IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS TODAY: In the year ahead, there is a strong possibility that you will be given a leading role in a group endeavor. Instead of thinking it an honor, you might believe you're being used; but to your surprise, it'll be one of your luckiest breaks in life.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Others will closely observe your actions, and, although they'll see your imperfections, the manner in which you conduct yourself will end up earning their respect and admiration.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — A while back, you did a favor for a friend, about which you thought he or she had forgotten. You're likely to discover that your pal has been searching all this time for a way to repay you.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You can avoid experiencing any ill effects in a partnership situation by underplaying your own prominence. Allowing your cohort to feel more important could be one of the smartest moves you can make.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Don't allow self-doubts about your adequacy to dominate your thinking. When you have confidence, your talents will come through like a champion.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Don't be too disappointed if a planned social activity falls through. Lady Luck has something far better in mind for you. Ride the tide.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — If you get stuck with someone who is selfish and demanding, don't let it get to you. Before the day is over, you'll be the one who ends up getting the most out of what you have shared together.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Don't respond in kind when dealing with an argumentative individual. Unchallenged, this person will talk himself or herself into a corner, and you'll be the one who ends up the victor.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Free handouts usually have some kind of strings attached, designed to rope us in. Thus, when it comes to your material needs, depend solely on your brains and your brawn to get what you need.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — From time to time, you might have difficulty adjusting to what may be going on around you. But if you remain calm, you'll stay collected and will easily bypass any impediments in your path.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You might be faced with several important matters, one of which may irk you a bit. If you're smart, you'll get it out of the way first and enjoy smooth sailing the rest of the way.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Be as forthright as possible about promising a friend something you would have a hard time delivering. As the saying goes, "The truth will set you free," so be as honest about it as you can.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — After grumbling about your lot in life, you could end up with egg on your face when Lady Luck does something quite astounding and proves how off base you were.

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