Born today, you enjoy much that is unusual and unconventional, and yet you have little trouble integrating yourself into the more conventional world around you. You are keenly interested in what makes people tick -- including their likes, dislikes and deeper motives. It would surprise no one who knows you at all well if you were to choose a career path that allows you to explore human nature in all its vastness and variety. You are no daredevil, and yet you can be quite daring at times, challenging luck itself and bringing yourself face to face with risk.
You are not quite as adventurous in your personal life, for you take very seriously your charge as a child, sibling, spouse or parent not to endanger others but to do all you can to protect and defend those close to you. And this you do with admirable dedication -- even to the point of sacrificing yourself to help someone in your inner circle.
Also born on this date are: Dustin Hoffman, actor; Esther Williams, swimmer and actress; Connie Stevens, actress; Mel Tillis, singer and songwriter; Rory Calhoun, actor; Emiliano Zapata, war hero.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Caution is advised when dealing with someone you don't know well. No one is being malicious, but careless interaction can result in harm.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Take care that your unique brand of humor isn't misunderstood today. Perhaps now is not the time to joke about certain things.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Your care for someone in need knows no bounds, and today you may decide to make a personal sacrifice that sends all the right signals.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You're certain that you're doing something the right way, but someone close to you has other ideas. Perhaps you should consider alternatives.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You may wonder what to do about correcting an error made some time ago -- but a friend has your back and has likely already taken care of it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You're puzzling over a situation that you feel may soon get out of hand -- but you can avoid a serious issue by addressing it right now.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You don't have to have all the facts in order to keep a bad situation from getting worse. All you have to do is act now, with confidence.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You're waiting for a sign that isn't likely to be revealed as expected. Go about your business as usual, but keep your eyes peeled.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- You can take a stand against someone who is mounting a campaign against you. This needn't lead to a major conflict if you are vigilant.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You are interested in getting a little more variety into your daily routine, but you must ask yourself what it is you are really after.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- The most important things are close at hand today. Be sure to ask a friend for help if you feel you're losing your control over something.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You've been complaining about the same thing for quite some time, but today you can actually do something about it -- if you dare.