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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make decisions based on facts. You'll face opposition if you are too demanding or opinionated. Put more effort into personal improvements instead of simply criticizing others. You will gain little if you are stubborn.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Make plans to travel to a place that inspires you. Consider revisiting the hobbies, people and things that you enjoy doing most. Try to earn some extra cash doing something you love.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Make changes to improve your situation at home. Pursue projects that will result in greater freedom and flexibility for you. Whatever changes you decide to make, the most important thing is to remain true to yourself.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't feel like you have to make a snap decision. Time is on your side, and the development stages of whatever you choose to do will be fundamental in helping you reach your goals. Slow down and savor each moment.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Professional moves can be made, but make them for the right reasons. Don't let emotions dictate your decisions. Focus on activities that promote better mental, physical and financial stimulation. Romance is highlighted.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Set plans and follow through. Don't waste time debating what you want to do. Let your intuition lead you when it comes to relationships, business proposals and helping others. Mix business with pleasure and prepare to advance.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Sign up for any activity, event or cause that interests you. It's best to get out of the house and avoid any disgruntled people who might be looking for a fight. Poor decisions will be made if you are emotional and impulsive.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Keep moving and don't look back. Let go of the past and keep those who have disappointed you at arm's length. Put your trust in your insights and your efforts into the plans and projects that excite you. Take the road less traveled.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You'll attract attention and bring about positive changes if you are vocal about the way you want to see things unfold. Both at home and at work, there are gains to be made. Love is featured, and a partnership will enhance success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Listen carefully and watch how others respond. Collaborating with someone with big ideas or a large personality will discourage you from agreeing to a joint venture. Take the information you have gathered and set out on your own.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You have brilliant ideas and an effective way of identifying the best way to move forward. Your dynamic presentation will inspire partnerships and bring about positive and progressive changes. Celebrate your success with someone you love.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Participate in community functions that will allow you to use your skills and talents. Your help will be appreciated. The less time you spend dealing with troubled relationships, the better. Distance may be required.

Lest we forget the 4th of other months:

• Jan. 4, 1896: Utah, gateway to Nevada, is admitted as the 45th state.

• Feb. 4, 1861: Six Southern delegates create the Confederate States of America, prompting President-elect Lincoln to say "So?" He would later rescind that remark.

• March 4, 1837: Chicago is granted a charter, giving Americans access to two Major League teams that win the World Series at a combined rate of once every 51 years.

• April 4, 1818: A Flag Act is passed, mandating that the American flag always has seven red stripes. Why not celebrate by having seven Red Stripes of your own?

• May 4, 1855: William Walker departs San Francisco with 57 men (and a massive steel pair) to conquer Nicaragua.

• June 4, 1812: Following Louisiana's admittance as a state, the Louisiana Territory has to be renamed the Missouri Territory, an early demonstration of the slow American learning curve.

• Aug. 4, 1794: Hot as balls.

• Sept. 4, 1886: After almost 30 years of fighting, Geronimo surrenders at Skeleton Canyon. Quitter.

• Oct. 4, 1957: CBS débuts a sitcom that gives generations of young men recurrent giggles over the name "Beaver Cleaver."

• Nov. 4, 1899: Sigmund Freud's *The Interpenetration of Dreams* is published. Whoops. Freudian slip.

• Dec. 4, 1872: The Mary Celeste is found crewless and adrift, which really isn't very funny, considering 10 people died.

Andrew R. Juhl was born on a Saturday in the park. He thinks it was the Fourth of July.

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