Born today, you believe that you are destined for great things, but there are times when you forget that dedication and hard work are essential to fulfilling any destiny. You often prefer to sit back and wait for recognition and reward -- and contentment -- to come to you. This is certainly an error, as anyone can tell you -- and as experience tells you as well. When you do nothing, nothing is bound to happen in return, but when you apply yourself wholeheartedly, you usually progress very quickly and enjoy all manner of rewards. Keeping your eye on the prize is not enough; working to reach it is what makes the difference between success and failure. The decision to apply yourself is yours alone. Make it, and the world can be your oyster.
You can be rather judgmental toward others, but this causes problems only when you share those judgments without being asked. Indeed, the old adage "If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all" certainly applies to you! You don't want to make a habit of rubbing people the wrong way, do you?
Also born on this date are: Daniel Radcliffe, actor; Slash, guitarist; Woody Harrelson, actor; Marlon Wayans, actor; Philip Seymour Hoffman, actor; Charisma Carpenter, actress; Paul Wesley, actor; Joel Stein, writer; Stephanie Seymour, model; Alison Krauss, singer; Don Drysdale, baseball player; Edie McClurg, actress; Raymond Chandler, author; Don Imus, radio personality.
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.
MONDAY, JULY 24
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You can connect with others in a way that is uniquely your own. They are not likely to be the same afterward -- and neither are you.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You may wish you had the opportunity to go back and say some things to someone whose influence over you has not diminished over the years.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Confidence is on the rise, but that doesn't mean you're ready to walk through a door when it opens for you. There are a few loose ends yet.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Giving someone else the best of yourself may sound like a difficult thing to do -- until you try it. It's bound to come very easily to you!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You may be subject to a great many more emotions than expected when a certain piece of news comes your way. You may need some alone time.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You'll want to remove yourself from any situations that seem like they will lead to conflict -- whether emotional or physical.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may not be in the mood for the very thing you had planned for the day, but can you afford to postpone it? Check in with others.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You'll want to confirm that others are on the same page as you, especially if you're expecting to collaborate anytime soon.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You may want to look more closely at your motives before you start adjusting your methods. One leads directly to the other.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Do you understand yourself as fully as you claim? You may want to listen to what someone else has to say about you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Give yourself the opportunity to absorb what comes your way as fully as possible. You don't want to miss what's most important.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You'll begin to reap certain rewards as soon as you get the wheels of a new project in motion. Things don't have to happen quickly.