ARIES (March 21-April 19). Who you really are is not always who you've allowed yourself to become. It is the same for everyone. What is also the same is the potential to steer things back on course at any moment.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Those who react badly to criticism prevent themselves from growing as they alienate those who can help them.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The person trying to seduce you away from your work or goals isn't really on your side. Those who want you to succeed wouldn't tempt away.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). There are those who take themselves too seriously to fully understand the importance of small talk and its role in building rapport. But even these types will not be immune to your charms.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Someone wants your approval and is unlikely to speak of anything unflattering or controversial. You're better off with the truth. Make it clear honesty is a stipulation of your approval.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Is what you want really worth working so long and hard? That day will come anyway, but if you don't put in the work, it won't mean nearly the same.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You want to know the other person will be there and be loyal. This is not too much to ask, though it's not the right time to ask it, certainly not directly. Look for clues instead, and trust your instincts.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). A proverb says the eye can't see its own lashes. It's possible that you possess a quality that is invisible to you though others see it clearly.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll be catering to an ego today, and this is tricky business for sure, especially if the ego in question happens to be your own. Go gingerly, as no good will come of alienating your subject.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Certain emotions are unobtainable without a good amount of self-awareness. Jealousy and shame fall into the category; so do pride and admiration. Today you'll put what you know about yourself to good use.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You want to be dazzled by greatness and are therefore rooting for every source of potential amusement in your world, hoping (sometimes against hope) for the very best presentation.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your path will converge with another's. Neither route is wrong. Neither is trying to own the whole path, just needing to take it over for the moment to get to the next place. All can be solved with courtesy.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 30). One of your birthday wishes will come to fruition next month. Now through the year's end, a great sense of self-discipline will well up in you. You will expertly manage your emotions, curb your cravings and shine in the social arena of your choice. Family will grow in January. Finances improve in October and May. Capricorn and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 39, 10, 4, 6 and 45.