BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Tanedra Howard was born in Inglewood, Calif., today in 1980. This birthday gal earned the role of Simone in two installments of the "Saw" franchise after being the winning contestant on the 2008 series "Scream Queens." She appears in the recurring role of Tammy on the series "Black Boots" and has appeared on an episode of "Laugh Central."

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Value independence of spirit. If you want to win recognition and gain attention you may be wise to hue your own path. Make it a priority to give other people the same freedoms you desire for yourself.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Be politically correct. People in general can be critical about even small infractions of the social rules. Be scrupulous about repaying debts. Be gracious even if a person takes advantage of your kind heart.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Wait a few days to make a final decision. Someone's accurate appraisal of a complicated situation might tempt you to take action. There could be more important matters at stake, which are currently camouflaged.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Intuitions may be stronger than usual. Jot down ideas and make outlines for future projects. Ambition is in the air and you may be tempted to reach for the brass ring. Don't wager money you can't afford to lose.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Keep your own counsel. You may feel compelled to play your cards close to the vest at work, but that doesn't mean you can't let loose on the weekend. Explore the latest hot spots with friends or a romantic partner.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Tonight's the night. You'll have ample opportunity to share your concerns with a loved one or to discuss plans for the future. You and a partner are each other's best friend but can still fulfill each other's fantasies.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Quiet times at home base may fit the mood tonight. The right person for you shares your philosophy and feels like a family member. Small misunderstandings vanish when you share your heart.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Focus on shoring up your career and reputation. Get as much accomplished as possible while business or job demands are on your mind. Clear your desk so you'll have plenty of time to relax this weekend.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Unexpected expenses or obligations could put a crimp in your wallet. Enjoy exploring the latest fads, but hold off on making a purchase. Whatever attracts your interest today might not be of lasting value.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There are no perfect people in an imperfect world. People may camouflage their faults or point out yours. This isn't the time to get involved in personal disputes, sign contracts, or launch crucial projects.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Think ahead. Remember that money can flow in as well as out of your bank account. Focus on opportunities to improve your financial stability. You may be called upon to make a donation.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Remember, there's safety in numbers. If you're heading out on the town, take along some likeminded friends. Under these stars, you're more likely to meet those who will make better friends than lovers.

IF AUGUST 15 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Sail effortlessly through the next 3-4 weeks and enjoy some time with a loved one, a vacation, or just a chance to explore your fantasies. In October, life could hand you lemons, so be sure you have a recipe for lemonade. Avoid making crucial decisions or starting anything of great importance, like a new job, during late September or October. November is the best month to launch key strategies or receive life altering opportunities. Whatever you start will be blessed by support from friends and guidance from unexpected corners. Your business skills will be better than usual until the end of the year.

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