Born today, you can at times be overly reactive, answering unintended slights with insults or even physical violence. This is something that you will no doubt be instructed to "work on" again and again, and in time you will learn to put any sort of aggressive instincts away where they will do you and other people the least possible harm. You are likely to grow from a rather pugnacious youth into an adult who is temperate, rational and always eager to listen to what others have to say -- even if you may disagree with the sentiments being expressed.
You were born with a sense that the whole world will give way to you if you work hard enough toward your own private ends. Though this may prove a source of frustration to you at times, you may actually find the world willing to grant you what you want -- a combination of the stars' influence and your own will and resolve.
Also born on this date are: Matt LeBlanc, actor; Walter Payton, football player; Estelle Getty, actress; Iman, model and actress; Walter Brennan, actor; Brad Renfro, actor; Illeana Douglas, actress.
FRIDAY, JULY 26
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You may have to negotiate with someone for the best available position as a certain contest begins. A friend offers valuable support.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- What begins in jest today is likely to become quite serious before you know it -- but that shouldn't come as a complete surprise.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Any sort of procrastination can only serve to damage your credibility; you must be willing to address certain key situations as they arise.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Making someone wait for the answer to a key question will likely only harm your own chances for advancement. You must make a quick decision.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You are sitting in a position of some strength and authority today, though you will want to wield that authority with sensitivity and respect.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You may not understand a recent negotiation from top to bottom, but you certainly appreciate what it allows you to do from this time forward.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You will want to dispense with responsibilities quickly and in the proper order today so you have time for your own pet project later on.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You cannot avoid all unpleasantness today, especially when it comes to a lesson that all family members have to learn sooner or later.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- Personal growth will continue today after you come to the realization that what you do is all a product of who you have been in the past.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- News comes to you through the usual circles today, but it affects you in ways that you did not anticipate. Make swift adjustments.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You impress others with your ability to handle things in stride. What they don't see is just how much effort it really takes to do so!
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You want to do something that will mean more to you than any routine endeavors -- and today, the opportunity arises to do so.