Born today, you are, like a great many Capricorn natives, destined to do things your own way, even if it means having one run-in after another with those who insist that you do things their way. You are independent and autonomous to a fault; you will never sacrifice your own freedom simply to make life easier, and you know full well just how hard you can make it for yourself -- and those in your circle -- by flouting traditions, rules, laws and mores. Of course, none of this need be done in any sort of public forum. You can be fiercely independent in a private sense, but there will be times when you will be forced to take a public stance.
What will ultimately make the difference between a life well-lived and a life wasted is how you choose to apply your independence. You can choose to do that which is beneficial to others and the world around you, or that which can be harmful. While the choice is yours, the results may be preordained -- as you well know!
Also born on this date are: Betty White, actress; Jim Carrey, actor and comedian; Muhammad Ali, boxer; Michelle Obama, U.S. first lady; Andy Kaufman, comedian; Zooey Deschanel, actress; Steve Harvey, comedian; James Earl Jones, actor; Kid Rock, singer; Maury Povich, talk show host; Eartha Kitt, singer and actress; Al Capone, gangster; Shari Lewis, puppeteer; Vidal Sassoon, stylist; Susanna Hoffs, singer; Anne Bronte, novelist and poet; Mack Sennett, filmmaker.
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.
MONDAY, JANUARY 18
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You may have to follow in another's footsteps rather than lead the pack, but it's something you'll be more than willing to do.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Are you daring enough to step out and do what no one else has volunteered to do? This endeavor may actually be in your sweet spot!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You can reinvent something that has become old and tired, giving it new life -- and attracting many new fans.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You may have to pay attention to the legality of a certain situation in order to avoid getting into some very hot water.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You can silence your critics by taking a single, timely step in a certain direction. All signs point to an eventual triumph.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You may become more and more nervous as the day wears on and things don't seem to be shaping up the way you would prefer. What's gone wrong?
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Someone is ready to believe in you -- again, or perhaps for the first time -- but you may have to perform a token duty first.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- A battle of wills may be unavoidable as you come up against someone who has proved his or her mettle, just as you have.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Now is no time to give in. Stay strong and stay in motion! Moving forward, though difficult, helps avoid other problems.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You can prove yourself to someone who has been doubtful for some time. Things are looking up in a variety of areas.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You may wonder why someone hasn't held up his or her side of a certain deal, but as the day progresses, all becomes clear.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You may have to give in to someone who is simply not letting up, and there's really no reason not to, since you'll benefit as well.