Horoscopes: Thursday, August 17, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Unless this is a melodrama, the hero won't be perfect, and the villain won't be sheer evil. The hero is flawed but bold. The villain is well-meaning but ill-advised.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your needs, wants, and future projections are changing. You're probably doing fine, but you won't really know until you shore up the short-term gains against the long-term costs.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The mind at work won't be a tight essay or neat math problem, but a rambling, shapeless amoeba organizing and navigating its way to growth. Be patient.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are certain qualities that are more universally attractive than others. Still, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to love. Generic attributes aside, affinity will be created through individual intelligence and sparkle.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). On your way to fun and success, you'll blow past obstacles that used to stop you. Maturity is realizing that most inconveniences are not catastrophes and that unfortunate events don't dictate your mood.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Growth is uncomfortable. It entails understanding what you couldn't conceive, feeling what you've never felt, doing what you haven't done. Be patient in these early stages. Maybe a whole lifetime is one long early stage.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). No one gets into the boxing ring without getting punched. No one gets into pool without getting wet. Be aware of the tone of a place and the game that's being played there before entering.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When dealing with yourself, try to provide the same warmth you use in your approach to others. It will make change less scary. The change most needed is small, specific, and personal.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're sitting at the royal throne of your life, and yet you realize, as most rulers do: Much that happens in your kingdom is beyond your control. Calmly handle what can be handled.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There's an art to giving and receiving. Wasted is the opportunity given to one who is ignorant of its significance. If you're going to ask for more of anything today, ask for more wisdom. You just might get more happiness, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Professionals see rejection as inevitable. Superstars see rejection as a skill. When you're good at rejection, you learn more, take the idea to more people, pitch more - and succeed more.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Like most people, you're the one most on your mind. Hey, taking care of your own needs serves all. That said, the hours you spend on someone else's enjoyment will be the best of the day.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 17). Your life is becoming more beautiful. Social stars are rising. Love is at the helm. You'll invite people into your work and living space, inspiring new designs and systems. November brings promotion. You'll spend on yourself in 2018, and the investment pays off. Taurus and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 18, 44, 9, and 12.