The idea that animals can predict earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and the like has gained a level of acceptance among scientists. When animals behave out of character, they have their reasons. Humans are typically less predictive, but at least the direct turn of Mercury should lend some instinctual intelligence worth heeding today.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). People will find out who you are through your actions, your stories or because you share your preferences. So you really don’t have to worry about telling them who you are. You’re already showing them.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re gutsy. You forget that sometimes. Or rather, you take it for granted, believing that everyone else is gutsy, too. Not true! You’re lucky when you recognize the quality and make it count today.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Before a mutually satisfying deal can be struck, the others will want to understand your story. So let them know where you were, what happened, and why they need to know. That should do it.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Self-sufficiency is among your many attractive qualities. You won’t ask your friends to help you unless you truly can’t do on your own. In that case, a Taurus is your ideal support.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Like the cat your sign is named for, you are choosy about who you like, and then obsessively loyal to your chosen ones. Also like a cat, curled up and cozy will be your default mode today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People have their own agendas, but they might adopt yours if it is appealing enough. People are usually willing to forgo their plan when there’s something more interesting, attainable, lucrative, fun, urgent or important to do.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you stop saying yes so often, people will take notice. They will value your time and services a little more, seeing them as limited commodities that others also want.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You love to know what’s really going on in people’s lives, but mostly they show you what their lives look like instead of what they feel like. Good thing you never go strictly by appearances.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your compassion is an enormous strength. You will ideally use it to be helpful, to teach others and/or be the catalyst for their growth. What you don’t want is to enable others or “fix” them, which never works.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Aim for the middle of the road. You’ll hit the perfect note: surprising, but not obvious; spontaneous, but not impulsive; romantic, but nobody’s fool.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If “play” is an art form, you’re a fine artist indeed today. You’ll be so involved in your process of curious enjoyment that you won’t even think to stop and commemorate it. This is living.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In friendship, you’ll deal with the other person’s flaws or be kind enough to look the other way. But you’re stricter when your heart’s on the line. There are standards that must be met before you give your trust.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 19). “We are all lions,” said the poet Rumi, “but lions on a banner: because of the wind they are rushing onward from moment to moment.” This solar return, you’ll seize your moment, marching forward for your cause, a purpose that brings out your most regal characteristics. Windfall months: September and June. Cancer and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 30, 2, 21 and 16.

FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: We can learn a lot from the insects of the world (who have been a force on the planet for about 480 million years and who may currently outnumber humans somewhere around 200 million to one) about things like resourcefulness, team spirit and work in general.

Take, for instance, the ant. The role of an ant varies with what’s needed in the group. Ants can be warriors, builders, milkmaids, teachers and more. Ants are strong, patient, self-sacrificing and intricately connected to their group, fulfilling what’s needed to further the survival of the species.

As a relatively young species, humans still have a lot to learn about working together to forward the human family line. Many humans generate several thousands of pounds of trash in a lifetime without giving too much thought about where it all ends up. But as the sun enters the earth sign Virgo this week, these thoughts will come to the forefront of their minds. Virgo solar energy is bent on improvement. Virgo is the sign of cleanliness, nurturing and hard work. If Virgo’s fair maiden symbol were instead of the insect variety, perhaps it would be best characterized as an ant.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: At the turn of the 20th century, the race for human flight was people by serious scientists across the globe, including some highly educated and funded individuals. But it was the indomitable will and tenacity of the Wright Brothers that cracked the code, and without funding or education. Leo Orville Wright changed the world forever by flying toward his guiding star — the sun.

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