CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Steffani Brass, 17; John McEnroe, 50; Ice-T, 51; Levar Burton, 52.

Happy Birthday: Making personal changes to your lifestyle, your appearance and the people you hang out with will help you achieve your goals. Strength of character and mind will be required to follow your own dreams. Don’t give in to emotional blackmail or meddling; it’s important for you to stand up for what you want this year.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t let emotional troubles interfere with what you need to do. Keeping busy will lead to your success. Not everyone will see things your way but, if you are willing to do the work yourself, you will prove how valuable you are and have good results.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Someone will take advantage of you if you aren’t careful. Do not volunteer for something without knowing the full extent of what’s being asked of you. A love interest may entice you to do things that, under any other circumstances, you wouldn’t do.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): A good idea that someone has will help you out as well. This is a great time to ask for a raise or to make a professional change but make sure you have a better job to go to before you quit your current position.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): A positive change is within your reach. Talk to whoever is in charge and let him or her know what you want to do. Don’t take no for an answer and be prepared to use your own money and ideas to get what you want.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’ll be attracted to someone who motivates you. Make sure you keep things simple. Complicating your personal life by mixing business with pleasure will not bring good results. Separate your emotions from the equation.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Change is upon you. Someone you least expect will utilize one of your old ideas for his or her own benefit. Don’t let anyone take credit for your contributions.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You’ve got everything going your way so don’t let laziness stop you from getting what you deserve. You have to push forward and take action. Force shouldn’t be necessary ­- use intelligence coupled with a little hard work.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Be careful how you handle friends, relatives and your lover. Poor communication will lead to misunderstandings and false information will lead to a change of plans.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may think everything is going well but, behind closed doors, someone is doing you an injustice. Be careful how you present any information you have, especially if it can influence your position.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): An emotional attachment to someone may deter you from seeing what this person is actually up to and how it can hurt you in the end. Don’t be fooled by compliments or gestures of friendliness.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Emotional deception may lead to a poor decision regarding a past partner. Keep your distance and don’t make any moves that you may regret. Your options are greater than you realize.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You may know what you want but underlying factors may stand in your way. You have to be straight about your wants and needs if you expect to gain respect and be able to follow through with your plans. Don’t let your own uncertainty be your downfall.

Birthday Baby: You are pioneering, original and inventive. You are a humanitarian who cares about helping those in need. You are a good friend.


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