Franklin: He was the oldest signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin was no stranger to astrology as his Almanacs proved. This Capricorn was called "the elder statesman of the American Revolution." This self-educated man was philosopher, printer, author, publisher, diplomat and scientist. And today we celebrate Franklin's birthday.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You might be humming, "Everything is going my way!" You are correct, almost everything -- especially money arrangements -- is going your way. Important discovery.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Face the music. Be ready for revisions, reviews and rewriting. You have the strength and talent; remember that hard writing makes easy reading.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You no longer will feel left out. People gather around you and for once you wish they would leave you alone. You will exude personal magnetism.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): You'll be drawn to family, home -- you seek assurance, possibly through insurance, that your family is protected. You could change residence, marital status.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Define terms, outline boundaries, avoid bibulous individual who insists on driving. See people as they are, not as you wish they could be. Pisces plays role.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Power play day. By digging deep you make discovery that could be profitable. Turns out that someone close to you has been holding out. Capricorn in picture.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You could be knocking on doors of fame, fortune. If you're deserving, those doors will open. Universal outlook necessary. Avoid being narrow in any way. Aries represented.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Some people complain you are too aggressive. Make fresh start, take the lead, do not follow others, let them follow you. Leo, Aquarius persons play roles.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): You might not be satisfied with personal progress but you are progressive. Focus on home, family, anticipation of addition to family, very soon.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Diversify, give full play to intellectual curiosity. Remember recent resolutions concerning exercise, diet, nutrition. Arrange social get-together tonight.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be willing to tear down in order to rebuild. This could be your make-over day. People comment, "You look different and much better." Scorpio involved.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Property you have been seeking will be made available. Keep plans flexible, make intelligent concessions. You're told, "You are wonderful!"

IF JANUARY 17 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: People know instinctively when you mean business -- they get out of your way! You have suffered bruises but healing process is under way. Capricorn, Cancer persons play major roles in your life, could have these letters, initials in names -- H, Q, Z. Current cycle relates to partnership, cooperative efforts, marital status. Most memorable month this year -- June.

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