Born today, you know how to dream while keeping your feet very much on the ground, which gives you a distinct advantage over those who only dream -- as well as those who are so solid and realistic that they never do. You have a way of seeing the world that allows you to deal with the negative in a positive way; in other words, you are able to make the best of a bad situation again and again -- even when the promise of personal reward is slim or nonexistent. You consider every day a kind of personal victory over those who would have you live a drab and uninteresting life, and you do what you can to enjoy yourself fully at every turn -- even when things are quite routine and possibly uninteresting.
You will enjoy success and endure setbacks, but others may never really know which affects you more, since you tend to keep such things to yourself. It could be that you wear a smile on your face merely as a kind of mask -- but that is too simple an explanation for one as complex as you!
Also born on this date are: Betty White, actress; Shari Lewis, puppeteer; Anne Bronte, author; Benjamin Franklin, inventor and U.S. statesman; Muhammad Ali, boxer; Jim Carrey, comedian and actor; James Earl Jones, actor.
To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- What gives you a thrill may not have the same effect on a loved one -- and vice versa. It's time for you both to find common ground.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Someone touches you in an unusual way today, and you're likely to feel some things that you were not expecting to feel.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- It's time for you to do exactly what you want to do -- provided, of course, you've dispensed with the business you are paid to do.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You can accomplish much today simply by sticking to the game plan. Later, improvisation can bring you a personal thrill.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Even you can have too much of a good thing -- but you usually know it when it happens. Today, you must be sure not to go overboard.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Trust your instincts today and you'll avoid being led in the wrong direction by someone who doesn't understand whom he's up against.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- An easygoing approach is advised today. You can't afford to rock the boat or attract the wrong kind of attention.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You are seeking the right answers, certainly, but it is taking longer than expected because you are asking the wrong questions.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You'll find yourself doing something you had promised yourself you would not do -- but the extraordinary reasons nullify such a promise.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You are eager to know what someone else is thinking, but by the time you decipher his or her "code," it may be too late. Be more direct.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You may be introduced to something new and exciting by someone who has taken you completely by surprise. You're ready to give it all a try.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- The reason you are ready to take on new responsibility is because your confidence has increased dramatically over the past few days.