BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Michael Ealy was born in Silver Spring, Md., on this date in 1973. This birthday guy earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Darwyn al-Sayeed in the acclaimed 2005 miniseries "Sleeper Cell." He's appeared in recurring roles on the series "Californication," "The Good Wife," and "FlashForward." On the big screen, Ealy's credits include "Seven Pounds," "2 Fast 2 Furious" and "Barbershop."

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Keep your eye on the ball. You must look for an opening or opportunity to take action. Leap up and put the ball in the basket or swing as the ball crosses the plate because that is how to play the game.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Man's best friend is loyal and true. A dog is incapable of lying because its betrays its true feelings. Where money is concerned, however, even a pack of dogs won't help you sort out the truth.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Even a broken clock is right two times a day. You can take a long, hard look at the facts, but the data you view might not be relevant. This is a not a good time to take action or make major decisions.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Unite with others to benefit a good cause. You can meet folks who will help you reach your goals or who share a similar vision of the future. Indulge your passion for the finer things in life.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take advantage of a prime opportunity to gain someone's confidence. Your career is in the spotlight, but don't become so involved in making a dollar that you forget to get necessary rest.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Misused words can lead to misled thoughts. You can be confused, or convinced that something that is not true is accurate, unless you remain alert. Keep your wallet closed, as money can slip away.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You may find yourself drawn to someone who seems exciting and mysterious. There can be a definite chemistry between the two of you, but at the same time there might be too many basic differences.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It is wise to stop going around in circles over a minor problem or worry. Just simply move on to something else. A positive change of attitude leaves you open to finding an innovative solution.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Pay attention to the details. Deceitful people become successful fishermen when the hook is baited with truth. You might need to dig a little deeper rather than accepting something at face value.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Your ability to cope with unsavory facts or unpleasant circumstances can win appreciation from those whose opinions can favorably influence your future.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Choose the straightest road. Gifts and free samples can make business contacts happy and make the wheels of commerce turn more smoothly. Your networking skills can add a feather to your cap.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Channel your inner fantasies into creative pursuits. The poet controls fantasies, while the neurotic is possessed by them. You can be highly artistic even if the only picture you paint is in your mind.

IF AUGUST 3 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Physical exuberance and a competitive edge are yours during the next four to six weeks. Don't let group dynamics put you off your feed in the month ahead. Explore new vistas through travel or education during September and October when your well-honed business savvy can place you in a leadership position. In November, a passing romantic fling can disrupt your life when your gullibility is at a high point, so steer clear of investments that sound too good to be true. February may be the best time to begin a new job or vie for a promotion, as your business skills will get attention.


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