Horoscopes: SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People will find out who you are through your actions, your stories or because you share your preferences. So you really don't have to worry about telling them who you are. You're already showing them.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You're gutsy. You forget that sometimes. Or rather, you take it for granted, believing that everyone else is gutsy, too. Not true! You're lucky when you recognize the quality and make it count today.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Before a mutually satisfying deal can be struck, the others will want to understand your story. So let them know where you were, what happened, and why they need to know. That should do it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Self-sufficiency is among your many attractive qualities. You won't ask your friends to help you unless you truly can't do on your own. In that case, a Taurus is your ideal support.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Like the cat your sign is named for, you are choosy about who you like, and then obsessively loyal to your chosen ones. Also like a cat, curled up and cozy will be your default mode today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People have their own agendas, but they might adopt yours if it is appealing enough. People are usually willing to forgo their plan when there's something more interesting, attainable, lucrative, fun, urgent or important to do.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you stop saying yes so often, people will take notice. They will value your time and services a little more, seeing them as limited commodities that others also want.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You love to know what's really going on in people's lives, but mostly they show you what their lives look like instead of what they feel like. Good thing you never go strictly by appearances.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your compassion is an enormous strength. You will ideally use it to be helpful, to teach others and/or be the catalyst for their growth. What you don't want is to enable others or "fix" them, which never works.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Aim for the middle of the road. You'll hit the perfect note: surprising, but not obvious; spontaneous, but not impulsive; romantic, but nobody's fool.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If "play" is an art form, you're a fine artist indeed today. You'll be so involved in your process of curious enjoyment that you won't even think to stop and commemorate it. This is living.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In friendship, you'll deal with the other person's flaws or be kind enough to look the other way. But you're stricter when your heart's on the line. There are standards that must be met before you give your trust.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 18). "We are all lions," said the poet Rumi, "but lions on a banner: because of the wind they are rushing onward from moment to moment." This solar return, you'll seize your moment, marching forward for your cause, a purpose that brings out your most regal characteristics. Windfall months: September and June. Cancer and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 30, 2, 21 and 16.