Horoscope: Aug. 23

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Polite niceties are important and cannot be skipped. Say the thing that sparks the most interest first, and people will remember you and your message fondly.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll get the chance to develop an interest that is unusual or so outside of your main focus that you can't see how it could possibly help you reach a goal - and yet it will.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You don't expect people to behave in the way that you prefer or can predict. These habits allow you to have a complaint-free existence today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It's another one of those days to hold some of your stories back. It will help you tune in to others and listen more carefully.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You can't control the flow of attention coming at you, but you'll deflect it well today if it's unwanted.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Regardless of how important you are to the team (and you are very important), you feel the surge of power that comes from being a part of something.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). For someone to appreciate what you do, he or she will have to experience it. Delegate a job to someone who is not really qualified to do it, but who nonetheless should have the experience of trying.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Big ideas that are not presented with the fanfare they deserve will go unrecognized in a sea of mediocrity. Present your idea in the kind of light that will make it shine.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll be doling out work, so be sure to fit each job to the appropriate person. Hint: People who can't organize their own thoughts won't be able to organize others'.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You'll come face-to-face with many sides of human nature today. The best part of your day will involve helping people into a better state of mind.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'll appreciate people who can simply state a need or tell you exactly what to do. Those people will also be your gateway to good fortune.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There are consequences to every action, but some take much, much longer to realize. You will now experience the result of something you did many years ago.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 23). You'll follow intuitive nudges into a sweet deal in the next 10 weeks. This could start a new career. A virtual friend will become an actual friend in September. December brings a welcome change in your family. January is your shot at the big leagues. March shows renovations to your home or image. Cancer and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 14, 27, 26, 1 and 9.


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