Posted: July 12, 2013 at 1:50 a.m.

Happy birthday. Your cosmic birthday present is immediately gratifying. You’ll get your way and meet a personal goal, too. Use strategy and problem-solving skills to earn big in August. September requires that you pay for training, which is well worth the expense. 2014 brings a fresh scene. Leo and Scorpio people adore you.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’ll hit a bout of non-productivity - alarming for someone as goal-oriented as you. Don’t fight it. Then absolve yourself and move on. This won’t put you too far behind.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Why wait for a good reason to tune into the emotions of those around you? Provide opportunities to talk about life. Invite others to open up and express thoughts and concerns. It’s time to bond.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21): There’s a chance for new employment or a different kind of working arrangement. It probably won’t sound ideal at first, but you’ll never really know until you say “yes.” This is worth a try.

CANCER (June 22-July 22): A friend exclaims, “I can’t believe you went there!” But you’ve always “been there,” and the only difference is that you’re finally letting your true thoughts and feelings show instead of repressing them.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Opposing forces can provide a nice amount of tension, or they can pull so hard that they have a paralyzing effect. Avoid getting caught in the middle of a contest between particularly strong wills.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): When you’re thinking along certain lines, it’s easy to assume that others are on the same page, and it’s surprising to learn that they are not. Don’t obsess. Be open to what people have to offer.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Wishing to be somewhere else is a waste. Give full attention to your current endeavor. You’ve centered your life on the thing that gives it meaning. Trust that you’ve made good decisions.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): If you need help pulling things together, you’ll get it. You are surrounded by people with similar goals who like to share and support. This is an easy-going time for you, but remember to reach out.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Friends and family are funhouse mirrors that reflect a version of you that’s never quite accurate. Know that these distortions can’t be helped, and don’t believe what you see.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Effort is like money. If you don’t put enough forward, you can’t buy what you want, which is sad. If you put too much forward, then you’re overpaying for what you want, and that doesn’t feel good either.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’re not looking for a chance to demonstrate your experience and maturity, but one comes up. Take the time to get organized as a successful outcome depends on it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): There’s a pressure on you to be interesting. Some would interpret this as a cue to posture, perform or even stretch the truth to entertain others.You know better. Nothing is more interesting than you being real.

MovieStyle, Pages 31 on 07/12/2013