BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Trent Ford was born in Akron, Ohio, on this day in 1979. This birthday guy is known for playing recurring roles on the series "The Vampire Diaries," "The West Wing" and "The Class." On the big screen, Ford has appeared in movies such as "September Dawn," "How to Deal" and "Gosford Park." Ford will next star in the upcoming dramatic film "Burning Blue."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Rest content with things as they are. In an effort to make improvements, you might discuss problems too frankly. Avoid voicing criticisms about someone, as you might suffer from a boomerang effect.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Forgiveness can be the X factor. People are more than willing to offer you the benefit of the doubt today, so take advantage of every opportunity to mend fences. At the same time, don't push agendas.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The scales of justice might be tipped in your favor. There might be a chance to right a wrong. You won't understand what constitutes right and wrong unless you judge each case on its own merits.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Cut a big piece of humble pie. You can earn respect by admitting your mistakes. At the same time, you don't need to take a few mistakes as a sign that you are a failure at everything else that you do.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You can take the high road or you can take the low road. Although you will end up in the same place, you will feel better about yourself if you play by the rules. Don't take unfair advantage of anyone.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Step carefully around the fragile line that separates right and wrong. Your money should stay put until you are completely convinced that an investment meets your needs without compromising your morals.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): No comments needed from the peanut gallery. Although you find that others are willing to forgive and forget, you might have a nasty habit of dredging up criticisms that spoils the potential peace.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It is possible to shear wool from black sheep. There is still usefulness and value in the most eccentric people. You may be criticized for your opinions or challenged by family members on the home front.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): What you don't know can hurt you. To be enthused about ethics, you must remain eager for education. By learning all of the details, you will have a better chance of forming informed opinions.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There is no shame in being compassionate. You might think that being sympathetic is a sign of weakness, but in economic times like these, it is necessary to do something for the less fortunate.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may wish to take a relationship to a new level. Past disappointments do not guarantee a lack of success in the future. Don't allow petty grumbling to affect your prospects or color your judgment.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Bend with the trends. It might very well be time for you to upgrade your appearance by getting a haircut that suits your face or some clothing that hides your worst physical shortcomings.
IF JANUARY 16 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Your year ahead will be fulfilling if you take a back seat and gather necessary experience. You will have plenty of chances to develop your business acumen and "street cred" during the next several months. Do everything that is expected of you and be sure to fulfill your obligations to the letter in March and April. The answer to your prayers may mysteriously arrive in May or early June, making that a perfect time to ask for favors or forgiveness, or to launch important plans for a comfortable future. In August, your popularity might falter briefly but by working hard you will rise above criticism.
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