Born today, you are often the object of another's love and admiration, and though this is certainly not something you will aim for, it is nevertheless something you can use to either your personal or professional advantage -- or both. You are certain to encounter dangers in your life, for the lifestyle you choose -- and perhaps your work, too -- will no doubt expose you to hazards that others might regularly choose to avoid but that are, to you, unavoidable as you strive to make your particular dreams come true.
You have something of an adventurous spirit, and you will try things that others will not simply for the sake of doing something new and different. This will surely make you vulnerable at times -- but not too vulnerable, for you take precautions and follow guidelines whenever possible.
Also born on this date are: Junior Seau, football player; Thomas Kinkade, painter; Katey Sagal, actress; Robert Palmer, rocker; Paula Deen, celebrity chef; Dolly Parton, singer; Janis Joplin, rocker; Paul Cezanne, artist; Edgar Allan Poe, author and poet.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20
ARIES (March 20-April 19) -- You don't want to express yourself in anything but the most direct terms today. Those who hear you must be able to understand all you say.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your wits are sharp and your ability to explain yourself is at an all-time best -- but still, someone you know may not buy what you're selling.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Hard work can surely pay off today, but you must tend to things in the right order if you want the rewards to match your lofty expectations.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- There's more than one way to skin a cat -- and today you'll be able to prove the truth of the adage in no uncertain terms. Stick to the familiar!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Any plans you've made the past few days have to be approved today, unofficially, by those who are helping you put them into motion.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You can accomplish much more than a rival today, but not everything will be worth remembering. One thing will stand out from all the rest.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Your ability to get to the crux of an important issue will surely pay off handsomely today, but you may not enjoy the reward for long.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You'll have the chance to look back through a few chapters of your own past today to come up with the answer to one of today's big questions.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You mustn't put your own interests ahead of someone else's today. Work on them together, simultaneously, for the best possible result.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- A memory fuels you throughout the day. Someone who has been on the outs with you and your allies may want to return to the fold.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- A wish comes your way today, and you'll feel somehow "blessed" by another who knows what you're going through. Progress is made.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You'll find it easier today to do your best than to do anything less. Your ambition is leading the way, and you can only follow.