MOON ALERT: Caution: After 9:30 a.m., avoid shopping or making important decisions for the rest of the day. The Moon is in Virgo.

IF Jan. 10 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Musician Pat Benatar (1953 ) shares your birthday. You are realistic, tough and resourceful. You tell it like it is. You might be blunt but you are a straight shooter; and you’re honest. You do your homework and prepare for whatever is ahead of you. This year is the beginning of a fresh, new nine-year cycle for you. Open any door! Start a new business activity.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): TGIF. This is an easygoing day! Enjoy interactions with others; however, postpone important decisions for another day because of the Moon Alert. And certainly, don’t volunteer for anything important. Just go with the flow and enjoy your day.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): This is a fabulous, creative day! Take a long lunch or play hooky if you can. If you work in the arts or any creative field, trust your judgment, because you are imaginative. You might put an original spin on something. Fun day at sports events or with children.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): This is a lovely day to entertain at home, except you might suffer from shortages or delays. Nevertheless, people are in a fun-loving mood, and ready to enjoy the company of others. This is a poor day for major purchases — shop only for food and gas.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your imagination is in overdrive, which is why this is an excellent day for those of you who write, act or teach. You might see new ways to express yourself. You’ll be pleased with new ideas. Encounters with new people will be fun and stimulating.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): This is a poor day for financial decisions, and yet, this seems to be your focus. Do not shop for anything except food or gas. Postpone important financial negotiations until another day. Nevertheless, you can do your homework, and learn whatever you can to make a better decision later.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Today the Moon is in your sign, and on excellent terms with the Sun. That’s why everybody feels positive and relatively happy. However, there is a Moon Alert for most of this day, so be aware of this, especially if tempted to shop or make important decisions. Not today.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You will prefer to work alone or behind the scenes because you feel laid-back. Actually, you might also feel indecisive and confused. No worries — lots of people feel like this because of the Moon Alert. Maybe they’re just hiding it better than you. Don’t be fooled.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Conversations with female friends and acquaintances will be warm and endearing. An element of confidentiality will help to create close bonds with others. You might want to explore new ideas that could affect your goals. Just don’t act on anything today.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Personal details about your private life might be public today. Whaaat? This is probably nothing to worry about because the Sun and the Moon or on such good terms. Nevertheless, because of the Moon Alert, don’t volunteer for anything. Don’t call attention to yourself, either.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Travel plans might be delayed or confused in some fashion because of the Moon Alert. If you’re involved in publishing, the media, medicine and the law, or anything to do with higher education, you will be creative, but you will also be less motivated to achieve. Oh well.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): This is a poor day to come to an important decision or agreement about shared property, inheritances and insurance matters. Just do your due diligence, but postpone important decisions until tomorrow or another day. This is for your own protection.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Be conciliatory and tolerant of others because the Moon is opposite your sign. However, don’t agree to anything important, either. Just keep things light and tread water. Discussions with others will be fun loving and creative, which is a good thing.