Horoscope: August 8, 2017

Birthdays: Roger Federer, 36; Joely Collins, 45; Keith Carradine, 68; Dustin Hoffman, 80.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Make home improvements. Be creative and stay within your budget.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A good imagination and a workable plan will help you gain an advantage over anyone you are competing with or who challenges you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Deal with personal matters honestly. If you feel like someone is not being upfront with you or has a hidden agenda, don’t agree or disagree.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Look for alternatives when dealing with personal matters that can affect important relationships.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Take the initiative to get things done and to bring about positive changes. A business trip or discussion with someone who can provide a different point of view will give you the insight you need to make a wise choice.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Talk openly about the way you feel and what you want to see happen. If someone overreacts or puts too much pressure on you, offer less-demanding alternatives.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A change will do you good. Express your feelings and exchange ideas with the people you feel can contribute as much to your life as you can contribute to theirs.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Use your intelligence and insight to help you work your way through any situation that involves interference from outsiders.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Take part in conferences, networking functions and experiences that offer knowledge and positive change. Partnerships won’t work unless you draw up a fair contract that specifies who does what.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Past experiences will help you make an important decision regarding your future and your relationship with someone you love.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Think twice about information or an offer you receive. Double-check facts before you take on something time-consuming and costly.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Pour your heart into something you believe in. Make a statement by taking action and making a difference.