CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Robert Downey Jr., 45; Christine Lahti, 60; Craig T. Nelson, 66; Maya Angelou, 82

Happy Birthday: Focus on what you can learn and put into practice. It’s up to you to take charge of your life and to make the alterations that will give you the freedom to launch what you feel is the right thing for you. Use your charm to push your way into circles, groups and interests that you feel will help you reach your goals.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Getting together with friends or spending a little down time with family doesn’t have to go over budget. Don’t make foolish purchases or pay for something to impress someone. Engage in talks with someone experienced in making money work.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Plan a short day trip or attend an event of interest and you will make some headway in your personal life, leading to important changes at home. You can avoid an argument if you listen.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t give in to anyone trying to get you to do things you don’t feel right about doing. Lending money will end in financial and emotional loss. Stick to making simple changes that improve your home and lifestyle.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Do your part by offering help to those in need but do not offer cash. Choose your battles wisely if you want to show your leadership ability and gain the respect you deserve. Check out online jobs.


LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you want to get involved in something, sign up early and prepare to go out of your way to get what you want. An unexpected alteration will have you scrambling. There is a lesson to be learned that will contribute to an offer you receive.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): A change at home will leave you feeling uncertain about your future. Don’t let anyone turn your world upside down. You have a lot more going for you than you realize. Don’t put up with someone’s negative response to what you want to do.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t let a bully take over. You are better off spending time learning all you can about something you want to pursue and going it alone. Joint ventures will lead to arguments and upset that you can do without.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Reflect on the past and figure out a way to simplify your life. Getting back to the things you enjoy doing most will be a good place to start. A change in your lifestyle will allow you greater freedom to pursue your creative goals.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll have choices to make and uncertainties to deal with. You can win, but only if you are willing to give something up. You usually thrive on change, so what’s the hold up?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You have lots that can happen if you concentrate on your assets, investments and deals. Changes at home will open up opportunities. If you are too vocal regarding your plans, you will lose valuable time dealing with opposition and criticism.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Someone you care for will make your life difficult if there has been a misunderstanding. Clear the air if you want to avoid an argument you cannot win. Don’t disappoint someone who counts on you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): An emotional issue regarding your current position will cause worry and anxiety. Don’t wait to be let down by someone or something. Cover your back by looking for other ways to subsidize your income or utilize your skills.

Birthday Baby: You are emotional and unpredictable and take huge tasks. You are assertive and will fight for your rights and for the underdog.

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