Born today, you are almost always the first in your crowd to do a thing; if you are all standing on a cliff considering a leap into a lake far below, you can be counted on to throw caution to the wind and just heave yourself into the abyss -- confident that you'll have something to show for your effort when your head breaks water again after the plunge. This is likely the pattern your entire life will follow: a leap of faith followed by triumph and celebration.
In your youth, you are likely to encounter difficulty as you start out on your journey of self-discovery and self-invention -- but when you break out and come to the attention of others, it will be in a manner that cannot be ignored. You attract a great deal of attention, and you will learn to use it as a kind of fuel that allows you to do more and more with each passing year.
Also born on this date are: Henry Ford, auto pioneer; Lisa Kudrow, actress; Vivica A. Fox, actress; Christopher Nolan, director; Hilary Swank, actress; Emily Bronte, author.
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.
SUNDAY, JULY 31
ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You may be ready to move on to something else today, but someone in charge is eager to have you go back and fix what may be an error.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- A bad habit attracts attention today, but unless you really want to break it, you're not likely to, even if you put in some small effort.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- You are eager to be recognized for something you consider unusual -- but others may only see it as you having simply done your job.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Information you receive today may be misleading unless you put it together with what you learned yesterday. Try to see the whole picture.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- You may have trouble convincing others today that your idea is the one with the greatest chance of success. Some criticism is sound.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Keeping a secret is going to challenge you today, but you have every reason to keep this certain tidbit to yourself for a while longer yet.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) -- Plans made today are likely to be changed before they are implemented, so you can be a little more daring as you put together your ideas.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -- Communication is the key to success today, and yet you may have trouble determining exactly when to deliver your most important message.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) -- A beginning and an ending converge today, leaving you in a rather emotional state as you progress from the past into the future.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- You have business to complete today, but a personal issue is likely to take up more of your time than expected. You must pick up the pace.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- You may have to act quickly today in order to avoid what comes at you, courtesy of a certain someone who knows your weak spot.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) -- Watch what others are doing today very closely, and you'll understand why you have to stick to your methods, different though they may be.