Born today, you have tremendous confidence in your abilities, and you put those abilities on display in all manner of endeavors to further your plans. You are likely drawn to politics, but it is an arena about which you have conflicting feelings: It is surely a job you could do well -- but is it really for you, and could you maintain your sense of self without compromising your values? Because these answers are uncertain, you're likely to steer clear -- but you're sure to express yourself openly and share your well-informed opinions at virtually every opportunity, and in this way shape the opinions of others in some way.
Also born on this date are: Robert De Niro, actor; Dustin Pedroia, baseball player; Donnie Wahlberg, actor; Sean Penn, actor; Davy Crockett, statesman and war hero; Mae West, actress; Maureen O'Hara, actress; Belinda Carlisle, singer.
You couldn't care less about criticism, for your native strength and confidence are virtually unassailable. You are often able to do the very things that others refuse to do -- whether out of fear or uncertainty or self-doubt. When it comes to taking a stand, you are the kind of person others look to as an example; you are true to yourself and your beliefs, especially in the face of hardship.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- An ally keeps you informed as you are unable to be at the center of everything today. Together, you can ensure that progress keeps being made.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You are interested in what makes someone tick, but it may be difficult for you to get close enough today to gather the information you need.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You can take a little money and turn it into more money today -- if you are willing to do something "routine" in a new and controversial way.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You mustn't simply complain about the problems you are facing; you must be willing to present possible solutions. Then, people will listen!
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You're juggling good things and bad things and coming up with a mix of both. This is something you can remedy; use time to your advantage.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- A reorganization of sorts allows you to stand more firmly upon your set of values -- but do try to understand another's point of view.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- An exciting opportunity beckons, but you may find that you're not positioned well to take advantage of it. An alternative is more likely.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You're eager to see things progress in a certain way at this time, but you mustn't simply force them to fit into your day. Let them evolve.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You are being watched -- but this is nothing to be concerned about. Indeed, you can use the attention you're getting to your advantage.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You may discover that the occasional interruption is actually good for you right now. You can benefit from taking a break now and then!
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You may be nearing an important milestone, but you feel there is a long way yet to go. This is true, but progress is progress, surely!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You mustn't let your personal feelings get in the way of doing your job to the best of your ability. You can overlook certain things.