HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, May 1, 2012: This year, your ingenuity seems to bypass problems. Be direct and get past any confusion or vagueness. Sometimes it might be more comforting to keep your rose-colored shades on. If single, know that something better lies ahead. If attached, be more understanding of your sweetie’s shortcomings. Virgo nearly always agrees with you. A baby born today has a sun in Taurus and a moon in Virgo all day long.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) • • • • Your focused energy will make all the difference in the outcome of a situation. You could be overburdened by responsibilities.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) • • • • • When answers do not appear, tap into your imagination. You will gain a different perspective. Regroup and brainstorm, but resist the urge to push too hard.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) • • • • You could find that an unexpected problem within the family could keep you preoccupied. Curb a tendency to be sarcastic.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) • • • • • You mean what you say, and you are willing to act on your words. To convince someone, you might have to demonstrate this assertive quality.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) • • • • Confusion surrounds a money matter. You could be stressed because you feel as if you need to find a solution. Don’t. Start looking at the cold, hard facts.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) • • • • • Your questions show understanding but also unwillingness to be taken for a ride. With so much going on, you’ll need to sort out your priorities. Be creative. Reframe.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) • • Deal with anger before it deals with you. Go find the person involved or define the situation. Explain your reactions and feelings. Do not make judgments yet.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) • • • • • Having determined what you want from the current state of affairs, feel free to walk right in and a handle a situation. Someone might be irritated or taken aback.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) • • • Stand up for what you want, but do not be surprised if you get some flak. Let go of needing others’ approval. You might be pushed to be more available for a personal reason.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) • • • • • Reach out for more information. You could become sarcastic or irritable if you do not find what you are looking for. Step back and reassess the situation.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) • • • • • Deal directly with a loved one. In a business, financial or community matter, you are better off being authentic. No one can represent you like you can.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) • • • • • Someone could be a bit too combative and argumentative for your taste. Sort through what must occur as opposed to what you most desire or want.

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