BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor John Slattery was born in Boston, Mass., on this date in 1962. This birthday guy has earned four Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Roger Sterling on the acclaimed series "Mad Men" since 2007. He's also played recurring roles on "Arrested Development," "Desperate Housewives" and "Judging Amy," as well as appearing in films such as "Iron Man 2," "Bluebird" and "In Our Nature."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): "No pain, no gain" might be inane in your case. There could be a way to painlessly achieve your aspirations. The people you're emulating might be doing everything the hardest way possible.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): General operating conditions are on the upswing. Petty disagreements may clear the air and bring essential problems into focus for permanent disposal. Embrace new ideas and exercise generosity of spirit.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): It will pay you to be as nice as possible to everyone. You can't predict if what appears to be a small tempest will burst the teapot and turn into a tsunami. Encourage economical spending habits.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Surround yourself with an aura of peace and tranquility to attract more of the same. If you can create the illusion of public success it could become a private reality. Hold off on signing agreements and contracts.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Watch your peas and queues. Some of your activities might meet with disapproval behind the scenes. Put financial wheeling and dealing on the back burner until your luck improves.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Remember that whatever goes up eventually must come down. Your partner or companions may be too adventuresome. Don't be tempted to climb so far out on a limb that you can't get back to safety.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Your judgment is better than usual. Sleep on major questions and concerns and wake up with the perfect answer. Important business objectives may work out for the best if you wait until everyone is in agreement.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Insist on the real thing. If you must play a game of cat and mouse to win someone's trust, the relationship probably isn't worth the effort in the first place. Remain thrifty and financial problems will improve.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): One drop doesn't make a rainy day. Conditions at work or in business improve throughout the day, giving you the edge to succeed with any activity you want to pursue. Defer making investments.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Focus on your people skills rather than your business acumen. You might feel you can make headway in the business world, but you won't go far if you trample on the toes of the people who can help you.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): If you're persistent you will prevail. You're more creative than usual. A building sense of ambition, partnered with imagination, may compel you to begin work on a new project or pursue a dream.
IF AUGUST 13 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: The next few weeks may see you as the center of attention whenever you can get together with a likeminded group of companions. You'll find relationships based on common interests have a good chance of enriching your life. Late August or early September is a great time for a romantic escapade or weekend getaway. In late September, you must restrain yourself from making investments or borrowing money because your grasp of essential principles could be out of kilter. Getting ahead may require discipline and hard work if you expect to realize lofty ambitions. Wait until late October or early November to make key changes in your job or career, or to put your ideas and decisions into motion.
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