Born today, you are a mass of contradictions, but you maintain the various, seemingly disparate parts of your personality in careful balance at all times, in order to wrest from potential chaos a true advantage in all things personal and professional. While it is common for an individual to cite this skill or that talent as a ticket to accomplishment and success, the fact of the matter is that your very personality, character, makeup -- whatever you prefer to call it -- is the thing that gives you an edge in almost all things.
You see things that others do not, and you think about things in ways that others do not -- and you are determined to make all of that pay off for you in one way or another. You believe that what goes on behind closed doors should stay there.
Also born on this date are: Chris Rock, comedian and actor; Ashton Kutcher, actor; Steve Nash, basketball player; Garth Brooks, singer and songwriter; Charles Dickens, novelist; Laura Ingalls Wilder, author; James Spader, actor.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- The time has come for you to accept the inevitable. Others are trying to convince you that to move on is the right thing -- and so it is.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may be indirectly affected by someone's activities today -- but it's not the "how" that interests you so much as the "why."
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You are fearful of certain influences, but you have little cause to be so. Others in your position have fared well -- and you certainly can too.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You want to be recognized for what you've done, and so you shall be -- but not yet. You still have a few hoops to jump through first.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- It'll be up to you to gather the necessary forces and face a coming challenge without seeming to blink. Appearances can be powerful today.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- The truth comes to you in a strange manner today, but you'll recognize it as the truth, no matter what. This gives you a distinct advantage.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- The time has come for you to bid farewell to one who has helped you a great deal in the past. It's time for you to follow a different path.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- A journey you had planned to take on your own may involve many more people when you finally set out today -- but this suits your current needs.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You can inspire others today, and, in turn, they will inspire you -- and then you're really off to the races. Little will be able to stop you!
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Now is no time for secrets, especially between allies. What you are doing will affect others, and you must give them all key information.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Focus on the affairs of another and see if you can't keep them in your sights all day long. You'll learn something that others already know.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Someone may step up to challenge you today, but this is not for the reason you think. You're able to maintain a confident stance.