Born today, you conceal much from those around you, even those who claim to know you best -- family members, loved ones and lifelong friends -- simply because you feel that to reveal everything about yourself will mean sacrificing too much of your own autonomy. This is nonsense, of course, but the perception is what counts: Because you think it, it is true for you, regardless of what might really happen otherwise. You have been endowed with tremendous talents and the ability to work long and hard to develop those talents to the fullest -- though you sometimes cannot figure out which one requires the most attention in the moment. You are, therefore, quite good at many things and are likely to be known as something of a Renaissance man or woman.
You may spend much of your life in the public eye -- or at least, if not in the spotlight, just on the periphery, quite close to the action. At first, this may prove somewhat disconcerting to you, since you can be so very secretive! Later in life, you will learn to use fame, popularity and notoriety to your distinct advantage.
Also born on this date are: Bill Cosby, comedian, producer and actor; Topher Grace, actor; Richard Simmons, fitness expert; Cheryl Ladd, actress; Erik Per Sullivan, actor; Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skater; Christine McVie, musician and singer; Milton Berle, actor and comedian; Henry David Thoreau, author; Oscar Hammerstein, songwriter; Andrew Wyeth, painter; Van Cliburn, musician; Louis B. Mayer, producer; Buckminster Fuller, architect.
THURSDAY, JULY 13
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You may tell yourself that something has to stop, but the fact is that forces you cannot escape are controlling you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You're more interested in firsthand reports than in anything you could read in books, but that doesn't mean your studies have been in vain!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You must choose the right confidant with whom to share certain secrets. You know who it should be, but is he or she ready to hear you?
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- The developments you're waiting for may be slow in evolving, but you can surely use the time to your advantage. Think ahead.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Travel will make greater demands on you than usual, in part because you were not as prepared as you normally try to be.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You're ready to put on quite a show, provided you have assembled an audience. You must be prepared for some criticism when the curtain falls.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You are able to see things from many different angles, and this will help you tremendously as you enter into necessary arguments.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- The farther someone is from home, the less interested you will be in everything around you. You miss his or her influence!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- It may be time to come clean about a certain issue you've been trying to conceal for too long. Much is already known, in fact.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You can keep illness at bay simply by doing what makes sense. There's no magic involved; you just have to be smart about your health!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You can learn much about your own desires by paying attention to what gives a loved one satisfaction. The two of you have much in common.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You may realize that a decision made long ago has affected your romantic episodes ever since. What can you do to break the pattern?