Babe Ruth said that every strike brought him closer to a home run. Of course, he was committed to learning from strikes. Others have been similarly inclined with the sun's journey across all the bases of its Leo home. A commitment to learning is more important than a commitment to winning. No one controls the win, but learning improves the odds.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Your stars are excellent for striking a deal. Look for sales. Believe that you can find high quality at a lower cost. There's always a way. Don't settle for the first thing people offer unless it's crazy-good.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Early success is seen as a gift, though it may be a bad one, as it robs a person of the extensive body of knowledge that comes with early failure. You'll win, but try to stay humble so you can still learn all you possibly can.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your skills might not seem to be a great match for the challenges of the day. Don't let this stop you. Intention and creativity will make up the difference. You don't have to be technically good at something to pull it off.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You admire people who know what they're doing and do it very well. You become more creative and professional when you stick close to such people and learn what they know.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Sometimes you find yourself pulling away from others without knowing why. Try to figure out why, though, because the knowledge will help you in this relationship and others to come.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You will do as most people who have a choice will do — that is to say, what you feel like doing. You'll also be in a position to lead others, which will require that you help them feel like doing the thing you want them to do.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). For what are you willing to trade your hard-earned cash? Your eye may be drawn to the luxuries and extras you don't really need but somehow still really want. Note that value sometimes has very little to do with cost.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You're wondering what someone sees in you, where the relationship stands, and the nature of the feelings being silently exchanged. Be patient. Feeling comes first and then seeing. Words come last, if at all.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The people you love will cause more work for you. It's what they're good at! It's part of why you love them! It keeps you in service, and in shape. You're better off for it, though it's not always pleasant.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When people have something better to do, they do better. You won't take this as a fact of life; rather, you'll go the distance and take it as a challenge, a responsibility, even. What better thing can you offer them to do?
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Though you're working with a team, it's still crucial that everyone is individually acknowledged, including you. When it's your turn to accept the applause, take a bow.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Life is a lot less stressful for the people who happen to be around you because you use your sense of humor to lighten things up. Bonus: You feel loved and appreciated when you hear their laughter.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 22). Your social life ramps up this solar return with several fortuitous meetings. An introduction in September will soon have you thinking of the world and your place in it very differently. Work-wise, you'll build on what you've learned, but you'll take it in a very surprising direction. Truly, you will be a creative force. Sagittarius and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 33, 32, 10 and 30.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I've been troubled lately. Sometimes I think I should see a professional; I just don't know what kind. Personal organizer? Matchmaker? Counselor? I'd rather see a psychic than a mental health professional, but I'm told that's foolish. What do you think?"
When you are ready to make changes, information and help could come from many places. Why choose one? Why not try several and see what you think? A psychic could make you think of your situation from a mystical perspective. Psychological counseling gives you a venue to examine your past and make peace with it. Behavioral therapies help you change your habits. Art therapy or "Artist's Way" groups help you heal through creative exploration. In feng shui, you move your furniture to create a healing environment. You could even take a math class that helps you build your brain and problem solve. Who knows how this could help? The list is endless. As a rule, most healthy practices do not preclude other potentially helpful practices, but instead provide deeper perspective and a richer experience.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: This day in 1893 brought the wisecracking wit of Dorothy Parker into the world. The Algonquin Round Table founder went on to write screenplays in Hollywood. This Jazz Age Leo writer was born when the sun and Mercury were in entertaining Leo, and lucky Jupiter was in verbose Gemini. She famously advised, "Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves."
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