BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Freddie Prinze Jr. was born in Carlsbad, Calif., on this date in 1971. This birthday guy played the hapless superhero Jughead Jones in the live-action series Riverdale and has two other projects in the works for 2019. He also produced and starred in the critically acclaimed sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): Promise, promise. Put a damper on the foofaraw that’s about to go down over whether and when the light will go out on the dazzling future you envisioned. Communication with an authority figure will get the situation back on track.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Are you willing to make a compromise? You could take the risk of being challenged to speak something you would rather not say — and that could convince someone to say something they wouldn’t normally say.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Try your best. Someone has sent you a sign that you should have their forgiveness if you give them your best effort — now is your chance to match their worth. If you overreact it will become a blindspot, not a strength.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Tread lightly. The tiniest precautions to avoid falling prey to pull strings will help you avoid making the mistake of eating something your host is trying to sell you on. You are seen as a trustworthy friend when you make fair and useful suggestions.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A clever set of words will get you where you want to go. A friendly chat with the boss could lead to opportunities to perform under the guidance of those who know a lot about how things are done. Don’t waste your time by making predictions.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Beware of risk. Someone may tell you to take what’s offered in order to fulfill a certain need, but the inconvenience you face if the desired result isn’t met will outweigh the cost. There’s no point in going for gold.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): As a wizard once told a conman: Be careful with what you wish for. Those who promise you the world and then throw it away at the last minute have nothing to be proud of. It’s better to be realistic in your hopes.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): If you raise your voice, make sure it’s something you can carry in your mouth. Someone who doesn’t want to get in trouble or who wouldn’t even dream of doing so may listen to your complaints too long and too blithely.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Try to keep the eye on the prize. The fact that a stranger might seem to have your interests at heart could cause you to think that you already have all you want. Pause before you act.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Generosity doesn’t need a label. Take the place of time-worn notions in your wisdom by applying practical ideas from the dryer of life. Don’t chase your dreams. If it doesn’t work out you’ll have learned some valuable lessons.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): If it seems too good to be true, it most certainly is. Someone who wants to be part of your plans might just be someone who can provide you with a leg up on the competition. Support your efforts with true sincerity.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Dream a dream. The mythic legend of the Stoneking family’s time traveling via legend remains shrouded in mystery — and that could help you win over someone who might seem to know better. The dreamer outranks the dreamer.
IF DECEMBER 8 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Your joyous thoughts can be tempered by false hopes and unrealistic expectations on your part for the next six months. In some areas you could be so positive about what can be achieved that you fail to give things enough time and energy. The ability to compromise and to recognize when you might need to move cautiously will help you rise above what is pessimistic thinking. A do-over or new beginning is in the cards for you, depending on your decisions and how you act.