Born today, you tend to be rather understated in your approach to life, belying your inner intensity and your tendency to feel strongly about everything that happens around you. The fact is that your outward manner -- marked by a quiet ease and a confident self-control -- is something you have spent years cultivating, whereas your natural state is one of emotional involvement and often reactionary behavior. You work very hard to balance emotional response and even-tempered behavior, and it's not something you always find easy to do. When you do break and allow your temper to flare, it is sure to be noticed by virtually everyone, so unexpected and dramatic is such an event.
You know how to express yourself well, and you can be quite persuasive. But despite your way with words, you fully understand that there are times when words can do little and only actions can win the results you are after. When those times come, you are perfectly able to keep your thoughts to yourself and let your actions speak for you.
Also born on this date are: Andy Murray, tennis player; Emmitt Smith, football player; James Mason, actor; George Brett, baseball player; Eddy Arnold, singer; Madeline Albright, diplomat; John Smoltz, baseball player; Chazz Palminteri, actor; Joseph Cotten, actor; L. Frank Baum, author.
MONDAY, MAY 16
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You have travel plans that may have to wait until you've tended to an unexpected personal situation. A family member expresses concern.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Though others are eager to offer you responsibility and employment, you're more interested in something new that is further afield.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You have your eyes on someone who has inspired you in the past. The closer you get, the more you think that something big is happening.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You may have to stop one thing in order to do another, again and again. You can't accomplish things in a linear fashion at this time.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You have the recipe for success, but you may not have all you need in the larder. It's time to gather one or two essential ingredients.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You're doing your best to keep your emotions in check, but something transpires that brings a lot to the surface.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You're usually perfectly happy doing most things entirely on your own, but today you're in the mood to enjoy the social aspects of your job.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- There's no secret potion that can win you what you want; you must work for it. Much depends on a clear assessment of your abilities.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Confidence is essential, but overconfidence can actually do you a great deal of harm. Be realistic about your abilities!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You have a chance to put things in order the way you have long imagined them. Failure is only likely if you try to take a shortcut.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You may be used to going it alone, but you know that only so much is possible without those you have recently come to trust.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You may require information that only an expert can gather for you. You must be patient and let that work get done.