BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Brian Van Holt was born in Waukegan, Ill., on this date in 1969. This birthday guy currently appears in the recurring role of Bobby Cobb on the series "Cougar Town." Holt previously starred in the TV shows "John From Cincinnati" and "Threshold." On the big screen, Van Holt has appeared in such films as "House of Wax," "S.W.A.T." and "Basic."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Get some detergent and clean up the dirty laundry before it is aired. Make necessary explanations before gossip turns things sour. For the next several days, remain on your guard and avoid giving offense.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Like Mighty Mouse, someone will be there to save the day. There could be a great deal of tension for a few days. Rest assured there is someone in the background secretly rooting for your side.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be like Velcro and hold on tight to the familiar and similar. The longer you work without reward the better greener pastures look. The closer you are to your destination, the easier it is to slip-slide away.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Eat a helping of humble pie and like it. Superiors, as well as romantic partners, might be more disapproving and difficult to please than usual. Don't expect to receive praise before the job is done.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): When your back is to the wall, remember that most walls have an opening. There may be a way out of a difficult situation that you can't see right now. Extra time and patience are needed to conquer your concerns.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Those are fighting words, pilgrim. If John Wayne were still here, he could swagger on in and put things back to normal. He isn't on hand, however, so you will be forced to act as a calming influence on others.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Warm fuzzies have left the building. Although charm and talent can be employed to prevent an argument, hard feelings could ensue. Behave in the most proper and respectful manner to higher-ups.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Temporary upsets are possible. Discontent is often caused by greed and envy. Understand that it isn't necessary to compete on every level. Be realistic; what you want probably isn't essential.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Get a grip on yourself, then hold on tight. Restrain your wildest impulses and put your credit card in the desk drawer. Your wallet could be at the mercy of unexpected demands for a few days.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There may be fleeting lulls in your enthusiasm. You may have brief battles with negativity for the next few days. Remember that becoming motivated is much like bathing; you must do it daily.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The boy who cried wolf was a worry wart. If Chicken Little had focused on finding feed, he wouldn't have had time to worry about the sky falling. Don't get caught up in groundless fears.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you are sensible, you won't be disappointed. Those jovial pats on the back you imagine you deserve might not be as well warranted as you think. Others aren't likely to be generous with praise.
IF JULY 6 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are someone with a great sense of humor, but mid-July through the end of August is no laughing matter. Right now, you may be lulled into a false sense of security and easily convinced that a valueless idea or investment is worthy of attention. Make no important decisions or changes until after the end of August but honor existing obligations faithfully. During November, new associations, groups and organizations can light a fire under your business ambitions. Late January and early February is the best time to make a job change, make crucial decisions or to meet significant people who will help you become more successful or happy. You might even find true love. If you are offered a chance to try your hand at something new, accept it with open arms as a minor opportunity could lead to bigger and better things.
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