HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, May 1, 2013: This year your birthday gives you unusual power and strength. Should you decide to accomplish something, it is as good as done. You demonstrate your innate leadership characteristics. If single, one of these people easily could become more than just a casual acquaintance. If attached, do not forget the importance of your significant other; otherwise, he or she could feel left out. Aquarius throws you into the limelight. A baby born today has a sun in Taurus and a moon in Capricorn if born before 7:20 a.m. Afterward, the moon will be in Aquarius.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) • • • • Focus your energy less on taking the lead and more on gaining a consensus regarding a key matter. You could see a situation far differently after having talked to various people.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) • • • • Tension could escalate if you continue on a non-negotiable path. Toss stubbornness to the wind, and you’ll find that your stress level will drop almost immediately.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) • • • • You might want to take some time away from an issue and look at it later. Try to detach. Plan a mini-vacation if possible.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) • • • • Your playfulness emerges. A loved one who has been uptight as of late might adopt a new, more upbeat attitude as a result of your lightness.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) • • • • Others seek you out, so much so that you might need to screen your calls. You have to take care of your must-do errands first.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) • • • Listen to suggestions, but do not allow them or your social life to stop you from completing what must be done.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) • • • • You could become involved in a situation that you normally would prefer to walk away from. Others find your logic to be quite wise.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) • • • • • Your smiling manner attracts a different response than anticipated. As a result, others seem to open up more.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) • • • Listen to news with an open mind and an eye to being more responsive. You are more than willing to rethink a decision with those involved.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) • • • • Suddenly, your mind will turn on like a light bulb. You’ll see many other options open up as a result.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) • • • • You are in your element today. You know it, and you feel it. Confusion surrounds a personal issue.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) • • • You might not want to share so much with others. You could feel misunderstood, and you likely will be right.

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