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Horoscope for Aug. 23, 2018

Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or important decisions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Chicago time. After that, the moon moves from Capricorn into Aquarius.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

A friend might surprise you or catch you off guard today. Alternatively, you might encounter a group of people who are unusual or a bit weird. (It happens.) You might also decide to take care of someone or protect them for some reason. (This even surprised you.)

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

An interaction with a boss, parent, teacher or police officer might be unexpected today. It’s something you didn’t see coming. Guard against a knee-jerk reaction. Think before you act and certainly don’t quit your day job. Whatever happens, sleep on it to mull things over. Be smart.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Travel plans will be canceled, delayed or changed today — almost certainly. You might also encounter someone who is different either culturally or socially. Whatever the case, it’s not a boring day. Give yourself extra time so that you can be skillful in how you deal with the unexpected.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Make friends with your bank account today. Know what’s happening with shared property, taxes, debt and anything that you own jointly with others because something unexpected or surprising might impact these areas. Forewarned is forearmed.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

A friend or partner might throw you a curveball today. Stay chill until you really know what’s happening. Don’t overreact. Think things through before you respond because then you have nothing to regret. Be ready to go with the flow.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Your work routine will be interrupted today for some reason. Machinery or equipment might break down. Staff shortages, canceled appointments, computer problems and mixed-up communications are also likely. Be frosty. Metaphors be with you.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Parents should be extra vigilant today because this is a mildly accident-prone day for your kids. Be aware. Be mindful and remove any potentially hazardous situations. Meanwhile, romance will be full of the expected! A surprise invitation might come your way — or be canceled.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Something about your home and family life will hold a surprise for you today. It could be minor. You might run out of something at breakfast. (“What? No coffee!”) A small appliance might break down or minor breakage could occur. A family member might amaze you. You can handle this.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Be careful because today is a mildly accident-prone day for your sign. Pay attention to everything you say and do. Be polite and patient with others. Guard against knee-jerk reactions because you don’t want to do anything that you will later regret.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Keep your eyes open especially regarding money and possessions. You might find money; you might lose money. Something you own might be stolen, lost or damaged. You don’t want this. You can avoid this by being alert.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You feel rebellious and a bit excitable today. You want to call your own shots and you don’t want anyone breathing down your neck telling you what to do. “I’m outta here!” A friend might say or do something that surprises you. Whatever the case, you won’t let on.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a restless day for you. You have that feeling that you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. You know that if it does, it will be ugly and not your size. Try to shake this feeling and focus on wrapping up old business at work because this will flow smoothly.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Scott Caan (1976) shares your birthday today. You are creative, charming and observant. You love to learn and are quick to perceive any situation. Service to others will be your theme this year. Focus on your personal responsibilities to family and yourself. Take care of yourself so you are a strong resource. Nurture relationships you value. Explore the arts, enroll in a class. Personalize your home with treasures that have meaning for you.