CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Macaulay Culkin, 26; Chris Burke, 41; Branford Marsalis, 46; Geraldine Ferraro, 71.

Happy Birthday: Hard work will pay off, even if it does take a little longer than you hoped. Implementing crucial changes will cause the delays but, in the long run, you will be much better off. This is a great year to put your heart and soul into something that matters to you. Focus on the task at hand.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Things are moving fast but, if you aren’t careful, you could be hit with an emotional crisis. Don’t make a fast decision based on false information or what someone else thinks you should do.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t give up because someone tells you that you can’t do something. Make your own choices and your own opportunities. For everything that is not going your way, if you take a closer look, something else is going well.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It’s when you leap before you look that you spiral downward. Get a handle on what needs to be done and you will spare yourself grief. You can improve your personal life and your living space with a little effort and ingenuity.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The friendlier you are, the more apt you are to get the help you need. Don’t hold back if you feel strongly about something. If you don’t voice your opinion, you have no right to complain.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): To worry about someone who isn’t treating you properly to begin with is a waste of time. Discover what’s available to you so you can size up your situation. A gift, winning or money owed you is headed your way.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Spend time fine-tuning some projects. The added detail will put you ahead of everyone else. A partnership isn’t going the way you want it to. If you aren’t compromising and sharing, you aren’t likely to get what you want.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. It may be difficult to keep your wits about you if the people in your life are playing mind games. Don’t be afraid to speak up and call someone’s bluff.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You’ve got to wage your wars carefully. You may be taking your anger out on the wrong individual; wait until you have enough proof. You can make changes that will force you to do what you know in your heart is a must.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You have the power and the determination to be successful no matter what you are trying to accomplish. A money deal is looking good but don’t let greed turn the tables on you. Know when to pull out.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You are on your own today but that shouldn’t stop you from following through with your plans. A money deal or property investment is looking hot. You may not get the support or encouragement you want but, whatever you do, it will belong to you alone.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may be undergoing change but, with that comes new possibilities for success and happiness. Confusion regarding a partnership may have been holding you at bay but now you can think more clearly.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t get angry – get moving. If you insist on holding onto the past and lamenting over things that will never change, you will never be able to take advantage of what’s available to you. Take a leap of faith.

Birthday Baby: You are pulled in two different directions: You are practical and responsible and, on the other hand, you are generous and easygoing. You are quick to respond and adapt.

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