Born today, you are determined to do what you want and have what you want, and you will stop at nothing to reach your rather lofty goals. Even while your ambitions soar into the stratosphere, you know how to keep your feet on the ground and build your dreams on the solid foundations of practicality and realism. You often present yourself in a manner that keeps others from sizing you up quickly or accurately. It is quite likely that even those who know you best don't know everything about you -- and this is fine with you! You enjoy being something of an enigma, and you will learn in time to use the element of surprise to your advantage. You have strong opinions shaped by experience and learning, and you're not one to allow your mind to be changed easily.
You do not shrink from responsibility, but in fact welcome it, and the more you have to do in a day the better you feel -- physically, mentally and emotionally. You want nothing more than to be useful, and to know that what you do has value to others. You can be generous upon occasion, but you are most often your own No. 1 concern.
Also born on this date are: Whitney Houston, singer; Anna Kendrick, actress; Sam Elliott, actor; Deion Sanders, football player; Gillian Anderson, actress; Michael Kors, designer; Eric Bana, actor; Melanie Griffith, actress; Kurtis Blow, rapper; Robert Shaw, actor and writer; Rod Laver, tennis player; McG, television producer; Hoda Kotb, television host; Amanda Bearse, actress; John Dryden, poet.
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, AUGUST 10
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- What you consider a setback at first may, upon closer examination, prove to be a golden opportunity -- but an adjustment will be required.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Someone close to you is trying to get even closer, but is that something that fits into your overall game plan? It's time for honest talk.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- What starts almost idyllically will end in a very different light. You'll be given the opportunity to restore harmony, however.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Much is riding on what you do, and your position will be better if you can get it done on the first try. The clock is ticking.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You will want to look back at a certain period in your life marked by prodigious success. What was true then that isn't true now?
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Confidence is on the rise, but you may encounter danger as a result -- especially if you don't put common sense above all else.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may be sensing that something is slipping away, but in fact, you are much more in control of what is happening than you think.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You don't want to do anything that attracts the wrong kind of attention. Follow the rules and do what you are told -- at least for now.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You don't have to be told twice to do what is required of you. You know what is at stake, and just how you can influence others.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Take care that you don't overreact when something happens that goes entirely against the grain. This situation is easily resolved.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- What you want and what you need will both finally come your way, and you will be sent into a new phase of opportunity and potential.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Your activities are favored, and a rival is likely to be left behind as a result. This is not a permanent state of affairs, however.