BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Rachel Griffiths was born in Melbourne, Australia, on this date in 1968. This birthday gal earned a 1998 Oscar nomination for her performance as Hilary Du Pre in the film "Hilary and Jackie." She went on to earn two Emmy nominations as Brenda Chenowith on the series "Six Feet Under" and another two Emmy nomination for her work as Sarah Walker on "Brothers and Sisters."

ARIES (Mar 21-Apr. 19): Maintain the chill. If you slam the door shut behind you it might be locked when you return. Perform routine tasks without complaint and don't be a party to someone's underhanded maneuvers.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): Impulsive actions should be avoided. An itch to gamble with your hard-earned dollars should not be scratched. It's wise to leave your credit cards in your pocket and your checkbook at home.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Work hard without forgetting the reason why you're working. Sometimes it's necessary to work twice as hard when there's a holiday on the horizon to make up for lost time and money.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Project positive expectations. Even though you may have some financial concerns or a few reasonable fears, you can succeed in achieving your goals if you balance caution with optimism.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Stick to the script. You may fantasize as visions of sugar plums dance in your head, but this isn't the time to take a chance on a passing whim. Anything worth having is worth waiting for.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Break out of a slump once you're over the hump. Find an opportune moment to launch major projects with a showman's flair. Friendliness and objectivity are the best tools for success.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Just because all the world is a stage doesn't mean you need to play the part of a drama queen. Situations that shift or alter should not cause any major problem unless you over-dramatize a situation.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It takes hard work to build something. You might think that there are too many distractions, but in some way these distractions will enrich your life or lead you to make wiser decisions.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Growing dissatisfaction can create a rebellious atmosphere. To break the monotony, you might consider changing horses in midstream, but be careful that you don't end up in over your head.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Use your well-honed social instincts to help others rise above petty spats or concerns. Tender feelings may get trampled by accident and you might be an innocent bystander.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Social ambitions could be stirred that might disrupt the even tenor of your world. Guard against impulsive spending sprees and misunderstandings with your mate over money.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Romantic ardor or business ambitions might be on steroids today. A key relationship could reach a critical point. You'll find a way to put the puzzle pieces together with super glue.

IF DECEMBER 18 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You may think you've missed the boat, but a missed opportunity could be fortunate during the next six to eight weeks. Your business savvy is at a low point and you have a tendency to pursue get-rich schemes. A love matter may occupy your time, but true love could slip through your fingers unless you're vigilante. Lead others by taking executive action in April and keep an eye out for a chance to improve your situation. That might be a good time to begin a new job or business. Wait until July to make a firm decision about a romantic partner or to cement an important relationship.

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