ARIES (March 21-April 19). You can. Somewhere along the line, you got a different message, and it was a lie, based on assumptions and partial information. You can. And you will.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Everything you get to call your own in this world comes with maintenance, including friendship. For those less socially inclined, friendship takes effort, but for you, it's just plain fun.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Keep track. Then, when you slip into one of those moods - What am I doing? What have I accomplished? Have I wasted my life? - you'll have plenty

of reminders.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). All the improvement starts in your mind. Thinking better is doing better. New research will help you harness the latent power of your brain to deliver higher levels of achievement.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Many of our opinions and feelings are inherited from the culture we know best. But if that inheritance is causing stress or anguish, lose it. A belief's popularity has nothing to do with its rightness.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Universally, flying is thought of as a peaceful experience. Pictures of the Earth from space bring fascination and calm. Serenity flows from a heightened perception. Spiritually, rise up and look down.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). "You have to dive down, as it were," the great Bohemian novelist Franz Kafka wrote in his diary. "And sink more rapidly than that which sinks in advance of you."

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Defend what you're doing. Maybe this is about keeping distractions and interruptions at bay, or your process and product come into question. Anyway, you'll learn from going to bat for yourself.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Boy, will your brain be busy today, assaulted with way too many facts, plenty of jibber-jabber, a dash of rumor, a pinch of speculation. The peace of this afternoon will come as a big relief.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You must see this project through - and it's definitely worth sticking with for all the learning, fun, and profit it will yield - but don't think for a minute that this is it for you. The best work is what you haven't thought of yet.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). With circumstances come your opinion of them and a thread of tension suspended in between to carry your emotional reaction. To change your emotion, tweak either the circumstances or your opinion.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You have a sense that some of the ride has been kept from you, and you're now eager for the full experience. You want to know what's behind all of the doors.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 24). A personal win at the top of this solar return will be a game-changer. You've been working toward this a long time, but that didn't prepare you for the decisions you'll have to make. Mentors will help you through. Seek those with qualities of kindness and compassion, as well as worldly success. Taurus and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 28, 3, 46, and 12.