Last Word in Astrology for February 17, 2017

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Ed Sheeran, 26; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 36; Billie Joe Armstrong, 45; Denise Richards, 46.

Happy Birthday: Stay grounded. If you let your emotions take over, you will tend to overreact and make poor choices. Look at each situation you face as the year unfolds and you will find the best solutions. Time is on your side and taking positive and progressive steps toward a better future will bring you closer to the life you desire. Your numbers are 1, 9, 15, 29, 36, 40, 48.

Birthday Baby: You are brave, intense and determined. You are sociable and open-minded.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Emotional issues will surface if you are dealing with outside influences or people who don't see things the same way you do. Work independently to avoid interference. Stability will result from knowing what you are doing. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A creative approach to life, learning and self-awareness will help you make adjustments to the way you do business. You don't have to agree with everything others say, do or offer. Just strive for personal perfection. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be generous with others, and forge ahead with optimism. Set your sights high and pry open doors that can help you launch into something new and exciting. Intelligence and charm will lead to victory. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Education and searching for information that can help you revitalize your life, goals and current position are favored. Refuse to let what others are doing throw you off guard or push you in a costly direction. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Partnership problems will surface if you let your emotions interfere with what needs to be done. Travel if necessary. A face-to-face conversation will allow you to send a positive message. Personal improvements are favored. 2 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When it comes to business and dealing with clients, peers or superiors, don't let your emotions take over. It's best to be frank but also willing to compromise if necessary. Don't burn bridges. Tact and diplomacy are favored. 4 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Partnerships and getting together with people who make you think will help you come to terms with what you want to do next. Revisit a creative dream or plan you want to pursue. Don't let laziness take over. Get started. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Listen carefully, but don't get trapped in someone's ploy to coerce you into a heated debate. It's OK to live life your way if you let others have the same privilege. Do your own thing and expand your skills, talents and prospects. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It's your hard work that will help you reach your goals. Don't let anyone deter you from finishing what you start or tempt you to get involved in something that isn't on your agenda. Avoid indulgent people. 3 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You'll have to stand up to anyone who tries to take advantage of you. Don't get involved with people who just want to take advantage of your skills, knowledge and experience. Move forward alone. 4 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't second-guess what you should be doing. Follow your heart and do what feels right. Added discipline will help you overcome any emotional or physical challenges you face. Choose love and peace over disharmony and discord. 2 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): A joint venture or new investment will give you a sense of accomplishment. Financial gains using innovative ideas will pay off. Don't be afraid to adopt change if it's a result of someone or something unusual. 5 stars

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