BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Yvette Nicole Brown was born in East Cleveland, Ohio, today in 1971. This birthday gal co-starred as Shirley Bennett on "Community" from 2009-2014. She had a recurring role on "Drake and Josh" and voiced the character of Cookie on the animated series "Pound Puppies." Brown has also appeared on episodes of "Psych," "Once Upon A Time" and "Shake It Up!"

ARIES (March 21-April 19): If you're searching for money-making ideas, you could find enough red herrings to fill a fish market. It's easy to be led astray or misled by the information you receive today. Don't make financial decisions.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. You may be thrown into contact with people obsessed by ambition. Those in close connection may be fixated on reaching important goals or display a great deal of discernment.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be forgiving if someone commits a faux pas. Discuss business, but be sure not to participate in gossip, as some people might not forgive you for sharing a secret. Keep a notebook handy to write down inspiring ideas.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Those who display an orderly side are usually fond of miniatures. Get out your models and see what you can create on a small scale. Concentrate on the small things and the big things will take care of themselves.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Nothing can negate the value of networking. Participate in group activities or meetings to upgrade your status. People will see through the facade, however, if you pretend you're not interested in social climbing.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Smile on the inside. You may need to display a formal demeanor and a professional appearance, but you can refuse to abandon your kind-hearted nature. Focus on the good things in your life instead of the bad ones.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): When someone makes an effort to please and amuse you, your worries and fears are swept out the door. Make key purchases that require shrewdness and financial savvy. Your financial instincts are right on target.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may have the upper hand with any matter that requires painstaking accuracy and shrewd maneuvering. Congregate with friends and buddies, but don't let an important cat out of the bag or ignore your duties.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The glow of inner peace draws others closer. Your sensitivity to the concerns of others makes you a sympathetic friend and cherished helpmate. Reassure other people of a positive outcome.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Use kid gloves if given a chance to hold the reins of power. You may have a tendency to be too harsh and demanding. Lofty ambitions will be achieved by applying some grease in the right places.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Some days, you can't see the trees for the forest. You may be fixated on making calculated career moves or becoming a financial wizard, but this could distract you from the things that bring true happiness.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Self-preservation vies with altruistic viewpoints. You could reach a turning point where financial security is concerned or when the health of a key relationship is at stake. Delay making final or irrevocable decisions.

IF AUGUST 12 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You can hit the mark whenever accuracy is called for during the next 3-4 weeks. You might even have a tactical advantage in sports or any competition that requires split-second timing. Duck for cover in September and don't give anyone an excuse to criticize you or your work, as mountains can be made of molehills. Don't initiate anything of significance during the same time period, as your poor judgment could create a difficult situation. In late October, your judgment is at its keenest, so this is a good time period for making your mark and starting any new enterprise. October, December and January offer the best timing for crucial financial decisions or to launch business plans.

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