IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS TODAY: Don't let former trying situations influence your outlook in the year ahead. The only way you can turn things around is to adopt a positive, realistic attitude. The times ahead offer many good things for those who can see them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — If you've been having problems starting an important endeavor, perhaps it's time to re-evaluate what is blocking your forward motion. Chances are it's something you refuse to see.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Favors might be hard to come by, especially from those you've ignored previously. Let this be a lesson to you. Only those you have indulged will indulge you.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — If you haven't learned your lesson from a past experience, you could be destined to repeat the mistake. Instead of duplicating an unpleasant ending, figure out what you can do to change the outcome.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Be careful that someone who is a taker doesn't get you to fork over your time or money once again. Remember: "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Don't expect any cooperation from others unless you have already set a good example of cooperation with them. Life has a way of proving to be a quid-pro-quo arrangement.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Unfortunately, several more duties and responsibilities than usual are likely to be dropped in your lap. One of the tougher jobs could be the very one you previously tried to palm off onto others.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — All big spenders usually have to face a day of reckoning, so don't be surprised if your past extravagances catch up with you. Sadly, there will be nothing you can do but pay the price.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — If you are aware that some of your relatives, in-laws or family members could be operating in dangerous territory at this time, take care and don't do anything to aggravate the situation further.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — You're not one for breaking a confidence, but you could thoughtlessly let something slip out that would be an embarrassment for another. Make sure this doesn't happen.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Under normal conditions, you tend to be on your toes, working hard to be a frontrunner with a successful career trajectory. If you get lazy, however, you'll end up a follower who falls prey to wastefulness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Your biggest stumbling block could be adopting a melancholy attitude. The only way you can achieve anything worthwhile in life is to first divest yourself from a gloomy outlook.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Upon a rare occasion, you can be a rather dour person who thinks negatively about everyone and everything. Take extra care not to antagonize yourself with such unproductive conjecture.

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