Born today, you know how to take advantage of almost any opportunity that might arise, provided it allows you to tap into your seemingly limitless stores of energy, drive and talent. You are able to do a great many things -- but not all of them bring you pleasure, and when you do not enjoy doing something, you're not likely to succeed at it. Indeed, the more you like doing a thing, the more you will apply yourself -- and to apply yourself is, in most cases, to win the day.
You are almost certain to encounter personal obstacles in your life that set you back professionally -- or that could do so, were you not always obsessively determined to overcome those obstacles and see your will prevail. Despite the ups and downs you will surely experience in your life, others will look upon you as a kind of example of one who can do it all -- almost.
Also born on this date are: Jane Austen, author; Billy Gibbons, guitarist; Benjamin Bratt, actor; Benny Andersson, singer; Margaret Mead, anthropologist; Arthur C. Clarke, author; Krysten Ritter, actress; Theo James, actor.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You needn't fall into the trap that someone has set for you today. You know well enough how to modulate your behavior as required.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your desires and the desires of a loved one may not be wholly in sync today. You may find that the best bet is to give way for now.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- What you do today can be very exciting for you and all those involved with you -- except for one naysayer who must be dealt with directly!
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- There's no such thing as a "foolproof" plan -- especially today, when so much has to be guessed at because the variables are everywhere around you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Your ability to make up your mind very quickly may well be put to the test today. Be sure to give those around you a hint about what's coming.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You have been navigating a difficult period marked by rather dramatic ups and downs -- but today things are likely to calm down a bit, at last.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You've come through one or two difficult conflicts with your integrity intact. Others are eager to know how you do it; do you want to share?
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You'll be making discoveries of one kind or another all day long. During evening hours, you'll be expected to share some new information.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Something new brings out the best in you today -- both physically and emotionally. You're going to want that to last!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- If you have to venture into something that is not quite legit, you'll want to be very careful that you don't leave any trace. Be thorough!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Someone you know well may be trying to get something from you without asking for it directly. Your instincts are keen; you'll know what to do.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- People will be looking at you and judging your performance today almost the moment that you get started -- so first impressions are key!