BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Kristy Swanson was born in Mission Viejo, Calif., on this day in 1969. This birthday gal is known for her starring roles in such films as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Flowers In the Attic" and "Deadly Friend." Her more recent work includes guest appearances on series such as"Psych," "One Tree Hill" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Swanson has been married to Canadian Olympic skater Lloyd Eisler since 2009.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): You are taking an inner trip from co-dependence to no dependence. Therefore, you might believe that if you are expected to give others gifts, that you deserve one too. Avoid splurging on personal items.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Tap into gentle strength and a deep reservoir of knowledge. You might be tripped up by the urge to give assurances when none should be made. You might overindulge in the holiday goodies on offer.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Fuel fantasies with faithfulness. If your expectations aren't being met, don't drop an acquaintance or stir up trouble with a mate. It is in your best interest to honor your commitments and remain patient.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Quick-change artists may bare their inadequacies. Ignore the urge to make a change or alter traditions. Disruptions to routines can create more work in the end. Don't change your plans.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Remain calm, cool and collected. Some may not be amused by your efforts to bend the rules or make unnecessary demands during the holidays. Honor social conventions even if this goes against the grain.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don't make trouble. Plans are not be chiseled in stone, but insisting on something new and different can cause controversy. This isn't a good time to change your mind at the last minute, either.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): When all is said and done, you are looking to make a deal, not a friend. Don't ignore common sense because of a smile or friendly banter. Remain businesslike in situations requiring business skills.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Slow it down. Conflicts can occur when people are stressed out by a long list of holiday tasks or determined to meet deadlines. Avoid being part of the holiday rush; detour around crowded shopping malls.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You might be happiest hanging out at home hanging decorations. Last minute shoppers could cause traffic jams. A refusal to cooperate could cause a minor struggle at work or in business.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Those who laugh last, laugh best. Gifts purchased now might not prove to be as satisfying as they ought to be, so keep your cash in your pocket for a few more days. You may get a better deal.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Take minor tensions and surprises in stride. Don't be upset if others are a bit unpredictable. If you are lucky, you will have the leisure time. Remain snug as a bug at home; prepare holiday treats.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Be a peacemaker; don't take sides. There could be tensions in the workplace, but neutrality is the best defense. You're filled with the holiday spirit and prone to gestures of sentimentality at home.
IF DECEMBER 19 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: For the next four to six weeks, you should simply enjoy holiday parties and put financial or career affairs on the back burner. You will have much more successful outcomes if you wait until late March or early April to make investment decisions. It may be important to get plenty of exercise in March and April because without an appropriate outlet your exuberance could cause friction. Cross your t's and dot your i's in the late spring. Hard work and strict attention to duty might be rewarded in late May when opportunity can come knocking.
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