Horoscopes

Sadly, the most important message in the world might be missed if it comes via a source that people do not want to listen to. Take this into consideration and today’s double solar trines will be twice as lucky for you. When you have something important to impart, frame it in the best way, and give it to a messenger who commands respect.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). To prevent miscommunication, ask people to explain — to spell it out, to paint you a picture. There is no shame in wanting to make sure that your understanding is thorough.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Brave people aren’t fearless. The fear is what makes an action brave. It may be the case that your body and mind feel anxious about a choice, but your spirit will be strong and undaunted as you move forward.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ve a clear idea as to the next step. The ones who are in your way may very well be standing there just because they don’t understand your plan. Break it down into smaller ideas, and explain it again.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Maybe you’re feeling a little bored with a job you’ve done time and again, but the other options don’t seem any more thrilling than what you already have. Not true! A “lateral move” will turn out to be a huge boost.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You do not have to work hard to be charming, and it’s also not a complicated matter. You simply give each person the attention and respect that he or she deserves, to tremendous effect.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your realm of influence will grow, though this is not your aim. You’re just trying to do your thing to the best of your ability. It turns out that this is precisely why people trust you and give you power.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If the problem seems to remain the same, consider that you may be currently a bit too narrow with your definition of the solution. What else can you do to try to knock a problem out of deadlock?

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll be a director today — perhaps not in title (not officially, anyway), but directing this action is what you’ll do very well. You’ll assemble and align all the elements to represent your vision.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). It will be wonderful for your heart to spend time with those who know you well and think of you often. Familiarity will bring a feeling of comfort and security.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Creative dilemmas are your favorite kind. Almost anything you choose will be tasteful, but the question now, dear artist, is which choice most represents you.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Fight for your own happiness. After all, no one else can feel it, really. And as much as they might like to see you smile, your happiness can only truly belong to you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’ll wonder when the right time to call someone out is, and how best to do this. If you’re not sure, wait. It’s the mature thing to do. And you’ll likely feel differently about it later.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 25). You’ll put yourself in just the situation to grow your talent. So it’s no accident that your skills compound and that you’re paid much more for them, too. New lands and cultures will attract you in 2019, and this will be a year of research, education and travel. Also, loyal and loving new people will come into your world. Libra and Aquarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 3, 13, 29 and 44.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “I’m 40 years old, and I still can’t seem to change my flaws. For instance, I have a big mouth. I tell stories I shouldn’t tell, and I have a really hard time keeping a secret. Also, I eat too much and drink too much, and I don’t exercise enough. I say the wrong things at parties. There is a lot about my life going right, but honestly I just can’t stand my personality. I wish I could be beautiful, cool and funny and really connect with others everywhere I go. But instead I’m a dork, and now I’m an old dork. I feel really bad about myself. Can you help a 40-year-old Leo?”

Because Leos are so into presentation, they sometimes mistake their public persona for their true self. But how you look and what you say at a party doesn’t define you. Also, Leos are very attuned to what entertains others, so they have a tendency to find what’s exciting about a conversation and amplify that. Thus, they tell stories that sometimes have a touch of the inappropriate to them. So what? You get more attention and laughs and, you may notice, people keep inviting you back. So isn’t this getting old, this you-on-you meanness? Stop trying to change your flaws, and start accepting yourself. Believe it: That’s a change that will make the world a better place.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Virgos thrive on work, and Blake Lively is no exception. Next up for the “Gossip Girl” star is the crime mystery “A Simple Favor,” in which a mommy blogger seeks to uncover the truth behind her fabulous friend’s disappearance. Virgo is the sign of health, vitality, improvement and nurturing. Lively was born under a remarkable number of Virgo influences, with her first five luminaries in Virgo.

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