Born today, you sometimes seem to live in your own head, alone with your thoughts, dreams, schemes, ideas, philosophies and yearnings. And while your mind may, indeed, be full of all these things and more, you really come into your own when you begin to make them real -- and so you will, again and again in your lifetime. When you spring into action, you are something to behold -- a force of nature who will simply not be stopped, no matter what. If necessary, you will run straight through an obstacle that looms ahead of you, without regard for your safety or the safety of those around you. Indeed, if that obstacle is another person, someone who has pitted him- or herself against you, then the combatant within you will come out -- you will have no qualms about engaging in a fight to the finish!
On the other hand, you are deeply emotional, highly loyal, sensitive and always willing to do for friends or loved ones whatever is necessary to make their lives better in any way. You often maintain an "us versus them" mentality when it comes to your inner circle -- and everyone else!
Also born on this date are: Jennifer Lawrence, actress; Ben Affleck, actor and director; Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor; Julia Child, celebrity chef; Debra Messing, actress; Mike Connors, actor; Ethel Barrymore, actress; Stieg Larsson, author.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- It's all about teamwork and camaraderie, but you may want to explore a few possibilities on your own before swinging into action.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You'll have a decision to make before the day is out that will have an effect on many around you -- some acquainted with your cause, some not.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You may have misunderstood someone's purpose, but all will be made clear. You'll know what you must do once it is.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You can persuade others to join you, but you may have to make a few concessions in order to make the best of a difficult situation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Your ability to spot trouble before it arises will surely serve you well. Someone else has a seemingly good idea, but you know better right now.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You're likely to find yourself resting not-so-comfortably between what you want and what you need. A conflict will decide the issue.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- There's every reason to think that what you have put together is more valuable than anything else others have come up with. It's time to act.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- The competition is likely to move very quickly, and you're going to want to match them step for step. Do your job and prevail.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You can bring a problem to the lap of someone who is authorized to deal with such things. Work together, and you can win the day.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may react with some indifference to matters brought to you by others, but your private issues will surely ignite your passions.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Your instincts will tell you to do things by the book, but there will be some room for clever improvisation. Trust your gut.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- It'll be up to you to tell it like it is -- and then to do what you know is right when the powers that be begin to react. Be ready.