Born today, you are not always going to be the master of your fate, but over time you will learn how to make the most of situations where you would otherwise simply drift at the mercy of the prevailing currents. You like to explore all manner of opportunities that are presented to you. While you may not have uncovered them yourself, you nevertheless make them uniquely your own by going about the required business in a way that is deeply personal and unique to you. This is likely to become your greatest strength, in fact: You insist on being yourself, 100 percent, no matter what is going on in the world -- or in your life. You are honest, straightforward and always willing to face the truth, even when it means you will be going through hardship as a result. You are not timid!
You are never one to jump to conclusions. When you do make up your mind, it is only after careful -- and often protracted -- consideration. You know how to weigh the pros and cons of each proposition to come up with the best possible decision for yourself and those under your care. You have the makings of a fine emotional guardian.
Also born on this date are: Rupert Grint, actor; Dave Chappelle, comedian; Stephen Fry, actor and comedian; Cal Ripken Jr., baseball player; Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader; Steve Guttenberg, actor; Marlee Matlin, actress; Ava DuVernay, filmmaker; Chad Michael Murray, actor; Anne Archer, actress; Kenny Baker, actor; David Koechner, actor and comedian; Kevin Dunn, 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.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You don't want to put anyone in danger -- including yourself. Do what you must to maintain a steady, rational outlook at all times.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You don't know where the next danger will appear, so you must be ready for anything at any time throughout this busy day.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- The same old thing isn't likely to serve you well. You are ready for something new; you just have to go out and find it.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- It may be time for you to sever old ties as you move in a new direction and explore options that were previously unavailable.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You can add a little spice to your life -- especially after dark -- by granting a loved one a certain favor. You'll be glad you gave in!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You can provide for yourself even as you provide for another. What you learn about your abilities may exceed your expectations.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Self-knowledge is the key to success during a complex phase that is just beginning. Take a close look at what lies ahead.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You may have to choose between two very different strategies. Gathering as much information as possible will prove essential.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You don't feel quite right about doing something you are required to do. Investigate further: Are rules being broken?
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Work and play can be combined, but take care that the balance between the two remains steady. Don't try to deceive a close friend.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You may suddenly realize that you completely forgot to do something that, in times past, was purely routine and automatic. What has changed?
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- What works for another isn't likely to work for you. You must be willing to go it alone in order to make the most of an opportunity.