ARIES (March 21-April 19). You've built up an idea of what you can accomplish and, frankly, so have they. Now you're both expecting that you'll meet it, which you won't. You'll surpass it.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). An eager tourist can get to know a city better than those who call it home. Thinking you know is the enemy of actually finding out. Be new in an old place.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Reasonable fluctuations of income, affection, mood, etc. are a natural part of life. You'll be unflappable in the face of such fluctuations, which is impressive. Strong characters will notice.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You shouldn't sell yourself on someone based on potential alone. This applies to yourself as well. Believe that you're capable of more, but demand proof, too. Get tough on yourself.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Steer clear of the slippery slope. It comes in the form of a person who is irresistibly needy. One small thing will lead to another until you've sunk deep into the drama. Avoid it from the get-go.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The sun in your sign is like a gas card handed from doting parents to children in college. It's assistance. It's fuel. It will help out. It can't be used for much else than the intended purpose.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Don't be more concerned with upholding an image of yourself than you are with growing. How you look to the world will change with the times. So go on and risk appearing foolish.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've different standards, hopes, dreams and expectations than anyone else around you. Go your own way.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You're in charge of making time for all those special things you like to do. Don't let others pressure you. Put yourself on the books first.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your personal energy is high and your creative wheels are turning. You will give of yourself and let others need you rather than needing them or concerning yourself with their approval.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Fear keeps you safe. It's your friend. You can feel balanced, alive, in love, productive and at the same time fearful, because nothing in life is certain. The fear is a healthy sign that this is real and you're not delusional.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Emotion that flows naturally out of a situation is the stuff of life. However, beware of those who use emotion as a tool to attract attention or make themselves more important.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 26). The word that describes your spirit this solar return is decisiveness. You stop asking questions and decide. The energy of life will carry you spontaneously to new places. Money comes to your family in November and May. You'll close deals, support causes and love deeply. March brings a bright star to your personal life. Aries and Leo adore you. Lucky numbers: 9, 30, 2, 28. 40.