TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 20). This return your social status rises, which isn’t inherently beneficial unless you know what to do with the influence. Luckily, you do! One relationship will be particularly fulfilling. An interesting problem will turn into a quest, and then an opportunity to make money and help others at the same time. Aries, Gemini adore you. Lucky numbers are: 2, 20, 24, 18 and 32.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). If it seems like the universe is conspiring to aggravate you, this could be a good thing, a sign that you’re in the wrong place and an invitation to hop to “anywhere but here.”

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Beautiful experiences often creep up and catch you by surprise. Instead of waiting for this to happen, you put yourself in the sort of diverse environments that beautiful experiences find irresistible.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The harder one tries to make a good impression, the worse the impression will likely be. You’re feeling rather relaxed today, and you’ll form bonds effortlessly.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Look how far you’ve come! If something like had occurred a year ago, you’d have been thrown for a loop. Now, it’s so inconsequentia.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There’s more than one way to break the ice. The easiest way is to weaken it with a melting warmth. Other ways include crackling wit or the impact of assertiveness. One way or another, you’ll get it done.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’re thinking about the nicest or the most effective way possible to correct someone. If you just let it go, that would be fine, too. Next time you can instruct preemptively — give great instruction so you won’t have to give criticism.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Friends will guide you well. It’s not that you should do everything they advise as you should listen to the way they see you. They experience qualities in you that you can’t see because you’ve gone blind to them.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The scientific evidence suggests that there are 24 hours in a day, give or take four minutes. Though, on a day like this, you’d care to differ. Time is elastic, some moments a freeze frame and others a blur.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Don’t get carried away by impression of others. They, like you, are presenting the best that they have in the moment. They, like you, have feelings, thoughts and deeds representative of lesser impulses.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Apologies can be a way of getting attention. So can offenses, illnesses, emergencies and basically any behavior that makes others stop and take notice. The message here is to know when you’re being manipulated.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People don’t make us angry, our own thoughts make us angry. The same comment told to 10 people will warrant 10 different reactions. Be aware of your own reactions.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). These are the right events for this time. No matter your philosophy of life, believing this will give you more leverage than not believing it. Don’t overthink. Work what works.