IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS TODAY: In the year ahead, a couple of loyal friends may put their toes in some big doorways that you can't open on your own. The goodwill you've established with key relationships will carry you far.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Reviewing your financial picture can be exceptionally helpful in bringing about some brighter prospects for the future. Don't hesitate to work on anything that could add weight to your wallet.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Although you might not think so, you are well suited to lead the crew. What brings you to the fore is that you can't stand to see someone else ineptly running the show.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — The bottom line is the final determining factor in assessing whether or not you have been successful. When all is tallied, you should finish exactly where you want to be.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Today could mark the beginning of a close friendship with someone you've known for a while. You've always liked each other, but never spent enough time to find out how much.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — When it comes to matters that involve competitive elements, keep your intentions to yourself. The road to reach your target will be much easier to maneuver with less traffic on it.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Finally, some comfortable time can be spent with a close friend with whom you've had trouble getting together. Because you'll enjoy the quality time together, you'll make it happen again.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Being in the right place at the right time provides a chance to reap a harvest from seeds sown by others. Express your gratitude by doing something nice for the bestower.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Although you generally prefer to operate independently, you'll realize it is to your advantage to work in tandem with someone else. Even a group involvement will be acceptable.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Several projects you've been unable to complete to your satisfaction might vie for your attention. You can complete them all by putting the toughest ones on the top of your list and working down.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Spend some quality time with friends who make you feel your friendship is valuable to them. What they say will lift your spirits in ways you didn't know you needed.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Visualizing the completion of a project or objective will go a long way toward helping you do so in a successful manner. Picture it done, and you will reach your goal.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You have a talent for sorting out good ideas from bad ones. To your credit, you'll acknowledge the authors and share the benefits.

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