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Horoscopes for Aug. 9, 2014

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Anna Kendrick, 29; Tyson Gay, 32; Hoda Kotb, 50; Sam Elliot, 70.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Gauge your time carefully. Execute discipline to finish what you start. It’s what you accomplish that will make the difference, not what you talk about doing. With more action, you will show everyone what you are capable of doing. Strive for perfection, aim to be responsible, and build your reputation on your ability to deliver the goods.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Socializing and mixing business with pleasure will pay off. Offering your assistance will bring opportunities your way. Share your thoughts and someone will see your vision and help you reach your goals. Good fortune is heading your way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Take a break and do your best to avoid trouble. Disagreements because of escalating emotional situations will leave you feeling stressed and frustrated. Put more effort into finishing a job or taking care of personal improvements.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Be careful how you handle colleagues, peers or anyone in a position of authority. Focus on positive changes you can make at home to add to your comfort or entertainment. Express your gratitude and you will be given more to be grateful for.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Ask questions and follow through with your findings. There is money to be made if you act on your instincts. Taking better care of your mental, physical and emotional health will pay off and lead to an interesting new pastime.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make changes if you feel it will help your position at work or in your community. Listen to an elder’s opinion, but don’t give in to attempts to guilt you into doing things that aren’t going to benefit you in the end.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Keep your personal life a secret and don’t share any problems you face. Someone will try to meddle if you give him or her a chance. If you are steadfast and take action quickly, you will get positive results.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Greater opportunities will be made available to you regarding your position and living arrangements. Head in a direction that will ensure a secure future, not an impulsive move based on an emotional connection you have with someone.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You may have a great moneymaking idea, but if you go overboard and try to expand too quickly, you will defeat the purpose and incur losses. Refuse to let emotional situations lead you down a path that is unrealistic.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t get sidetracked when it comes to how much you have and how much you owe. Set a budget and a plan to pay down debt in force and you will ease your stress and rebuild your reputation and confidence.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You will face opposition regarding investments. You will have to use pressure to avoid someone persuading you to put money into something that is not likely to bring any returns. Focus on physical, not financial, offers of affection.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Speak from the heart and clear the air. If you let others know how you feel and what you want, you stand a much better chance of having things go your way. An opportunity to change your professional direction is apparent.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Participation will be the key to having fun and meeting new people. Let your intuition lead the way when it comes to personal changes you want to make. Being the best you can be will attract someone with the same standards as you.