The Columbus Dispatch - - Life&arts - By Hol­i­day Mathis Cre­ators Syn­di­cate

Your birth­day to­day: Novice per­form­ers sing a song. Great per­form­ers let the song sing them. This metaphor best de­scribes the shift you make this year. Aries and Gem­ini peo­ple adore you.

Capri­corn: Dec. 22-Jan. 19 The crit­i­cal find it easy to crit­i­cize; the agree­able find it easy to agree. Both have ad­van­tages and fol­lies. A learn­ing ex­er­cise: Wher­ever you are on the spec­trum, seek a tone on the other side and give it a whirl.

Aquar­ius: Jan. 20-Feb. 18 For 90 per­cent of the day, what you say will not be so im­por­tant as how you say it. But for the re­main­ing 10 per­cent, en­deavor to get the mes­sage ex­actly right. It will save you from wast­ing time.

Pisces: Feb. 19-March 20. Hav­ing some­one to re­port to will make the dif­fer­ence when it comes to get­ting to the goal. If this sort of re­la­tion­ship doesn’t ex­ist nat­u­rally in your cur­rent life, set it up. It will quickly be­come a fix­ture when you see how well it works. Aries: March 21-April 19 The old say­ing “a penny for your thoughts” wasn’t ac­count­ing for in­fla­tion. Your thoughts are worth much more, and if you or­ga­nize and present them, you’ll be paid.

Tau­rus: April 20-May 20 Whereas some at­tack projects, you ap­proach, ne­go­ti­ate, ar­range, or­ga­nize, com­part­men­tal­ize and dance with them.

Gem­ini: May 21-June 21 Can you pro­vide peo­ple with a rea­son to feel hope­ful about what’s to come? If so, you’ll be one of the few to­day. But be warned: Though they are “few,” they are dis­pro­por­tion­ately pop­u­lar.

Can­cer: June 22-July 22 You’ll de­flect praise back to the praiser, chan­nel at­ten­tion and re­sources to where they will do the most good, and di­rect neg­a­tiv­ity to­ward a con­struc­tive pur­pose.

Leo: July 23-Aug. 22 When hurt, you rarely re­act in the mo­ment. You need time to process your feel­ings and may, in the mean­time, be­have dif­fer­ently to­ward the source of your dis­com­fort. Give your­self space. Virgo: Aug. 23-Sept. 22 You have been gen­tle with your­self and let your­self ease into the work, but now it is time to change tone, get re­ally se­ri­ous, make de­mands and push, per­haps even force your­self to dis­cover your grit.

Li­bra: Sept. 23-Oct. 23 It’s not like you to pur­sue a thing half­heart­edly. When it hap­pens, you have to ask your­self, “Why am I hold­ing back?” Do you sense some­thing’s off about the sit­u­a­tion, or is this about your con­fi­dence? You’ll get hon­est and solve it.

Scor­pio: Oct. 24-Nov. 21 Fi­nally, some progress in af­fairs of the heart. And the best part is that you didn’t have to ask an­noy­ing ques­tions such as, “Can we talk?” Some­how, you just nat­u­rally got onto the same page.

Sagit­tar­ius: Nov. 22-Dec. 21 Har­mony isn’t al­ways reached through hard work and fi­nagling. To­day will prove the con­cept. Metaphor­i­cally, you just open your mouth and start singing. The tones match up. It’s as nat­u­ral as wolves howl­ing in a pack.

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