Born today, you are an instinctive strategist, in that you know how to make a plan, conserve your energy, gather your resources, prepare fully and wait patiently until the right moment to set your plan in motion. This basic approach is likely to win you more than your share of success over the years. You are often able to beat the odds and succeed where others have failed, and it's mostly a matter of natural talent and luck rather than any concrete ability derived from experience or learning. You are a highly visual individual; you can create all manner of pictures in your mind's eye, which you then transform into reality with seemingly remarkable ease -- though you know full well that it takes dedication and tremendous effort to do so again and again, as you so ably demonstrate.
There is something magnetic, even mysterious, about you that others find irresistible. You had better get used to being the object of adoration and the subject of much gossip, wherever you go and whatever you do. Not everyone understands you -- indeed, you don't always understand yourself -- but almost everyone wants to know you.
Also born on this date are: Benedict Cumberbatch, actor; Anthony Edwards, actor; Campbell Scott, actor; Edgar Degas, artist; George Dzundza, actor; Samuel Colt, inventor; Lizzie Borden, alleged murderer; Vikki Carr, singer; George McGovern, politician; Ilie Nastase, tennis player; Lisa Lampanelli, comedian; Jared Padalecki, actor; Brian May, musician.
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.
THURSDAY, JULY 20
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You're ready to stake your claim, but take care that you don't come on too strong, lest you turn a few supporters into detractors.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Progress is being made, and you must focus on the good things that have been happening. A loved one will give you a positive response.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Just because you've experienced a personal setback doesn't mean that you cannot score measurable gains before this busy day is out.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You're going to have to take the lead when it comes to identification and prevention of certain key problems and dilemmas.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You want to get a good deal, but you don't want to haggle. This may seem to be a pipe dream, but you can find the right place to go.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-sept. 22) -- You'll be impressed with someone's simple, straightforward approach. There are a few lessons you can take away from this interaction.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- It's a good time to share your feelings with those who don't always listen to reason. You may not change any minds, but you'll clear the air.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Someone you know well has got your back, even though you may not see him or her in action. This is a good day to mount a personal crusade.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You may come to realize, before the day is out, that you made the wrong decision recently -- and for all the wrong reasons.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Your role may expand considerably, whether or not you do anything to help it happen. Your influence is great.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You can score an important "first," but you're going to run into some serious opposition along the way. Batten down the hatches.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You're going to have to navigate a situation that isn't favorable to your personal agenda. The decisions of others may leave you behind.