Here's something that can happen as Mercury merges with Saturn. You decide in a private moment who you are going to be -- and then you do the opposite. No one is of just one mind. The human mind is a complex landscape filled with many influences and inhabitants. The trick is in getting most of them on board with the same idea.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 12). Lucky projects will be your bounty! Because you love the job at hand, you pour yourself into the details, creating as much perfection as you can. This attracts fresh interest in you and what you do. You'll cement a stellar deal in April. You'll be applauded by community in July. There's a healing in October. Pisces and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 44, 49, 4, 17 and 28.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). It's a day for sweeping reform of small areas of your life -- as in closet-size or drawer-size areas. It will be surprising how much a total reorganization of a cupboard or a wallet can rock your world.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). It's only natural to become bored with things that stay the same for too long. Then again, when change is constant, change is the state that becomes boring. Take this into account as you plan your next move.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). If you're feeling adventurous, the best jewels of the day can be mined in the caves of uncertainty, risk and experimentation. So take courage and dig deeper. It will be worth it.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). In a certain area of your life, usual rules won't seem to apply anymore. Maybe your group imposed these guidelines before you ever even had a chance to hold them up to the light; to test them; to wonder if you agree.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your cosmic gift will be a special charisma. Don't be surprised if those closest to you don't notice it, though. Familiarity breeds blindness. It's your acquaintances and the total strangers around who will warm to you.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Momentum is about decisive action. The excitement of a game could help, especially with the right opponent. Unless you are competing against someone much younger or weaker than you, don't hold back. Give it all you've got.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Whoever said that calendars are for careful people? No way! They are for people who want to make their dreams come true and also want to keep a record so later they can remember how they did it. Mark up your calendar.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). No one has it all figured out. No one! So don't plunk down a bunch of money for the answer to your life. Now, a reasonable sum for the answer to a certain problem... well, that's different and totally worth the money today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You show up to work even when you don't feel like it, but to attend social functions out of a sense of duty is not advised. If you're not into it, it's better not to commit yourself. People need to feel liked, not tolerated.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). To know there's a difference between what things are and what they could be is the unique privilege and pain of human existence. You'll make the most of this today. Celebrate every nudge in the right direction, however small.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your escapes will bring you great pleasure. Traveling? A show? Reading? Indulge! As Groucho Marx said, ''Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.''
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The wise and the strong are often merciful too -- at least enough so to forgive every person once or twice. More than that and maybe they aren't so wise and strong after all.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND. Sagittarius and Capricorn are good for one another even when they aren't exactly having an easy time of it. With the Sagittarius moon reflecting the Capricorn sun this weekend, they're definitely on a relationship high, in agreement and seeing the profound value that each gives to the other's life: Capricorn's stability, encouragement and ethical voice; Sagittarius's passion and fearlessness.