CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Taye Diggs, 38; Christy Turlington, 41; Cuba Gooding Jr., 42; Tia Carrere, 43.

Happy Birthday: Do your research thoroughly and refuse to put money on the line for someone else’s project. You have to bet on yourself if you want to play it safe. No one will do as good a job. This will be a strange year with many options. Now is the time to be precise and controlling. Your numbers are 9, 12, 16, 22, 38, 40, 47.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Shake off any of the negativity trying to whittle its way into your future. The past is over and done with and the future must be viewed with all the hope, faith, love and happiness you can muster. Be passionate about each new project and friendship.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t leave anything to chance. Take care of unfinished business so you can enjoy the benefits heading your way. Open your eyes to the possibilities that exist and make room for the things that really count.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make changes at home to help you with a venture you want to pursue. You don’t have to spend a lot to get something off the ground. Don’t let your plans limit you when they should be bringing you greater hope for the future.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Stop waiting to see what everyone else is going to do. If you want control, you have to lead the procession. A partnership can make all the difference to your future. Pick and choose carefully.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A poor judgment call on your part will lead to a financial loss. Say no if something doesn’t sit right with you. Do your own research to assess what’s going on and what you need to do to avoid a risky decision. 

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Ask questions and do your prep work and you will find exactly what you need to do. You can make the most of any situation or challenge you face. Practical, astute behavior will bring good results. 

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Not much has you excited or looking forward but, if you put an end to pending problems, you can concentrate on the things that mean a lot to you. So apologize, make amends or at least walk away and put the past behind you. 

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t give up when there is so much at stake. Put pressure on anyone standing in your way or causing you grief. You have too much riding on the decisions being made and the options being offered. 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You may need to start backtracking if you have built up too much of an overhead and very little maneuverability. Don’t be afraid to call on people from your past for help. Be upfront and honest. 

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t leave anything to chance. Do your follow up diligently, leaving no room for error. By taking hold of the current situation and laying out your strategy, you will gain the confidence of those you need in your corner. 

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A partnership or proposal is heading your way. Don’t feel obligated to make a snap decision. You have to make sure that whatever you are asked to do you will get what you deserve in return. Don’t sell yourself short.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Set up meetings that will help you get the year off on the right foot. If you want something, you have to ask. Favors will be granted and will help put you in a position of leadership. Love is in the stars. 

Birthday Baby: You are reliable, dependable and responsible. You are meticulous and determined to make the most of any situation you face.

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