Horoscope for August 21, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Today’s Birthday (08/21/12).

Your friendships and group relationships are worth their weight in gold this year. You thrive in the social arena, so go play. When winter comes, you may feel the urge to nest at home. But until then, get out and mingle.

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Aries (March 21-April 19) —

Today is a 6 — Now’s a good time to develop a routine for boring, repetitive work. The challenges you face in your relationships are worth addressing while they are small. Discourse is only temporary. Love prevails.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) —

Today is a 5 — Reinforce your structure and increase your efficiency, especially in working with others. You’re sharp as a tack, and getting sharper. Keep control of your spending.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) —

Today is a 6 — Research is especially fun now. Feed your soul with art and beauty. Make your own presence known. Don’t let a silly misunderstanding escalate into a fight.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) —

Today is a 6 — You can do more than ever before, but keep track of your household spending. Think quickly, move slowly and hold your temper. Postpone travel.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) —

Today is a 7 — The pressure increases. Seek what makes you happy. Go into the woods, relax and discover what you have yet to live. Use what you’ve just learned for practical results.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) —

Today is a 5 — Meditate before taking action. Check and double-check the financial data. Stick to the basics. You can work it out. Avoid difficulties in love by getting into the books.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) —

Today is a 6 — Others are thinking up more work for you. Chop wood and carry water, instead of complaining and arguing. You can use some good self-discipline to accomplish it all.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) —

Today is a 5 — Complete your work, especially what requires the most concentration. Do it quickly but carefully. You experience difficulty making a long-distance connection. Expand your heart.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) —

Today is a 5 — Passions flare momentarily. It’s all part of the experience. Take off on a different creative tangent. Team discipline may be required to do the undesired. Move quickly.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) —

Today is a 7 — Notice what doesn’t work about your routine, and set your priorities straight for the next couple of days. Don’t offer to pay for everything. Friends are there for you.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) —

Today is a 7 — See what rivers you can cross and what mountains you can climb. Optimism increases when you look at it a different way. Get feminine support.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) —

Today is a 5 — Focus on the long-term benefits of the relationship and on your commitments. Reinvention isn’t always easy, but everything will be easier soon. Create a possibility.