Born today, you have tremendous insights that are the product of both nature and upbringing; you cannot separate who you are genetically with your environment. You are far more a product of all that surrounds you than most other individuals -- and this can be both an advantage and a detriment. It is advantageous, of course, because it means that you are very much a part of the world in which you live; nothing is too challenging for you, because it is all a part of who you are. It can also be a detriment because with all the good that surrounds you, there is plenty of bad as well -- and that will surely have an influence on you.
While no one comes into the world in charge, you are likely to seek positions of authority again and again as you come into your maturity. When young, you will no doubt be more than willing to play the underling, so that you can learn from the best above you; but you are destined to be the master of your domain one day, come what will.
Also born on this date are: Charlize Theron, actress; David Duchovny, actor; Billie Burke, actress; Sidney Crosby, hockey player; Wayne Knight, actor; Louis Leakey, anthropologist; Garrison Keillor, writer and radio personality; John Glover, actor.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- The expected happens today in a way that is unexpected -- so you must be ready to do what you know in a way that is entirely new.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You are making assumptions that are throwing a certain relationship into uncertainty at this time. Focus instead on what you can prove.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You want to make no mistakes today, but that may be hoping for too much given the complexity of what you are likely facing at this time.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Your best bet is to stick to what you know and avoid anything that requires you to step out of your comfort zone. Routine can be comforting.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Signs, signals and warnings swirl around you today, and you must take care to interpret them all correctly, lest you make a wrong turn somewhere.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You're apt to make a mistake today that you cannot undo, unless you take the time to read up on something that is new to you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You aren't in the mood to accept criticism today, but that may not stop someone from telling you what he or she thinks. Don't be defensive!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- The pace is likely to pick up considerably today, and you can remain in control only by keeping everything clearly in view. Accept help!
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You're going to want some feedback before calling it a day. What you hear may surprise you -- but it sends you in a profitable direction.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- A current problem hides itself from you for a time today, but you mustn't make the mistake of thinking it's gone for good. It's still there!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You can turn a disadvantage into an advantage today simply by looking at it from a new and different perspective.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Someone is ready to reach out for you, but he or she needs a sign to indicate that you are receptive to what he or she has to offer.