MOON ALERT: Caution: Avoid shopping or making big decisions all day. The Moon is in Cancer.

IF Jan. 5 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Bradley Cooper (1975) shares your birthday. You are resourceful and resilient. You know how to bring out the best in others. Your optimism gives you courage. This is the year you have been waiting for. It’s a time of expansion and great activity. Take advantage of opportunities. A major change might take place, perhaps as significant as what occurred around 2005. It’s time to try your wings!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is an excellent day for family discussions. Because there is a Moon Alert for the entire day, do not decide anything important. Just explore ideas that affect the family and home, especially home repairs. Wait until later to decide.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You’re busy talking to people in authority, as well as keen to travel or explore further education, or possibly, take advantage of opportunities in medicine and the law. It’s fine to explore these ideas, but do not act on them. Don’t volunteer for anything.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be careful because today is a Moon Alert, and yet, you are focused on cash flow, earnings and financial matters. It’s OK to do your homework and get some facts. You might talk to people who are older, wiser and more experienced to get their input.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Today the Moon is in your sign, but there is a Moon Alert all day. That’s why you feel so willy-nilly and indecisive. Frankly, the best thing to do in a Moon Alert is to play! It’s the perfect time to goof off and have fun. If you can’t, then just jog in place.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You’re keen to work hard to get better organized. Furthermore, you are probably working alone or behind the scenes. Nevertheless, today is a Moon Alert all day. This can make you indecisive, inefficient and hesitant. Just cope as best you can.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The best way to use todayís energy is to do creative things. If you cannot explore creative activities and the arts, then take a long lunch or play hooky, because it will be tough to be efficient and productive today. Just go with the flow.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): No doubt, personal details about your private life will be a bit public today for some reason. It might be wise to keep discussions with authority figures, especially females, a bit private. Important discussions will just go in circles; but they could be fun!

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You don’t feel like working today. In your heart, you want to run away and join the circus. Basically, you want some fun and adventure and a sense of freedom. If possible, do something to satisfy these urges. Don’t spend money for anything other than food or gas.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Your communication skills are very strong right now because of the placement of Mercury, Venus and Mars in your chart at this time. Nevertheless, today is a Moon Alert day, and your focus might be on inheritances, shared property and the wealth of others. Don’t make decisions about these issues.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): The Sun is in your sign now, and Mercury, Venus and Mars are all focused on financial matters. This is a powerful time for Capricorns. Nevertheless, today is a Moon Alert, which means you will be wise to avoid important decisions and major purchases. Just cool your jets.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Today will be painfully inefficient at work, and you might feel like you are banging your head against a wall. The irony is you want to discuss long-range plans, perhaps with someone older or more experienced; and yet, it’s like you’re walking in quicksand.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): This is a fabulous, creative day for you! If you’re involved in or anything related to the arts, you will be full of original ideas and new approaches to everything because you find it easy to think out of the box. This is a fun-loving, playful, romantic day.