1 star: Avoid conflicts; work behind the scenes. 2 stars: You can accomplish, but don't rely on others. 3 stars: Focus and you'll reach your goals. 4 stars: Aim high; start new projects. 5 stars: Nothing can stop you; go for gold.
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Megan Hilty, 42; Lucy Lawless, 55; Amy Sedaris, 62; Eric Idle, 80.
Birthday Baby: You are romantic, optimistic and trendy. You are outgoing and unique.
Happy Birthday: Realism will play a role in how your year unfolds. View situations from a distance, and refuse to let emotions steal your thunder when practicality is required. Use your knowledge, experience and intelligence to outsmart anyone trying to disrupt your plans, ideology or cash flow. Be yourself, don't make excuses and follow through with programs geared toward what you want. Your happiness is your responsibility. Your numbers are 8, 14, 22, 29, 30, 37, 40.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Busy yourself with tasks you can do independently. The fewer people you encounter, the easier your day will unfold. A home improvement project will give you something to take your mind off a personal situation you aren't ready to address. 2 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Connect with someone you haven't talked to lately, and the information you receive will help you get ahead. A new look will boost your morale and prompt you to share your feelings. Romance is skyrocketing. 4 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): An open mind will feed your imagination with exciting alternatives regarding your direction in life. Revisit old ideas and rework plans that still excite you. A new project will give you hope for a brighter future. Stick to a budget. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Keep your life simple and your emotions under control. It will be easy for a situation to explode if you or someone else overreact or become too demanding. Keep your guard up but your words to yourself. Choose self-improvement over changing others. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Do your own thing, follow your heart and refuse to let anyone upset your day. Stop worrying so much about what others think and pay more attention to what you want to achieve. Work alone; the results you get will be stellar. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Spending money while feeling emotional will be disappointing when the bill arrives. You can appease yourself by making changes and updates that don't cost money. Consider incorporating a better exercise routine into your daily schedule. 4 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Don't sweat the small stuff. Laboring over nonsense will tire you before you get the chance to face something worthwhile. Choose your battles wisely. You'll outmaneuver anyone trying to mislead or disrupt your life. Use intelligence, not anger, to reach your objective. 2 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Go over your finances, contracts and medical issues thoroughly. Make whatever adjustments are necessary to keep you in a positive mindset. A lifestyle change geared toward lowering your overhead will ease stress and give you hope. 5 stars
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You have the knowledge and the answers you need to improve your life. Don't depend on someone looking out for their interests and not yours. Put your emotions aside and do your own thing. A social event will escalate your plans. 3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Decluttering encourages you to move or change your life. Whether you become a minimalist or choose different living arrangements, the result will help put things in perspective and allow you to distance yourself from interference. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't waste time or money on something or someone you don't need in your life. Be transparent regarding your intentions, and stop worrying about who chooses the same path. Once you find calmness, you'll discover happiness and recognize who is beneficial. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Push forward until you are satisfied with the results. How you run your home or workplace will determine your success. A youngster or someone you look out for will cause emotional stress if you are too accommodating. Set boundaries. 5 stars