Concession

Weekend of April 19, 20
Happy Birthday! Born on the cusp of Aries and Taurus, you have the traits of both signs. Material things may symbolize permanence or stability for you. Because of your appreciation and attachment to things, you may become a world-class collector of prized objects. You find enormous attractiveness in worldly, powerful people. Age and appearance are less important than a person’s mental and physical command of his or her environment. Success thrills and inspires you, so you surround yourself with people you admire and respect.

Your Achilles heel is your determination to dominate or control what you perceive as yours. This may be your lover, kids, employees, or immediate environment. When in doubt, try using a light, less controlling approach.

Because weight gain could eventually become a problem, develop simple, healthy dietary habits.

Music may play a definitive role in your life. Besides being an important mode of expression and enjoyment, you might make your living through music, the arts, or your voice. People often comment on your distinctive look and communication style.

You’re a unique blend of earthy and ethereal characteristics. You can be dogmatic and stubborn at times, but visionary at others. Once you’re confronted by an unacceptable situation, you obsess over it until matters are satisfactorily resolved. Your handshake is as good as a written document.

When you form friendships, you intend to maintain them for life. Privacy is essential and even your closest friends are expected to not cross certain lines. Guided by intuition and inspiration, you cover your tracks with facts and details to satisfy a logic-hungry world. But behind each move is pure alchemy. You’re more sensitive and emotional than casual acquaintances realize; in fact, your feelings can be easily wounded. You’re deeply affected by the environment and esthetics. Unvarnished nature fills a real emotional need. Because you tend to give any undertaking your very best, you must create balance in your life.

After a day of dedicated discipline and effort, allow yourself complete relaxation to restore energy and enthusiasm. One sure-fire indicator that you’re out of balance is a short-tempered, crabby mood. Sometimes your perspective is thrown out of whack and you feel put upon or used by others. Be aware of self-pity and nip it in the bud. No matter how independent you think you are, you enjoy being needed and connected. Self-pity creates isolation, making it a luxury you cannot afford.

A sensual being, you enjoy being touched. You also enjoy the texture of things. From cashmere to smooth marble, you delight in tactile variety. Colors also affect your mood, especially combining medium warm colors and deep, cool hues.

Anyone foolish enough to underestimate your courage and determination is doomed. Possessing the passionate drive of Aries and the sensual proclivities of Taurus, you’re a force to be reckoned with. Although you prefer feeling in charge, you may have grown up either in someone’s shadow or under their iron will. This experience taught you a lot about power, control and destiny, and made it obvious that you were not suited for submission or second fiddle roles. You learned how bitter being controlled or dominated is, but may not have applied this lesson to others. The theme of power, control, and submission is likely to be played and replayed throughout your lusty, eventful life. Your desire for greater power, not only in your private life but in the world, accelerates your ambition and helps you get through very trying times. Even as a child, you felt a need to distinguish yourself from your peers. In some cases, a number of you wanted to regain respect or notoriety that may have been taken from you. In most cases, you felt a powerful need to prove something and to make yourself almost bulletproof from rejection.

There’s nothing lukewarm or blasé about you. It’s all or nothing, all the time. You refuse to live under anyone’s yoke, whip or rules. You create your own world, authority and prestige. Avoid getting stuck in routines or relationships that no longer feed your soul. A number of you fall victim to stubborn rigid patterns and thought, which ultimately limit your experience and shut off your potential.

Weight gain may be a life-long issue. You thrive on regular exercise, not only for its stress-busting benefits but also for weight management. Engage in yoga and other flexibility activities to prevent injuries and enhance freedom of movement.

A fiercely hard worker, you’re a machine when you’re on a mission. Almost nothing can come between you and your objective. Your single-minded attention to detail, nuance and quality make you a connoisseur of art, fine food and architecture. Your closest friends and admirers are aware of your exquisite taste and have noticed that even if something has been done before, you can always improve upon it. You’re a spectacular blend - the zesty Five Spice of the zodiac.

Fascinating, alluring, and mesmerizing, you can be extremely warm and sociable when you’re in the mood. Your privacy, however, is sacrosanct. There are times when you want to be completely alone with your thoughts - perhaps to create, or put the day’s events in some sort of logical order. You can be soft and yielding, responsive to music, art, and fragrance; but you can also be authoritative, commanding, and driven. Your closest friends and loved ones often learn to recognize your changing moods, and wisely schedule important talks or encounters accordingly.

Your head and neck, though attractive, may be somewhat accident-prone. Stress injuries to your jaw and neck muscles may cause great discomfort. Ear infections were probably a regular part of your childhood. Your speaking voice, however, is rich, deep, and hypnotic. You can soothe or excite others with your powerful voice. You have the soul of an artist. No matter what line of work you choose, there will always be a part of you deeply attracted to art.

Boredom can get you into a heap of trouble. You may create problems or controversy as an antidote to tedium. A good argument or debate tends to cleanse your soul and clear the air - even when it intimidates others. A part of you never stops proving and re-proving your legitimacy and “rightness.” Even when others are convinced of your accuracy or talent, a residual amount of insecurity continues to create self-doubt. If you’re an artist or performer, you may decide to never read reviews because your feelings can be deeply hurt by others’ callous remarks. It’s important to not assume the worst, particularly about others’ motives. Give things more time and make an effort to not be defensive.

Rich foods and sauces may appeal. Sweets may also get the better of you.

You’re a passionate, physical, sensual soul who loves without limit - and overindulges your senses like there’s no tomorrow.

Born this weekend are Deb Gray, Daniel Day Lewis, Maria Bello, Eric McCormack, Conan O’Brien, Eric Roberts, James Woods, Jane Leeves, Clarence Brown, Greg Eklund, Ed Garvey, Melissa Joan Hart, Huntington Hartford, Hayley Mills, Rick Moranis, Les Pattinson, Cindy Pickett, Jim Scholten, Wendy Barrie, Clarence Darrow, Skip Spence, Leopold Stokowski, Lucrezia Borgia, Kate Hudson, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Judd, Luis Miguel, Paloma Picasso, Hayden Christensen, James Franco, Tony Plana, Bekka Bramlet, Suge Knight, Tim Curry, Alan Price, Eliot Ness, Dudley Moore, Jayne Mansfield, Ole Evinrude, Bernie Worrell, Mark Volman, Al Unser, Jr., Mary Ann Gallegos, Carmen Electra, Luther Vandross, Jessica Lange, Craig Frost, Ryan O’Neal, Tito Puente, Joan Miro, Joey Lawrence, Veronica Cartwright, Nina Foch, Clint Howard, Karl Muller, Jimmy Winston, Harvey Firestone, Jr., Lionel Hampton, Adolf Hitler, Harold Lloyd, Stanley Marcus, Paul Poiret and Marc Seguin.