Aries (March 21-April 19)

Sometimes you doubt your own competence, but you shouldn't. You've only been in charge of taking care of yourself for several thousands of days. With a little experience, you might get better.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

There will never be a more perfect day than this for doing what you've put off. You'll find that the energy expelled in procrastinating is greater than the energy it takes to do the job.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

You shine in the social spotlight, so get out there! The perfect place for you is a cultural event or a party for people you admire. If you're trying to please somebody, it's easy to overdo it. Instead, please yourself.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

You find new ways to ask for and get attention, affection and above all, respect. Is it so selfish to want others to acknowledge your existence and notice that it means something?

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You consider yourself something of a public advocate now and might be the one to hold the door for the woman with a baby carriage, hush people who talk in movie theaters and give directions to lost souls.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Don't shy away from weird scenes. Today, the weirder the better. You could find your next love, a true friend or an employee among a peculiar mix of people.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Rally behind your man (or woman or child) because loved ones crave your support. In fact, saying nothing will be taken as a slight. Return all e-mails. You have the power to hurt or uplift someone's delicate feelings.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21)

You feel confident enough to initiate action and introduce new ideas. Unfortunately, you may be met by the ultimate passive-aggressive mantra -- "whatever." Do not engage these people! Walk away!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

A neglected area of your life comes to the fore. You can handle the people and projects that you once could not deal with. You're either ruling or you're learning to rule. Either way, you have the power.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Anyone who is a real success has overcome big obstacles. Remember that when you're looking at the work ahead of you (and this is supposed to be a day off).

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

The planets emphasize the past, perhaps by pointing out marks you still wear. Be proud of your scars, both physical and emotional. The wounds have healed, and you are tougher and more interesting.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

There's not a single thing to be gained from skepticism now. Go forward in a relationship giving more than the benefit of the doubt -- forget about the doubt entirely, and just give the benefit.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY AUG. 14: Put in a call to your muse because this year is all about inspiration. The very act of admiring something or someone will pull it closer to you. This is proven through August and September. Watch your temper in October -- you'll be passionate, powerful and able to make things happen as long as you focus. Love signs are Cancer and Virgo.

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