BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Susie Essman was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., on this date in 1955. This birthday gal made her mark in television playing Susie Greene on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" from 2000-2011. She's also appeared on episodes of "Blue Bloods,' "Law and Order" and "Crank Yankers." On the big screen, Essman's film work includes roles in "Cop Out," "Keeping the Faith" and "Volcano."

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Fads quickly fade. Time spent with a recent acquaintance may seem like the beginning of a budding friendship, but it's unlikely to last. Devote more time to tangible goals rather than trying to impress others.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): Couch potatoes grow roots. While you may become aware of new and different ideas, there's no need to accept them as gospel. Arguing with someone over an opinion will not lead to anything constructive.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Keep the schedule open. You never know who may call you up or arrive at your doorstep today. Following your whims could lead you into strange places. Remember that the best things in life are free.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Stay in your own back yard. You may be better off just trying to get a suntan today, as unexpected changes in plan are likely to waste both your time and money. Surround yourself with friends and family for the most satisfying results.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Be careful what you look for. Giving into adventurous whims may create friction with the object of your affection. Allowing a pretty face to do anything more than turn your head could land you in hot water.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Know when to say when. While you may be happy to give to somebody in need, there are those who are merely taking advantage of your generous nature. There's no shame in simply saying "no."

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Those in glass houses should not throw stones. Being overly critical of someone's shortcomings could quickly get thrown back in your face. Let sleeping dogs lie and try to be more constructive than combative.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Keep it low key. Something new may break up the monotony, but it could also create friction with those who know you know better. You're far beyond the stage where you need to impress people by doing something shocking.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Expect the unexpected. Don't make concrete plans or keep a rigid schedule, as events are not likely to unfold as you thought they would. Wait to see how things pan out, and then adapt accordingly.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Leave the sermons to preachers. Others are not likely to appreciate it if you decide to lecture them on any given subject. You'll find that things will progress more smoothly if you talk with people instead of down to them.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Things that are too rigid often break. You can avoid confrontations by being flexible in your beliefs and giving other people the benefit of the doubt. There's little to be gained by tinkering with finances.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Anything you say is likely to be repeated. If there is something you don't want spread through the grapevine, you'd be wise to keep it to yourself. Don't allow other people to influence your opinions.

IF MAY 31 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Sit back and sip the nectar. You should be feeling very comfortable and happy with your decisions and life path during the next 3-4 weeks. Romance could be on your mind and a weekend getaway might be in the stars. Your judgment could better than usual, but if not, you can easily ask for and receive wise advice. This is an excellent time to plan ahead so you can achieve our dreams. Mid-October through mid-November is an excellent time to launch something new or make crucial changes and decisions. Not only will other people be more willing to help you and support your efforts, but you have your finger on the pulse of business, so can make headway with your career.

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