BIRTHDAY GUY: Producer and director Lee Daniels was born in Philadelphia, Penn., today in 1959. This birthday guy produced and directed the 2009 film "Precious," which earned Oscar nominations both for his direction and for best picture. He also produced and directed the films "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Paperboy" and "Shadowboxer." Daniels first rose to prominence as the producer of the acclaimed 2001 film "Monster's Ball."
ARIES (Mar 21-Apr. 19): The temptation to take a risk is brisk. Your taste for adventure could get you into hot water. Avoid making brash statements or accepting a dare. Don't be afraid to say "no" to something that could cause trouble.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): The plain, unadorned truth works best, even though a holiday wreath on the door, twinkling lights and tinsel on the tree brighten your surroundings. If you have something nice to say, say it simply.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Make lasting memories. Your sentimental and tender side is in evidence today, and romantic yearnings that have hit a roadblock can easily get back onto the highway. Put imagination in high gear.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Those in close connection are ready to forgive and forget, so be prepared for seasonal sessions of kiss and make up. Those in close connection may intuitively fall right in line with your innermost desires.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The silvery Moon is in your sign, so spend time making all the tiny details perfect for a special night. Leave cookies on the counter for Santa and don't forget the milk and maybe a few reindeer treats, too.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Wave the white flag and call a truce. Agreeing to disagree about a political issue or scientific controversy will bind the knots of affection tighter. Be sincere, not defensive, to please a special someone.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): It isn't very smart to go barefoot in the snow. If you don't have any fancy stockings, just hang a spare pair of socks above the fireplace with care. They may be filled with goodies before the night is done.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Holiday get-togethers can put a huge and memorable "M" in merry. New friends may widen your horizons, but family members provide a firm foundation for your permanent nest.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Say "way" when someone says, "no way." With pleasure-loving and kindhearted Venus in your sign, it's easier than usual to get your way. This is a good time to ask for favors and have fun.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Congenial and generous stars are glimmering, and some of those twinkles are reflected in a loved one's eyes. A feeling of community that spans the globe guarantees a joyous holiday for both young and old.
PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): It's time to shine in the public eye and flaunt your unique personality. Every time someone asks you to help out, as a trustworthy friend you have a chance to show off your best side.
IF DECEMBER 24 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Enjoy life to the fullest during the next 12 months, but expect to experience a more ambitious mood during the next four to six weeks. The things you learn and study in this period will help you achieve career ambitions, but this is a poor time to make major changes in your job, career or investments. April might bring a romantic encounter, while May is a great time to make financial, business or career decisions because you're an ace at strategic planning. Launch key projects and plans, and make decisions about relationships in July, when you are wiser than usual and can get sound guidance from others.
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