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Horoscopes for Aug. 20, 2014

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Demi Lovato, 22; Andrew Garfield, 31; Amy Adams, 40; Al Roker, 60.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Be a participant and make a difference. Intelligent communication, along with an energetic pursuit to make your life better and your relationship with others worthwhile, will bring good results. You can make positive change that encourages involvement in satisfying projects. Your desire for leadership will be recognized and the support will be given to help you make your dreams come true.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You can find a bargain, but avoid emotional spending. Put more into the way you look or the skills you want to develop. A change in the way you approach someone will help you take control and get things done your way.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Share your feelings, but don’t expect everyone to favor what you say. You’ll find out where you stand by being honest and straightforward. You will gain personal stability if you can determine the most practical route to take.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Don’t take a chance when it comes to legal, financial or medical issues. Positive change at home that helps you cut corners should be implemented. Don’t feel compelled to donate or take care of others. Charity begins at home.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Put more effort into taking care of your health. Exercise and a proper diet will be necessary if you want to ward off illness. Discussions that address a stressful matter may not be welcome, but in the end it will be beneficial.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Get your plans out in the open before someone accuses you of being secretive. Once you have informed everyone regarding your plans, you can move forward without feeling guilty. Too much of anything will be overkill. Moderation will be necessary.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Incorporate your knowledge, findings and experience in order to get ahead and impress someone who may be questioning your ability. Financial change is apparent, but to what extent will depend on how much you are willing to put in and compromise.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Study the situation you face today and what you can do to help. Don’t hesitate to take action. Leave your emotions out of any decision you need to make. Base the changes you make on what’s required to reach your intended goal.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Someone will be watching what you do with a critical eye. Appeal to the sensitivity of any situation you face. A practical approach coupled with a passionate response will help you achieve the results you are hoping for. Protect your health and physical wellness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Refuse to let anyone pressure you into doing something that isn’t going to do you any good. Step back and take a look at your current friends and associates and choose to align yourself with those who share your goals.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Impulsive, unpredictable people are best kept at arm’s length. You will complement serious-minded, dedicated people looking to make improvements to the way things are done. Avoid unnecessary expenditures. Combat poor ideas with worthwhile replacements.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t let anything stand in your way. Check out opportunities that will raise your standard of living. A partnership will take a unique turn to help you reach your goal. Don’t argue when you should be making love.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Check out new ways to make your home comfortable and entertaining. An expenditure that brings you joy will ease your stress. A suggestion made by someone from a unique background will push you in the right direction.