BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Ashley Scott was born in Metairie, La., on this date in 1977. This birthday gal has starred in the series "Jericho" and "Dark Angel" as well as the short-lived series "Birds of Prey." On the big screen, Scott's film credits include "12 Rounds," "Into the Blue" and "Walking Tall." Recently, she's guest-starred on episodes of "CSI: Miami" and "NCIS."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): There's no task you can't do when you put your mind to it. Make ideas a reality and get pet projects off the ground. The tasks ahead may be difficult, but you'll find that your stamina is greater than you realized.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): There's no substitute for hard work. If someone doubts your commitment to a project, show them up by displaying an exemplary work ethic. The key to today's success is teamwork, not competition.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't wander around in the dark. If you are unsure of what course of action you should take, don't hesitate to ask for advice from a trusted source. Once you've gained insights, the task will take care of itself.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Enthusiasm can be contagious. The bigwigs want an increase in productivity and it is up to you to make it happen. Whistle while you work and soon your colleagues will be whistling along with you.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don't play the fool. You may feign ignorance when confronted with an issue. This may get you off the hook, but you'll have gained nothing from the experience. Share your knowledge with others to get the job done.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't lose sight of what is truly important. You may be waist deep in a new project at work, while at the same time neglecting the needs of your loved ones. Be sure to give everyone a fair share of your time.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A boss deserves respect. If you feel that you are being made to perform tasks that that are not in your job description, speak up for yourself. Even a boss doesn't have the right to take advantage of you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Slow and steady wins the race. You can take the quicker path and just get the job done or you can apply the extra time and effort to create a resounding and lasting success. Share your passions with others.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Do or do not, there is no try. Find the confidence and energy to tackle all the responsibilities set before you. Doubt is your enemy. Just like that little engine, if you think you can . . . you will.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Go after big game. Show a little initiative and take on a project that will bring you the greatest recognition and reward. Don't be selfish with your time and talent. Lend a hand if someone needs it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A puppetmaster pulls the strings, but all anyone looks at is the puppet. You may feel that you are being manipulated to suit someone else's ends. In the end, however, you share the credit for the success.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Keep moving forward. If you hesitate on the road to success, you might get left behind. Stay one step ahead of everyone else by staying informed, alert, and enthusiastic. Put your high energy level to good use.
IF JULY 13 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: In August and September, you could drown in a sea of fantasies and may be more gullible than usual, so it is a good idea to get all of your loose ends tied up firmly in the next few weeks. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security, but get the oil changed in your car and your dental checkups completed now, too, because October and November could be months when any responsibilities you have ignored or failed to honor could come back to haunt you. Those are not months to begin anything of importance, but you can be successful with financial or career decisions in December, when your business savvy is enhanced.
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