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Birthday Guy: Ac­tor Toby Stephens was born in Lon­don today in 1969. This birthday guy has starred as Cap­tain Flint on “Black Sails” since 2014. On the big screen, Stephens’ film re­sume in­cludes “13 Hours: The Se­cret Sol­diers of Benghazi,” “All Things to All Men,” and “Die an­other Day.” Toby is the son of late ac­tor Robert Stephens and ac­tress Mag­gie Smith. Stephens is slated to star in the 2018 re­boot of the se­ries “Lost in Space.”

Aries (Mar 21-Apr. 19): You may be faced with a steep climb to get over the prover­bial moun­tain, but grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion will spur you along. Ad­here to the rules of deco­rum when deal­ing with busi­ness types.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20): You have the abil­ity to ab­sorb data like a sponge today, and others may look to you as a sort of walk­ing en­cy­clo­pe­dia. Cru­cial de­ci­sions will be easy for you, as you will in­stinc­tively know the right choice to make.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): A per­plex­ing prob­lem may be­come mere child’s play if you seek out the guid­ance of an ex­pe­ri­enced men­tor to show you the way. Frank dis­cus­sions with a close friend or loved one could yield some fresh ideas.

Can­cer (June 21-July 22): Others may marvel at your per­for­mance, when it is sim­ple logic and de­duc­tive rea­son­ing that are do­ing all the work. Max­i­mize your en­joy­ment of the week­end by fin­ish­ing all tasks be­fore quit­ting time.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t wait un­til the last minute. Leave some room in the sched­ule, as un­ex­pected events could quickly eat up valu­able time. Per­form­ing an act of kind­ness,

no mat­ter how small, will give you a last­ing sense of sat­is­fac­tion.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You could earn a well-de­served pat on the back by im­press­ing others with your per­sonal in­no­va­tions. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills will be on dis­play, as you are able to con­vey talk­ing points in a per­sua­sive way.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22.): Tell it like it is. There’s no easy way to de­liver bad news or sharp crit­i­cism, so you may as well just get the brief un­pleas­ant­ness out of the way by do­ing it.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Roll with the punches. Con­stantly chang­ing con­di­tions may not leave you much time for de­lib­er­a­tion and could re­quire that you make snap judg­ments and changes on the fly.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): The short­est dis­tance be­tween two points is a straight line. Meet a chal­lenge

head-on rather than try­ing to fig­ure out ways around it to save a lot of time. Don’t make prom­ises un­less you fully in­tend to see them through.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You may burn the can­dle at both ends. There may be noth­ing wrong with jug­gling work and a per­sonal side project, as long as you don’t start fall­ing be­hind.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You may want to spare some­one’s feel­ings by ig­nor­ing an is­sue, but you could be do­ing him or her a fa­vor by con­fronting it. It may re­lieve some stress to leave your phone turned off un­til Mon­day.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): You won’t get fooled again. No mat­ter how care­fully some­one tries to hide it, you’ll know the truth when you hear it. You’ll also know when this per­son

is try­ing to pull the wool over your eyes. An honest cri­tique of your work could be help­ful.

Iif April 21 is your birthday: Fo­cus on fol­low­ing your en­thu­si­asm and as­sert­ing your in­de­pen­dence dur­ing the next six to eight weeks. Your friends may pull you in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion or sub­tly un­der­mine your con­fi­dence. July is a much bet­ter time to par­tic­i­pate in group out­ings and so­cial func­tions, while your friend-making func­tions are at a peak. Wait un­til Au­gust to make a fi­nal choice about an in­vest­ment or ma­jor pur­chase. Your ne­go­ti­at­ing skills will be at their best, and your shrewd ap­praisal of fi­nan­cial mat­ters will help you get the ad­van­tage. Your in­stincts could be off the mark in Oc­to­ber. Wait un­til the begin­ning of Novem­ber to launch cru­cial plans.

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