BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Jesse L. Martin was born in Rocky Mount, Va., on this date in 1969. This birthday guy is best recognized for his portrayal of Detective Ed Green on "Law & Order" from 1999-2008. He starred in the short-lived series "The Philanthropist" and had a recurring role on "Ally McBeal." An accomplished stage actor, Martin has starred in Broadway productions of "Rent," "La Boheme" and "Timon of Athens."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Conquer the urge to be controversial. You would love to be seen as a trailblazer and doer of daring deeds, but under these stars you are more likely to earn disapproval for your efforts. Maintain a low profile.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): All that glitters isn't gold. You might make a favorable impression on business contacts, or have amorous moments with a loved one, but avoid investments and major purchases.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): It is best to hold off on major decisions. You could be blind to the facts, especially when close friends or partners are concerned. Strive to be fair and open-minded when confronted by unreasonable people.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put your piggy bank on a high shelf out of reach. Don't be tempted to tie yourself down with added responsibilities such as a mortgage or payment plan. Wait for better celestial conditions to spend money.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don't start anything you can't finish. You might be sidetracked by a get rich scheme or be unable to see pitfalls clearly. Maintain your momentum with ongoing projects without starting anything new.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Get out the flashlight and look a gift horse in the mouth. Better yet, don't embrace opportunities that might have strings attached. New responsibilities could create costly problems.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Learn to adjust gracefully when targeted by criticisms. People who pop into your life now might not have your best interests at heart. Force yourself to appraise tense situations with sensible rationality.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Compassion may come at a price. This isn't a good time to let someone overwhelm you with a sad story. Don't feel guilty if you must say "no" to a plea for help or turn down an offer or agreement.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don't stir up controversy. Making key purchases now might mire you in the muck. Know exactly what you are getting into if someone offers you something that might entail added responsibilities.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Ambitions can lead to arguments. Your schemes might prove to be delicate bubbles that can burst easily. People may misunderstand your intentions, so hold off on making major presentations.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Blind men can be bluffed. A tendency to be impractical or overly sympathetic could put you in a poor position for negotiations or maneuvering. Hold off on key agreements or contracts and avoid quarrels.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Roll with the punches. You can handle a small amount of commotion caused by others or an upsetting situation with diplomacy. Wait for better timing to follow through on an enticing flirtation.
IF JANUARY 18 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You may get a chance to flaunt your ambitions this year. Because people appreciate your abilities, they may saddle you with extra responsibilities. Hidden problems may emerge in March, or even April, and your judgment will be off balance then, too, so make no crucial decisions or changes. Sidestep permanent commitments, as unforeseen complications could occur with a fascinating love interest or a job offer on the table. The very best time to switch jobs, commit your heart or put important projects into motion is in May. Enjoy being the center of attention, but avoid being coerced into a contract or agreement during September.
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