Updated: September 24, 2012 7:24AM
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012: This year you become far more assertive. Often, a misunderstanding develops out of nowhere, or people distance themselves. Others simply might be responding to your attitude. If you are single, you will want to meet a like-minded person. This possibility becomes more of a reality in spring 2013. If you are attached, the two of you seem to have a natural pace. You understand each other well. Dote on this person. SCORPIO can hold you back.
The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult
ARIES (March 21-April 19)
★★★★: How you focus your energy will change substantially. You suddenly will concentrate on joint financial matters and agreements. You might find that a partner can be very difficult. The good news is that this, too, will pass. The bad news is that you will have to put up with it in the meantime. Tonight: A discussion does not need to turn into a fight.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
★★★★★: Your popularity seems to soar. Do not question the moment; simply enjoy it. You also discover that someone is on your case, whether you feel this is fair or not. Remember, there always are alternatives. You will be able to move a difficult situation in the right direction. Tonight: Who, where and what?
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
★★★★★: Your ability to do research and find answers emerges, perhaps by necessity. Confusion seems to surround a key question. You might decide to find your own solutions. Others who know your abilities will be more relaxed, too. Tonight: Take a walk by water, or choose some other stressbuster.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
★★★★★: You have a big imagination. Often, that can be a positive thing, and other times this gift can be a double-edged sword. Use your ingenuity to figure out how to handle a financial matter. Make sure you are not walking through quicksand before you act. Tonight: Let the fun begin.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
★★★: Stress has a way of building if you are not careful, especially if there is a misunderstanding between you and someone else. Stay centered by paying attention to your general feelings toward that person. If you can, avoid letting a difficult situation become even more difficult. Tonight: Express your fieriness.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
★★★★: You might be more out of sorts than you realize. Could you be misinterpreting others’ words? Don’t read too much into what is being said. Remain caring, and initiate a conversation to clear out a problem later today. Tonight: Talks over dinner.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)
★★★★★: Keep expressing your feelings, but do not be surprised if you get an odd reaction midway. Be generous when dealing with this person. Your compassion will come back tenfold. Schedule time to do some shopping ASAP. Tonight: Buy that special item.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)
★★★★★: You are in your element. You could be confused by a boss or older friend. This person not only is confusing you, but also him- or herself, the more he or she talks. Be diplomatic. Tonight: Whatever you do, choose a physical activity and let off steam.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)
★★★: Know when to pull back. You might feel as if you must do something, but in reality you do not know what that is. You will figure it out if you can stay centered. A caring gesture toward a loved one at a distance draws an exciting response. Tonight: Take some much-needed time.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)
★★★★: You know what you want, and you know that you have no interest in stopping. You will be more centered than you have been in a while. A meeting proves to be most instrumental in helping you focus on a long-term goal. Tonight: Where the crowds are.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
★★★: Note how much pressure builds to get you to do certain things in a particular way. Explain why you do what you do. The more you are pushed, the more you push back. That trait cannot help you in the long run. Tonight: Try to be more reasonable.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)
★★★★★: You are determined to get more information. An initial attempt at being direct might not work, and could backfire. Detach from the immediate problem; the answers will appear. Tonight: Let your mind wander to good music.