TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 9). It’s said that madness carves its own reality. You’re not at all mad, but you’re a carver, too! You’ll chip and shave away at your life until the masterpiece emerges. A glorious happening in the next three weeks will be the first of five. You’ll invest in another and accidentally benefit yourself. Love and travel happen in November. Pisces and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 18, 7, 49, 31 and 6.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Should you sacrifice your needs for those of another? Of course! But how often? That’s the crux of it. Sacrifice should feel like a choice, not a character trait. Your needs are important, too. Examine the balance in relationships.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). As social as you can be, your solitude is at times so sweet that no one can compete. When you need to be alone, you really need it and enjoy it thoroughly.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The ones worth impressing aren’t excited by high-dollar items that anyone with money can obtain. Taste, style and emotional satisfaction have more to do with specificity of choice and the reasoning behind it.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Lifestyle changes come about in interesting ways for you. Your next great change will start with a pang of dissatisfaction then a judgment that spreads over your being as a realization.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Truly, when you make a decision about how malleable your mood will be, you’ll have the power to stick to it. So it will be entirely up to you: Your smile could change the day, or the day could change your smile.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The attitudes of people and the feeling of situations will matter even more than usual. In fact, in most things you encounter today, the tone will trump the content. Reactions will be knee-jerk and gut-level.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In the current milieu, you are surrounded by artfully scribed declarations and advice. The decor, the coffee mug, the shirt, the bracelet — they all seem to be barking orders. You’ll rebel. You don’t need to be told how to do you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You may contradict yourself, and that’s just part of being a complex human with broad interests and a mind that can travel through time and span a universe of ideas, many of which are bound to clash.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll consider going out of your way to make a favorable impression or to please someone. Before you do, examine your motives. If it’s approval you seek, you don’t need it. If it’s for fun or experimentation, you can’t lose.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The observations others make of you may clash with your self-concept now. It may feel greedy to take a compliment and rude to deflect it. Avoid both modes by focusing on the graciousness of others.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your restrictions, real or imagined, are legitimate. The latter is harder to break free from than the former. That’s what makes today’s small victory so important. This is only the beginning.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Deprivation is a severe and impractical approach. Many things are better regulated than restricted. This guiding principle will help you navigate the tricky issues of the day.