CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Jessica Alba, 41; Penelope Cruz, 48; Jay Leno, 72; Ann-Margret, 81.

Penélope Cruz  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images) 

Happy Birthday: You’ll pick up useful tips if you watch the experts this year. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or use the information you discover and adapt it to fit your needs. Branching out and exploring how you can make the most of whatever situation you face will enable you to reach a better understanding of what’s possible. Make self-improvement a priority. Your numbers are 9, 17, 23, 25, 31, 34, 44.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Think matters through. If you act from an emotional position, you will make mistakes. Someone will neglect to give you enough information to make a sound decision. Don’t reveal your intentions until you are sure you can follow through. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Consider what others expect of you, and do your best to exceed the mark of excellence. Be true to yourself and your beliefs when dealing with people who have different ideas and opinions. Set goals that promote growth, and you will excel. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take heed of suggestions, but don’t rule out what your gut urges you to do when facing a tough decision. Nothing is ever perfect, but follow the dots. You’ll discover a path that can help you reach your goal. 4 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don’t let your emotions create instability. Be open to suggestions, and put your energy behind ideas that have substance. A change will turn out better than anticipated and give you the boost you need to get others on board with your plans. 2 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Watch what’s happening around you, and adjust to ensure that you can take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way. Be aware of what others want, but don’t let their decisions influence yours. Do what works for you. 5 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Invest in something that brings you joy, and it will change your life. Making a move or taking in new scenery will lift your spirits and encourage you to connect with people who share your beliefs and principles. Personal gain is featured. 3 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Think about your lifestyle and domestic environment and what you can do to make improvements. Don’t let money suppress your dreams; put together a budget or plan that will help you reach your goal. Organization and discipline will pay off. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Work late, and what you accomplish will put your mind at ease. You’ll develop a masterful plan that will encourage you to handle your finances, health and contractual matters better. A positive change is heading your way. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Slow down, look where you are going and think before speaking. Your insight and resources won’t let you down if you back your decisions with brute force. Organize your space, and donate what you no longer need. 5 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t let your emotions ruin a good thing. Be a good listener and refrain from taking over. How you treat others and delegating responsibilities will boost your reputation and encourage others to respect and adhere to your suggestions. 2 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Let others fend for themselves while you take care of what’s important to you. Reevaluate how you earn a living and handle money, and you’ll come up with a plan that helps you reach the lifestyle you want to live. 4 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You can’t lose if you don’t hesitate. Set your sights on what you want and make a beeline in that direction. Energy, enthusiasm and well-thought-out ideas will not disappoint. Share with people who contribute. 3 stars

Birthday Baby: You are persistent, diplomatic and prepared. You are innovative and organized.

1 star: Avoid conflicts; work behind the scenes. 2 stars: You can accomplish, but don’t rely on others. 3 stars: Focus and you’ll reach your goals. 4 stars: Aim high; start new projects. 5 stars: Nothing can stop you; go for gold.

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