Horoscopes: FRIDAY, AUGUST 17, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). "Can I talk to you?" has devolved into being a question that people dread. Why? Maybe because talk itself has devolved. The art of conversation is not entirely lost, though; you prove it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). New adults want to be taken seriously, whereas those who have been adults for a while aren't so concerned. This social truth will be behind the events that unfold today.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's said that you can never go back, and that's true, to a great extent. You'll physically put yourself out there today, but it won't be the same, so you won't really be back; rather, you'll get current in your thinking about the past.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Theoretically, you want to do what's expected of you, and yet you also see that it's sure to lead to no fun at all. Bonds are created over weird mistakes.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Today presents a super productive groove. It all starts with a pep talk. Get in the mirror and psych yourself up. It will help you attract the thing of your focus, so focus on what you want.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You're going to be and do your best when you're forced to associate with others. It doesn't even matter who they are or what they are like. Everyone brings out a different skill in you. Being alone will bring out nothing.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your head and heart are in the right place. Take action. You can't lose, though you might meet with a delayed reward. No worries with that, either. The rewards will be delayed just enough to make them sweet for you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). An interesting benefactor will come into your mix. You'll grow from getting to know this person one on one. Things will progress once you break away from a group setting.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There is power in a person's vision of you. Those who can see you for who you really are – and project an image of a future perfect for you – are giving you a priceless gift.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You've found something to enjoy about each age you've been so far, though some have been more challenging than others. Be kind to yourself as you make adjustments to accommodate natural progression.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). They want you to fulfill a role you are not well-suited for. You know yourself better. Trust the universe. Your best opportunities may be strange ones indeed.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Do you have a psychic gift? Yes, you do. Who have you shared it with? "No one" is a perfectly acceptable answer. Be private about this, don't risk revealing yourself to those throwing shade.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 17). The solar return opens with a mutual-admiration society. As luck would have it, you'll be surrounded by people who appreciate your kind of beauty, intelligence and truth. Your effort in relationships will pay off. Travel for love. The extra care you put into this year's holidays will be especially well-received. Taurus and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers: 9, 40, 22, 28 and 31.