BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Shelley Long was born in Fort Wayne, Ind., today in 1949. This birthday gal will be forever remembered in TV lore for portraying the Emmy-winning role of Diane Chambers, both on "Cheers" and in a recurring part on "Frasier." She's starred in films such as "The Money Pit," Irreconcilable Differences" and "Night Shift." Long currently appears in a recurring role on "Modern Family."

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Keep whims in check. You may feel the need to make an impulsive decision or purchase. Realize that what may look enticing now could seem a bit foolish later on. Your best bet is to stick with routines.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don't count your chickens before they hatch. Be patient and let events play out before taking any action. There is no such thing as a sure thing, so a wait-and-see approach is best. Make key decisions later.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don't let a sourpuss rain on your parade. A good friend should be there to lend support when needed, but sometimes a friend just needs to move on and quit drowning you in their own past misfortunes.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Looks can be deceiving. You may find something or someone that seems ideal for your situation. Don't get swept up in a fantasy or forget to check up and make sure that you've found the real deal.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Some short cuts can cost you valuable time. Opting for the easy way out may seem appealing, but you may find that the finished product is below par. Go through the necessary motions, no matter how tedious.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Even the best hitters know that when they are down in the count, it's safer to try and just keep the ball in play than to swing for the fences. Don't compound a current problem by trying to enact a solution that you aren't equipped to make.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You can't always tell who is more foolish, the fools or the fools who follow them. Choose role models carefully. You may think that a friend knows what he or she is doing, but truth may not be as rosy as it seems.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Keep your feet on the ground. You are riding high and rightfully so, but don't let a few compliments go to your head. You've done quite well lately, but remember there's always room for improvement.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Choose your battles carefully. Sometimes, even when you think you can't possibly be wrong, a last minute revelation comes along to burst your bubble. The best way to win an argument is not to start one.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): March to your own drummer. The local gang wants to paint the town red while you prefer a quiet evening at home. Don't force yourself to appease your friends; do the things that you want to do.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Snake oil always seems like the answer to all problems until someone drinks it. Beware of those who speak well and offer promises that they have no intention of keeping. Trust only those you know well.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Get-rich-quick schemes only work for the ones who try to sell them to you. Don't let a silver tongue make you lose touch with your logic. Keep your money in your pocket and don't make promises you can't keep.

IF AUGUST 23 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: In the year to come, you may prefer to spend more time alone and that is fine as long as you make sure your surroundings are harmonious and pleasant. You might develop more sensitivity to loud noises and clutter, so keep your spirits up by seeking serenity. Late October and early November is a good time to launch important enterprises, or seek expert guidance about health, legal matters or relationships. Because your judgment will be much better than usual, you will be able to make wise decisions and could make permanent improvements in your life. In January and February, you should sidestep signing key contracts or significant commitments because they might not turn out as expected.

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