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Holiday Mathis

The weightlifter stays strong by lifting what's heavy. It applies across the board. So don't worry about whether you've taken on too much. Do what's in front of you, and your "muscles," whether they be intellectual, emotional or physical, will grow to handle the task. The Leo new moon and solar eclipse invite us to a fresh round of strength training.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 11). Family bonding, snappy domestic rhythms, an improved home life all-around — these are the cosmic birthday presents at the foundation of your happy new year. You'll provide something that's needed by many and spread joy to many fans and followers. Act politically and strategically in November. Vows of love come in May. Gemini and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 2, 42, 14, 8 and 33.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). You want your love to see you in a certain light: You can’t help but be invested in that. It’s not all about vanity. You want them to have a certain “user experience,” and you’ll make decisions about presentation toward this aim.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). At times it feels as though what you don’t know covers practically the whole range of human knowledge. That’s only because you take your big brain for granted. Teach someone something to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Many trendy restaurants have become so loud that it’s hard to hear over the excitement. Bold move: Avoid those spots in favor of really getting to know a person or group of people better through the lost art of conversation.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Good friends are the best collectibles. Vintage Marvel comics aren’t bad, either, and they don’t need nearly the attention. And yet, for you, friends it will be!

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). If you have to shout to get their attention, maybe they just don’t want to hear your message. That doesn’t make it wrong. Try a different tactic. Could you turn it into a secret and whisper it? Could you find a more physical demonstration?

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’ve put so much of yourself into your work that you may have lost touch with who you are outside of it. You’ll get back in touch with that over the weekend. Relax, and enjoy.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Change isn’t always easy, but sometimes, such as today, it is. You’ll make adjustments with grace. And then later, you’ll have the opportunity to compare and contrast two states then embrace the way that works best for you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There’s no room for worry or doubt in your active mind. So accept responsibility, but not pressure — not from anyone, even yourself. Draw firm boundaries, and courteously defend them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If there’s no fun on the day’s agenda, be sure and put some there before you start out. Without something to look forward to, you won’t be inspired to complete even the easiest task on your list.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Is something keeping you from being optimistic about the future? Try this workaround: Assess your current situation, which so many could only dream of having, and then take stock of your many advantages.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Send a silent blessing on the wind. The person you send it to will be favorably changed by this intention, though he or she will probably never know where it came from.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You may forget certain details — someone’s name, a password, some piece of protocol — but it’s only because your mind is so busy working to create the future you want to live inside.

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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