Horoscopes: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People who make you feel small while making themselves feel big are, of course, toxic for you to be around. If you can't stay away, at least minimize your exposure. Firm boundaries will be key.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Not every day, but certainly today, it will be far more important to take care of the practical matters than to concern yourself with the deeper or more mystical layers of existence. You can ponder and intuit after the storm.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Good work is good work, no matter how humble or herculean the task. There's a victory rush that comes from doing a job to the best of your ability.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Between too much and too little is the wonderfully cozy waystation you'll hang out in today. It's made even more enjoyable by friends who are similarly satisfied.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If it's fun but doesn't make sense, consider it anyway. Even computers have evolved to incorporate illogical turns to serve the human need for surprises and fun. A touch of irrationality will bring magic.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Remember when you felt helpless? If only you had known help was on the way, how much easier the moment would have passed. Remember the lesson. Trust that there are forces on your side.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll be energized by a steady and deliberate learning process. There is nothing more exciting to do with this day than to move from ignorance to knowledge on a subject that interests you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're in a mood to bounce around ideas - your favorite way to learn. While bandying about intellectual and philosophical concepts, keep in mind that not everyone likes to debate.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are who you are because of what you've experienced. It's why you keep putting yourself in the mix, taking risks and making efforts: You're brave. Courage is a lifestyle.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). If you have to turn it into a competition, make yourself the opponent. The only nobility worth striving for is the kind where you top your finest effort.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). With so many people looking for somewhere to pass the blame, it's important to note that blame never solves anything. It gets better once someone starts taking responsibility for it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Perhaps it seems counterintuitive that you would be in a position to teach what you don't know, yet it happens all of the time. The added pressure of having to present information will make you learn super-quickly.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 22). Many small matters will be cleared up right at the top of this solar return, and you'll soon realize that you wield a transformational power. You will heal the ailing parts of your life with your heart, not your head. Your compassion and warmth will melt away the obstacles blocking your progress and happiness. Cancer and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 44, 48, 20 and 18.