BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Valerie Cruz was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on this day in 1976. This birthday gal most recently starred in the short-lived series "Off the Map." Previously, Cruz has had recurring roles on "True Blood," "Dexter" and "Nip/Tuck." Cruz drew acclaim for her portrayal of Lt. Connie Murphy in the brief 2007 series "The Dresden Files."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Luck is on your side. Your derring-do makes you a fearless contender where sports and travel are concerned. Assistance from a superior or manager could make work go faster and boost productivity.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Be creative. Use energy wisely in constructive activities even if the powers that be do not seem inclined to give out pats on the back. This might be a good day to ask the boss for more leeway or a favor.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your popularity may shoot to new heights and a key relationship can make steady progress. You might think the world of someone, even if that person is not quite as worthy of admiration as you think.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Look both ways before crossing the street; don't rely on intuition to tell you when the coast is clear. You have the ability to turn away harsh words with a gentle demeanor and soften criticism with kindness.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You can be a model of industry. You possess leadership abilities necessary to get any important project off the ground. If people sense you are being insincere or exaggerating your abilities you will lose ground.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Give in to your inspirations. You are often on the same wavelength with others and can trust intuitions. But this is not the right time to pop "the" question or make crucial decisions for the future.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Stretch your brain at the library and your muscles at the gym. Less-energetic individuals might try to rain on your parade, but as long as you follow the rules a good time is possible.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Whistle, or at least hum, while you work. Carry on with important work while playing soothing music that offers a rhythmic background. Those in charge could be super sticklers for precision.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Roll out the barrel and you'll have a barrel of fun. Exert a little effort and everyone will enjoy the results. Build castles in the air or in your mind if it isn't possible to build sand castles on the beach.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Play to win. You are likely to bat a thousand wherever you are called on to demonstrate competitive skills. Escape for a day at the beach or set off on a challenging bike ride to burn off excess energy.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Words of love so soft and tender need to be distributed frequently. Keep in touch with that special someone by phone or by email and maintain the rhythm of a romantic mood. Touch base with friends.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Others may view you in a flattering light, so it is a good time to cash in on business promises. You have enough imagination as well as the inspiration to make balanced decisions and value judgments.
IF JULY 18 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Life is just a bowl of cherries during the next four to six weeks. Because all is right in your world, you can relax and take it easy; take a trip and explore the world. In September and October, you could fall in love, but it might be easy to fall back out again, so wait for some time to pass before making a major commitment of your heart or wallet. November and March are the months when people will look at you and your performance more critically, and when you will be less able to fulfill duties, so be sure to get to work on time and avoid making any promises you can't keep.
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