Born today, you are one of the most well-meaning, well-rounded and generally positive individuals born under your sign. You hold great faith in the gathering of knowledge; you believe that to know a thing is to understand it and, if it is something of possible threat to you, if you understand it you can surely defuse it -- if only with a little work. When you sign on to something, whether you are in charge or following another's directives, you give yourself to it 100 percent.
You look at the world as a place chock-full of opportunity and reward, and your overall view is one of optimism and enthusiasm. You see the glass as half-full, certainly. You will work hard to promote the ideas you believe in, and you will never stand in the way of another for doing the same -- unless, of course, it involves a danger or threat.
Also born on this date are: Patrick Swayze, actor; Andy Samberg, actor; Robert Redford, actor and director; Christian Slater, actor; Malcolm-Jamal Warner, actor; Madelaine Petsch, actress; Roman Polanski, director; Meriwether Lewis, explorer.
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.
MONDAY, AUGUST 19
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- The big picture yields more information today than any closer look you may take. It's important for you to get the lay of the land.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- You're entering a phase that may require more spending than usual. It'll be important for you to keep accurate records.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Someone who was a student in the past is able to teach you something quite valuable before the day is out. You'll be grateful -- and proud.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- It's time for you to mount a campaign geared toward getting you more of what you feel you have earned. Start slowly; let the momentum build.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- The more open you are toward others, the better. You don't want to find yourself on the wrong end of a judgment call because you yourself judged.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You are trying to do something that requires both strength and delicacy. The one is easy to muster; the other will take effort.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- You may not get the answers that you are hoping for today, but you can work with any information you receive -- even if it's bad news.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- You must do all you can to avoid conflict or you risk a quick escalation that could result in lasting damage. Safety is paramount today.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- There's more than one way to do the thing that you have to get done today -- but you won't have a lot of time to choose your method.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Narrow your focus today to look carefully at the smaller details. You will come to understand just how things are so closely intertwined.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You can do exactly what you had hoped to do today, and more quickly than expected. You can double your rewards by using extra time wisely.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You'll learn a great deal about a friend or partner after defusing a situation that could have easily gotten out of hand. Remember this!