Horoscopes: FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018

ARIES (March 21-April 19). What you want is not as out of reach as you think. What seems ridiculous to expect may actually be just a little bit out of the normal pattern, and all it will take is an extra push to make it so.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). When you don't know what to do next, concentrate your efforts on just being the best you. Keeping yourself sharp and strong will ready you for the opportunities around the bend.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll hear versions of the truth. Avoid trusting powerful people over honest people. As Groucho Marx said: Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You'll pick your goal almost arbitrarily, and that's fine for today. The purpose is to give you a reason to take every step along the way. You'll commit to the journey, not the destination.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you were a cast member on "Survivor," you might conspire to handle today's challenge. But you live in the untelevised version of reality where it is better to be kind than to drum up the drama.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Between people whose history includes great love, there will always be explosive topics, buried like land mines in the field of conversation. They are usually best avoided. If you accidentally step on one, turn and run.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Thankfulness is the seed that all good things blossom from today. What you're most appreciative of is not material, it's the attention, help, and lessons.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If the events knock you off course, take it as a cue to expand your perception and grow your influence. With a bigger worldview you will be unfazed by life's little irritations.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To protect yourself against the thievery of time, demand that time leave you something in return for what it takes. This is most easily accomplished by working toward meaningful treasures.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It's wasteful to wish you were anywhere else, with anyone else, doing anything else than what you're doing. Guard against this immaturity by fully joining the moment you're in.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll get the win, but winners be warned: Arrogance and pride are terrible, dangerous hitchhikers on the road to a great win. Do not pick them up. Arrogance and pride are the failures of success.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You're thinking creatively, and because of this, you will see the wonderful experiences to be had for very little or no money. They'll take planning, though. This is a lucky day for making plans.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 31). You place yourself in service to humanity. "Humanity" is not always an easy customer, and the obstacles that ensue will contribute to your spiritual might. Truly, you gain the most from your own selflessness. You'll bank on it in October, and there's another windfall in December. Travel and romance come in mid-2019. Gemini and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 40, 1, 22 and 15.