TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 5). At first, it will seem as if this year comes at you in small doses and tiny portions, but nonetheless, you’ll soon discover that you’re in an entirely new and improved position. A standout conversation will open doors in June. The success of family favorably affects your work. There’s a payout in August. Cancer and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 22, 29, 27 and 40.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The Sufi master said that forgiveness is the fragrance flowers give when they are crushed. To be fair, he didn’t have your personal life. Does it really make sense to go sweeter on an offender? Considerations of the day…

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Today you’ll love life, and life will love you back. What’s even better is that life will love you in your preferred way. It’s a jam! It’s a groove! No big wins, but dozens and dozens of small ones.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The favor of fortune is related to your confidence. This is really about trusting yourself. You’ll be OK if it goes right; you’ll be OK if it goes wrong. You’re adventurous and unflappable. Now here comes the good luck.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). If you stock your week with activities that have the potential to be enjoyable, you’ll probably have a pleasant week ahead, though honestly it’s more about enjoying yourself than it is about the activity.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). As a big event on the horizon gets closer, it’s taking up more space in your brain. You’re right; you will be giving a performance — an informal one but still a performance. Now is the time to start imagining this going extremely well.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). One definition of love is: the opposite of fear. Even so, smart people don’t hug sharks, and some people are better loved from a distance. People will catch what you’re sending out, even from miles and miles away.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). There are those who appreciate apologies, but no one wants to hear them all the time. As for you, you’ll take only about one or two before you don’t believe them anymore. The best apology is a behavioral change.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Question: Which way, right or left? Answer: Neither of the above. What you really need are more ideas. To come up with more ideas, bypass your analytical mind. Anything goes.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have faith in your own mind, but you still take questions to your friends, to the experts, to the universe — because only a fool would think his own mind has the be-all and end-all answer.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You feel you can tell who is in the know and who isn’t, but listen to them all anyway. You’ll get the most useful nuggets from people who don’t understand the scope of what you’re dealing with.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Even though there’s much to learn from listening to what people say, there’s even more to learn from what people ask you today. Questions will reveal the speaker’s bias, needs, wants and interests.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You don’t know how much you need to laugh until someone makes you laugh. This is most easily done by one who knows you well, has the same sense of humor or just happens to be irresistibly cute.