CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Ashanti, 26; Kelly Preston, 44; Jerry Rice, 44; Chris Carter, 50.

Happy Birthday: Don’t let your emotions take over and stop you from making progress this year. Not everything is as bad as you think. In some cases, the things that have transpired are actually to your benefit. This is a great year to make changes leading to greater stability and future security.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You can expect people to be difficult, so prepare for the worst-case scenario and you will handle whatever comes your way. Expect a gift or surprise. Changes at home will be to your advantage in the end.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Things haven’t been the easiest for you but you can turn some negatives into positives. A relationship that may be iffy can be dealt with, reducing your stress and concern. Helping someone out will be the beginning of a new and satisfying trend in your life.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Social activities may lead to an interesting proposal. Don’t think with your heart; use your head. Base your decisions on what’s best for you long- term. A new job or project will turn out to be prosperous.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t get all hung up over the little things that can be dealt with later. Focus on the magnitude of any situation and you will end up having greater control in the end. Social events will lead to interesting new acquaintances.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Keep secrets to yourself. You may want to blabber to everyone about your latest hot project or deal but problems will arise if you do. Concentrate on what you can do to make extra cash or changes to your home or to a relationship.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Get involved in something you believe in or offer to help a friend or neighbor. The more you do to give back, the better. A community event will allow you to meet people in your area who can offer you something or vice versa.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Control your emotions and you will get so much more accomplished today. An original way of doing things will be appreciated by those who are creative but someone closer to you may not approve. A change is in order.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take a trip that will increase knowledge or provide a new way of seeing things. Make some changes if you want to put an end to a stalemate that has been cramping your style. Do what you must and move on.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Put in a little extra thought and you will be able to finish something that has been dragging you down. A gift, winning, settlement or money owed is heading your way. Don’t be too quick to spend what you receive.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Not much will turn out the way you plan today. A unique approach or pushing an original suggestion you have will show your capabilities. Don’t let emotional matters stand in your way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may have to make a move to complete a job. Don’t lend or borrow money or possessions. You will have difficulty with someone you work with if you are too accommodating. Don’t let anyone take advantage of you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ve got lots of different directions you can go today but, if you follow a creative path, you will end up in a place that pleases you both financially and aesthetically. Children will play a role in a decision you make.

Birthday Baby: You have a strong will and a powerful mind. You have a vivid imagination and a determination to turn your ideas into reality. You are a loyal and trusted friend.

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