CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Steve Burton, 36; John Cusack, 40; Kathy Bates, 58; Mel Brooks, 80.

Happy Birthday: You will have plenty of chances to make significant changes this year but don’t take on too much or spend more than you should. Balance will be what’s required. Don’t let someone convince you to take a shortcut. Work alone, efficiently, and take all the credit yourself.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take a little time out for yourself. You will rise above any competition you face and will find yourself in a winning position before the day is over. Taking action will bring great results.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You won’t have the control you want and, if you try to force your way into that position, you will meet with resistance. Don’t exaggerate or someone will call your bluff. You are likely to be told something that is not valid.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Everything is looking pretty favorable so don’t change your mind midstream and confuse issues. Make your mind up, stick to it and you will prosper. Changes to your home will take care of the boredom you’ve been experiencing.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Secret activities will not turn out as planned. Watch what you say and do if you don’t want to be blamed for something that isn’t your fault. Don’t try to impress someone by overdoing it or spending too much; you’ll only make yourself look bad.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t get all worked up about the deals you are working on and they will run much smoother. Less time spent worrying about personal matters and more time spent on bringing in cash is what will bring you the most satisfying results.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Do whatever you can to help others and avoid any underhanded or secretive activity. The more open and honest you are, the better you will do. Concentrate on what you can do for others not what they can do for you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t fret over the things that can’t be done. Someone is likely to complain or cause you some grief. If you are focused on a creative idea you have, it will be difficult for anyone to derail you. Ignore jealous criticism today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do your thing and present what you have to offer. Anyone who doesn’t take an interest and doesn’t get it should be regarded as the wrong person for you to deal with. Someone you least expect will make a proposal.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You can do just about anything you put your mind to today but don’t overspend. Pushing your goals in a cost-efficient manner will bring you high rewards. An unusual offer will catch you off guard. Take a closer look.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may be taken in by an offer that someone is making. Don’t be foolish and take what someone tells you at face value. Do your homework and if the numbers don’t add up take a pass.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Emotional matters will be complicated, to say the least. You may get the wrong impression if you make assumptions. Don’t leave anything to chance. If someone wants to start an argument, refuse to engage in such nonsense.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Someone you least expect may be setting you up to look bad. Don’t trust anyone with your work or your responsibilities. Someone you think is interested in you or something you do will prove to be leading you on.

Birthday Baby: You are sensitive, insightful and empathetic but also engaging, entertaining and competitive. You know how to play the game of life and will find your comfort and success level along the way.

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