BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor James Marsters was born in Greenville, Calif., on this date in 1962. This birthday guy made his mark in TV as Spike on the cult series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." He's since been quite busy with recurring roles on "Caprica," "Without a Trace" and "Smallville." Besides acting, Marsters has played with the band Ghost of Robot and has also toured as a solo act.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Channel your desires into activities that please a significant other. Don't settle for the pedestrian when you can easily set your sights on the exceptional. Don't be disappointed if a dream doesn't come true.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don't refuse to swim at all just because the water seems deep. It is okay to dangle your feet and test the water. The things that worry you today can be a springboard for accomplishments.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Doubts undermine confidence. Center your attention on reality instead of fantasy. Shift your inner focus to seeing what is right, rather than only seeing what is wrong. Fight off a tendency to gloom.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Eat corn on the cob, not candy corn. Candy corn might satisfy a sweet tooth, but it won't fool you into thinking it is the real thing. It isn't Halloween so you need not participate in tricky business dealings.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The truth is absolute. It will be the same today as it was yesterday and as it will be tomorrow. Therefore, putting a spin on the facts in an effort to affect the outcome of a dispute will not hold up to scrutiny.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Pretending to be brave is just as good as the real thing. People may respect you for refusing to give up when the going gets rough. Focus on what brings lasting peace rather than instant gratification.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You could be a creature of habit. You prefer to hide away in a safety zone when you feel threatened by doubt. You might deal with those who are unwilling to consider alternatives or to cooperate.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Hidden meanings may be real or just imaginary. Don't read too much into a lack of enthusiasm from the boss. Something may be going on in the home or behind the scenes that escapes your notice.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Some say that children should be seen and not heard. But anyone who has children knows that when it gets too quiet, you should worry about what they are up to. Remain alert for trouble spots.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you have it, enjoy it. If blessed by riches, you shouldn't feel guilty. Your money shouldn't be used as a sacrificial lamb on the altar of accountability. Do not sabotage your own happiness.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don't draw an imaginary line in the sand because you feel it necessary to defend deeply entrenched beliefs. Air your views or bring things out in the open. You will find that opposition disappears.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Smoke signals get in your eyes. The message you perceive might be the direct opposite of what was intended. You will get further by offering concessions or delaying a final decision than through obstinacy.
IF AUGUST 20 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Your ambitions know no bounds in the year ahead. Because you are willing to apply yourself to the business at hand, you can build a strong foundation for your career. At the same time, you are feeling younger and more in touch with your spiritual side. Cash in on an exciting opportunity or just enjoy the horn of plenty that you have filled up with material success during October. That is a good month to ask for favors, get professional advice and make crucial decisions. Your passion to succeed could lead you to an interest in healthier living, perhaps by eating more balanced meals or getting physically fit, especially between now and the beginning of January.
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