IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS TODAY: In order to achieve gains and rewards in the year ahead, a lot of tenacity and imagination may be called for. If you would rather wilt on the vine, so be it. But if you draw upon your will to win, you will win.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — If you encounter severe opposition, don't get your back up and attempt to buck it head-on. If you use your head and leave some wiggle room, things will work to your advantage.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Instead of doing something the same old, difficult way, look for a more creative method to accomplish your purposes. Try taking the path of least resistance.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Don't let a pleasurable distraction take your mind off a more serious issue that needs to be addressed. Once accomplished, you can relax and enjoy fun things.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — If you want something badly enough, you must be ready to battle for it. You'll be successful if you're prepared to pull out all the stops in order to achieve your goal.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — It's important to think before you speak, especially when talking to someone about a subject that could be touchy if not addressed properly. A thoughtless remark could make things worse.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — An important project or endeavor might require many more resources than you have allocated. To be on the safe side, have a backup source prepared to put up what is needed.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — A long-running personal issue might rear its ugly head again. Deal with it once and for all so that you can finally get onto a happy life.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — A responsibility that has been collectively shared might be dumped solely into your lap. Now that you don't have to wait on others, you can deal with it once and for all. Do so immediately, and be set free.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Although your views might oppose those of some friends, there is no reason to act in disharmony. It might require you to outwardly modify your stance, but the ensuing peace will be worth it.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — If you are a bit imaginative, a way can be found to get something you want without looking selfish and greedy. Think in terms of "we, " and the others will end up promoting your position.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Circumstances might once again set up in a manner that could make you look selfish, so handle it wisely. Take advantage of what you've learned from similar past unpleasant experiences.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — A financial arrangement may have more flaws than first suspected, but early signals point to the fact that it has more potential than you thought. Sort them out, and use your smarts.

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