CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Robert Downey Jr., 50; David Cross, 51; Christine Lahti, 65; Craig T. Nelson, 71.

Happy Birthday: Your attitude can make the difference between success and failure this year. Stand up and be counted. Use your intelligence and desire to get ahead in order to bring about positive changes both at home and at work. Money, contracts, health and legal matters can be finalized successfully if you are persistent as well as realistic.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Don’t be shy. If you want something, ask for it. Use your charm and display your attributes humbly, and good things will happen. A partnership will take a favorable turn. Expand your interests, your friendships and your skills.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t leave anything to chance. Double-check every detail before you make a presentation. Someone will be sure to point out any flaws or mistakes. Personal improvements will raise your confidence, but may hinder your financial position.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Stick close to home. Problems while traveling or dealing with authority figures can be expected. Don’t believe secondhand information. Go to the source and base any decisions you make on facts. A serious partnership will lead to positive changes at home.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Do something that makes you feel good about the person you are and the way you look. Make positive decisions instead of letting emotional issues cloud your vision and ruin your day. Put love and romance above complaining and criticism.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Embrace change and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Expanding your interests will help you hone in on what you want to pursue next. Good fortune is within reach. Follow your heart.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t sit around waiting for something to happen. Initiate what you want to see happen and don’t look back. Romance is on the rise and will put you in a good position when dealing with someone you love. Don’t spend foolishly.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don’t sit back; move forward at lightning speed. Seek out the people or organizations that can help you get ahead. Partnerships will play a role in an objective you want to turn into a reality. Speak up and make a difference.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your strength, endurance and insight will guide you down the right path. Give more time to someone you love and the payback will be worthwhile. A secret that is revealed will change the way you live. Make travel plans.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Put your best foot forward and bring about the ideas you’ve been thinking about incorporating into your personal life. Financial gains can be made if you invest in your home, possessions or a skill or business plan you want to pursue.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Take care of yourself and your family. Make changes at home that add to your comfort. Avoid dealing with friends or relatives who cause you to put up your guard. Don’t let your emotions lead to a costly mistake.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Do your best and you’ll be impossible to beat. Make the changes that will help you get ahead professionally. A chance to use some of your skills in an unusual way will pay off. You’ll impress someone you depend on for support.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Take your time and don’t rush in to something that may not end up being to your advantage. Someone will try to convince you to do something without giving you the lowdown on cost factors. Don’t commit to something you cannot afford.

Birthday Baby: You are courageous, energetic and proactive. You are playful and adaptable.

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