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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday, Aug. 20, 2012: This year you become a host to the unexpected. Your life develops an exciting and surprising tone. Your high energy carries you through many interesting events, while your focus gets you through your day-to-day life. If single, you could attract quite a group of wannabe suitors. If attached, your significant other will feel most indulged, though you must remain in touch with his or her needs. A fellow Leo will be good to have around. A baby born today has a sun in Leo and a moon in Libra all day.

ARIES (March 21-April 19) • • • • You know how to work well with others, yet you prefer to remain the dominating influence. You might believe a situation is evolving in this same manner.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20) • • • Pace yourself, and try not to react to a somewhat surprising event or piece of news. Give yourself time to adjust and internalize the information at hand.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) • • • • • Allow your imagination to infuse relationships and events with more excitement or intrigue. You tend to add interest and a new dimension to any project.

CANCER (June 21-July 22) • • • • You could see a personal matter quite differently from others – so much so that you might feel unsure of certain past judgments.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) • • • • Listen well, and understand what is going on behind someone’s words. Much more caring flows between you and someone else as a result.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) • • • Be sensitive to your budget. You might want to deal with a loved one differently. You do not always have to say “thank you” in a materialistic manner.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) • • • • • You are all smiles. The unexpected excitement that a quirky friend generates helps keep your interest. Understand what is going on behind this person’s erratic behavior.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) • • • • Realize what is going on behind the scenes. What is being expressed openly might be hiding a different agenda or problem.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) • • • • You are in a position to transform or walk away from a difficult situation. A meeting could prove to be instrumental.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) • • • • Take charge, and understand that others might be envious of your leadership abilities; they wish they could handle problems as effectively as you do.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) • • • • • Reach out for someone at a distance. The unexpected plays a role in your plans. There could be miscommunication out of the blue.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) • • • • A partnership or several key relationships dominate your plans and ideas. You could be overwhelmed by everything you have to do.