Horoscopes: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you make a move, even when you don't really have to, but it's more exciting and fun than not making a move, there's a word for that – gambling. Call it what it is and either refrain from it or enjoy it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When things go wrong, many feel like cutting ties and isolating themselves, which is exactly the opposite of what needs to happen. Reach out, get together, help each other figure things out.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's as though there's a casino in your head and many versions of you are seated at the table. "You're taking too big a chance!" says part of your mind. But the other part is thrilled with the odds.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Just about all of us skewer our perception of the world to feel better about ourselves – a trick of the human mind that keeps people in the game. You're so focused on getting to the truth; you've no interest in fooling yourself.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). In relationships, the ratio of give to take is never going to be completely 50-50. Someone will always give more. It will work better if it's not always the same one.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You make a promise, and then you keep it. So why shouldn't you expect the same from others? Relatedly, if you don't think a person will come through for you, don't ask him or her to.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Call a truce on your inner war. You don't need to be harsh with yourself to get motivated. A gentle, compassionate voice is inside you, not quite loud enough. Pay attention and the volume will turn up.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Empty your mind onto paper then organize those bits into categories and lists. This will not only help you accomplish more with your days, but it will also help you find pleasure in each activity.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The beginning of a relationship sets the tone for how the whole thing will play out. You'll be understood completely even if you're not making perfect sense. How wonderful!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). To occasionally indulge gives the indulgence a special feeling. Do it too often, and the experience ceases to be a treat. It's a fine line.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Philanthropist John Ruskin suggested, "It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born." While a birthright can certainly be an advantage, it's what you're doing with your life that will make your enduring legacy.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You are able to turn a mistake into an opportunity for you and yours. So maybe it wasn't a mistake after all. And there is no bad luck today either, only different kinds of good luck.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 15). Anticipate rapid-fire improvement over the next four weeks. Your financial and social status will climb, but it's not what makes you happy. Contribution is the source of your good feelings, and the more you give, the more you have to give. November and May show fortuitous travel. Capricorn and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 2, 22, and 14.