Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You may be sensitive to the mood of others and feel the need to referee disputes. Being a tower of strength is your special talent today. Peace and harmony will be easy to achieve. Invite friends over and socialize.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Use others as a sounding board and you may receive more enlightenment than you thought possible. Investigate potentials and perform research. Friends can offer an objective perspective and help you solve a puzzle.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Temporary tensions give way to a more congenial mood, so ignore minor spats. Your opinion has value and can smooth troubled waters. Cookouts in your back yard will prove most satisfying.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Passions may be thwarted early on. It is a better day for mental pursuits than physical ones, but the object of your affection should be loving and amorous this evening.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Accept challenges as a mental exercise and competitions as a test of skill. Be as objective as possible if others wish to debate. A few pleasant surprises could brighten your day.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Rest your weary wings today and bask in the admiration of someone special. Late-day trysts should run smoothly. You might discover something helpful if you organize paperwork or balance the checkbook.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Test your values by speaking your mind. Others will show you the flaws as well as the beauty of your ideas. The late afternoon and evening are perfect for romantic overtures.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Changes in plans are possible, but don't let this ruffle your feathers. Things are likely to work out to your advantage. Your unique outlook could be fascinating to a significant other.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Handle emotional issues with care and sidestep confrontations. Use energy constructively, and clean out closets rather than dredge up dead issues. Harmony is the key word late in the day.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Be impervious to prodding from others. Those closest to you may be argumentative early in the day, but the atmosphere quickly shifts to a tranquil mode, and seductions are possible. Buy that small item you want.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

It is a good day to crusade, seek new vistas, unusual ideas, and fresh faces. Keep an open mind, as others may have shockingly different views. Try walking a mile in someone else's shoes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Get tasks done early in the day, then take advantage of a late-day mood shift when sociability reigns. Cozy get-togethers with friends or amorous encounters with lovers are possible.

IF AUG. 1 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You are drawn to the unusual and avant-garde. Others may tantalize you with mysterious ways and pique your interest, but maybe that is just a surprise birthday party in the works. There are special powers and talents lurking beneath the surface, which you can use to charm others. A bit of indecision about financial matters is a signal that you should wait to make changes.

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