.

Taureans are often thought of as "salt of the earth" types, and this is,reflected in actors who are typecast as big, strong, silent, and earthy characters: Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford, and Henry Fonda fit this bill to a tee. You could even include Harry S. Truman in this category: as a president, he was very level-headed, and resolutely strong in his convictions (it takes a lot of guts to make the decision to drop an atomic bomb on two cities and stand by it).

You are most inclined to a job that involves tangible things, as opposed to ideas. You're good with your hands: you make a wonderful farmer, carpenter, construction worker, or chef. Your love of nature also can lead to a career as an environmentalist or animal trainer. Other land-based jobs, such as real estate agent, surveyor, or forester, are also strong possibilities.

Financially, you are no gambler. You prefer a more conservative approach to money, which includes stable, long-term investments and a steady, reliable income. Security is what's important to you, not adventure. The only negative in this picture is your famous obstinance. Without an open mind, you might not see a good opportunity when it comes along. It's healthy to be practical— that instinct will always protect you, but sometimes your bull-headedness can get in the way of greatness.

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Because of your great sense of touch, you love to feel your clothes. Although it's important that they look good, because you are known for your taste, it's far more important that they feel good. Soft fabrics, especially silk, appeal to you.

For the most part, you tend to look better in clothes that are more classic, loose-fitting, and conservative. Don't choose modern, urban styles—their vertical lines will make you look awkward. Softer curves and softer fabrics are your choice.

You have broad taste in music—you appreciate rock, jazz, blues, folk, classical, and international styles all equally well. Your taste in art leans toward landscape painting and photography— they're more earth-based, and "truer" representations of the world as you see it.

You prefer a home that's more secluded—perhaps behind some trees, or in the middle of a block. This coincides with your tendency not to lead or stand out, but to take your place in the larger context. You are extremely protective and possessive of your home, however—security is foremost.

As with your clothing, your home must be comfortable and inviting—it must feel good to your senses. It reflects your good taste and affinity for natural beauty, so everything in it is of a high quality. You are attracted to hardwood floors, solid oak and other fine woods, lots of plants, and anything that seems to have an earthy quality to it.

As mentioned earlier, your favorite color is likely to be blue, based on Venus' influence. However, other astrologers believe Taureans are attracted to the earth tones, green and brown, because Taurus is an earth sign. As with any true astrological profile, sun signs are merely the beginning, so a full examination of your rising signs and houses will tell the tale.

Food is very important to you—no other sign values it as strongly as you do. You love to cook. Most food comes from the earth, so preparing it is natural to you. You take great pride in your meals, and the Venus influence here also enables you take sensual pleasure in your enjoyment of food. Many of the world's most accomplished chefs are Taureans.

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Like your symbol, you have a tendency to be big-boned, strong, perhaps even overweight. You're not very fast on your feet, but you can tangle with the best of them. You are an earth sign, so you enjoy being in contact with the ground; this fact, combined with your acute sense of touch and great patience, makes you an ideal gardener.

Because of your affinity with the ear and throat, music is prominent in your life. Your voice is one of your most distinguishing features, and you know how to use it to your advantage—many Taureans are excellent orators, singers and singing instructors.

But this also makes you prone to physical ailments in the throat and neck area. Treat any infections immediately, because they could lead to more serious problems elsewhere. Also, you gain weight easily, so be careful not to overindulge on the food you love so much, and exercise regularly.

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Your desire for security and stability are so strong you tend to be overly stubborn and possessive. No matter what misfortune, obstacles, or heartache befall you, you simply will not budge. Although this is admirable, too often it limits you and frustrates others in their dealings with you. If you refuse to see someone else's side of an argument, there is little chance of resolving the conflict, so your abstinences will hurt you in the end. You are prone to brooding and dark moods, but these are not faults, as long as you don't get mired in prolonged states of depression. Step back and look at the big picture if this occurs, and chances are the "builder" in you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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You are a builder, restorer, and caretaker of those things you find important—primarily the earth, animals, and people. You are self-reliant, painstakingly patient, and stubborn—bullish, in other words. You take a great deal of pride and pleasure in fixing up and maintaining a home, or discovering a starving animal and nursing it back to health, or planting trees where there were none before.

Because of this open-armed kindness, people find you wonderfully comfortable to be with. You make a great friend—you're stable, loyal, and loving. Touch is essential to you—you love to hug and be hugged.

You appreciate beauty in all its forms, due to your close affinity with nature. You prefer to surround yourself with people who have highly attractive qualities—be they external or internal. You cannot tolerate ugliness, especially of the earth—this makes you a firm opponent of pollution in all its forms.

Since truth and beauty are so closely related, you also have a preoccupation with honesty, and a low tolerance for corruption. You are forthright in your conversation, and so look people straight in the eyes when you speak to them. In fact, you tend to distrust those who cannot meet your gaze. Although some Taureans have been successful political leaders (primarily as peacemakers, such as Harry Truman), most are quite content to be led (this fits with the chronology of the zodiac: Aries, the first sign, is a natural leader; Taurus tends to follow him). That is not to say you are subservient; your self-reliance allows you to be successful and to be entrusted with great responsibility. But it is usually within a larger context: in other words, you make a great executive within the framework of a corporation, but you are not a maverick. You don't need to be president. In fact, you tend to shun the spotlight. Large crowds can be intimidating to you, so you are much more effective in small groups. Many Taureans are teachers, an occupation thatdisplays great patience, nurturing, and self-reliance within the larger framework of the educational system.

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Unlike Aries, which has had several symbols over time, Taurus has always been represented by the bull. To the casual observer, it might seem odd that a bull, which is often thought of as an aggressive, primal creature, should symbolize a sign of peace and love. The reason? Timing. In ancient cultures, most springtime celebrations occurred around May Day, when the last traces of
winter were finally over, the land could be plowed again, and fertility was in the air. So the bull constellation's appearance in the night sky coincided with these festivities.

Also, the progression of the zodiacal signs occurs from the head down, so while Aries is represented by the head, Taurus has a strong connection to the neck, larynx, and ears.

Taurus' planetary ruler is Venus, the goddess of peace, love, and harmony. If you are a Taurus, Venus' likely influence on you includes your romantic, caring nature, your preference for the color blue (although there is some debate about this), and your favorite day—Friday (in French, vendredi, named after Venus).

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