Horoscope: Aug. 8, 2013

ARIES (March 21-April 19). When it happens easily, you usually take it as a sign that it was meant to be. Of course, there's a difference between "easy" and "automatic." What happens automatically could just be a bad habit.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If your leader today isn't up on the latest literature in your area of interest, time will be wasted. Do your own research. Don't take anyone's word for granted.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It's never selfish to take excellent care of yourself. Move commitments and clutter from your schedule to spend time nurturing yourself.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). The obstacles you overcome today will have a story of woe to tell once you're done with them!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You'll like the exclusivity of today's arrangement. Your sign mate Russell Baker noted, "People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure."

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Today has that road-trip feel: life blurring by and you trying to capture pieces of it from a rolled-down window. Of course, you could always pull over and stop awhile.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Mental escape is not quite as relaxing as physical escape, but when you're as committed and busy as you are today, it will have to do.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A fascinating person doesn't just talk to you; this person finds a way into the conversation and under your skin. You'll be challenged and moved by the interaction.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have advocates, not that you need defense or are trying to inspire passion in your devotees. But still it's nice to know that people are on your side.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Don't waste your breath explaining yourself. But what you inspire others to say about your message will matter.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Hitchhikers walking toward their destination are more likely to be picked up than those standing in one place. Move toward your purpose, and someone is likely to give you a ride.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have an extensive list of things you need in order to tackle a project. Rip that list in half, and things will work out even better.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 8). The restlessness you feel at the top of this new cycle quickly fuels an adventure that spans over the next seven weeks. You'll thrive in a nontraditional setting in September. Public position is featured in November; you'll obtain something that will be handed down to future generations. December brings creative rebirth. Taurus and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 39, 4, 20 and 3.


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