BIRTHDAY GAL: Actress Ashley Johnson was born in Camarillo, Calif., on this date in 1983. This birthday gal may be most easily recognized for her role as Chrissy Seaver on the '90s series "Growing Pains." More recently, she's appeared on episodes of "CSI," "Drop Dead Diva" and "Private Practice." Johnson also has lent her voice talents to the role of Gwen Tennyson in three incarnations of the "Ben 10" animated series.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Push yourself to perform with perfection. You're in step with the major trends, but someone might be somewhat jealous of your admirable accomplishments. A partner may have some shrewd business ideas.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Stirring the pot won't help it boil. Your career ambitions can progress without mishap if you keep the lines of communication open. Focus on fulfilling your responsibilities, but do not begin anything of crucial importance.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Relax and take a short time out if your confidence and energy lags for a few hours. Some people may be uncooperative under these stars and try your patience. This is not good day to initiate crucial negotiations.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Hold hands to hold your own. Although you might find it difficult to be completely carefree because there are some serious issues to handle, the weekend could offer opportunities for demonstrations of love.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): A brief downturn in your energies could occur. Don't let yourself become resentful over current issues. Poor timing could cause setbacks, so don't make important decisions or sign crucial agreements this weekend.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Companions might be chomping at the bit to get started on a project, but a cool appraisal and a wait-and-see attitude will work best. Don't be misled by casual gossip, as the facts may not be what they seem.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Good manners have their place, but don't hesitate to reach out and give someone a hug if it seems needed. You may be overly concerned with how things look to others rather than how you make others feel.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): If you remain sincere and above board, conflicts will ease in the end. One-on-one relationships might remain tense for another day or so, so don't push important issues or tempt fate by trying to come to an agreement.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It may be necessary to agree to disagree. If you can only imagine how someone else feels, you could misconstrue their words. Listen with both ears, as well as your heart to come to a real understanding.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Head away from hassles. Go hunting in the malls or the flea markets for that "just perfect" item for your home. You may be thrown in contact with ambitious, hardworking individuals who set high standards.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Be kind, make up your mind and unwind. The need to get away from it all might be calling loudly today. Take a breather and find ways to relax by spending time with your favorite hobby or pastime.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Take it easy and trust that things will fall in place eventually. There's no reason to rush into a decision or make sudden changes. You may be forced to work very hard to find ways to have fun this weekend.

IF AUGUST 9 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Sit on your hands and don't make any crucial changes, decisions or commitments during the next 4-6 weeks. Life takes a decided turn for the better during October. That's the best time to make fundamental changes or improvements in your life. Perhaps you hope to change jobs or ask for a permanent commitment from your special someone. People will only see your best side and will be willing to offer their support, so go forward full throttle. December could prove to be exciting; there may be several opportunities to follow your dreams, make shrewd business decisions or to just have a romantic vacation with someone special. A good relationship will alter for the better next March or April, but a troubled one can be safely cast aside.

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