IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS TODAY: In the year ahead, some nice changes could occur that will produce a number of beneficial peripheral effects on your life. This won't happen by accident, but in repayment for something you do that is beyond the call of duty.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Keep your plans flexible, because some nice friends will want to spend some quality time with you, and you'll want to be free to do so. They're people you'll really want to be with.

PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) — Don't be shy about assuming an assertive role when you see someone floundering during a critical situation. You'll know what to do, and your input will be greatly appreciated.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) — It can be smart at times to go to another for advice when you can't get a handle on things, as long as it is someone whose judgment you respect. This might be just what you need to do at this time.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Offer as much meaningful work as you can, especially if that involves working on a job of importance where its success means more than merely a financial windfall. Your contribution will be priceless.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Stick with optimistic friends, because they're the ones who will bring out the best in you, enhancing both your talents and outgoing personality.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Express your artistic and creative instincts without hesitation to beautify that which surrounds you and those you love, whether that means decorating, cooking or warming the hearts of others.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Your heart could warm considerably toward someone you recently met but knew little about. This person is apt to do something nice that you find way beyond what is called for.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Go shopping if you're so inclined, because much of what you purchase could end up being many of your favorites. You've got an eye for not only what's attractive but comfy and cozy as well.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — One of your greatest assets is your ability to get along with most everyone. You'll know how to treat someone who is normally withdrawn in such a manner that brings out the best in this person.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — Conditions in general are especially good, but you can help matters along even further by being hopeful and expectant. Having good thoughts makes good things happen even faster.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) — Because you've first made a friend out of a business contact, this person could become an important individual in helping to further your career. He or she is apt to open all kinds of big doors for you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Although you will be a high achiever, most of what you do will actually benefit others more than you, and that's your intention. You realize what you do for them you do for yourself.

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