Horoscopes: Monday, August 21, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Life is not all glamour and cake. It's work. The best way to avoid drudgery is to stop thinking of it as drudgery and just get in there and finish it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You may set out alone, but you will have companionship along this path. The journey will require you to lean on and develop the qualities of adaptability, integrity and forbearance.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). We can't learn what we're already certain of. That's why doubting is the first step to knowledge. As you lead with your open and curious mind, you will grow in knowledge and heart.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Love is trusting and being trustworthy. Add a little eye contact and the warmth of physical touch and you've got romantic love. You may argue that it's more complicated than that, but is it?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You're happy for the success of your friends and family, as long as that success is tempered with modesty. On the other hand, you've little or no tolerance for smug contentment.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's a reason you want what you want. This is a lucky time when you can do it all. You'll be able to integrate your more diverse wishes instead of choosing between them.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Problems can be approached from different angles until solved. As for the situation that remains inflexible, maladaptive and nonresponsive no matter how you approach it, it's not a problem; it's a reality to accept.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Perspective is a life raft after the storm has capsized the boat. Hop on, and then drift out and look back on the sinking remains of the past. You're safe and headed toward welcoming shores.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Change is hard, so make it count. What would it take for you to fall in love with your situation? What would it take for you to fall in love with yourself? The answers point to change.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Children are irrational. They can't help but be. Their rational brains haven't developed. They operate from core desires without being constrained by considering what's possible. You'll benefit from such an approach today.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Give yourself the gift of experience without bogging it down with the expectation of a certain result. Not knowing what's going to happen will be half the fun.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You think getting what you want will lead to a certain feeling, and it may. There are other ways to get to that same feeling, some of them easier. It's worth brainstorming about.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 21). Finishing some creative work becomes a near obsession at the first part of this solar return. Someone takes the pressure off you in September, and you're able to be very present to your life because of this. Money isn't the point, but it sure will be nice to get more of it in 2018. The road smooths before you. Gemini and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 45, 16, 31, 10.