CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Malcolm Gets, 42; Denzel Washington, 52; Edgar Winter, 60; Maggie Smith, 72.

Happy Birthday: Rely on your own resources this year. You can do well if you remain in control and refuse to let your emotions interfere with the decisions you must make. A sudden change in your present direction is bound to muddle you but, when the dust settles, you should be able to make significant improvements.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may feel as if you’ve been pushed to the limit but now is not the time to let things get to you. Change is good. You thrive on it, so let the past go and prepare yourself for an adventure.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You need to share a little joy with friends or family. Look at something that might be professionally usable in the new year. Someone you meet through an organization helping the less fortunate will be a strong influence.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take a break, especially if you have been overindulgent. Give yourself a chance to rejuvenate before you bring in the new year. A secret must be kept even if you are tempted to blurt it out. Someone you are attracted to will be more trouble than he or she is worth.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): The more you try to help others, the less you will be appreciated for your time and effort today. Instead, plan a romantic evening with someone you love. If you are single, attempt to meet someone new through a friend or attending a social function.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’ll be in the mood to entertain. Get out and socialize or do something that will wow everyone you work with. You can enhance your wardrobe with a little shopping.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Distance yourself from family today. Confrontations are apparent, especially if you or someone you are close to have overindulged. A social event or networking with peers will lead to a greater understanding between you and someone who interests you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ll be drawn to emotional matters. Stay out of other people’s affairs unless you are asked to listen. Telling others how to run their lives will backfire. Travel for pleasure or satisfy your creative needs.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Put all the partying and fun behind you and work diligently to clear matters up before year end. Your resourcefulness will help you complete pending matters. Get in touch with people who can help you out today.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You’ll be in rare form, ready to have fun, make some worthwhile changes at home and engage in meaningful conversations. Be careful: Someone may question where you got your information or how much you can really do.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take a look at the possibilities ahead of you. Remember that the work you have put in may not appear to be paying off but, with a little fine tuning, nurturing and faith in yourself, you will see progress. Don’t let anyone discourage you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may want to reevaluate how you have been earning your living. Someone you respect will have some good suggestions. Think about what this person has to say and start making plans to get ahead in the new year.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Focus on what you can do for others, not what they can do for you. It’s best to avoid spending, overdoing or taking on unreasonable responsibilities. Travel should be kept to a minimum.

Birthday Baby: You show great strength and stamina and do not always follow the path of least resistance. You are quick to respond and usually do things in a big way.

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