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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 18). Your commitments follow a natural course; they ripen and fall from the vine. This frees up your time. You’ll get a thrill from learning. Each skill you acquire in 2018 will double your odds of being successful. To you this is about much more than money, but you’ll love the extra cash anyway, and you’ll buy something big in June. Libra and Capricorn adore you.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You’ve a ritualistic approach to things about your life that don’t really require such care. It’s working for you. So don’t skip steps, and don’t change details or the order. Rituals give things meaning and make them interesting, and they have a habit-forming potential.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ll be the most disciplined and mentally sharp within the first four hours after waking. Take advantage of this by getting the hard work done and over with. By lunch, you’ll already be ahead of the game. 

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Sleep is a process based on phases. It doesn’t work right if the phases are interrupted. In that case you have to go back to the beginning and start all over. Work is the same. Shield against interruptions, as there will be many today.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). No matter how hard you look, the workings of the heart can never be fully seen or understood. Anyway, some things are best approached with the cursory attention that keeps daily life moving along. Ruminate at a later date.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll be in a position to be rated, judged, critiqued or followed. Your audience will be skeptical, and you can win them over with your delivery of information you know to be true. They’ll feel your integrity.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your original plan won’t seem nearly as exciting once you realize that other people are out in the big, wide world having some fun. Review your priorities so that whatever you decide, you can do it consciously and feel good about it.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Whatever you get into today (work, relationships, projects) leave yourself an out. That’s only smart. As things develop, so will your feelings, and right now you don’t know how you’ll feel about it next week. 

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20). Entitlement is a contagious disease. One person decides “I deserve this!” and the next gets the bug: “Well if he deserves it then maybe I deserve that and more.” Choose your company carefully. Prize humility and modesty.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr.19). You’re not interested in being a decent communicator or an adequate leader. You want to be great. That’s why you’ll work out the solutions before you point out the problem. What use is complaining if you can’t make it better?

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20). The research suggests that for many people, talking about themselves can be more rewarding than food or money. Giving someone the opportunity to do this is thereby a very valuable gift. 

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When you feel a little blue, you’re apt to behave in ways to reinforce the mood. It’s why having a reason to fake happiness — such as to interact with children, strangers or your boss — can be a passageway to real happiness.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re trying to keep it classy. You behave as though your every moment were going to be broadcast to the people you most want to impress. It will help to remember who those people are and keep them in mind through your day.

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