Born today, you are not always able to enjoy things fully because you are always keenly aware of the dark mirror image of almost every situation. Even your most cherished successes come at a price, for you are always cognizant of parallel realities that are not in any way as positive. You chalk this all up simply to being human: Because you are human, you are aware of your own mortality, you are aware that a smile is only the flip side of the frown, and that even the most golden opportunities have about them something intangible that is also dark and threatening. You balance the good and the bad, the light and the dark, the joyous and the sad, with great style and elan.
Also born on this date are: Nicolas Cage, actor; Jeremy Renner, actor; David Caruso, actor; Katie Couric, journalist and television host; Kenny Loggins, singer-songwriter; Butterfly McQueen, actress; Millard Fillmore, U.S. president; Alfonso Soriano, baseball player; Erin Gray, actress; Charles Addams, cartoonist; Rand Paul, U.S. senator; William Peter Blatty, author; Jean-Pierre Rampal, flutist.
You are likely to be remembered, but not necessarily for doing the thing that you think is most important in your life. That is all right with you, for you know that not everyone will have the same reaction to the things you do; you cannot control the minds of others or shape their impressions of you in any real, lasting way.
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.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- What happens today may surprise even those who expect anything and everything. Does this include you? Perhaps not -- but enjoyment reigns.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may have to trick someone in your care into doing something that is good for him or her. Right now, the ends justify the means.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- That which springs from your imagination may well prove profitable -- but not, most likely, right away. You must be patient.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You're ready to put something into motion that only recently was just a vague notion. Ideas develop quickly at this time.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Those working with you will realize that there is -- and always has been -- method to your madness. It's time to go for broke, perhaps.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Do you want to give yourself the best possible opportunities at this time? It's important for you to work on a realistic level.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may find yourself going back and forth several times before finally settling on a course of action that you think will pay off.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You'll enjoy much that the day has to offer, though during evening hours something may be hanging over you that you cannot shake off.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You're likely to receive a warning or two regarding your current behavior and its consequences. Are you willing to listen?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may be feeling protective of one who cannot protect him- or herself. It's easier than expected to do what must be done.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- It's not up to you to make all the decisions, but when a decision is made for you, it will certainly be up to you to make it pay off.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You may feel as though you are without purpose somehow, especially since an important personal phase has come to an end.