Horoscope: Aug. 22

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You suddenly will become more focused on what needs to happen in order to reach a particularly challenging goal. The late afternoon is ideal for planning tomorrow's efforts.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Since everything stems from your awareness, it makes sense to expose yourself to more and be extremely observant.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Today's free offers will wind up costing you. Just stay alert to all that transpires.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's only natural to give your attention to the people making all the noise, but check in with those who are being a bit too quiet.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sometimes you carry a smile in your back pocket, ready to use at the right moment. But today you're better off just wearing it constantly.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your rule is to under-promise and over-deliver. Someone will ask you for a commitment, though, making the first part of the equation a bit tricky.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Stay on top of your intentions for the day by writing them down. Without a to-do list, you may get lost in the shuffle.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Some decisions don't come with a custom-edited trailer of the highlights. Today

you'll have to pay the admission to see the show.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Remember that generosity isn't always about money and big gestures. Sometimes generosity is a simple stick of gum.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Sometimes the best move is the one that is just good enough to move you forward. The main thing is to keep moving forward.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Most parenting strategies are based on the idea that the right kind of reminders can help someone become a better person. You'll parent yourself today with a few clever reminders.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Often, it's a core group of people that supports you best. You'll be adding to that core group and minimizing the need to find, or rely on, just one person.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 22). You'll see fantastic sights this year thanks to a combination of excellent planning and spontaneous risk-taking. Next month sees you answering a challenge and becoming a hero of your own story. A loved one's plan will involve you and give you new purpose in October. November brings family expansion. Capricorn and Libra people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 25, 44, 18 and 45.


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