Born today, you are never one to follow in the footsteps of another unless doing so brings you closer to yourself in the long run. In other words, you will always chart your own course unless it's clear that traveling a road previously traveled by someone else will teach you something you feel you need to know in order to establish or assert your autonomy. Most important to you is exploring your place in the world through the lens of personal experience; you would much rather learn things by doing than by studying about them secondhand, and though you do enjoy reading and absorbing information from the page, you will always want to apply that knowledge to whatever you may be doing next. And that, perhaps, is your ultimate philosophy, your true creed: "What's next?"
You rely upon the force of your personality to see you through difficult situations, and though this may serve you quite well most of the time, you must accept the fact that now and then you must apply something more in order to see events resolve to your liking. Sometimes, just being you isn't quite enough!
Also born on this date are: Madonna, singer; Steve Carell, actor; Angela Bassett, actress; James Cameron, director; Kathie Lee Gifford, television personality; Julie Newmar, actress; Timothy Hutton, actor; Eydie Gorme, singer; Fess Parker, actor; Robert Culp, actor; Lesley Ann Warren, actress; Bob Balaban, actor.
To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You'll be treated as you deserve, not as your forebears deserved. What drives you, as always, is your sense of justice.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You'll find yourself engaged in a conflict that means much more to someone else than it does to you, but you'll still pull your weight.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You're not about to let yourself be ruled by anyone who isn't personally invested in what matters most to you. Stake your claim!
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You're nearing a juncture that may allow you to make a decision that will affect you and those close to you for some time to come.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You can share what you know with someone who is ready to take your ideas and put them to practical use in a new way.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You're not engaged in this fight on your own. Someone else is with you, though hanging back in the shadows. Your strength is multiplied.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- It may be time to put your money where your mouth is. You've been waiting for a certain sign long enough; now is the time to move!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- There are things you may not want to do, but you know very well that doing them will demonstrate something valuable to those in your camp.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You have a trusted friend who is willing to be your eyes and ears as you focus on something that is important only to you.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- It won't take much for you to be able to imagine all that is likely to happen around you -- but will it happen in time?
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You can perhaps enjoy a little peace and quiet in the midst of a conflict that you're still trying to figure out.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- A key idea comes to light, making you feel as though you have more on the line than ever before, perhaps. You know what must be done.