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Horoscope, Saturday, August 24, 2013

By From page A14 | August 23, 2013

Virgoan Conjunction

The sun and Mercury operate together to turn up the dial on Virgo’s best virtues. Cleanliness, organization, nutrition and good habits all fall under the umbrella. The Aries moon of warriors makes things interesting, though, dancing with the idea of self-sabotage. Are we really ready to give up the old ways and settle into the new plan?

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Do you know how to buy a car, negotiate interest rates or plan a party? You’ll pick up a new skill such as one of these if you say “yes” to today’s unusual request.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re still deciding whom you can trust. Take your time; there’s no rush. Furthermore, the one who tries to make you believe there is a rush is the least trustworthy of the group.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The one who limits questions is not being generous. There is too much information, and much of it will slip past if you don’t bother to inquire. So bother. Inquire!

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Keeping to yourself will be limiting. But do you dare to join that group of laughing, talking strangers? You have more in common with this group than you think, but you’ll never know until you break in.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The skills you apply every day are so much a part of who you are that you don’t even recognize them as anything special. But someone will point out to you today that you have more skills than you think.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). People may act in thoughtless ways, but it only takes one strong leader to bring up the level of the whole group. Your example will have an effect, and you will truly be an asset to your community.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Just because it’s your nature to weigh all of the options doesn’t mean you always enjoy the process. Tell anyone who is trying to speed the process that you have a prodigious mind and won’t easily make it up.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Deception is a strain on relationships. Those who deceive each other will not be satisfied in each other’s company. This is one of the many reasons why you’re in love with truth-telling even if it stings.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Like an expert magician, you’ll take charge of directing people’s attention toward the colorful distractions so you can handle the business that allows you to pull off the trick.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). While it’s important to have an intelligent plan, it’s more important to make your move. Thinkers may hesitate too long. It’s the person who acts who will make it to the goal.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Today, attractive deals can be as infatuating as attractive people. Your interest will be piqued by the idea of raising your lifestyle to a new level. Take time with this decision.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You like to learn new things, but right now you feel like you don’t have space in your brain for anything you can’t apply to real life. Fortunately, you’ll come across knowledge that you can apply immediately.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 24). With your fighting spirit, you’ll take on sizeable challenges. Caution: Big risks don’t always net big rewards. The best rewards come with small daily actions executed with great love. A change in your social lineup will set you up for success. September brings stellar partners. You’ll ink a deal in November. Leo and Taurus people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 14, 38, 11 and 50.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: “What do I do about my daughter’s social life? She’s an 8-year-old Cancer who only gets along with girls who are older than her, especially in the 10-12 range. But older girls often don’t want to play with someone who is too much younger. As a result, she hasn’t found many friends her age and is a lonely only child.”

The important thing is to take charge with Cancer. Your daughter is still at the age when your social decisions will strongly color hers. She’ll be influenced by the people you arrange for her to be near, instead of declaring her own friendships and asking you to help her pursue them by setting up play dates. Like her fellow water sign Pisces, Cancer finds moods quite contagious and will flow with emotions that aren’t necessarily being generated by Cancer herself. In that light, age is less important than tone. Seek upbeat companions who have the values and enthusiasm level you would wish your daughter to carry in life. You may have to pay this person. It’s better to have an upbeat, friendly teen who will interact joyfully with your Cancer for a small fee than to team her up with an ill-mannered child of the same age.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Rupert Grint’s first role was playing a fish in “Noah’s Ark.” (A confusing role, to be certain. Couldn’t the fish survive in floodwater?) Even though this Virgo was born when Neptune was in Pisces, his aquatic career was quickly eclipsed by his Ron Weasley role in eight Harry Potter films. Grint was born under a passionate, energetic Aries moon and has Mars and Jupiter in intuitive Cancer.

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