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Horoscopes for Aug. 18, 2014

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Tyler McGill, 27; Andy Samberg, 36; Denis Leary, 57; Robert Redford, 78.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Rethink your strategy and your direction. Focus on positive options and let go of what’s not working out for you. Engage in a new interest or educational pursuit, or plan a trip that will inspire you. Don’t give in to emotional disillusionment or let anyone mislead or manipulate you. Make your decisions based on what will bring you the greatest joy.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Social activity, going on a shopping spree or making a personal change you’ve been wanting to do for some time will bring good results. Don’t let a partnership stand in your way or put too many demands on you. Equality is necessary for any partnership to work.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Living in the past is a waste of time. Acknowledge what’s going on in the moment and act accordingly to ensure you don’t get left behind. Don’t let a personal matter or loved one stand between you and your success.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Uncertainty will prevail regarding your personal or professional position. Disillusionment and emotional deception will lead you down the wrong path. Focus on self-improvement, not trying to change others. Do what you do best and refuse to argue with your peers.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Share your thoughts. If you can lay out a plan that is solid but innovative, you will grab the interest of someone who can help you make your dreams come true. Avoid making an impulsive decision just to please others.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Be prepared to make an unexpected move. Don’t leave anything to chance. Overdoing it will be your downfall. Precision and moderation will help you succeed. Refuse to get angry or let anyone put demands on you. Make physical improvements.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t feel the need to discuss financial matters, or someone will try to pressure you to spend on something that isn’t in your best interest. Emotions will mount regarding a job or partnership that is causing you grief.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Take a closer look at your vocational choices. Let what you have done in the past guide you now. Romance is on the rise and will improve your personal life. A home-based business will bring in extra cash.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Address personal or financial problems you face. Go over your bank statements and your monthly costs and find a way to cut corners. Indulgence and impulsive purchases must be monitored closely. Let your intuition guide you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Choose your words wisely. You will be misinterpreted or given false information if you aren’t careful. Ask questions if uncertainty prevails. Change may be required, but caution will also be in your best interest.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Use your ideas and plans to your advantage. Taking a unique approach to the way you do things professionally will ensure that you avoid some of the stress going on around you. A partnership will need an adjustment.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Tread carefully. Problems with communication and when dealing with people who are in control will be difficult if you aren’t diplomatic in the way you offer suggestions. Focus on home improvements and the changes that affect you most.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Revisit an old idea, but don’t be too quick to make a decision. Size up your options and consider how you can use what others have to offer to your advantage. Be careful not to promise something you may not be able to deliver.