Horoscope: Aug. 16

Your daily horoscope.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll be dealing in matters of pleasure and guilt, weighing one against the other to determine just how far you can go into the realm of empty gratification.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Some memories come back, inducing cringes. Some memories come back, majestically. Some memories never come back. Make a special effort so that today's occurrences will be memorable enough to warrant the round trip.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). An analytical friend will be an asset to you now, as this person can help you distinguish between worthy and unworthy causes.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). What you desire may fly in the face of reason. Wait until you're alone with your thoughts to process what you want and why you want it.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your colors will show up in strange ways today. The gold, red and purple that represent the royal lion will seem to fly like a flag, declaring that you are indeed the ruler of your life.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People mirror the way their thoughts travel in how they physically get around. Today you'll rather enjoy those who amble along.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You'll need help at home because there is currently too much other stuff going on that is distracting you from domestic life. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). With your all-conquering spirit, you'll interpret life's little disappointments as encouraging messages from the universe.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll put energy into mastering a game or technique, but what you're really mastering is the art of being you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What is to one person an accurate account is to another person a cynical observation. You take the middle ground.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Temporary irritations will pass. Patience and quiet help them pass without too much negativity.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Acting in accordance with your personal morality system will bring health and vitality to all aspects of your life.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 16). You'll prove that acquired knowledge is not the path to greatness as you bring something more than can be learned through study to an endeavor and reach a high level of achievement. You'll work hard through September and October. November features new relationships. You'll be hand-in-hand with a partner through 2014. Cancer and Virgo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 23, 9, 30 and 26.

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