BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Ben Chaplin was born in London, England on this date in 1970. This birthday guy has starred in such films as "Murder by Numbers," "Birthday Girl" and "The Thin Red Line." An accomplished stage actor, Chaplin earned a Tony nomination for his performance in the production of "The Retreat From Moscow." He was born Benedict John Greenwood, but took his mother's maiden name for his acting career.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): You won't need a translator to understand trade talks and geek speak. Technological matters that have tried your patience in the past may become suddenly clear. You sparkle at social events in the week ahead.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The grass may look greener on the other side, but it's just as hard to cut. Your desire to keep up with the Joneses and own the latest gadgets or novelties could prove expensive in the week to come.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You could be backstage, but not backwards. Figure out how to succeed in business without really trying, even though you might not be the star of the show. Let creative ideas run at full throttle this week.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Calories only count at the dinner table. It is not what goes into your mouth that can get you in trouble this week, but what comes out of it. Don't put your money where your mouth is.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): The new moon in your sign might signal a positive change in your daily routines. Over the next few weeks, you might be more focused on your appearance and making improvements in your personal affairs.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Sweeten the pie. To make the wheels of commerce run more smoothly in the week to come, it might be a good idea to offer added benefits. Socializing with co-workers could be in the stars.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): One chocolate truffle tastes good but a dozen might make you nauseous. The theory that more is better won't hold up to scrutiny in the week to come. Try not to overdo, overspend or exaggerate.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): That wise fellow Will Rogers once said that we're all ignorant, only on different subjects. In the week to come, you might meet people who are experts in their field but are misguided in other areas.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You never feel like a nerd when traveling in a herd. Community events, group activities or local gatherings could be the best place for you in the upcoming week. Like-minded people like you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Some bridges were meant to be burned. In the week to come, you can be philosophical about past mistakes. A new attitude will work wonders at the workplace; a trying condition may improve.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You prefer the facts straight, no chaser. This week, you'd rather deal with issues or people that are straightforward and sincere rather than those who embellish the truth and make empty promises.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you start to walk, you will find the path. In the week to come, you may be inspired to act dynamically on your creative ideas. Since you will be raring to go, it is a good idea to choose worthy destinations.
IF JULY 31 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Too many friends can spoil the pot in the coming month. You have extra energy, so while this is a good time for outdoor sports and exercise, group dynamics could distract you from what is really important. During October and November, you could be given many opportunities to improve your situation and have the business skills on hand to take advantage of them in October. However, your happy-go-lucky attitude might not be interested in competing against others in the rat race. Between January and March, your ambitions grow by leaps and bounds. You can make great strides in career, land a new job or find a committed relationship in April.
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