Horoscopes for Aug. 16, 2016

Birthdays: Cam Gigandet, 34; Steve Carell, 54; Angela Bassett, 58; Madonna, 58.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Respond quickly to demands, but lean to the conservative side when it comes to contracts, money or health. Hard work and getting along with others will be necessary.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Don’t let stubbornness take over when making decisions. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by following through with your plans.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Keep an open mind, but don’t believe everything you hear. Avoid someone who is trying to coerce you into doing things you shouldn’t, and spend more time at home.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Taking direction doesn’t mean you have to let someone control your every move. You’ll have spectacular ideas and should follow your own path.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Make plans to reconnect with someone you have found to be inspiring in the past. Interacting with your peers will lead to an interesting idea.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Open up and tell it like it is. Your perspective will give those you are dealing with a chance to see things your way, encouraging compromise.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Listen well, but don’t be too quick to share your thoughts. Accumulating information will help you make a good decision. Rely on past experience.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Holding talks will help you establish your position and plans for the future. Someone you have worked with in the past will come through for you now.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Keep your secrets to yourself. What you share with others could be used against you. Travel and communication are not favored.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Make plans that will improve your home life. Financial gains and good news are heading your way. When opportunity knocks, be ready.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Do what makes you feel good. Working to bring about important change will help you impress those who are in a position to help.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Confusion and uncertainty will surface if you aren’t able to share your true feelings. Holding back won’t make matters one bit better.