BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Mariska Hargitay was born in Santa Monica, California on this day in 1964. This birthday gal has starred as Detective Olivia Benson on "Law & Order: SVU" since 1999. She's also played recurring roles on "ER" and, early in her career, on "Falcon Crest." On the big screen, she's appeared in films such as "Lake Placid," "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Ghoulies." Hargitay is the daughter of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You are ready, willing, and able. Be prepared to meet the type of people who skate on the cutting edge and think outside the box. There are times when you lead best by following the ideas of someone else.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Lambs can turn into lions. During today's new moon, you might think that authority figures or partners are kindhearted and thoughtful, but never forget that material gain is the main objective.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Take a bow. You deserve a pat on the back for your loyalty and applause for your efforts. The new moon creates a new monthlong phase of experience in which you can change opinions for the better.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): A new moon might not be noticeable in the material world. However, it does herald a time when new starts are possible and designates a shift in your consciousness that could last for almost a month.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Fan the flames of faithfulness. Relationships take center stage as this new moon begins a fresh cycle. You can be popular and hold conversations with new contacts without being disloyal.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Say a little prayer. Set intentions on this new moon and then wait as things unfold over the next month. Everything you really need will be delivered to your doorstep at precisely the right moment.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Give it your best shot. When estimating how long a job will take, overestimate; when you finish faster than expected your captain will boss be impressed. Look good to others without even trying.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Take a second chance when it is offered - or at least try to be the type of person who gives one. Today's new moon might bring family connections into sharper focus over several weeks. Be generous.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Project poise. "Like attracts like," so join with those share your interests. Like striking a match, a new relationship could flare up only to quickly burn out once the novelty wears off.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Turn on a new channel, but don't program it into your remote control permanently. You could be attracted to the unusual or absorbed by the latest passing craze. Experiment with the exotic.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The new moon in your sign might mean a new perspective in the month ahead. A sense of well being might grow as the next few weeks unfold; develop faith in the future and basic human kindness.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Weave new concepts and people into the fabric of your life. This will broaden your horizons and serve to invigorate, inspire and change your perspective - even if some new friendships don't last long.

IF JANUARY 23 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Your optimism and generous nature make the next six to eight weeks a happy time. Since you see the glass as half full, you will never worry where your next drink will come from. New friendships and participation in group activities will brighten your social life. April is a poor time to make financial or business decisions. Your wisdom and leadership abilities will win you admiration and bountiful rewards by the end of June when sincere prayers may be answered in a very surprising and providential way.


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