Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

The sun is shining in your sector of the zodiac and confidence is blossoming. Perfect attunement might be developing with a new, important friend but avoid rushing the process. Bonds will strengthen over time.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Mingle with others if you want to be in the know. Alliances may be shifting, and it is wise to get a feel for who is hot and who is not. If you are hunting for love, a target for your heart might appear.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Love is like a lamp, and to keep a lamp burning, continue to put oil in it. Sparks may ignite around a special someone. But wait a day or two to adjust the flame. Passions could be too hot to handle today.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Strong urges may tempt you but examine these feelings at leisure. You are sure of what you want, so use this as a fulcrum to maneuver later this week. Make desires work for you in a positive way.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Strike up conversations and develop a friendship. Seek common ground and learn all you can about the object of your desire. Rest assured that warm feelings are reciprocated.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

The harder you work, the more likely you will achieve your goals this week. Draw others into the fold rather than excluding them. Sharing your vision of the future could bring unexpected help at a crucial moment.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

If risks seem too great, take time to ponder your guiding principles. A rational approach will put conflicting desires into perspective. Fleeting attractions are unlikely to disturb solid partnerships.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Listening skills will help you sort out conflicting situations. You may need to read between the lines. Remain objective if faced with tensions at home or in public.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Author and adventurer Jack London said: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." Grab your own club and follow your passions. You may be surprised to find that you are a role model.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Close the door on sneaking suspicions and refuse to let them affect your judgment. Wait one more day to take action where money is concerned, and your piggy bank will grow fatter. Impasses are temporary.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Get in touch with helpful trends by hobnobbing with acquaintances. It is a good time to widen your network of influential friends and gain beneficial insights. E-mail may contain valuable ideas.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You have your finger on the pulse of the news around you and understand what will appeal to the masses. Apply your instinctive know-how to climb higher and gain ground where career is concerned. Strike while the iron is hot.

IF JULY 25 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You should treasure both the ideals and the friends that have developed in the past year. Your creative genius gives you an edge in business right now, but for profit and long-term security, seek the wise counsel of your closest companions. The glow of warm companionship is worth more than money.

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