ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are formalities to uphold, but if you cling too strictly to them, the connection you make with others will be shallow. To make a strong connection, you have to dig in past the formalities. It’s a risk worth taking.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You care how people feel around you. Your realm of influence travels with you. You take some responsibility for the environment wherever you roam, even though it’s is not technically yours.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Perseverance is important, but so is knowing where to put it. Misplaced perseverance wastes time. Know when to pivot and when to apply the same actions to a more promising trajectory.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It’s normal to get knocked off course from time to time. It’s not important to figure out exactly what happened here. Just get up; dust yourself off; and start fresh.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Don’t let not knowing what to say stop you from moving forward in a relationship. The words aren’t as important as the dance -- moving in a pleasant emotion together, one that both of you trust.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The quick fix might work, but even then, it won’t do you much good, because chances are, this doesn’t address the real issue. If you fix something that’s not really the problem, you still have a problem.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Issues of territory arise. Honor people’s need to be powerful in their own realm. No one wants to feel cornered or manipulated. Understanding this is key to building rapport and relationships.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). People sometimes stick with sunken costs out of a sense of pride or loyalty that helps no one. Just because you’ve put a lot of money and time into an endeavor doesn’t automatically mean you need to stick with it no matter what.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll proceed down the corridor of life in hopes that things will open up at the end of the hall. Maybe they will, or maybe you’ll have to turn around and go back. At least you’ll no longer have to wonder where this one leads.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Some people make a hobby out of telling others what to do. You don’t need such direction, even from a boss. Be an advocate for yourself. You can get the instruction you need without playing into weird social dynamics.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Don’t favor perfection over practicality. Trying to make a thing too perfect will prevent it from getting finished in time. To forward your aims, you need to finish and ship the thing.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Today plays out like a coin toss. You start things off on one side, get thrown into the air, take a spin and land either pretty much where you started or the exact opposite of that.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 28). You will work hard to achieve a certain aim and greatly value that accomplishment for years to come. You’ll also learn what doesn’t work. You’ll break out of unhelpful patterns, mostly through involvement with others. You’ll serve and assist and become better, stronger, happier and richer for the experience. Aries and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 35, 2, 33 and 19.