HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012: This year you bloom as you rarely have before. You convey a greater clarity in your conversations, and others hear you loud and clear. You are likely to succeed in your professional life. If single, you will meet people when you are out and about. If attached, you both might commit to a public cause. Through this mutual interest, you’ll become much closer and bonded. Taurus pushes you into the limelight. Take advantage of his or her efforts. A baby born today has a sun in Leo and a moon in Aries if born before 12:28 a.m. Afterward, the moon will be in Taurus.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) • • • Be aware of a very sensitive and possessive side, either in you or the person who you are dealing with. Your softer side will come through in a discussion.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) • • • • You are more empowered than you have been in a long while, and this allows greater give-and-take.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) • • • You wake up feeling much clearer than you have in a long time. You might wonder which way to go with a situation. What would be best?
CANCER (June 21-July 22) • • • • A meeting provides a different perspective and allows a greater exchange of ideas. You want to revitalize a project, but you often hit a roadblock.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) • • • • Prioritize your life by putting a key project involving others at the top of your list. You will get more cooperation if you handle this situation with quickness and precision.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) • • • • Act on an idea you have been toying with for a while. Since you have viewed this potential project from many different perspectives, it has become much sounder.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) • • • • Understand where a partner is coming from rather than dismiss his or her idea as being crazy. Do some soul-searching before you respond.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) • • • • • Defer to others, and do more listening. You could be surprised by the new sense of clarity you gain as a result. Verify facts and ask questions as need be.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) • • • Use your energy well. Program yourself to complete certain projects, return key calls and schedule a much-needed appointment.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) • • • • Your creativity is high and attracts many points of view. You might wonder how best to approach a sometimes-contrary associate.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) • • • Your instincts tell you to stay close to home. If you can work from a home office, do. You will see a situation much differently by not being in the middle of it.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) • • • • You will have an opportunity to clear up a problem. Do some thinking as to the most effective manner for how to approach the situation.