Posted: July 18, 2013 at 2:29 a.m.

Happy birthday. You prefer slow, steady change to jarring transformations this year and will get your wish. Children figure into your professional and personal life in September. A savvy investment pays off in December.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Work or school might feel like an albatross around your neck, but don’t despair:An unexpected encounter will remind you that you have wings of your own.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you’ve ever actually sung the blues, you know how the things that make you sad can be the very same things that lift your spirits once expressed.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21): Your network of far-flung friends and relations doesn’t feel exactly like a net, but rather more like an exhausting trap of obligations and duties. Take a well-deserved break.

CANCER (June 22-July 22): You don’t need to have a thrilling time to have a good time. You’ll be more reasonable than your friends in this regard. You have a charming way of projecting the voice of reason.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You hate to feel indebted to people. You’ll return favors, give gratitude and contribute big. But there’s a sense that you can’t get even with some people who always want to give you more. Perhaps because they need the upper hand?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You strive for a pure heart, clear mind and devout soul. It doesn’t always work out that way. On the bright side, vice in moderation can be a bonding agent between people.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Pleasant surprises are still surprises, and today you’re just not in the mood to be startled in any way.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Good fortune is the result of good planning. Of course, for a plan to work, you have to follow it, which you will with a few exceptions.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): When it comes to the daily dance of juggling work and family, you’ve often felt as if you have two left feet and a bad case of vertigo. But others only see how well you can spin those plates without dropping them.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Older people tend to project an illusion of happiness onto younger people who may not feel that way. This moon helps you tune in to the truth of the matter and reach out as needed.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):You love mischievous and playful people, but not dishonest people. The distinctions can get a bit murky. Don’t be afraid to clear them up, though, and sooner rather than later.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Even when you are not among your true and sincere friends, you can still be yourself. In fact, that’s the best person to be to attract new true and sincere friends.

Weekend, Pages 31 on 07/18/2013