Born today, you are a powerful and aggressive individual, but you do your best to keep any potential negative manifestations of these traits very much under wraps. You want to be seen as someone who is kind, approachable, cooperative, collaborative and always circumspect -- and so you are, when you choose to be. You have been endowed with tremendous talent, and once you are given that first "big break" when you are young, there will be no stopping you as you continue your rise to the top.
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 are highly principled, and you live according to a set of rules that is not easily threatened by anyone else -- even one who perhaps knows better than you what's what. You are known for sticking to your guns and not backing down.
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.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- This may not be a good day for pushing a personal agenda, as the opposition you encounter may prove stronger than first supposed.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Doing the right thing for someone in need may prove more complicated than you had thought -- but you're determined to do all you can.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You can show off a bit today for an appreciative audience. Someone is likely to present you with an unusual opportunity. A decision takes time.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You share more than you realize with someone you are likely to encounter on more than one occasion today. Examine this relationship closely.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You are likely to be asked for your opinion about a key issue today -- but this situation may be a setup. Use caution, and don't be too forthcoming.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Your eagerness to get things going must not get out of hand today, lest you move too quickly and encounter dangers you cannot control.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- What you see is not always what you get -- and today you may be surprised by what seems to be right in front of you. Get a second opinion!
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Your well-laid plans are likely to be altered in some way before the day is out, and you want to be sure you're the one making the change.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- A decision made by someone in your inner circle seems to be routine enough -- but by day's end, you'll realize what is really at stake.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Focus on how you see things today and how they affect your emotional stability. Much that you encounter today is benign -- but some is not.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Someone you work with may be surprised by an admission you make under pressure. Soon after, you'll get busy working to undo any related damage.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- You have more at stake today than meets the eye. Get news from someone who is directly involved in the major events of the day.