HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013: This year you’ll have many new offers that could affect your finances. It is imperative that you really check out each one with care. A friend or partner often might confuse you on these matters. If single, you could meet someone very special … or so it seems. This person might dazzle you, but be aware that he or she could be very different beneath the surface. If attached, the two of you could have misunderstandings about your finances. Perhaps having separate checkbooks is the solution. Virgo can be fussy. A baby born today has a sun in Leo and a moon in Virgo all day.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) • • • • You will find that you have entered a period where your compassion soars; nevertheless, confusion could break out with a partner.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) • • • You are coming from a place of stability. You have a way of letting others know how much you care simply with a helpful or sensitive statement.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) • • • You might want to cocoon at home to get away from the many requests heading your way.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) • • • • • Keep your door open, even if you have the urge to slam it shut. You will be dealing with others’ difficult behavior.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) • • • • Mercury moves into your sign, which adds to that famous Leo charisma you possess. Even if you try to push someone away, it will be difficult.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) • • • • You blast into the day all smiles and ready to handle whatever you must. A discussion with a partner could take you in a lot of different directions.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) • • • You will see how somber those around you really are. Many of you might want to leave this gloomy situation behind as soon as you can.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) • • • • Your words will be heard by the right person. You might need to go the extra mile to impress a boss.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) • • • Your take-charge attitude will be appreciated by many. Just like everyone else, you have ideas that could cause controversy.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) • • • • Investigate alternatives. Decide to take an overview by detaching and speaking with others who are not involved.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) • • • • You could be driven by a need to change direction, but you might wonder how to do that. Use caution with your funds.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) • • • • You often inspire others, but certain people could be extremely critical of your motivational powers. Could they be jealous?
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