Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

If you are trying to start a diet, too many temptations can hinder your plan. Indulgence is the keyword today, so relax and enjoy yourself. Put resolutions on hold.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your finesse in social situations helps you avoid controversy. Make donations to charities, but remember to get a receipt for your taxes. Purchases of major items could prove disappointing.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

If you are on a budget, beware of impulsive spending. Be as sincere as possible, but honor the values of others. They may not share your beliefs.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Because you feel blessed in material ways it is easy to be generous. Someone close may ask for assistance. Give graciously with no expectation of compensation.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Others want to bask in the sunshine of your approval, and people hope your luck will rub off on them. Because you are so popular, it would be wise to be discriminating.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Austerity and practicality work fine as long as you are safely cocooned with a significant other. A trip to the mall could bring unavoidable temptations.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You and your mate might not see eye to eye about how to spend joint resources, so delay major purchases. Indulge in an ice cream cone or banana split to satisfy those decadent urges.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

What looks good on you today may look terrible tomorrow under better lighting. Put off purchases requiring taste. A concert in the park or a baseball game might be a good choice for fun.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Family matters could be of prime concern. Touch base with relatives or relax at home. Visit the church social or the community barbecue; spread your nickels around in a beneficial way.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Being straightforward will help maintain the peace. A touch of extravagance may be in the air, so think twice before purchasing.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Intimate relationships require major TLC. Partners might want proof of your affection in material ways, so provide little luxuries. Stock the pantry in case relatives drop by at dinnertime.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You might not be in the mood for socializing but are more than willing to go along for the ride with a congenial partner. Take care of responsibilities you have been putting off.

IF AUG. 8 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: You can stop and smell the roses, as ambition has been your middle name for a long time. This is the kind of birthday when traditional gifts prevail, which is usually just fine with the king or queen of the jungle. Wallow in a few extravagances and treat yourself to something special -- you've earned it!

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