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Holiday Mathis

Today's social stars come with a feeling similar to being stuck in an elevator of strangers with whom you have seemingly nothing in common. But by asking a few key questions, you'll find out that you are much more alike than you might have guessed, and in fact are "trapped" with the ideal group. Make it count before things start moving again.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 21). This year represents your reaching a new comfort level within yourself, which comes across in a pleasant, friendly manner. Some will say you're flirting with the world. As you appreciate what's special about you, others see it, too, and put your talents to work. Financially and emotionally, the next 12 months are fantastic. Sagittarius and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 2, 10, 40 and 38.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are many reasons you "should" be happy. But reasons you "should" be happy are not reasons you are. You cannot feel happiness by other people's standards. Accept your feelings; they are the bottom line on the matter.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Any effort to make yourself feel accepted, comfortable and soothed internally, and generally happy, will be well worth the effort. After all, how can you radiate a beautiful aura while feeling dark on the inside?

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll spend many hours of highly focused attention on productive and practical activities so that by evening it may feel like you have very little psychic energy to invest on your loved ones. Then love will repower you.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Your water sign nature will help you get comfortable with the changes that come today. You'll be the boat, uniquely poised between two worlds, part in the ocean and part above it, ready to ride it out.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Every generation thinks they are misunderstood by the generation before them and underappreciated by the generation behind them. When feelings arise on this topic, just know that they're shared by all ages.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). With so many people around you who need you, you have to be convinced to be selfish these days. Just don't forget that you're a person, too, and you can't give what you don't have. Replenish yourself.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Visible reality is not the boss of you. But neither is the unseen world. Both will try to entice you, order you around, tell you what to want, how to feel. Get your balance between the two so you can stand your own ground.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Pretend you're an actor who can disengage yourself from the role at will. Step outside of it for a moment to figure out how best to play this. With a little detachment, you'll notice something about the plot you didn't before.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You'll help to assemble a group. Logistics and practicalities must be handled. Also consider, though there may be room in the room for all of the people, is there also room for their egos?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You can call on your talent to win the hour, but it won't win the day. That can't be won alone. Teamwork is the way. You'll use your social intelligence to trust, empathize and make the fair move.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Theories can only live in their own fictional world and are best either contained there or put into practice. There's a fine line between a theory that has never been tested and a lie.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). In the past, your sensitivity and empathy were exploited, but these are still among your most precious gifts to the world. Don't be afraid to use them, but do use them with a bit more discernment.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Kim Cattrall's "Sex and the City" character, Samantha Jones, is the epitome of an independent woman in charge of her life. How alike are Kim and Samantha? Kim is a confident and in-command Leo sun, but with Venus in feminine Cancer, depending on a partner has gifts for her, too. Look for Cattrall in the thriller television series, "Tell Me a Story."

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