CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Kirk Franklin, 37; Ellen DeGeneres, 49; Eddie Van Halen, 52; Lucinda Williams, 54.

Happy Birthday: Don’t let emotional matters cause you to waste the opportunities this year holds for you. The sooner you let go of past resentments, the better. This is a year of pushing ahead positively. Shun anything and anyone who is negative and you will prosper.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Take a fresh approach to something you have done in the past and you will get better results. Don’t overreact or give your true feelings away but file away the information, giving you a powerful weapon for future discussions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You will let things get to you, especially if you have to work in conjunction with others. If you don’t like the way things are going, let others take responsibility and stay in the background. Then, when the time comes, you will have the knowledge and information required.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The less everyone around you knows about what you are doing, the more successful you will be. It’s the element of surprise that will help you leave a lasting impression. An older, experienced person you respect will give you privileged advice.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You can count on someone’s advice but don’t count on getting the physical help promised. A problem with truthfulness will be at the root of what you encounter today. Don’t lend or borrow money.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t let mixed emotions lead you down an unforgiving path. Address personal issues straight on. If your interests are changing, let the people who are in your life know what you plan to do. Keeping secrets will not be to your advantage.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Someone will come to your rescue. A partnership will move in a new direction, leaving you confused about where you actually stand. Changes at home will be sudden and should be dealt with before things get out of hand.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You will be the receiver of a gift, however, it will come through unusual means. A get- together with people you find inspiring will be a positive experience. Children will have an interesting perspective on what’s happening and how you are handling the situation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may feel pulled in several different directions but no matter what others want you to do, you have to do what you want. If you deviate or give in because of others, you will never be able to forgive and forget.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Not everyone will like how you handle people and situations, especially if you are extravagant. Concentrate on bringing money in, not spending it. A problem with a friendship should make you question your motives.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Focus on home and family and put your work on the back burner today. Take the day to talk things through with the people you love and care about before making a decision about your future.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t let anyone play emotional games with you. As soon as you give in to what others try to dictate, you will lose control. An opening will appear for a position or an event you want. Your patience will pay off.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Keep things to yourself even if you are dying to tell someone. You can only prosper if you are smart about a deal you are trying to put into play. A fresh look at an old idea will give it greater substance.

Birthday Baby: You are sensitive, emotional and willing to turn any wrong into a right. You have compassion, understanding and far-sighted views. You are thoughtful but stubborn when pushed.

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