TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 15). You have feelings, needs and develop strategies for getting those needs met that do not require others to be or behave differently. That last part represents your real freedom. 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 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 aware of the risks involved in taking a bull by the horns — not advisable today. To control beastliness, use the herd. Wild instincts are quelled in a social environment.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You feel that someone is showing you a carefully controlled version of his or her image is correct. You could be flattered, 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 perhaps 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 awkwardness and/or personal baggage that disallows them to see the wonder and value in things. Grace will smooth it and make you a winner.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Conflict, tension and surprise aren’t just lements 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. Talking the most 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 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, barely detectable when you’re immersed in the hum of life, though once you’re in the wilderness (actually or metaphorically) it syncs.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Comedians know that most times it’s better not to try to be funny. In business successes know that making a buck isn’t the bottom line. Follow your own 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. Even the best sauce doesn’t go with everything. Losing may be best win.