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Holiday Mathis

The Aquarius full moon energy is a mysterious fog creeping beyond the borders of usual society into outlying territories of the mind where it swirls its protection around the outsiders, misfits and iconoclasts who reside there. Without the intellect of people who think differently, where would we be? And there’s at least a little strangeness in everyone.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 15). You feel your feelings, understand your needs and develop strategies for getting those needs met that do not require other people to be or behave differently. That last part represents your real freedom this year. A professional breakthrough occurs in October. The year-end sees you leading a troupe. Sagittarius and Capricorn adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 11, 37, 2, 24 and 16.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You need feedback. Without it, you won’t know how your work and general personality are landing with other people. More importantly, you won’t know what kind of people you’re dealing with. Ask for a response.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Your sign is keenly aware of the risks involved in taking a bull by the horns — not advisable today. To control beastliness, use the power of the herd. Wild instincts are quelled in a natural social environment.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your feeling that someone is showing you a carefully controlled version of his or her image is correct. You could be flattered by this, and yet it’s still important that you get a truer perspective on who you’re dealing with.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). What you thought would please you turned out to be different than expected. Now you know more, perhaps most valuably that happiness is a byproduct, not an end product.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). An exchange will happen. You won’t have to give up what you want to keep, but you just might find that “keeping” isn’t so important to you anymore. Ownership can be a lot of work.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Sometimes people say the wrong thing accidentally or out of social awkwardness and/or personal baggage that disallows them to see the wonder and value in things. Your grace will smooth it over and make you the winner.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Conflict, tension and surprise aren’t just essential elements of drama; they’re needed in real life, too. The safe, nice and appropriate route should work; it won’t, because it won’t attract and hold people’s interest.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The loudest one is not the most powerful one. Talking the most actually puts a person at a disadvantage. Power comes from knowing what others want, which requires listening well. Listening is the power move.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Regulating one’s own emotions comes more easily to those who aren’t having a lot of strong emotions. It is no more admirable to regulate mild emotions than it is to succumb to overpowering ones.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). There is a primal beat inside you, barely detectable when you’re immersed in the hum of the modern world, though once you’re in the wilderness (actually or metaphorically) it syncs with all that is.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The comedians know that most times it’s better not to try to be funny at all. The business successes know that making a buck isn’t the bottom line. You will follow your own seemingly contradictory rules for today’s win.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The thrill of victory is like a special sauce. Once you taste it, you want to see how it pairs with everything you eat. Even the best sauce doesn’t go with everything. Sometimes losing is the best win.

Holiday Mathis is the author of “Rock Your Stars.” To write to her, please go to www.creators.com and click on “Write the Author” on the Holiday Mathis page, or send her a postcard in the mail. To find out more about Holiday Mathis and read her past columns, visit the CreatorsSyndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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