GEORGIA_MUGSHOT

MOON ALERT: Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. After that, the Moon moves from Leo into Virgo.

IF Jan. 8 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Physicist Stephen Hawking (1942) shares your birthday. You are extremely resourceful and clever about knowing how to make the best use of whatever you have. Sometimes you capture the attention of others almost overnight. Good news! This is a year of accumulation, and perhaps one of the most powerful years of your life. You will reap what you have sown, because it’s a time of fruition and a good time to buy and sell.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Be patient dealing with younger people and children because it’s easy to be annoyed with them. Similarly, you might feel impatient with issues regarding sports, the hospitality industry or anything related to show business. Cool your jets.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Family discussions, especially with older relatives (probably female), might be difficult. People are inclined to lose their temper or be critical — a dangerous combo. Be tolerant dealing with children and young people. Ditto for romantic partners.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Today is full of busy details, which might distract you and make you a bit annoyed. Or you might feel worried or down about something. Be aware of the Moon Alert and guide your shopping and decision-making according to this. Don’t let anyone rain on your parade.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): It’s easy to fall into worry mode. (Especially after yesterday, which was super positive.) Be careful because an accident-prone element exists. Think twice before you say or do anything. At all times, be aware of the Moon Alert.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): For a good part of this day, the Moon is still in your sign; however, it is at odds with fiery Mars, which encourages volatile responses from others. People are touchy! Calm voice: “Keep your hands in the air and step away from the fridge.” Patience is your best ally.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Later today, the Moon will move into your sign; however, it will be at odds with Saturn, which can make things look worse than they really are. It’s sort of an Eyore influence. (Did you ever read Winnie the Pooh?) “It will probably rain.” Try to stay positive.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): An older, female acquaintance might be critical. Perhaps someone will do something that angers you. Whatever happens, let’s face it, today does have its difficult challenges, especially dealing with others in group situations. Stay mellow and look forward to tomorrow, which is a pleasant day.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): A female acquaintance might surprise you, and the surprise might not be that pleasant. That’s because people are quick to criticize or be difficult in some way. Be extra polite when dealing with authority figures.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Difficulties with travel and decisions regarding publishing, the media, medicine, the law and higher education are likely. However, if you have to deal with these matters, be aware of the restrictions of the Moon Alert. Think before you act. Don’t volunteer for anything.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Make sure you know what’s going on with your bank account or matters related to insurance, inheritances and shared property, because a few difficulties might linger in these areas. Someone might try to curb your freedom in some way. Be ready to guard your best interests.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Discussions with older people could become contentious. Don’t get your belly in a rash. Just go with the flow because whatever happens will probably amount to nothing. A good portion of today is a Moon Alert, which means plans will fizzle out.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Tread carefully at work because unpredictable events could create problems. Computer crashes and equipment breakdowns are likely. In addition, people in authority might discourage you. “Take your hands off my lobby boy!” Oh well. Just cope as best you can without ruffling other people’s feathers.