Your Stars This Week for August 13, 2017

ARIES (March 21-April 4) -- One good idea begets others, and so it goes, day after day, until you find it necessary to break the streak and go in a new direction. (April 5-April 19) -- What you've relied on in the past may no longer be available. Even if it were, it would likely be obsolete. It's a fine week for experimentation.

TAURUS (April 20-May 5) -- You may have to yield to someone who is moving more quickly -- and more confidently -- than you. He or she may have words of advice in passing. (May 6-May 20) -- You can contribute mightily to a group effort that can change the course of many lives when all is said and done. Put your fears to bed for good.

GEMINI (May 21-June 6) -- What's right and what's wrong will occupy much of your time, but you will want to focus more on what is actually possible. (June 7-June 20) -- There are some who will misinterpret your efforts, but regardless of what they say or do, you'll want to move forward according to plan.

CANCER (June 21-July 7) -- You know perfectly well how to do what is required of you, but are you in the mood to do it? Does that really matter at all? (July 8-July 22) -- You may not recognize the praise that others are heaping on you all week long. Take care that you don't let your insecurities color your overall attitude too much.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 7) -- You may take some convincing, but by the end of the week you will be on board with someone whose plans can give you a real lift. (Aug. 8-Aug. 22) -- Decisions may not come as quickly as you might have hoped, but once they are made, you're not likely to be dissuaded. The week offers much you can take to the bank.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 7) -- Personal relationships are highlighted; you'll want to ensure that someone on the fringes is welcomed into the fold by week's end. (Sept. 8-Sept. 22) -- You'll have to work hard to provide what is needed, but those who benefit from your effort will surely make it more than worth your while.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 7) -- You'll find yourself saying "no" more often than usual as the week gets started, but later on your "yes" will be heard more often than that. (Oct. 8-Oct. 22) -- The difficulties that arise can be overcome, but you'll end up going from the frying pan into the fire before you restore any real sense of harmony.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 7) -- You're in need of a little regeneration, but this will require trusting someone you've not trusted in a while. You can do it! (Nov. 8-Nov. 21) -- Business partners may not respond as expected to a new idea that you share with them. A new deal can be struck after careful negotiations.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 7) -- A major discovery will allow you to pick up the pace, and as you get used to some new scenery, you'll be inspired as well. (Dec. 8-Dec. 21) -- Business will prove to be more personal than usual. Take care that you don't become so comfortable that you share something that can put you in a vulnerable position.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 6) -- An old idea is new again, and you should be able to put it to excellent use as you travel over both new and familiar terrain. (Jan. 7-Jan. 19) -- You may have to pass judgment on someone you admire, but the events of the week will support you as you say what has to be said.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 3) -- You'll want to come to some agreement with others, and if you can get a rival to cross over and join your team, you'll triumph. (Feb. 4-Feb. 18) -- You may harbor certain fears about what you are expected to do. The best approach is the direct approach: Just get started!

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 5) -- You know what to do, but you may be rather uncertain when it comes to why. A friend or loved one may provide the unexpected answers you need. (March 6-March 20) -- You're not going to please everyone, but those who are on your side will praise your efforts. You can win over some of your critics, as well.

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