HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012: You often debate whether to respond to your emotional voice or your intellectual side. This year you will resolve the internal dialogue when you decide which is more authentic. Manipulation won’t get you the desired results. New people seem to be very interested in making your acquaintance. If single, you could enjoy dating more than ever. Don’t decide a bond is long term until it is. If attached, don’t put your significant other through too many hoops. If you want to, smile a lot. Cancer can be challenging. A baby born today has a sun in Capricorn and a moon in Cancer.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) • • • Concentrating might be difficult. Your mind is putting in overtime on a personal issue. You might wonder about your limits financially and emotionally.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) • • • • You might want to think carefully about your plans. Once you commit, if there is a change, you will be greeted with nothing but aggravation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) • • • Be aware of what you have to offer and where you are going with a personal matter. A sense of possession could cause a problem.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) • • • • • You know what you want, but someone could be unusually challenging and difficult. You could be concerned about a dear friend in a jam. Don’t push.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) • • • You are keeping to yourself a lot, like it or not. The way everything turns out might be surprising. Push comes to shove, and you are likely to do the unexpected.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) • • • • Zero in on your priorities prior to an important get-together. It will make it more likely that a key person will be responsive. You could be surprised by what goes down.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) • • • • Pressure is rather intense as someone attempts to convince you his or her way is the only way. Experimenting with another attitude wouldn’t hurt.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) • • • • • Move past a snafu or an argument. As you look at situations differently, you grow and change. Work on internalizing your feelings less and expressing them in a way that others can hear.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) • • • • You know much more than you think. For all practical purposes, you seem to be vested in a partner or loved one agreeing with an idea.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) • • • • • You know how to churn up the waters better than many signs. With the advent of Mercury (the planet that makes you brainy) in your sign, you will win the argument.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) • • • Focus on your health and well-being. Taking a day off just for you really isn’t a problem, as you know the difference it can make. Avoid a difficult friend.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) • • • • • Your sensitivity and creativity take others by storm right now, as they might be more vulnerable. You appear to be everyone’s friend and confidant.

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