BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Taylor Schilling was born in Boston on this day in 1984. This birthday gal earned a 2014 Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations as Piper Chapman on "Orange Is the New Black." She also starred on the short-lived series "Mercy" and has appeared on "Drunk History." On the big screen, Schilling's film work includes "The Lucky One," "The Overnight," and "Atlas Shrugged: Part 1."
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Spin straw into gold. The least likely material could be useful. Gather information and write down interesting ideas and inspirations. Don't sweep personal problems under the rug, but face them head on with boldness.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Focus on friendship rather than fleeting doubts. A significant romantic relationship may move forward according to the storybook. If you are sincere and honest about your feelings there will be a happy ending.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Build up instead of tearing down. Gain the trust and respect of associates and loved ones by being sincere and true blue. Keep a careful eye on finances, however, and don't take a bite of any carrot dangled in your face.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Mirages simply disappear when the distance grows smaller. Appealing romantic prospects or business deals might not hold up under scrutiny. Real friends will show their true colors in a one-on-one situation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If you wish to be given the royal treatment then act like a prince among men. Rather than being critical and finding fault set a good example for others to follow. Work related activities will run smoothly under these stars.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Be a proud participant. Unplug and become entirely engaged in the world around you. Social events don't need to be a spectator sport. Join in with group activities and make new friends who share your interests.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Knuckle down to finishing your normal chores. You may prefer to work on your own or in privacy where you can daydream at leisure. Step up the pace because the boss is looking for results, not excuses.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Reality isn't always rewarding. To win admiration you might let someone think you are better or more talented than you really are. Take a new relationship slowly until you know exactly where you stand.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Grow and prosper. Turn over a new leaf and face your formless fears. New friends might have interesting ideas and it is in your best interests to investigate them. Refuse to fall prey to feelings of inadequacy.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): If you lose your sense of purpose a friend, or social group, will help you find it. Your special someone might be able to fire up your enthusiasm or a trusted advisor can point you back in the right direction.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Test the limits or the limits will test you. It is possible that people don't look at you through rose colored glasses. They are very likely to throw up a roadblock that holds you back unless you honor your commitments.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Wait for it. It is better to want something you don't have than to have something you don't want. You can make an error with your checking account book so avoid making unnecessary financial transactions.
IF JULY 27 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Because you have both energy and imagination you can make great progress with material success during the upcoming four to six weeks. Social activities and community events might widen your network of friends in September and could lead to a brief romance. During October and early November you can enjoy a vacation or give yourself a treat for all of your hard work. Because everything in your life is apparently running smoothly you might miss the warning signs and encounter problems in January. Make sure your bills are paid, your savings account is replenished and all your commitments are honored so that you can stand up to any potential criticism or trouble that might come your way in late December and January.
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